Pushing Beyond Comfort


I don’t know if I’ve ever been accused of being too easy on my clients, but I believe I’m guilt of that from time to time. I try hard to step up the workouts, challenging the body and mind. I’m not patient with a client who works on the easier side of serious. With the exception of injuries — those injuries arising from play or work over the weekend. People may believe they’re seriously attacking a workout, but occasionally I get someone whose efforts are less than they should be.

Sometimes I have a talk. Often I just increase the weight and keep them working. About 12 years ago I fired a client. After a year of training three days a week I told her I wouldn’t work with her anymore. She was surprised and asked why. I itemized off several reasons:

          • She wore sweat pants and a turtle neck shirt for training — year round. (You’re going to pass out from the heat.)

            I trained Liz Chamberlain for 5 years and never had to fire her. She always worked 110%.

            I trained Liz Chamberlain for 5 years and never had to fire her. She always worked 110%.

          • She always wore her rings which were probably 20 carats total weight. (It will ruin your rings, and you don’t need to be concerned about them here. Leave them home.)
          • She refused to eat vegetables — ever. (Really, are you 2?)

I wasn’t able to continue working with her when her body hadn’t changed in a year. I didn’t want her telling people she trained with me, and yet there were no changes. She begged for a second chance, and I was pleased with the results.

We have to get out of our comfort zone if we are going to get results. We must remember that comfort — furniture, cars, and food — got us in this condition in the first place. Don’t be afraid of sweat. That’s why the shower was invented. Your trainer will know what kinds of exercises your body cannot do. They will be sure to point you in the right direction for ultimate success.

Excerpt from The Zen of Weight Loss: 

“Exercise is a form of movement that demands concentration. It can be an intensely pleasurable experience if it is accompanied by a positive attitude. Rather than consider exercise from a negative “gotta” approach, see it as a “wanna”. When viewed as a deeply personal choice of how one truly wants to spend time, the mind centers on happiness as the motivation to move the body in a vigorous manner. Conversely, if exercise is approached with the
attitude of a freshly condemned prisoner, the mind will find ways to avoid punishing its body.”

Step up to the plate and start to work harder. Then you will see the results you want to get.

Be Well!

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