Discover New Eyes

by Roger LaPointe

Jackson LaPointe agrees with Yasser, "Don't be a crying baby!" Stone lifting is apparently in his genes. Jackson is only 6 days old and he is already hefting stone balls onto barrels!

“The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust

I have had a stunning number of questions about how I “train” my son, who is five years old. This is thanks to my using him as a model for some of our shirts, as well as my relating truths I have learned from him. It is also a compliment, so I thank you all.

“So?” you ask, “what are the most popular questions and what perspective are people coming from?” Well, many questions seem to be from dads who want their kid to become a better athlete. Cool. I understand the desire. As for being an expert on raising a kid, this is my first time around, so take that for what it is. Here is my advice for “training” your future athlete: train your child’s mind.

If you are an Atomic Athletic fan, then you probably know or guess that I look at training and the world a little differently than most. This can be a double edged sword. A friend of mine recently quoted Theodore Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, who said, “I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” I did a day of volunteer work at my son’s kindergarten class and noticed that while all the other kids were using single colors, staying in the lines and making their coloring projects pretty much the same, my son’s was completely different. While he stayed in the lines, he also had multi-colored swirls, patches of color and pictures within pictures. I like to think that my 5 year old has the lessons of the good Dr. firmly ingrained in his head. He also loves to play outside, pick up heavy things and fight with a heavy bag. He regularly sees new, strange and unusual “toys” at my office and warehouse. His first reaction is to play with them.

If you are genuinely interested in training that will take you on a different journey, start here:

Train your mind first.

All the best, Roger LaPointe
“Today is a good day to lift.”