I am a husband; father; animal lover/advocate; personal & group trainer at Ninja Park; VeganOCRacer; UNAA partner; OCR fanatic; and an all-around normal guy. I think now at 50 years of age, I might just be hitting my stride!
Reflecting on that time in my life, the early martial arts days, this is what formed my affinity of rooting for the underdog almost always. I felt like an underdog for most of my years and yet I overcame these occurrences, often. To this day I really cheer for the underdog as I still see myself as just that. Not in a negative way, it just seemed like I always learned everything the hard way and struggle to get better. Yet I am not an elite athlete, sports star at any level, a well-known trainer or a ripped physique model. Does this stop me from trying? Not a chance!
I have come to realize over all these years that people that reach out for help with their health and fitness are also underdogs. They obviously struggle, or they would not be reaching out for help. So, I can relate with their struggles and obstacles. Most everyone has some aspiration to something higher or greater (learning a new language, earning a degree, being a rock star parent, better fitness, fundraising for charity, etc.)
Louis Kahn once said “even a brick wants to be something. A brick wants to be something. It aspires. Even a common, ordinary brick… wants to be something more than it is. It wants to be something better than it is. That is what we must be”.
The handful of clients I have are actually my friends – they are underdogs, they make improvements, they are rock stars, they aspire to be something better! Brick by brick, piece by piece they are improving their health, wellness and lives. I will fight for the “underdog” in each of them or anyone reaching out for help.
-James De Lara-
This blog is dedicated to the athlete’s that participate, train, live and breathe obstacle course training. As a new blog for a sport that is not new, there will be a heavy focus on the new – Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA). Competing or not, member or not, please feel free to visit the blog often for news, competition info, athlete info, hints, tips, tricks, hacks for all training and nutrition info related to Ninja obstacle courses.
And for full disclosure I do work out at the Ninja Park ABQ, I am a personal trainer at the Ninja Park ABQ, I might compete in the city qualifier at the Ninja Park ABQ in March 2016 and no, I am not ready as of yet – damnit!
Just because I am out of this gym and from Albuquerque, I will still be highlighting all the athletes and competitions that I can from all the gyms across the country. In addition, I will be looking for and counting on the athletes to contribute nutrition, training, recovery, equipment and gear hints, tips, tricks and hacks!
Together, let’s make this blog, the UNAA and the competitions the best they can be.
Contact James De Lara with any questions or inquiries related to this blog at firstname.lastname@example.org.