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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