I just finished my morning training session with members (6am) class. They are just crushing it. Of this group of 3 (we train in a semi-private setting) one really stands out. Its not what you would think. She is not the fastest or the strongest in the group. She is not the youngest either. However, she is the most consistent and resourceful member. She shows up every training session, on time, great attitude, and ready to work. Every morning! Rain, cold, windy, chilly mornings when the barbells are like ice, she always “shows up”. Had me thinking why? And…get this, she was never a “morning person”.
Let me regress, throwback to 10 years ago.
Its January 2010, I am on active duty in the USMC serving at Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Balboa Hospital. I had over 225 wounded, ill, injured with over a hundred that were amputees. (Toughest billet I ever held) Working with Marines who were injured from the war was the hardest, most emotional draining experience I ever faced. Working with their parents and spouses who are looking for answers; And I have none. All I could do was counsel and consul them the best I could.
For me, I was serving something bigger than myself. My way of giving back to those whose lives matter the most. I felt like this country never really recognized them for their honor and duty to serve. I did everything in my power to guide, mentor, lead, listen and get them back on their feet. But sometimes I failed. The result? Turn to opioids, sheltering themselves from the outside world, and suicide. Some lost their lives before they really got to enjoy what life could be like due to cancer and other illnesses.
For me, I started out strong willed, but then I took a turn for the worst myself by letting in all the fears, anxieties, anguish, pain and suffering that my fellow Marines were experiencing. I couldn’t train (which was a passion of mine) God knows I tried. I gained weight (very rare for me). I would come home after a long day with no energy, quiet, wanting to sleep all the time. Lucky for me, I was able to get help and I had a real solid support crew. Sergeants, Staff Sergeants, and Gunnery Sergeants came to my rescue.
When It was time to move on to another billet (3yrs later), I left knowing and learning a lot about myself.
Here are a few things I know with certainty that I did looking back. I believe these things are critical for your success and for changing any situation you’re unhappy in…
I´ll be honest…
I don’t consider myself the top coach in my industry, however, I am always learning, growing, and sharing, which is getting my clients the results they are striving for and so much more.
In this life, your life; You’ve gotta be in or out.
Which is kind of true if you want success in any area of your life from business to marriage to parenting to your health and fitness.
One of my primary jobs as a coach is to challenge my clients/members around their belief systems, patterns, and actions (or lack thereof). In other words, change their philosophy of thinking. When you train with us, it’s not just about exercise & nutrition, we provide you with an actual experience every training session. It’s an overall feeling of accomplishment, crushing a difficult feat, or a feeling of achievement (completing something difficult or challenging) that you take with you after every session. Think of our training as a feeling you never had before (difficult to put into words, you just have to experience it for yourself). It is something that is tangible, appealing, and real.
And I want to do the same for you today.
So, here´s a scale you can rate yourself on from 1-5 in each category:
If you’re mostly 4s and 5s – what do you see as your biggest opportunities for growth in your fitness and nutrition? Are you wanting to compete in an event of some kind, marathon, powerlifting; etc.
If you’re mostly a 1-3, does this highlight why you might not be seeing the results you want and where you need to step it up? Maybe find a coach to help with this?
Hit reply and let me know! And also, if you relate to my personal story around repeated depression due to no results, upset with yourself, not knowing where to turn to, let me know that too. I want to help (CLICK HERE) for a free personalized fitness consultation.
P.S. If for whatever reason you are not ready to talk, share, speak with someone; (CLICK HERE) and fill out our KALFIT Fitness survey, and I will get back to you ASAP.
Kipp – KALFIT Coach & Mentor
Happy Monday, everyone!