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Blake Zerboni

The Smallest Player on the Field


Playing at UCLA was one of the best experiences of my life.

Twenty years ago I was the smallest player on the soccer field. Although my twin sister and I were quite athletic (thank you Mom and Dad) and relatively skilled for 6 year olds, an innocent bystander would never have guessed that 12 years later we’d be standing at Drake Stadium ready to start our first UCLA Division 1 soccer game. The journey getting there definitely had its trials, triumphs, and moments of perseverance; but most importantly, it took extremely hard work. In fact one of my biggest lessons was that your genetic ability only takes you so far; it’s the determination, dedication, discipline, and passion that take you to the next level. *(Take that as a life lesson as well).

If I hadn’t learned the importance of those four things during my adolescence, I would never have advanced to where I did, especially at my stature.

Playing at UCLA was one of the best experiences of my life. I not only had the opportunity to play alongside some of the most amazing soccer players in the nation and gather three Final Four appearances, but I also received a second-to-none degree and made some of the best and lasting friends a girl could ask for. Amazing, amazing, amazing—the people, the knowledge, the experience! I’ll never forget what it was like to put on that uniform, walk out onto the brightly lit field and represent one of the best universities in the world. It was such a sense of pride, accomplishment, and inspiration.

Zerboni1 I guess my point to all this is that although I’ve accomplished my goals, I’m not really done accomplishing my goals. I’ve had the experience, and now I want to give every girl who loves soccer the chance to have a similar experience. Fortunately, I’ve chosen a career path that will allow me to do this. After attaining my 200-hr yoga certification in LA, I decided (at 25 years old) that it was time to move back to my home roots and earn a certificate in NASM Personal Training. From there I have combined my soccer expertise (from playing at such a high level) and my knowledge of body movement (strength, speed, power, flexibility, athleticism) to become the most unique Soccer Performance Specialist in California. In addition to that, I am one of the only females in this field, and as far as finding a mentor for young girls, look no further. Who is better to answer your questions than the person who has walked in the shoes? So, this is my story. Let me help you create yours. Contact me to start your experience. Today.

Blake Zerboni

Ex-UCLA student athlete – Women’s soccer NASM Certified Personal Trainer 200 hr-yoga Certified Bzerboni@gmail.com 949.291.5425

BeachFit CrossFit

BeachFit CrossFit

BeachFit CrossFit

Goals can be an important part of achieving anything in life. They give you direction and keep you on track. Accomplishing goals or tracking progress towards them keeps you motivated, and fitness is no exception. Establishing fitness goals is an ongoing process that can guide you through a start or transition, as well as prevent stagnation or decline in your fitness. We periodically help our athletes set and reach new milestones. Let’s look at some points that will help you follow through on, rather than abandon goals.

Great ideas or resolutions are different from goals. A person may say “I’m gonna get fitter this year,” “I’d like to lose 10-20 lbs.,” “I really want to be stronger,” or “I’m going to train for a marathon”. These are all admirable and would indeed increase fitness in the appropriate person (for example they have the weight to lose or have never run a marathon), however these statements are arbitrary and subjective. They aren’t the type that would necessarily prompt follow through from most people.

Most experts suggest that you set goals in writing using positive statements. Writing goals down gives them foundation in your mind, transitioning them from fleeting ideas to something concrete. There is no denying you are making a statement and no fooling yourself about it. Written goals should follow certain parameters as well. The following acronym for smart goals is often seen:smart

Here are some examples of well written goals: “I will lower my bodyfat 5% , as well as implement my physician’s directions to improve my blood markers within the next 2 months,” “I will lose 20 lbs by the first day of summer,” “I will increase my deadlift 15 lbs. by June 30th,” “I will start training tomorrow and will complete the 2013 OC Marathon.” This type of goal will help you outline a plan to stay on track to reach the end. Once it’s clearly defined, action steps can be decided to help you finish what you really want.

It should go without saying that your fitness goals have to be set by you, and can’t be dictated by someone else. They need to hold meaning for you. The really important things in life are often the catalyst that will help people set and attain an ambitious goal. When I returned to training after a hiatus that included a high stress job with a lot of sitting and travel, along with having two children, I didn’t feel good physically. My kids were young and I knew that I wanted to be able to be active with them. A trainer asked me what my goals were. I told him I’d be fooling myself if I said I didn’t want to look better, but what I really wanted was to be able to keep up with my kids through their teen years. That was a bigger motivator than anything, and I knew that if I worked hard enough to perform that well I would look a lot better too. A good coach can help you set or amend goals, and stay on track to get the outcome you really desire. The most important thing is to just set some goals. Fitness waits for no one, and it doesn’t magically appear in the month of January. It is attainable and there are a lot of ways to make it fun! Don’t wait, instead of cruising through life on autopilot, set some goals now. (949) 939-3130 www.BeachFitCrossFit.com 140 Calle de Los Molinos, San Clemente