“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
This quote, which is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson (but turns out he didn’t actually say it), is one that rings true on many levels. In my experience from watching athletes over the years who work hard on and focus on their fitness habitually is that they seem to be the ones that excel more frequently. They’re the ones that set new and better records on benchmark workouts, heavy lifts, difficult gymnastics skills, etc.
It is not usually the individual who comes in to practice every 1-2x a week on average. It is the person who on a bad week comes in 3 times, and on a good week is there Monday through Friday + hammering through their workouts and pushing themselves with focused intent.
At first building these habits and see results will be slow and small, but over time we see that these individuals make massive leaps in their abilities. Exponential growth in all areas. It’s why we want people to “stick with it”.
If you’re having a hard time sticking with something that you want to be better at considering getting an accountability partner. They don’t even have to be doing the work at the same time as you. For instance we have 2 members currently who are keeping tabs on each other’s progress on our monthly accountability attendance sheets that are hanging up on our lounge. When one finishes a class he goes over to check the other’s sheet as well as his own and leaves a little note about how he’s ahead – a little friendly competition never hurts. When one guys is a class further ahead than the other he lets the other guy know about it, and so do we as coaches. That keeps the fire inside both of them alive a little longer than it would be without that accountability.
In February we are asking our members to find a friend (or complete stranger) at the gym to hold themselves accountable to a certain number of classes in the month. Your goal is to not let down your buddy.
3… 2… 1… GO!