What I've Been Thinking About...
One of the first jobs I ever had in the fitness industry was at the LA Fitness in Easton, Pa. During my breaks I would pull out a book and read until the next appointment arrived. Each day there was an older gentlemen who came in with a newspaper and would talk to me about what I was reading. One of the days he asked if I ever read the newspaper. I told him that I did not and generally didn't have much interest. He was surprised by my response. My focus and attention was on the things of the past, not on the present day. He then said, well when are you going to read about the events of today? In 10 years when it comes out in the form of a book? I laughed and said probably. As it turns out, that is exactly what I am doing!
News stories today live in an echo chamber. Depending on which network you go to, all you hear is dramatized talking points that get the people fired up. The anchors sell each talking point like it is World War Three and encourage all of you to get on the right side of history. The problem is that choosing a side creates division. At this moment in time, I do not believe our country needs any more division. We need more unity. Until the talking heads start doing that, I will be sticking to the history books!
Fitness Tip of the Week
'Tis the season for vacations. I had a question this week about what to do while traveling and after some thought, I decided the 30/30/30 concept would get the job done. Here is how you do it: Perform an exercise for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and continue doing that until 30 minutes have passed. The simplest way to do this is to select ten bodyweight exercises and perform them top to bottom for three total circuits. Here is an example of how I would format it...
Last week we had our first Girls Camp at the farm and during the last day, I learned/realized something valuable...
We had a five year old in the group who could not climb the rope all week. She kept trying and trying but it just wasn't happening. On the final day, she gave it another attempt. As she starts the other 12 girls, who happen to be much older, circle around and start chanting her name. She keeps fighting. She keeps climbing. The cheering doesn't stop. It gets louder and louder the closer she gets to the top. Then, the goal is reached. She made the climb and everyone cheers. I shared that video with her parents and they were appreciative of her effort but more appreciative of the moment that was created that day for their little girl. A moment that she will hopefully never forget.
As a gym owner who works with kids, I came to realize the value of creating moments like this for everyone that walks in the door. It may not be as dramatic as everyone chanting and cheering your name but recognizing good effort and encouraging kids to try things they've never done before has incredible power. To learn the value of accomplishment through hard work and effort is one of those lessons that can last a lifetime.
What I've Been Reading...
Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willinck
A few years ago I stumbled upon the man known as Jocko. He is a former Navy SEAL, blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, best selling writer, consultant for organizations, and much, much more. His book, "Extreme Ownership" changed the way I think about life.
This field manual covers a lot of things. It is not a book that you would typically read front to back. It is a manual that you pick up when you may need a little jolt to get back on the path. Each page tells a story and gives the reader a little insight on how to apply some of these concepts to everyday life. Some topics covered include strategies and tactics for conquering weakness, procrastination, fear, physical training, sleep habits, food intake and more!
Quote of the Week
"Enjoy the little things. For one day you may look back and realize they were the big things" -- Robert Brault
I hope you all have an awesome week!