We Have Moved to KhoLabs.com

We have exciting news! We are no longer called Fixt. We changed our name to Kho, which means healing in the Hmong language. Our mission to make health care easier for athletes is still the same. We are just doing it with a fresh logo and a new name. A new name means that you need a new domain name, check our new site out at kholabs.com

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ianw@kholabs.com and I would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Performance anxiety

Managing Your Competition Anxiety

To the surprise of no one, the key to being successful as an athlete is performing when it counts. Being a stud in practice is 100% useless if you can not duplicate that effort in a game. You can practice a move 100 times, but when the pressure is on, your palms are sweaty, and your heart is beating much faster can you do the same thing? If not why is this and what can you do to manage it? First, it takes an understanding of anxiety and competition, then secondly you need to understand thyself.

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Practice One Thing Multiple Times

What Is Your Practice?

First, what is a practice? It can be a variety of things from playing guitar all the way to skydiving. It is not something that you can simply pick up in a book and blindly select. Well, you can but you will surely fail at working toward mastering it. A practice needs to be something you love doing a passion, a purpose, or, a calling if you will. It needs to speak towards what your deepest values and loves are.

For example, Doctors spanning across all fields call their place of work a practice. This is where they are doing the things they love every day, helping others, saving others, and constantly learning because every single situation is different. They need to be able to adjust their skills to fit every single patient that walks through the door.

The most common “practice” I can think of would be those that are students of any martial art. The dojo is they place of practice and the activities that go on inside the dojo are the practices themselves. Learning to master the art takes time, and commitment and it will take both for you to master your own practice.

It does not matter what you want to do in life. As long as you find your true calling no one can judge it and you yourself can master it. It will take you developing your own practice. There are steps that need to be taking in order to start a practice.

Time to grow up.

We will go over some character improvements that must be done before you can even start your practice. We are looking to improve our lives and we must start with ourselves before we can affect those around us.

Find your calling

Have you found what your true calling is? Have you made the decision that this is what you want to do and strive for from this point forward? Is it something that is a part of you? Ya, these are all tough questions but must be answered before a practice can even be started. What is the point in starting a practice around something you’re going to hate doing anyways? You may love the idea of something right now but when the hard times come are you going to be able to take the hits and ask for more?

It is time for some self-reflection. Take the time to listen to what it is you can do for the world that you yourself love to do. Once you have figured out your purpose it is time to start molding it into something beautiful. This process is never ending. There is no perfect but the simple act of practice should be satisfying enough. The work itself should be enough. The fruits of your work are just a bonus.

Become a Warrior

As stated previously it is important to get used to the shitty times that are going to happen. Nothing is ever just sunshine and rainbows 100% of the time. You are going to face hardships on your journey and you must be willing to fight through them in order to continue the practice itself. If you allow one small thing to upset your progress entirely then the calling you have decided upon is probably not your real calling. Start over.

Being willing to face your enemies every single day is what is going to make the difference between a successful practice and a practice that is just a hobby. Just like the warrior, your practice is for life. If you are focused on doing this thing for the entirety of your life it must not be a hobby. It has to be something that goes deep into your soul. You must live for this thing. That much conviction will help you face the hardships that are inevitably going to come along.

Drop the ego

It is also important to not allow your ego to enter into your practice. The ego is not allowed in the practice. It will drive your decision making into a place that will taint the space in which you practice as well as the work that is the result. Be humble, work hard, and appreciate others work that may be in the same realm as yours.

The ego only serves one person and it is you, if you aim is to serve other people than the ego needs to be dropped like a bad habit. It needs to have happened yesterday!

Be willing to learn

Become a student of your craft; learn from those who have come before you in the same arena. Be willing to accept new ideas as well as old ideas. If you are closed minded to your own agenda you will be missing an important aspect to your practice. It is simple, there are many others out in the real world that are trying to accomplish the same thing you are. Why not work in concert as opposed to conflict.

Everyone has a unique view on the world and that view could very well be something you can add to your current practice to enhance it.

Learning is an action that is not used anywhere as much as it should be. Take advantage of that fact. Be a sponge. Read, write, listen, and watch it does not matter. Carve out time in your schedule to learn new things. I am telling you not enough people are doing that simple thing these days. Use it to bring your practice that much more value.

Let’s Practice!

Once you have addressed the issues that may hinder your practice from a personal level we can get to what we need on a more material level to being out practice.

Now every single practice will be different in terms of equipment and set up but there are three aspects to a practice that are universal. Space, time, and intent

Find your environment

No matter what your practice, will be you need to have a space in order to accomplish the tasks that need to be completed. This is a place that should be sacred to you and your work. This is a place where no bullshit is allowed. The phone goes off. The mind stays focused and outside forces stay where they should be outside.

It does not matter where the environment is but it does matter that the space is consistent. It should be a temple. The place you go when you need to work. When you are doing the thing you love. If you’re a personal trainer then it could be your gym. This could be where you smooth out the kinks in your programming or where you teach yourself new skills that you can intern teach your clients. If you are a writer then that could be your desk.

If you are a martial artist then this would more than likely be your dojo. It does not matter what it is you are trying to do or what need your practice is going to be serving. What matters is that you have a place that is for the work. That place needs to be treated as sacred. I do not care if you are religious or not. This place is your area of work. No distractions and no nonsense!

Find your time

Practicing should be a ritual. It should take place in the same environment and during the same time consistently. Finding the right time for your practice is an intensely personal thing. You should have the time stated every day when you’re going to start practice and never miss it.

It needs to be something that is done every single day. With constant practice and consistent practice comes progress. With your newly acquired character skills, it is should be exciting to start your day

Inspiration can be created it does not need to pop up out of anywhere to gives you permission to work. No, you go create your inspiration in your space at the same time every day.

Building a strong practice takes time. It required a constant build-up of momentum that only comes from consistency. Every single day needs to be the same in order to build up that momentum. Once you start getting the traction it is ever more important that the ball keeps rolling cause as it gains energy the faster it will go. So find the time that works best for you and stick to it. Make a commitment to it!

Become Engrossed

Why have you started this practice? Did you start it to accomplish something personal, something for a greater good? Whatever it is, whatever your purpose is it must be done with 110% effort. The Australians have a saying “we’re not here to f@ck spiders” Meaning that they aren’t there to mess around. They have a job to do and they do it.

That is how you need to approach your practice. The intent behind your work needs to be that of intensity. You’re not there to post on Instagram, be liked on facebook or post some funny snap chat. You are there to get work done, plain and simple.

I realize we live in an extremely digital world and if your practice involves social media then by all means do not pay attention to my previous sentence but do pay attention to the fact that if your practice is social media the intent behind that work remains the same.

If you want to master your craft it is going to take effort, you realize this. (at least I hope you do ) And that effort needs to be concentrated, focused.

Slow down and don’t rush

This process is not something that is going to happen overnight. It is going to take a very long time to nail down all the aspects and it may not all come together at all. That is finding constant movement toward that end that matters most.

If you have found your true calling than it does not matter if you miss the mark once and while. You know where you need to be and where you want to be and are committed to that goal. You can relish in the fact that you have found what you want to do and in fact “need” to do for the rest of your life to be happy. Many still live false lives.

If you take the steps toward your goal daily and be consistent with it and I am positive you will create a practice that will be more successful than you ever thought possible.

Chiropractic treatment

Knowing When Self-Rehab Is Not Enough

You’re in pain, and you want to look on the internet to see how to make it stop hurting. Problem is that nothing is really working. You search more, you try different tools, you dig in with your own hands but still nothing is working. The desire for someone to give you that magic treatment that will make all of your pain go away but truth is that it does not exist. You are on your foam roller for crazy amounts of hours every day, you ice bath and you stretch until you can’t anymore! Even with all of this, you are still in pain! Does this sound familiar, here is what the problem is and what you need to do?

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The scholarship fight for money and respect

What I Learned From Being on an Athletic Scholarship

I have been asked multiple times by high school kids from Canada and the USA what life has been like being on an athletic scholarship in the NCAA and I will say right now that it was worth it. Even though I believe this, I also believe there is a lot that people need to start preparing for, and that is the purpose of this article. The article is not meant to scare any aspiring athletes.

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Mike Tyson's Ear Biting Is one of histories most iconic sports injuries

The Most Iconic Sports Injuries

These are some of the sports injuries that just hit us extra hard. They are not the worst injuries or the must disgusting be the ones that stand out in the minds of many fans. I post this not to celebrate these injuries but it inspires our team. We are driven to help athletes not have to go through this. We know what it is like to be down and out like many of these athletes and it sucks! We want to see athletes rise above injuries all over the world.

Joe Theisman

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Some Great Ideas for Whole Body Stretches for Athletes

 

There was a time back in college when I was always dealing with injury after injury, and it was stressing me out. I was already stretching and foam rolling daily, but I was stretching as if every muscle was a separate galaxy that would never interact with any other tissue. The truth is that most people stretch this way, but muscles don’t operate on their own. For example, the hamstrings talk with the glutes, back, groin, and many other places in the body. You should be doing stretches that understand this complex system.

I strongly suggest that every athlete read “Anatomy Trains” because the book will help you visualize what your connected body looks like. As an athlete, it was the book that put it all together for me. I posted a video at the bottom of this page that will make more sense of these stretches. It will give you an accurate visual of how the body is connected. It will explain why when your achilles tendon hurts, you have to look at your feet and calves to understand what could be going on.

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