MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD

MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD

What is your most precious resource? So many of us will say money. And of course money is important to get the things you need to live like food and clothes and shelter, but that's not it. You might say food or water is more important, but even though we need those to survive, they aren't the most precious either. What is the one thing that no matter what you have, no matter how rich you are, no matter how famous you are, no matter how smart you are, you can never get more of and once it's gone, it's gone forever? TIME!! We can NEVER get time back, at least not until someone invents a time machine. Most people don't even think about this when they are younger but start to think about it a bunch when they are older. Well, I'm older so I think about it! HAHAHA! But what I think about is how to get the most out of my time. How to maximize it. The first step to maximizing your time is to be totally present in the current time and activity. You pay good money to go to the gym, have one of our workouts push you to improve your fitness and have the coaches help you to move correctly. It's an hour. But if you aren't all in and busy doing other things on your phone or thinking about other things during that time, then that hour is NOT maximized for your fitness. Sure you get to try it again tomorrow, but that training day was lost, FOREVER. If you are hanging out with your kid and you are busy doing other stuff like texting, surfing, emails or watching tv, etc, then you aren't being present in that time with your child and that time is never able to be returned. If you are in school and the teacher is lecturing, but you are daydreaming about the beach or other things and not focusing on the information, then that time is lost and you will have to make it up later with longer study times which will cut into your time for other things. It's not being efficient. I know we always have a million things happening in our lives but we have to do the best we can to devote the time we have to what we are doing right then, to be super present IN that moment. This way we get the absolute most out of that time. This allows us to have more important quality over quantity in any situation. Which would you rather have 30 minutes of pure awesomeness or 3 hours of "meh". Don't waste your most precious resource. Treat it as something more important than gold....because it is!:)

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DO WORK

DO WORK

Ever heard "you get out of it what you put into it"? It's an old phrase that has been around for a long long time. And even though there are so many phrases out there in social media, this one has a massive dose of honesty to it. The fact is that you can't get results in ANYTHING if you just KINDA do it. If you want to lose weight, you have to make sure that EVERY meal is a healthy one. Not just one with a sprig of broccoli on the plate. If you want to get stronger, you have to consistently work on your mobility to improve your range of motion instead of just slapping weight on and doing some bad reps. If you want to get Ring Muscle Ups, it will take daily work of drills, transitions, pulling and pushing strength work, and building capacity. Not trying for three days then stopping. If you want your relationship to be better, then it's DAILY work and attention to the relationship and your bae. Not just one super nice date and then figure you are good to go for a month. If you want to be better in school, then you have to be able to study and sometimes blow of those times where everyone is out playing. Not only doing school during the actual class time. The point here is that anything you want to accomplish or improve WILL TAKE WORK. There is no easy way about it. No one is going to do it for you. This can be a scary thing, but it's also a VERY empowering thing! Its all in your hands. And even though there won't be anyone to blame if it doesn't work out other than yourself, the better thing is that there is only ONE person who gets all the credit when it does, YOU! Don't ever be afraid, or give up because something is going to take work. EVERYTHING TAKES WORK!! Be stoked for yourself that YOU are doing YOU and doing the work! Be proud of yourself! Great things will come, just have to put in that work:)

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NO REP!

NO REP!

The last time you did a competition, even if it was the Open, what did you do when you got a "NO REP"? Or when you miss your double under again and again and again? I watch people all the time as a coach and an analyst and the VAST MAJORITY will literally stop, dead in their tracks when these types of things happen to them. At the beginning of your workout, you know how many reps you need complete and you set the expectation in your mind about how you will do. But then these outside forces, like constantly hitting the rope making the double-under take longer, or the judge tells you this is rep is no good and you have to do more derails people from what they are doing. This happens outside the gym as well. You can be having a great day and then all of a sudden you get a notice from your phone or electric company, or a note from your boss, or you get a speeding ticket, something happens to a loved one. These things normally will derail and ruin our day, but it shouldn't. For the athlete, if they get a no-rep, I'd tell them to act as it didn't even happen and just keep going. If they can't get the double-unders, then I'd tell them to just keep breathing and keep moving. Don't get pissed and just get to the next pieces to make your move. The bad thing that happened sucks, but if you make that one single thing determine the entire outcome of the workout, then you get knocked completely out of the game. The real-world scenario is also true. If you let the shitty thing that happened completely ruin your day, then you get the double-whammy loss. Shitty things are always going to happen but they don't need to overtake your entire day. You can still have a great day, a fun day, a happy day, even if shitty things happen. You have the power and the control of just how much that THING affects your day. You will still need to deal with that THING, but it will only ruin your entire day IF YOU LET IT! I'm not saying these things are easy, in the workout or in real life, but it can be done. You have the ability to give each of the things in your world, in your day, in your workout, the amount of power it deserves. Don't let those small, or even big, pain in the asses, take over your life or your workout. It's going to be a good one, even a happy and great one, as long as you make it so:)

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BUT WHY?

BUT WHY?

I have been told a handful of times over the 11 years we have been around that we should change our warm up. When I get comments like this, my first question is always WHY? Even though some will say that I'm doing this just to irritate them, I am honestly trying to get a deeper understanding of the big picture. For the warm up, what is ours currently doing for the member and for the trainer and what ISN'T it doing for them? If we change to this "other thing" would it change what boxes are currently getting checked off and would there be more checked? But I'll say this isn't a discussion about changing the workout. It's about the understanding of "WHY". We all do things. Sometimes we think they are necessary things. Sometimes they are just for fun. Sometimes it's something special for someone and sometimes we are attacking or defending from someone. But every single action we do has a WHY. The WHY is the REAL reason we are doing it. Not as in a "cause-and-effect" but rather what we are trying to get out of it. We are VERY good at disguising these real WHYs when we know they aren't really all that important or they just aren't right. We will literally try to justify the surface reasons to make ourselves feel like we are doing it for the right reasons. If we use the warm-up example, the reason to change is that "we always do that and it's boring", "people will stop training with us if the warm-up is boring", etc. But when I look at the checklist of what our boring warm-up does, then I see that it checks off many more boxes that will help our member rather than making it all flashy and "exciting". But it was examined and looked at the REAL things to come to that conclusion. Look at your own world. Do you really know the WHYs of what you do? Why do you train for 4 hours a day? Why do you refuse to talk to this person? Why do you hold on to that object forever? Why do you refuse to take weight off of the bar, or to add weight to the bar? There are millions of these you have to deal with every day. Some obviously more important than others, but in either situation, KNOW the real reason why. Don't cover it up with things that sound good or look good. Get real reasons. Knowing the WHY ends up being the road map of all your actions. And you will be able to achieve so much more and be much happier when you are working from a place of self-honesty rather than not.:)

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DOES IT SHOW?

DOES IT SHOW?

I was watching the 2019 Women Wimbeldon Finals where Serena Wiliams was beaten by a relative newcomer, Simona Halep. She beat Serena in the finals 6/2, 6/2. What was interesting was looking at their body as they played the final few points. Usually, Serena is a statue of confidence. And in the past, Simona was a complete negative nancy. In fact, her coach quit with her and said he wouldn't coach her until she changed her attitude. She worked on it, her coach came back, and she looked amazing against, the BEST, a true Juggernaut in the field of Tennis. With all the strengths that Siera has, she just couldn't get on the positive side of the stick. Her head was hanging, her shoulders were rounded forward, and in the very last point of the game, her body was communicating "can we just get this over with already". And it happened. I know anyone can get beat on any day. That's sports, but the point of the blog is to talk about how positivity works. If you can't be positive, not positive you will win, but positive you can perform at your best, then your whole being will show it. And when it shows, you actually lose twice because not only do you not believe you can do it but the "sharks in the water smell blood" and they believe they have broken you. You are now theirs! You won't win every time. That's not how it works. But you won't even have a chance to get points or even have a shot if you drop your head, give in, and basically give up. If you aren't trying to do your best, then you are just waiting to lose. Don't ever give up on yourself. If you are going to lose then go down fighting! Go down with your head up. Go down giving everything your best. This way no matter what the outcome you will be proud of yourself and be "happy" with the outcome. Yes, we all want to win but we know there is only 1 winner. Everyone else ISN'T. The win will happen if it's supposed to but how you fight and how you finish is all up to you. Head high, chest up, proud of yourself!:)

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