In 2010, I started a free 12-week fitness program for fourteen deserving individuals. These very special people wrote letters describing what fitness meant to them and out of hundreds of letters the selectees truly deserved it. At about the fourth week, the fourteen has dwindled to a dedicated nine and I loved them all for sticking it out. One of my options for participants of the program was that they make up missed sessions by attending an advanced class or receive a one on one beat down by yours truly. There was one that took me up on that offer by accident.
I was doing my own workout with one of my trusted colleagues when Miss K, one of the participants, walked in on my rigorous training routine. She somehow mixed up her training dates and walked into the “Terror Dome”. She began to excuse herself after realizing the schedule mix up. Something inside of me felt it was time to test her heart. I said to her, “You are not going anywhere! By the way, this is not a personal training session. You are working out with us!”
I expected her to panic and tremble in fear due to her fitness level, but she smiled, gave a nervous chuckle and said, “Ok!” Together the three of us work on the routine that I loved the most, boxing. For ten rounds we jumped rope, hit focus mitts, worked the speed bags and killed our abs. When it was over she was tired but joyful. I was truly impressed. She had been doing basic workouts for four weeks and yet summoned the spirit and mindset to play with the “big boys.”
Toward the end our workout she began telling me how her weight loss journey is turning her whole family around. Before she was self-conscious and self-sabotaging, now she is an inspiration. Because of Miss K’s decision to change, her mother has started a path of fitness by joining a weight loss contest at work. Her sisters, who are much smaller than her have followed her lead and joined fitness gyms. Her father has pulled the covers off of his weight machines in his garage and now loves to show his biceps. I said to myself at that moment, “She’s got it!”
You see, she may not be at her ideal weight yet but she now has the ideal mindset to make a change. Guys, weight loss and life changing experiences start in the mind. When you change your process from the inside to something positive it simply causes a chain reaction to people around you, whether you know it or not. Especially those you love. You don’t have to have a six-pack to motivate someone. You don’t have to be the fittest looking person to get someone fired up. Sometimes all you have to do is change. If she can do it, you can too can you.
You don’t have to be a fighter to feel like one! So Let’s train!
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