Oftentimes when we go to the gym to exercise, we end up going through the motions. We do a little bit of this. We do a little bit of that. Lift. Do some cardio. Stretch. And call it a day.
But what if we trained like everyone was watching?
For trainers, what if we trained like our clients were watching? For all of us, what if we trained like all of the people who look up to us were watching?
Just the other day, I started my workout on an indoor basketball court at a local rec center. I did some static, active, and dynamic stretching, speed, agility, and quickness drills, and a little bit of strength and core work using my body weight as resistance. This was a very typical warm-up for me.
As I was doing my warm-up on one half of the court, two young ladies were shooting around with their coach while two family members watched on. Little did I know just how much they were paying attention to what I was doing way on the other side of the court.
As I began to pack up and exit the gym with my headphones still on, I received a standing ovation from all five of them. I removed an earbud and asked, “Why are you clapping?”
Their responses were priceless.
“You’re better than me. I don’t know how you were doing all of that.”
“I’ll never be able to do that. I was exercising through you.”
“You must eat super healthy, right?”
“That’s what ya’ll (coach pointing to his two players) need to be doing.”
We chatted a little bit about the importance of clean eating and exercise performance. Afterwards, I hit the weight room and continued to train like everyone was watching.
5 Key Takeaways:
Always be a stickler for exercise form.
Have a game plan for your training session and execute it.
Take your training seriously.
Always represent YOU because you are your brand.
Remember, you can motivate anyone anywhere anytime.