We raise our children to be pillars of society, those stalwarts that stand the test of time. Like Luke Cage we hope for the best as Mike Colter shares in this excerpt from Emma Brown’s article–
“Luke is one of the more redeeming characters that I’ve played,” explains actor Mike Colter, star of Netflix’s new superhero drama Luke Cage. “He has his issues, but for the most part he’s a no-B.S. kind of character. He’s a straightforward kind of guy, and he doesn’t take a lot of nonsense, doesn’t suffer fools,” he continues. “I think there’s a lot of places we can go with him and I hope to develop him even more.”
As we grew up, and believe me we watched a ton of television, (remember way pre Internet) we had Adam West as the “Wham-Bop-Crunch” man of almost steel-
Or going way back in the day we had George Reeves as the television ‘Man of Steel’ (black and white version) Superman-
We had of all people Bill Bixby-
Seriously, Bill portrayed Bruce Banner playing the Incredible Hulk on the television series from 1977-82 (yep five years) national television.
Well of course everyone remembers that Bill somehow transformed himself into Lou Ferrigno-
Lastly we have Wonder Woman and that first honor actually belongs to a truly awful 1967 TV show starring Ellie Wood Walker that was taken in a campy sitcomy direction. Thankfully, things were destined to get better seven years later—but not by much!
No comparison to my favorite (even though Gal Gadot does a pretty solid job) Lynda Carter was the total bomb-
Our latest Super Hero, and this one is a ‘Man’s Man’ is, drum roll please Tyler, ‘Mr. America’ Swedburg,
Lord help me!
“If you don’t squat, you ain’t squat.”
The squat is the single most important exercise we do in the gym. Why? Because life demands that we do it numerous times each day, standing up, sitting down, getting out of a car, you get the picture. So it’s vital to establish a good foundation for this movement pattern.
My squat has been described as “the worst thing ever” by my own daughter! I am determined to fix this and make my squat better.
I worked with a student at MSU to determine my problem doing a deadlift. He quickly saw that my squat was horrible.Déjà vu;dang heard this before!
Open the hips, increase hip flexor mobility and I have it. Well maybe, it turns out I had other imbalances that were also inhibiting the squat move. My erector spinae, the long back muscles next to the spine needed work as well.
If I was ever to be decent and maybe good at a lift like a deadlift, my squat must improve and my back must become stronger. Bad form such as leaning forward while squatting is a back injury waiting to happen.
Look up “Butt Wink”!
Like any exercise, it’s important to make the squat work for you. No pain, no gain is not in this equation. Stretching and strengthening your hips and large back muscles is a slow process, and it all revolves around great form.
“If our patterns are off, we become limited in our range of motion or get weaker in the muscles we need to stand up and sit down safely,” says fitness expert David Jack. “We’ll begin to compensate and use other muscles we shouldn’t in order to do everyday movements.”
Bad habits creep up on us. Work on these, slowly!
- Set your feet, face a wall, make a prayer hand movement
- Keeping your eyes forward, chest up, and heels planted move down, lower slowly, not leaning into the wall
- Once you squat as far as comfortable, push through your heels to return to standing.
- Spend time performing static stretches of the calf and hip flexor
Understanding and Responding to
- Become aware of you imposter/confidence PATTERN (Whenever I am in a situation where). I usually experience feelings of. And then the negative inner voice starts yapping, What do I typically do,,, example//qualifiers
- Recognize imposter behaviors-Coping strategies,,,, Unconscious/fly under radar/safer//procrastination//
/never start,,,, or finish///// Over working/over preparing to cover supposed ineptness
- Understand what you’re getting out of this/what does this help me avoid//what does this protect me from///what did it help me get
- At what cost/what will happen if I never change this pattern//what price am I paying///What opportunities and what experiences might I miss out on?
- Show up
- You cannot share your way out of imposter feelings
- Normalize imposter feelings, there are 70% of people who feel that way,,, Talk yourself down faster,,imposter ‘moments’ not ‘life’
- Reframe- stop feeling like an imposter, stop thinking like one, keep getting better, constructive feedback is a gift, give me information that will make me better,,,,no one wins them all,,,,,failures and setbacks happen—it’s what you do with them///Non-imposters know—smart is highly overrated//Always a learning curve///the more you do anything, you’ll get betterment////No one excels at everything!!!!!///Winging it can be a skill/you cannot know everything ahead of time-or ever////its ok to say, “I don’t know”/////Reframe——-FEAR!///
Keep saying “I am excited////your body does not know the difference between fear and excitement
- Keep going——-REGARDLESS!//// everyone loses when bright people play small