I’m writing this for me as much as I am for you.
I was emailing with a long-time member a couple weeks ago and he was explaining to me that a bunch of stuff had come up and he hadn’t been able to make it into the gym in a while. It happens – not the end of the world!
What was troubling to me was then he told me that since everything had calmed down, he was having some trouble getting back in because the thought of “starting over” was becoming more and more intimidating.
He didn’t want to come back and feel like he had regressed, or that he wasn’t going to live up to what he knows he is capable of in class. I’m paraphrasing a bit here, but I understood completely what he was telling me.
What we do at TwinTown is exercise. Yeah, we push you to go hard and we have members that are competitive people and talented athletes, but at the end of the day, we all just want to be in shape. When we lose sight of this as we get better, we begin to miss the forest for the trees and start setting ourselves up for certain disappointment at some point down the line.
Get in shape, challenge yourself to continually expand your capabilities, and set the bar high. But most importantly, enjoy what you’re doing and understand that it’s a process. Never let the time that you spend bettering yourself at the gym become a source of stress. We are not perfect and we shouldn’t expect that our time working out always be.
With the Open right on top of us, this drive to be superstars is probably more evident than ever. Keep the big picture in mind if you start to feel overwhelmed. It’s just exercise and you are already pretty damn good at it.