Are You a Risk Taker?

risk goat 300x206 Are You a Risk Taker?

To be truly successful in life, you must be willing to take risks. Risk-taking can be accurately defined as trying something new or difficult.

Taking risks isn’t just about trying something you’ve never done before and being able to say you did it. You should consider the rewards or benefits of taking a risk before doing it. Thinking about choices and following through with them can result in achieving goals or growing as a person and martial artist. You will never know what you can achieve if you don’t take the risk in the first place.  The first step can be a doozy, but the reward could be worth all the risk.

Think about the difference between a “positive” risk and a “negative” risk. For example, skipping a family event to go out with your friends is not a positive risk because your family members will know that you weren’t with them. There is no reward or benefit for such a risk. Having good character will help you to understand the differences between positive and negative risks. Positive risks can help you grow as a person and achieve goals that you set for yourself.  The sky is the limit!

Are you a good risk-taker? Ask yourself the following questions:

1. You are asked to speak to a group at an event. Would you: 

a. Practice in front of your friends and then go for it.

b. Lie and say that you have other plans that night?

c. Say no to the invitation because you’ve never given a speech before?

2. You are not a very good swimmer, but your friends want to play water polo in the deep end of the pool. Would you: 

a. Refuse to join your friends because you are not comfortable swimming in deep water.

b. Lie and tell your friends that your arm hurts?

c. Jump into the deep water and hope that you don’t drown?

3. Your friends want to learn how to water-ski from a professional instructor. Would you: 

a. Water-ski once you have the proper instructions?

b. Lie and tell your friends that you have an injury?

c. Don’t water-ski because you are afraid of the water?

4.  You have always wanted to try martial arts, but never have.  Would you:

a.  Take classes from an experienced instructor and work your way up to possibly compete in tournaments?

b.  Say you will make an appointment to check out martial arts studios, but never get around to it?

c.  Pick a fight and hope you can hold your own?

If you selected answer “a” to all of the questions above, then you know when and where to take risks.

Knowing the difference between good risks and dangerous risks is very important for your safety.

Make sure that you understand each and every situation before you make a decision. Test your courage by trying new activities, but make sure you can do them safely.

Remember, taking good, “positive” risks can lead to many new opportunities and experiences in your life. Make a decision to take one today!

American Karate Center:  Helping people achieve their goals EVERY DAY.  Call us at 804-323-1954 today.  Visit our website at http://www.american-karate.net to sign up for a FREE TRIAL MEMBERSHIP. “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/americankaratecenter to get inspired in 2014!

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Conditioning Move of the Week: Get Ups

It’s a new year.  It’s time to start up a new routine and start getting healthier and stronger.  Our conditioning move that we are going to show you this week helps you to develop a strong core and increase leg strength.  Our trainer/instructor, Diana,  takes a client through a move called a “get up” which can be done with or without weights and can be used as part of an overall fitness routine.  In our classes or in one-on one training, our members take part in challenging exercises that help them reach their goals and beyond.  You can do this in 2014!  You just need to take the first step.  Check out this conditioning move and try it on your own.  Come see us when you want to kick it up and do more.  We not only have the best kickboxing classes in Richmond, but we are a force to be reckoned with in our boot camp style classes and personal training.  Try something different that works this year.  Happy New Year!

Kick off 2014 the right way.  Ask about our enrollment and personal training specials!  Call American Karate Center at 804-323-1954 or visit our website at http://www.american-karate.net.  ”Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/americankaratecenter for daily motivation, pictures and more.

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Start the Days of Your Holiday Vacation with a Nutritious Breakfast

What’s a good snack to take with you during your busy day? What is a quick, easy and healthful breakfast that even your small child can prepare? What can provide you with much of your body’s required fiber? The answer is cereal.

Cereal is quick, easy, and full of taste. And depending on your selection, it can be a very nutritious addition to a healthy diet.

So what should you look for in selecting a cereal, especially since there are so many available? Most people would think to look at the vitamins/minerals, but most cereals are fortified so that is probably comparable among cereals. If your cereal selection doesn’t have 100% of vitamins (as some cereals advertise), you still have the rest of your food selections to make up the difference, and you can always add a vitamin/mineral supplement to your regimen.

The next thing most health-conscious adults would consider is calories and/or macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat content). Most cereals again are very similar, although some have higher fat content based on added ingredients, such as nuts, or part of the grain used. These are important considerations, but truly the most important constituent to evaluate is fiber content. Fiber content determines whether the cereal is either a crucial part of a healthy diet, or a bunch of relatively empty calories.

The current recommendation for fiber intake for adults is 20 to 35 grams. The average adult consumes only 10 to 12 grams, which is only 30-50% of what is needed. Why do you need fiber? A diet high in fiber can protect against heart disease, diverticulosis (a digestive disorder), hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, and several forms of cancer. As an added bonus, fiber helps to control weight and bowel function.

To determine the recommended intake for children, add five to their age. So for an 11 year old, the recommended intake would be 16 grams (11 + 5 = 16). Proper selection of breakfast cereals can be an interesting and tasty way to reach your fiber goal, especially for children.

As an enlightening exercise, compare the label for a shredded wheat cereal to a kid’s sugary cereal…you’ll see the similarities in macronutrients, but the vast difference in fiber content. Always check the nutrition content label: some cereals that would seem to be high in fiber (or at least contain some), such as Honey Graham Oh’s, are really just a sugary cereal.

 Interested in Personal or Small Group Training?  Call American Karate Center at 804-323-1954 TODAY!  New Year Specials on packages and enrollment are going on now until January 31st!!!  Call or come by today!  Visit our website at http://www.american-karate.net.  ”Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/americankaratecenter.
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TRX Personal Training at American Karate Center

Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

At American Karate Center, our personal trainers certified in The TRX Suspension Trainer system will use it to help you reach your fitness goals. It uses your own bodyweight to perform many different exercises, and all you have to do is adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.  Many martial artists and athletes use this system to increase muscle endurance, build core strength and go through a fast, effective total body workout.

Our video shows Diana, personal trainer and fighter, demonstrating the second TRX technique in the upper body series. These exercises are easy to execute and effective for building strength and burning calories.  This week is technique #2, the row…

Interested in personal training to get you through the holiday season and after?  Call American Karate Center TODAY 804-323-1954 and ask about our SPECIAL HOLIDAY PACKAGES.  Visit our website at http://www.american-karate.net to sign up for more information, and “like” us on Facebook at http://www/facebook.com/americankaratecenter to get inspired TODAY!

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TRX Personal Training at American Karate Center

Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

At American Karate Center, our personal trainers certified in The TRX Suspension Trainer system will use it to help you reach your fitness goals. It uses your own bodyweight to perform many different exercises, and all you have to do is adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.  Many martial artists and athletes use this system to increase muscle endurance, build core strength and go through a fast, effective total body workout.

Our personal trainer and fighter, Diana, will run through a couple of simple upper body techniques that are easy to execute and effective for building strength and burning calories.  This week is technique #1, the bicep curl…

Interested in personal training to get you through the holiday season and after?  Call American Karate Center TODAY 804-323-1954 and ask about our SPECIAL HOLIDAY PACKAGES.  Visit our website at http://www.american-karate.net to sign up for more information, and “like” us on Facebook at http://www/facebook.com/americankaratecenter to get inspired TODAY!
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Amazing Weight Loss and Transformation – Richmond, VA

This week, American Karate Center in Richmond, VA, highlights our member Jennifer Thomasson. We are proud of all of your hard work and dedication! You are truly an inspiration and we look forward to seeing your future success!

 

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