Come to the gym and TRAIN!

Hi and welcome to another week,

Thanks so much to everyone who came along and trained with us last week.   As the days get darker and the mornings get colder, that alarm clock gets harder and harder to answer.  But the early morning crew make it so easy to jump out of bed!  As the nights get darker and colder, it gets harder and harder to stay motivated…but the crew at 7pm and 8pm always make our jobs fun and interesting by ‘coming out swinging’ each time the bell goes.  You guys are AMAZING – in your efforts and consistency in getting to the gym.

I know that attendance numbers don’t mean much to anyone except me, but when we are nearly 4-months in to a new year and January was the busiest JANUARY ever, February the busiest MONTH ever, March the busiest MARCH ever and April is on track to be the busiest APRIL ever…it kind of talks to the dedication each of you has to their training.  Really grateful for the opportunity I have to work with so many dedicated people at Round 1.

So.  I was out at junior footy a couple of times this weekend and (as always) it is a good chance to get to see ‘people’ – kids and adults – out and about and in what (should) be a positive environment.  And – without wanting to come across as ‘judgemental’ (though I am sure I am about too) – I honestly do wonder what exactly everyone is DOING with themselves.  I am pretty sure that what is vaguely referred too as the ‘modern’ diet is to blame in most cases…but I am equally sure that a general lack of physical activity is equally to blame.

So I have been thinking about all of ‘THIS’ since Friday night when there would have been a couple of hundred parents floating around Atwell Oval watching their kids (Dempsey had a kick on Friday, Marshall did the same today) and here’s what I have decided.

If you have just ONE HOUR available to you, the single best thing you can do for yourself would be to come to the gym and do a session.  Even if it is “ONLY” once each week – just one hour – then coming to the gym is going to be top of the list.  I know that is a massive call – after all, you might be a super talented environmental researcher who could dedicate that hour to solving the problem of global warming….but let’s just hang on to that thought for a second.

Even for the super talented environmental researcher who is ‘inches away’ from solving the problem of global warming, finding time to train is going to make them stronger and more resilient.  Hence they are less likely to miss work days due to illness – enabling them to continue their research.  Being FITTER, they would also have more energy each and every day – making them MORE productive in their work.  Not only that, the exercise will help them achieve BETTER SLEEP which will also aid in their productivity.

You want to know something else?  Even for our environmental researcher, I am pretty certain they are not going to find the answer in their lab at 5am on a Tuesday morning.  Or at 8pm on a Wednesday night.  Those times are real times for gym sessions and whilst you might be thinking to yourself ‘those times suck – too early/too late’…well, to that I have a couple of points to raise.

Once you have started to come to the gym at those times – after a few weeks they wont be too early or too late.  They will just be your gym times and they will be the BEST times because those are the times that you CAN attend.  What I have realised after having the gym for 8x years is that the people who do the best are those who just ‘find a way’ to make it work…working long hours – come before work so getting stuck at meetings doesn’t impact on gym time.  Young kids at home?  Come at 8pm at night after the kids are in bed.  Ideally we would all train at either 6am or 5pm I guess (or ideally, none of us were working and we would all meet in the gym around 10am after our 8-hours sleep and a leisurely breakfast!) but none of us live in an ideal world – we are all doing our best to make it work inside a busy schedule.

So whilst it is fair to say that the ‘best thing’ you can do in an hour would be in the form of a ‘service’ performed on behalf of someone else (you know, under the ‘GIVING IS BEST, everything else is just you being selfish’ rule) often the best thing you can do is something FOR YOURSELF.  After all, you can better help others if YOU are fit, healthy and good to go.  So come to the gym and train.

Come to the gym and TRAIN.  Don’t be one of the people – and based on my Friday night, there are a lot of people out there – who is keeping alive the story that all of us in Australia gain 10kgs every 10-years after we turn 40 years old.  Just don’t.  Come to the gym and train.  It is GOOD FOR YOU.  You will feel BETTER.  You will get STRONGER.  You will become FITTER.

Get your gear ready and set your alarm for tomorrow morning.  Or pack your gym bag for after work tomorrow night.  You will have a heap of chances (11 – I just checked the time-table!) to do the best thing possible for yourself TOMORROW.  And again the day after that.

Let me know if any of this sounds good (or not) with an email to

See you in the gym,