Make It Happen Monday


We’re experiencing a mini-heat wave here in Maine this weekend into today. My handy app says that in Bangor it’s 56 degrees, bright, and sunny, which for the early middle of March up in this neck of the woods is pretty sweet. Given that it’s t-shirt and bikini weather (for Maine) we’ve got the doors open to the gym, the music is cranked, people are running sprints, and sleds are being pulled. It’s awesome.

The energy of the gym has been great, but it’s definitely on another level today. After a long winter people are taking the day to get outside, do some things they haven’t done in a while, and just get the Vitamin D factories going. There’s something special about being outdoors on a great day to train that just makes it better.
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After a conversation while out to dinner this weekend one of the other trainers at the gym, Tony (he of the uncontrollably attractive ponytail… just ask him) posted up a killer video on my Facebook wall. In the brief clip Sylvester Stallone talks about “the switch” that happens when it’s time to go from having fun to making things happen.

*photo credit: AnimalPak Ad

Check it out:

After you realize that he’s talking about one of the great Man Movies of American cinema, Over the Top, pay attention to what he says about “The Switch”.
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When you were a kid, did you ever throw a rubber ball up against a brick wall? When I was growing up I spent a lot of time by myself by virtue of the rural town I lived in. As such a favorite outdoor activity was to throw a ball against a wall to catch, work on rebounding, and so on.

What did this little game do for me, other than my childhood sounds like an After School Special when you say it out loud? (it wasn’t, by the way. No real complaints here)

I learned that no matter how hard I threw the ball, the wall didn’t care. Slow pitches, fast pitches, and even the occasional curve all hit the wall and came bouncing or rolling back to me. Some throws returned faster than others, but they all came back. And they all came back as a reflection of the way they were thrown.

This weekend I was talking to a friend that I haven’t really caught up with in a while and, as usual for us, there was a solid mix of both business and personal talk (for us those two aren’t really that separated). One of the great things about this friend of mine (and hopefully I serve the same purpose for him) is that he’s a conversational version the brick wall in my childhood games.
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Want to hear one of the biggest trainer prick quotes I’ve dropped in my career? Of course you do.

*****First, before you hear it and get all up in arms, the back story:

I was talking with one of my interns last year and he asked me “Isaac, why do you mostly just train athletes and fitness people, given that the fat loss market is so much bigger?” (paraphrased).

I thought about it for a second, and here’s what I came up with:
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A little while back the owner of the Crossfit facility I run my business out of received an interesting and angry email. The woman who wrote it aggressively expressed no desire to join the facility, had never participated in Crossfit, didn’t know the owner personally, and yet was writing an email to say that she was never going to join a facility like that.

Just in case you missed it, I’ll boil it down a bit: This woman spent a fair amount of time writing a lengthy email stating why she would never join this gym.

Thanks for your opinion, but if you’re not coming here, then… Who cares?
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It’s the second of January. The first “real” day of the New Year.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to piss in someone’s corn flakes.

Not only is this the time of year for some bubbly, obnoxious noise makers, questionably-legal-pyrotechnic burns, and poor decision-making, it’s also the time of year that the gyms are packed, cigarettes are crumpled, and vices are emphatically thrown down. Yippee.
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One of my buddies from South Carolina had a pretty cool project a while back called LifeWOD. He doesn’t update it as much anymore, but it’s a pretty awesome idea.

*****For those who don’t know, the CrossFit culture uses the term “WOD” as an acronym for “Workout Of the Day“. Various specific training iterations like mobility or strength are likewise termed “mobilityWOD”, “strengthWOD”, etc. See where I’m going with that?*****

Anyway, as you can see if you click on the link, he built this blog up as an exercise where you did one thing every day to improve your life. Pretty awesome stuff.

For Make It Happen Monday I’m going to hold you to a higher standard than that, though. Instead of just one thing, I’m going to give you three things to do today that will improve your life this week. No ifs, ands, or buts about it, if you do these things then you will be living better.

Ready for some black magic, deep down, mysterious, super life-enhancing, ninja shit?

Ok, here you go:
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Towards the end of last week I spent a few moments reflecting on some times in my life and out of the blue I remembered a conversation that I’d pretty much forgotten about but definitely shaped my life. It was early in my training career and I was straight-up struggling. I knew how to train people (although I’m much better now, just like I’ll be much better in a few years) but I just couldn’t convert that knowledge to cash.  Even though I was the best trainer in the facility I was working at, I was dead last (I think, or at least should have been) when it came to number of clients and sales.

I was one of those trainers that had the book knowledge, and even some time under the bar myself, and was full of passion about getting people fit and strong, but I just couldn’t sell. Now, to be a great trainer you don’t need to be a great salesman, but if you can’t sell at all then you don’t have anyone to train. It’s that simple.  This was the shitty situation I was in.

So I went to someone I trusted and expressed my concerns and frustration.

The response?
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One of the things I do to set myself apart as a strength coach is that I’m always learning and seeking out new information. I usually try to get about an hour of study in every day, and when I’ve got extra time I often go over that. For example, over the Thanksgiving long weekend I read three popular training articles, two journal articles, two books that totally opened me up to some new ideas in nutrition, and watched a couple of videos.

Now, there’s a couple of things to be observed from this.

First, I hope that it shows that I want the absolute highest of successes for my clients, so I’m always looking for ways to give them an edge. Once the basics are covered, life becomes a game of inches, as the saying goes (somebody please post in the comments what that’s a reference to. I’ll hook you up with something just for being cool.), and when it comes to my clients… They get their inches.

Second, I obviously live like a hermit and have no social life. *sigh*

We’re going to go ahead and focus on the first point today and gloss over point number two…
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If you ask most people why they aren’t as successful as they’d like to be whether it’s business, fitness, relationships, or what-have-you, chances are you’ll get a variety of responses. The usual suspects something like:

-Not enough time/money/help
-Bad luck
-No opportunity
-I’m too short/tall/skinny/fat

Those are BS. Those are all superficial things that either don’t actually matter or can be overcome.
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