Make time, Motivation, Twitter, September Challenge and MSFU

Make time, Motivation, Twitter, September Challenge and MSFU

Hi and welcome to another week,

Last week was another challenging week in the ‘business’ of Round 1 – however the good news is that as of Friday morning I think the worst of it is over.  Thanks to everyone who offered encouragement and support over the last couple of weeks – it really was appreciated.  Whilst in theory leaving corporate IT to start up Round 1 Fitness really was the realisation of a dream, that dream was primarily about creating a welcoming environment where – based around boxing as cardio – people could meet their fitness and weight loss goals.  There wasn’t too many parts of the dream (as I recall) that involved meetings with lawyers and councils around building capacity and health codes – those of you who offered encouragement and indicated how much the gym meant to you during that time really did encourage me to keep working towards a positive resolution.

The last month has been a series of personal lessons when it comes to my own training.  With the issues associated with customs (new gloves), parking and more recently ensuring compliance with the public building regulations all hitting in quick succession over the past month – and with football still ongoing (and apparently I have three kids who I need to see occasionally?) squeezing in workouts somehow became a really low priority….and this is with me being IN the gym for the best part of 15 hours most days.

I read a couple of quotes though (for those of you not on Twitter, I really do recommend you sign up and subscribe to the http://twitter.com/#!/musclequotes and http://twitter.com/#!/GreatestQuotes feeds) that did kind of resonate with me – they gave me both perspective and a nice kick up the bum.  First of all, I read that “I’ve experienced many terrible things in my life, a few of which actually happened” (Mark Twain) which reminded me that all of the worst case scenarios I was spinning mental cycles planning for and dealing with really were exactly that – worst case scenarios (and pretty unlikely ones at that).  My time was going to be better spent dealing with the ACTUAL issue (and by this, I mean DOING something, not thinking about what I could do) or setting the entire problem aside until I WAS prepared to act.

The second was a more training focussed quote – “I don’t have time to lift – I MAKE time.”  This one basically reminded me of the general advice I give to people when they tell me they are struggling to get to the gym because of work, family and ‘other’ things – If you have goals to achieve that are important to you, then you will never have a problem making it to the gym.  Even if it is only for a 20-minute ‘blast’ on the treadmill (those people who have completed the September Challenge will tell you that if you really have a crack at it, it is amazing what can be achieved in 20-minutes or so!) you will find a way to get there and get it done.

And the more often you get to the gym – the more you see first-hand the fantastic stuff that other people are achieving, the effort that others are putting in – the higher your motivation will be and the stronger your own determination to meet your own goals will remain.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” (Zig Ziglar).  Subscribe to the twitter feeds, check out the Facebook site daily, read the blogs and GET TO THE GYM.  If you just persist and remain consistent, you will remain motivated and your goals will seem within reach…the more distance you put between the vision you have of yourself (working out, looking fit, feeling good) and the reality (sitting in traffic, stressed out at home/work, sedentary) the more remote your goals will seem and the lower your motivation levels will become.

September Challenge – AWESOME Challenge, Great workout!

The challenge is on and the list of names on the board is growing.  A quick reminder of what you need to do:

  • 1km run on the treadmill
  • 1 minute bridge
  • 25 clean and press (minimum weights:  10kg for girls, 15kg for boys)
  • 1km row (level 10)
  • 1 minute bridge
  • 25 clean and press (minimum weights:  10kg for girls, 15kg for boys)
  • 1km on the cross-trainer (level 16)

Details are on the white board so don’t worry, no need to remember it all – the thing you do need to remember is that September only has 30 days…so if you want a time on the board (and a chance to improve it), this week is the week to get it done.

Gym Update #1

OK.  Some new stuff in this week that may (or may not) be of interest.

  • To assist in getting our PT services up and running (and formalised), we now have skin-fold callipers and a fixed tape measure (located next to the scales) for height measures.
  • There are 30 new skipping ropes hanging on the racks.
  • There is also a stop-watch hanging from the ‘Challenge Board’ for anyone who needs assistance in timing themselves during a challenge.

Gym Update #2

To further assist in our PT and to enable those people keen on doing a bit of basic lifting (Olympic lifts:  Clean and Press, Dead Lifts, Bench Press and Squats primarily) after a class whilst reducing the load on the weights room upstairs (which can get pretty busy during peak times) two ‘Power Racks’ and a lifting platform have been ordered from Hammer Strength.  For those of you who understand what I mean – great.  For those who don’t, the racks look a little something like this:  http://www.lifefitness.com/commercial/hammerstrength/heavydutyracks/heavydutyracks/heavydutyhalfrack.html

The racks are custom-made and the two we have ordered should be on site sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Gym Update #3

Some updates about the recent updates:

  • Parking
    Thanks for treating the parking issue with the seriousness it deserves and making sure not to use the ‘reserved’ bays between the hours of 7am and 5pm.  It really helps keep our neighbours ‘on-side’ and makes sure those bays remain available to us outside of hours.
  • Speedballs
    How are you going with them?  I have another four (4) on the way with a slightly modified swivel connection…which should make things a bit easier.  As with everything though, persistence is key – go back to basics, practise with one hand at a time to get the rhythm and you will be fine.
  • Gloves
    My new gloves are awesome – they really are nice soft leather, and strangely enough those sore knuckles I was getting…not quite so sore anymore.  If your gloves are 6 months + old and you are completing more than 3-sessions each week, you might like to consider a new pair as well.

Gym Update #4

Just reminding everyone about the personal training options available to Round 1 Fitness members:

  • $25 for 30-minutes.
  • $40 for 60-minutes.

Now, I like to think that these prices are pretty good (compared with the rest of the market in any case!) but again, like our weights area, PT services are not core to the Round 1 business and the primary point of offering them is the same as the recent purchase of the back extension machine – to ensure our members are able to access the full range of services available to members of other gyms.

So – if you want to push yourself a little bit harder, if you have a short-term goal you are struggling to meet, if you want to spend some time making sure your lifting techniques are ‘right’, then maybe a couple of PT sessions are the way to do it.

Facebook Highlights

The Facebook group is getting busy.  For those of you who haven’t joined, I would encourage you to do so – the banter and by-play is fun, but the main reason to logon is to see the comments of people who have been ‘Getting it Done’ – as stated in my opening blurb, it reminds you of your own commitment to diet and training and really helps keep you on track.  A few highlights from last week:

Lots of other stuff on the site last week – as I have mentioned it is a great daily reminder about your training and WILL help keep you on track.  So have a look at the group (HERE) and get involved in the conversations.

Link of the week

As promised last week, a more ‘Boys Focussed’ link this week…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUaNHvJm_60

I will allow you to work out what MSFU stands for.

Anyway, that is it from me for another week.

See you in the gym!

Michael.