Week 34: Live, Learn and Pass On: Elitefts Make-A-Wish Manuals

This week’s post fits so nicely into our 52 Weeks to Be More Awesome series. What better way to be more awesome than to learn and see so many different programs and support Make-A-Wish this season.

I am not sure where to start. I’ve been with elitefts since 2005, a time when female Powerlifers were not being put front and center and female strength coaches were being pushed under the rug. David Tate saw my education, relative and in-the-trenches work experience and put me front and center in a male dominated industry. This took some getting used to but has allowed me to gain a unique perspective in an industry known for gimmicks and quick fixes. Dave has taught us if we live, learn and pass on we will become better coaches, mothers, wives, friends and people.


elitefts make a wish ebook 2014


I understand this more today than ever. The more I grow and learn the more I realize how much more there is to know and in turn have become a much better coach today than I was in 2005. I have contributed to every Make-A-Wish manual since they began in 2007 and have to admit I loved the idea behind “Programs That Work“. There is much to learn from looking at the commonalities and differences among these programs as “cookie cutter” and “template based” programs will never work for the long term. These are real world programs that have been used by the coaches who submitted them. These manuals also help me to illustrate to my own clients why all their programs are different.

Just in the past two days of looking over these programs I have picked up several ideas I know I can use for some of my clients as well as my own training.

I highly suggest picking up these manuals and am very proud to be part of the team that help put these amazing resources together.

Plus all the revenue generated from these goes to Make-A-Wish OH, IN and KY. Since the team began these manuals and seminars we have helped grant close to 50 wishes. Your support has been what makes these come true. You can find the Elitefts MAW manuals here.

Week 33: Pick up the phone

Last week, my best friend called me on her way home from work, just to check in and see how life was.

A few days later one of my other close girl friends called me, as it had been a few months since we talked. We caught up on life, jobs, family, training, and of course, relationships.

And then Thursday, a girl I view as a “chosen sister”, called me to catch up.  Mind you, we haven’t talked for about 18 months.


What kind of friends don’t talk for 18 months you might think?? Well, the kind that go different ways, for whatever reason. But that doesn’t mean we are any less connected.


As she called, it was so wonderful to hear her voice. We filled each other in on all the things that have happened in our lives. We really didn’t miss much of a beat.

“You know,” she said, “Even though we may not have the fitness stuff in common anymore, please call me, vent to me, cry to me if you need to. I’m here to listen no matter what.”


Those words nearly had me in tears. Just 2 days later, I learned that a young gal who was part of the Relentless families we support (through the Relentless powerlifting meets) had passed away. These phone calls and the passing of sweet Amber puts a lot of things in perspective.


Scroll through your phone contacts. No really…. right now.

Who should you reach out to? Who haven’t you talked to in awhile. Who might need a shoulder, an ear or just a quick hello?


Love. Give love this Christmas.