Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Your inner athlete is dying to play!

April 2, 2009

cory-footballWhy do we think of athletes as only as those who play on a pro-team?  We are all athletes waiting to happen.  It is just that some of us haven’t yet discovered our natural inner athlete… we all have one. Whether you were a high school basketball star or a bookworm, each of us has an inner athlete.

We just have to find out what we think is fun.  Some people like golf, some like to walk, others like to swim.  Before we had ESPN2 and Workout Videos we had to engage in some sort of play and exercise. All animals engage in play… it’s in our genes. We just have to find it and let it out. 

Once you begin to experiment with different exercise classes and activities, you can find the one that fits best for you. To find your own personal balance you have to think of working out as an important part of your total health picture and not just as a way to help you squeeze into your high shchool jeans.

Don’t work out because you want to be perfect.  Work out because your inner athlete is dying to play. Work out in order to be whole.

Try, try again!

February 21, 2009

 

 

Cory as Atalanta on the TV show "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

Cory as Atalanta on the TV show "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Few times in our history has this old saying had so much merit. Times are tough right now for a lot of people all over the world, and the ones who are able to pick themselves up, brush it off and move on despite setbacks are the ones who will survive the best.  

Setbacks are not permanent. Just because you experienced one little setback doesn’t mean you’ll never succeed again.  Look at kids.  Kids don’t stop trying to walk because they fall down once.  They get up and down 100 times before they get it right.  We should all use this same principle… try, try again. 

The most successful athletes have also failed.  I personally lost a number of bodybuilding contests before I won my first Ms. Olympia.  I also went through a number of different careers before settling into this one. I went from designing hospitals to working in a lumber yard hauling 4×8 sheets of particle board. That doesn’t mean I failed at the others.

You aren’t the only person in the world who hasn’t succeeded on the first try and it is not a reflection upon your self-worth as a person.  It is just being human.

Remember it takes courage to work toward a goal ..why?.. Because you risk not achieving it. 

If you tried your best, then you can be proud of your accomplishments regardless of the end result.

My Dad use to tell me, “When you get knocked down you have two choices…to stay down or get up and try again.”  I always enjoyed getting back up.

Inspired

January 23, 2009

I received the following letter from Jeff Everson recently:

Dear Jeff:

"...almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory"

"...almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory"

Just wanted to thank you and Cory for starting me on my road to health and fitness many years ago.  Your latest Planet Muscle issue brought back a lot of memories.  As you can see, the first picture I attached was taken almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory (like you have on page 93).  Health and Fitness has been my passion every since.  I am currently a personal trainer and a natural figure competitor.  I am also a distributor for Beverly International and placed 2nd in their show last year!  I would love the opportunity to be featured in your magazine as an inspiration to others.  Hard work, time, and dedication does pay off!  I also attached a few photos from a recent photo shoot with Lisa Brewer. I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 LeeAnn Biesenthal

I was really moved by LeeAnn’s letter, and here’s my response:

Hi beautiful LeeAnn,

Wow, what a fantastic letter. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing photos with me and your kind words of support. You are

"...from a recent photo shoot"

"...from a recent photo shoot"

truly a beautiful woman and in my opinion, you have a body that will challenge all the rest of the competitors in the world..Congratulations and know how proud I am of you and I wish you continued success and motivation. I know i wouldn’t like to have to compete against you…you would have taken my title form me…
 

If you are still competing send us an update…. but whatever you are doing you will find success…that is just the type of person you are. 

lots of love,

Cory    

a letter from one of our soldiers

December 8, 2008

 

this is the poster I sent to Sgt. Peragine

this is the poster I sent to Sgt. Peragine

Hi, Friends –

I want to share this letter I received from one of our soldiers who recently returned from Iraq. I am so humbled and grateful to receive such a compliment! Read on:

Good evening Cory,

My name is SGT Robert Peragine, recently home from a tour in Iraq.  You can probably figure out that the days and nights there are very long and tiresome.  I wanted to tell you a little morale boosting story from when my platoon was stationed overseas.  

Morale is a difficult thing to keep high when faced with the types of situations we dealt with daily in Iraq.  To help out my men, I downloaded a picture of you to hang in our barracks as a “this is what we are fighting for back home” type of thing.  I can’t tell you how much the men loved the photo and of course, what a boost in their morale right away!  Some of the men even got a bit jealous that “she is in better shape than we are.”  Well, they were right about that.

I wanted to ask Cory, if it would be possible for you to send me an autographed photo now that I have returned back home.  I would like something to put in my office for the men to see when they come in.  Perhaps one for myself too if I may ask, just as a talking point when I tell my friends back home of how you helped us in the war effort.  I realize this is an odd request and would understand if you could not fill my request.  Just know that what you do everyday does have a positive on others lives.

Warmest regards,

Robert Peragine
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Of course I’m sending him the requested photos! And following is my response to Sgt. Peragine:
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Dear SGT. Peragine,
Wow what can I say. This letter touched my heart like you wouldn’t
believe. It meant so much.

I have such respect and deep admiration for all of you who serve our
country. What I have done pales in comparison to anything you all do, are
and stand for. But, it made me remember that we are all here for a purpose,
big or small – we all can make a difference, and when you least expect it
you can impact someone in some positive way.

Thank you for honoring me and giving me that chance to impact some of you. You are all my heroes. 
And yes of course I will send you photos… 
By the way what is the name of your platoon? 
Thank you again for making me feel for even a moment that I helped . 

Love to you all,

Cory