“The beginning is the most important part of the work” – Plato
True story. Years ago, when I had the opportunity to run my own small cafe, a customer brought me a large bag of Meyer lemons from her yard. As she handed the bag to me she said, “I thought you could use these.”
I made lemonade, brewed iced tea, and then made Arnold Palmers and sold them for $3.75. I wrote on my sign board, “When life gives you lemons, make Arnold Palmers.” As with most anything in life, it’s all what you make of it.
Operating that cafe most definitely had it’s challenges. The day to day operations took a lot of work and determination. That being said, since it was my dealio and making it all happen was up to me (by no means was it a get-rich-quick endeavor) it was fun. The point of my story? No matter how tough it gets you still have to have some fun. Making resolutions is the easy part. Keeping and making them happen is the challenge. Streamline the process and free up you’re mind to succeed. Resolutions require flexibility.
Making Fitness Fun
Music. Get a good setlist.
“He sings the songs that remind him of the good times. He sings the songs that remind him of the best times”
Like, yeah. Music has an amazing effect on our emotions. Much like a very strong cup of java juice, listening to certain tunes can make us jump up, burst out into song, and do the happy dance around the house.
Variety is the spice of life so let your inner DJ come out. Mix it up, pump up the volume and turn that happy dance into a workout routine. After all, calories don’t burn themselves.
Birds of a Feather. That’s what friends are for.
“Never mix seasonal people with lifetime expectations”
You know who you’re friends are in an hour of need – and that goes for that last lap around the track or curling those last two reps as well. Having a friend around is essential for many reasons – help, support, and accountability just to name a few. A friend will also keep it real and help you check that ego at the door. i.e. “No you didn’t just kill leg day.”
Hire an Awesome Trainer.
If you were to ask a personal trainer what their reasons were for choosing this line of work, “To make six figures” typically isn’t on the list. Wanting to help people is. It was Jack Lalanne who said, “My goal has always been to help people help themselves. Your body is your most prized possession. You’ve got to take care of it.”
Every client has a different goal and set of needs. Whether it be weight-loss or gaining muscle and strength, having the ability to listen, understand, and demonstrate techniques for achieving those goals takes experience and knowledge.
More often than not trainers have gone through amazing transformations themselves. These transformations take hardwork, discipline, commitment, and sweat and it is our job to inspire and motivate others that they too can transform into stronger, better versions of themselves. A trainer should be a walking billboard for their business. After all, the proof is in the pudding and if someone doesn’t look like they practice what they preach, personally, I don’t care where the Cert came from.
Change your mindset.
There is an epidemic running rampant these days. I call it the “I can’t epidemic.” To be clear, if you suffer from a particular medical condition or injury, by all means let your new workout partner or trainer know it. That being said, enough with the “I can’t” already.
Sure, happy hour can be fun. Until it’s not.
Everybody’s doing it. No longer a sub-culture of “enthusiasts,” the fitness “thang” is going mainstream and that’s a good thing. Calling us “fitness freaks” or “gym rats” isn’t cool anymore. Becoming one is. Exercise helps the body release endorphins and dopamine. Chemicals known for giving us a “natural high.” Sort of like when we get a text from someone we have a secret crush on. Except times 10, so go exercise. Go have fun.
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