We posted last week that our college guys have been putting in WORK this summer. Just a week after Josh Prater sets a new deadlift record at 410 lbs, Jerry Lacayo beats him with a pull of 430 lbs! Way to push each other, fellas!
And nice work, Jerry!
The time has finally come and you are preparing to leave for college. This is an exciting time for any high school graduate but you are among the select few who have been given the opportunity to continue your athletic career as well as earn a degree. First of all, congratulations! According to the NCAA, only about 2% of high school athletes will play college sports. Let me say that again…2%! You should be proud of yourself for making it to this level. However, with this opportunity comes additional responsibilities that the typical college freshman does not have. Every college experience is different, but you will find that the following list is consistent throughout different division levels and school sizes.
If managing your schedule in high school seemed tough, buckle your seat belt because things are about to get crazy. Unlike high school classes, college classes are often scattered throughout the day. You might have one class a day. You might have four classes back-to-back.
My Advice: Talk to your academic adviser about all of your options for your class schedule. Nothing is more stressful than getting out of class 15 minutes before practice starts when the field is a 20 minute walk. Sometimes you have no choice but to take a certain class but at least you can plan for it.
Unlike high school practices, there will be individual and team practices throughout the year, sometimes more than once a day. Add in the pre-season and regular season games and you now have yourself a full year of playing. For most athletes this is a dream come true.
My advice: Get a planner or use the calendar on your phone, whatever works for you. Plan out your day and it will make your life a lot easier!
Most athletes can adjust to and manage their new class and sport schedules without a problem. It is all the extras that seem to throw some athletes off. Outside of classes, practices, and games you can expect to have at least one or all of the following: team lifting sessions, individual lifting sessions, team meetings, team study table hours, individual study table hours, group meetings for classes, volunteer hours, NCAA meetings, travel time before and after games, and much more.
My Advice: Plan out your day because I haven’t even gotten to the stuff you have forgotten about.
Seems easy enough, right? Wrong. You will be surprised at how often you will run out of time to take a shower, or do your laundry, or eat, or even sleep. Even if you took care of yourself in high school, there was usually someone there to help you out if you were pressed for time. Maybe you will live close enough to home that your mom will come do your laundry for you, but most likely you will end up studying for your bio exam while sitting on a clothes dryer.
Most campuses have food services of some kind. Whether it is cafeteria style or a restaurant, it is likely that the hours they are open do not fit perfectly into your schedule.
My Advice: Plan ahead. If you know you will not have a chance to eat after class, go before and bring a snack for later. Be smart in your nutrition choices because the “Freshman Fifteen” is not your only threat. Remember: You eat like CRAP, you PLAY like crap.
As if you didn’t have enough going on already with classes, homework, and your sport, you are also on a campus that has events going on almost daily. There will be bar-be-ques, games, movie nights, and other events that you will want to, and should, go to. You will have friends that are not athletes that do not have the same schedule as you. You may even have a boyfriend or girlfriend that has a different schedule.
My Advice: Stay on top of your school work so that you are able to have fun without it putting you behind.
Bottom Line: You will be successful and enjoy your college experience if you…
We’ve had lots of milestones this summer. The college guys have been getting after it. Check out Josh Prater pulling 410 lbs and taking the top position on our deadlift leader board. Nice work, Josh!
And here is the new leader board for our college guys on the deadlift.
College: University of Wyoming
High School: Palmer High School, Class of 2011
Some athletes are natural born leaders. Others are gradually molded by their experiences and circumstances. Some leaders are quiet while others thrive in being more vocal. All great leaders, however, must lead by example. And that’s exactly the leadership style of Dominic Rufran.
Dominic, a graduate of Palmer High School, is about to enter his junior year at the University of Wyoming, where he will look to lead the Cowboys football team and its receiving corps. In fact, no other Wyoming player has caught more passes (83) than Dominic the last two seasons, and his seven receiving touchdowns are second most in the last two seasons. He’s been impressive in his first two years, but he’s ready to take his game to a whole new level this coming season.
While on break from school near the end of 2012, Dominic came to Max Performance looking to learn some new ways to work on his speed and explosiveness. While he was only able to train for a short time with Max before returning to Laramie, Wyoming, Dominic proved to our staff that he was definitely a Division I caliber athlete who loved to be challenged, didn’t mind putting in a little hard work, and was not willing to settle for less than his best. If you are looking for a leader to mold your own individual game after, consider this dynamic athlete.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13
Anytime I am in pain or I feel I cannot push any harder, I look up and find strength from Him. He gave me life. So when I want to give up, I remember the pain and suffering He had on the cross which gives me strength to keep pushing on.
It is different in the aspect that I get a lot more personal attention with Max Performance which helps me focus on the little things I need to work on and push me harder as well. The exercises are a little different but I have definitely had workouts at Max Performance where I thought the workout was harder than a workout in Wyoming.
My greatest inspiration is Jesus Christ. The reason is He is the greatest leader in History. He took 12 men and spent time with them – then they together changed the world. It can apply in your athletics as it only takes a couple to lead the rest of the team to a championship.
You are going to face many trials as an athlete. The ones who learn from their trials and use their trials to become a stronger person and athlete are the ones who will succeed. Give 100 percent all the time on and off the field – not just for you but for the people around you and for God. Giving that type of effort, you will become more than a phenomenal athlete but also a phenomenal person that can influence others to do the same.
For me the defining moment was after my first 100-yard game vs a team that was ranked in the top 25 in the entire country. I realized I really had what it took to play at any level I set my mind to. Your athletics is all about confidence and the confidence you have in yourself. You gain that confidence from the off-season work that allows you to perform at an optimal level when it’s time to compete. Because of my defining moment during the season, I have never worked harder in my life than this year’s off season. Your defining moment is a trickle effect that starts off with a moment, that then changes your outlook on everything, that then allows you to become whatever you desire through hard work and dedication.
College: Wichita State University
High School: Pine Creek, Class of 2013
Some athletes just know that they are destined for great things. They know they were meant to compete at a high level — to make a big time play, in a big time situation, in a big time game. Enter Reagan Biechler. At only 14 years old, Reagan joined the Max Performance family and trained off and on with us over the course of his high school career. But it was not until 2011, when as a junior at Pine Creek, that Reagan really stepped up his game on and off the field.
Off the field, Reagan committed himself to not only training harder, but training smarter. Gradually working to pack on muscle, Reagan dominated his training sessions from September 2011 through February 2012. Then, when he was on the field, his hard work and dedication shined through as he overpowered the competition on his way to turning the heads of college recruiters at Wichita State University. After earning a baseball scholarship with Wichita State, Reagan bettered himself in his senior campaign. As 2013 Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Year and an All-Colorado selection, he hit .478 with five home runs and 20 RBIs, while he dominated on the mound, going 8-2 with a 1.61 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as for the Lord, and not for men.” -Colossians 3:23
It helps remind me that as long as I work as hard as possible, God will be on my side and help me get to where I need to be in life.
They helped me gain a lot of muscle and weight, made me a lot faster, and increased velocity on my fastball.
My greatest inspirations are my parents because they have always been there for me no matter what, and have both coached me and made me both a better player and person throughout my life.
Somewhere in the world someone will always be better than you. So work as hard as possible and don’t ever let up in order to compete with that person.
When I signed my National Letter of Intent to play Division I baseball at Wichita State University.
College: University of Oklahoma
High School: Air Academy, Class of 2013
Coaches dream of coaching athletes that are passionate about their sport, work hard to better themselves, and have fun doing it. Max Performance is lucky enough to train such an athlete in Caren Nelson. Always on time and with a smile on her face, Caren wasted no time in fitting right in to the Max Performance family. She brings her ‘A’ game to each and every training session, and does not settle for less than her best. Her attitude and enthusiasm is exactly what we hope to get out of every athlete that walks through our doors.
Caren enjoyed an outstanding career at Air Academy where she dominated on the soccer field for 4 years. Caren earned All-State 1st Team honors in 2012 after garnering 2nd Team recognition in 2011 and 2010. She also captained Air Academy to a 4A state title in 2012. While showcasing her talent with her high school and club teams, Caren turned the heads of college recruiters and eventually secured a scholarship offer from the University of Oklahoma. Caren recently left for Norman, Oklahoma where she will begin her freshman campaign in 2013.
“Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.”
I always try to remember that no one is perfect. When I am struggling in practice, have had a bad game, or even have had a bad week, I remember that your failures shape who you become. You can choose to learn from your failures or continue to struggle. I remember everything happens for a reason and my failures and difficulties are what is going to help me in the future. It lets me grow as both an individual and a player. Failures happen, but you have to react positively in order to continue to be successful.
Max pushed me beyond my limits every day in order to help me physically and mentally. They helped me become stronger and more fit then I had ever been. Even when I was hurt they continued to help me get back to where I was. College sports are at a new level, but Max made the transition easy by training with intensity and continuing to push my boundaries.
My greatest inspiration is my parents. They have continued to support me in athletics and in my life. They are true role models and have never left my side. I could not be more thankful to have them in my life as they have truly developed me into the individual I am today. They make me want to strive to be the best I can be and I would never want to disappoint them.
I would say to practice every day. If you want to be successful it takes dedication which means doing something every single day. I would also say to never give up. There are going to be obstacles in life but its how you adapt and learn from them that will truly make you successful.
I feel as if I am in my defining moment right now in my life. I am recovering from an ankle injury and surgery and as much as it sucks to sit out it truly shows me how much I love playing soccer and how blessed I am to be able to play Division 1. It has showed me hard work pays off but you have to continue to push yourself to be that much better. I better understand that my passion is soccer and I play for the true reason, for the love of the game.