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Challenge and failure leads to growth

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By Keegan Longueira from Activate Fitness

I've recently had some thoughts around "challenges" and working hard at something.

When someone asks for help, I love this because firstly, it acknowledges that they can't do something they want to do and they realise it requires work and guidance to get there.

I was lucky enough to have a massive background in sport from Rugby back in South Africa. The first time I ever bench pressed I was 14-years-old, and we had strength and conditioning programmes in all our sports teams. So when I made a move to CrossFit when I was 24, I was able to do a lot of the fundamental movements. Squat, deadlift, pull-ups, the list could go on. When I started coaching, I realised that many people didn't have a background in these things and that is okay, if not great, because they hadn't picked up any of the bad habits I had.

However, I realised the lack of confidence in trying new things and the patience to go through the weeks and months and sometimes years required to get there. It's a mix of patience and confidence, I think.

Instagram has its role to play in that; we see models and influencers lifting incredible amounts of weight and making some remarkable gymnastic moves on bars. Seeing this, we tend to give up before even giving ourselves a chance to get stronger.

We live in a time where natural ability and the result is celebrated way more than the hours of practice and patience. It leads to a stagnation of progress in strength, the way our bodies look and the way we grow emotionally. We want to skip the steps to get somewhere and are so scared to fail that we don't even try.

Here are a couple of steps to implement in your training if you would like to get that first strict pull-up, a bar muscle-up, get bigger shoulders or just generally move better and be healthier.

* Don't look at not being able to do something as a failure but rather an opportunity to learn

* Keep the carrot in front of the cart, challenge yourself just beyond your ability and not too far. Don't attempt something major if you haven't taken the natural next step

* Give yourself time. Nothing short of 12 weeks in our sports would see lasting and meaningful changes and adaptations in the body, so try to stick to something for at least 12 weeks consistently, even if that is 15 V ups every night before bed.

* Do it because you can, not because you have to. Learning a new skill as an adult is incredibly rewarding; it challenges your mind and keeps you feeling fit and young. People doing their first double under and wall walks this week just highlighted that for me

* Forget the scoreboard. First on the leader board means nothing if you didn't challenge yourself. I'm not saying you should overreach for the sake of making it difficult, but I am saying once in a while a challenge is a great thing!

Let’s celebrate trying over winning.

Effort over talent and lastly learning over losing.

Have a great week and see you in the gym.

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No spare change – no problem, as charity embraces new technology

By Sean Moriarty With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier. For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With less and less people carrying lose change around, one local group have now embraced a new technology to make donating much easier.

For their annual Christmas fundraiser, the Killarney Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society will have a special collection bucket that will allow supporters to use their bank card to make a donation.

The Society’s annual churchgate collection will be held on the weekend of December 11/12 at places of worship in the town and surrounding areas. This year’s collection has be renamed as ‘Giving Sunday’ and makes a return after the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s fundraiser.

“We are moving towards a cashless society,” explained Killarney Conference President Breda O’Dwyer. “You can tap and swipe your card to make a donation.”

Breda added that they are hoping to have the buckets ready by next week in time for the collection.

She said the local conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society has seen a marked increase in the number of families it is helping mainly caused by the increase in the cost of fuel and home heating products.

The annual St Vincent De Paul Society’s Christmas Jumper Day, in association with Radio Kerry is scheduled for December 10.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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