Everyday’s People Combine 2018

I’m always looking for new ways to test my fitness. I’m no pro, but I love to compete.  So when I heard about a contest in Dallas where amateur athletes can team up and test their fitness in a variety of football-combine style events..I was pumped! And so, me and my fit fam from Evolve Gym formed a team that were among the best of the field in just about all age groups. Here are a few tips that I picked up along the way for those who are looking to compete in next year’s Everyday’s People Combine.

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Tip #1: Find a team that share your goals.  Regardless of how fit each individual is on your team, nothing means more than being on the same page with each other and providing constant support throughout a competition like this one.  I was able to exceed my personal expectations in every event where my teammates were able to cheer me on and pull a few more reps out of me when I thought I had nothing left.  Having that support system also helps feed you energy throughout such a grueling competition.  Although there were only 8 events each lasting no more than 2 minutes, the day itself lasted nearly 6 hours.  Find a team that can provide good support throughout the day and everything else will fall into place. I loved the excitement that my team provided.  But with all that said...

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Tip #2: Don’t go out too fast.  It’s easy with all the excitement and nerves in the beginning to go from 0 to 100 at the very start.  This may come in handy for sprint or explosive movement events, but the Everyday People’s Combine is a test of overall fitness. And so, there were a few strength events where many competitors fell into the trap of burning out too quickly.  I saw this happen again and again with events like the bench press, deadlift, and pull-ups. The amount of weight involved combined with the 2 minute time cap for each movement actually makes this more of an aerobic event versus a traditional strength event.  Within the first 30 seconds, a lot of people performed as many reps as possible and didn’t stop until they hit the redline.  But here’s the thing..there is still 90 seconds left! Once you hit the redline in these movements, it’s hard to even partially recover.  Competitors who were able to string together 12-15 reps in the beginning were now only able to get 5 before resting for 10 seconds. Then they may get 4 more before resting again.  In the remaining 60 seconds, most competitors were lucky to string 3 reps consecutively between 10-15 second breaks. My suggestion, go in with a plan.  In the beginning, pick a number of reps you can hit without maxing out. Use this as a guide for the first 30 seconds, and then increase if you feel you are leaving reps on the table.  Using this approach, I finished top 5 in the Deadlift, top 3 in the bench press, and 1st overall in the pull-up competition.  Just saying..

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Tip #3: The only person you should worry about is yourself.  Don’t get caught up in how the person next to you is crushing the deadlifts or killing you in the sprint.  Events like these are individual competitions all running simultaneously.  All you can do is your best and just see where the chips fall amongst the field.  Stay focused on your individual goals.

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Tip #4: Celebrate the good while noting where you can improve.  I knew I would do well at the strength movements.  But I could have done even better if my sprint and running times weren’t so slow.  Additionally, I thought I would be good at the agility event as a former soccer player who literally practice that drill day after day during high school. Problem is, that was nearly 15 years ago.  My verticle and horizontal jumps were okay, much to the shigrin of Derrick below.  In training for next year, I plan to up my sprint game and try to regain my agility skills.  It’s not always fun to talk about where you are weak, but the first step is acknowledging that I have them.  Second step? Get better. 

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The Everyday Peoples Combine is a great way for every day people to test their fitness. The amount of grit, determination, and camaraderie that my team and other competitors displayed definite lit a fire for me personnally.  I cant wait to compete again next year and see how my fitness stacks up against other Everyday People right here in my backyard!

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