It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while I get stood up by a client. It usually makes me grumpy and self-righteous, even though I’m not innocent of such slips. It happened not too long ago, and since I had another client scheduled an hour later, I decided to hang around and wait. I didn’t even fill the hour with exercise since I had two classes to teach that evening. So there I sat, on the members’ side of the front desk, casually skimming a magazine to kill time.
And then an awesome thing happened. I got three new clients. All in that hour. All because I was sitting there.
When I’m at the gym I’m all business. Whether I’m teaching a class or working with a client, I give them my undivided attention.
But just sitting there at the counter, I was available and approachable. Three people I’d seen many times at the gym ventured over to politely introduce themselves and asked if they could ask me a few questions. With nothing but time on my hands, I was more than happy to chat with them.
Who knew that hour of “just sitting there” would bear such fruit? I didn’t even mean to change up my gym presence, but I did.
In the world of exercise, it’s good to change things up. One of the most common mistakes people make is to do the same exercises in the same order and at the same intensity over and over. Is it good for them? Sure it is! Will they continue to make progress? Probably not.
The body is excellent at adapting to the work load you give it. This is a good thing – it’s why you get stronger and fitter. But it also means you need to change the way you challenge your body so that it has to adapt, and adapt again, and continue adapting. And that won’t happen if you don’t change up what you’re doing.
One of the three new clients, a man we’ll call Fred, told me he’d like to hire me to “retool” his workout. His son had designed a program for him and he’d been doing it faithfully, but he just wasn’t seeing any progress anymore. I asked him to tell me about it, and as it turns out, his son had given him only four exercises, and he’d done those four exercises the same way, in the same order, for the same numbers of sets and reps, five days a week every week, for… wait for it…… TWO YEARS.
He had the commitment part down. That’s a huge part of it. Now we’re going to retool his program so that he takes it to the next level.
With my Quickie workouts, you don’t have to continually think of new exercises to do – I do that for you! And while these workouts aren’t uniquely designed just for you and your needs and goals (which I can do – just ask!), the variety should be enough to keep you interested and keep your muscles guessing. So it’s time to change it up again with this week’s Quickie – Squat It Out!
For this week’s workout you will need a set of light weights and a mat.
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