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Day 478 - Maximizing Effort

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.

I have a wonderful fitness coach in Shaun T. I've been exercising to him most mornings for nearly a year now. He is doing the exercises with me, out of breath (but still talking!) throughout. And he still finds just the right words to keep me going when I want to give up and stop.

He said something in the routine today that really struck a note with me. "I don't care that you max out and have to take a break. I only care that you don't quit." The routines I'm doing right now are called "Insanity: Max 30". It is 30 minutes of extreme cardio and strength training where "your body is your equipment." So far, there hasn't been a dumbbell or exercise mat or resistance band in sight. The only thing he insists on is a water bottle to rehydrate. Unlike Focus T-25, where you keep going for the entire 25 minutes, with Max 30, there is a 30-second water break about 5 times during the session, and he really encourages us to take that time to catch our breath and rehydrate. The other thing he encourages is that you "max out" - that moment where you have to take a break - and write down that time in the workout, so that the next time you are able to last just a bit longer, even if it's just a minute.

There are a lot of these exercises that I have to follow the modifier instead of doing the full-blown. My shoulders are not fully functional, so some of the plank exercises where only one hand is on the floor (and the other hand is punching in one direction or another) I can't do without risk of further damaging the one shoulder. I won't take chances, but that doesn't mean I'm not pushing myself. That's my reminder to you that I think you should do everything you can do - plus one - but NEVER do something that would cause you harm. If you have bad knees or hips or whatever, don't do something that hurts (or would cause anything bad to happen to your beautiful body!).

Giving that little bit more is what made the difference for me, and I will always be grateful for Chris, one of my early SparkFriends who encouraged me to push myself as hard as I could. It helped me reach my goal that I thought was totally out of reach.

I hope you are able to find that extra something that pushes you just a little farther tomorrow. Celebrate everything your body can do - plus one!

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    I love that you push yourself while being mindful of the "too far" point.

    Great quote about coaching.
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    Comment edited on: 3/28/2016 10:09:39 AM
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Needed that today! You're awesome, my friend!
    1808 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    There is no greater satisfaction than seeing participants putting it all out there. I learned more during those years than I ever expected, not only about my 'people' but myself, and now the tables are turned again as I learn to deal with a new real
    1808 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    I am intrigued by Shaun T but will clear it with my chiro. Still wary of a number of moves, but I agree with the fundamental coaching philosophy. I taught fitness, led classes for post cardio surgical patients, for the deaf and more and can tell you
    1808 days ago
    Tomorrow on the treadmill workout I'm going to add another 15 minutes and thank you for the do just one more motivation from today! Thanks dear friend of mine! emoticon emoticon
    1809 days ago
    So true Stevewe cannot is quit!! You are going for this the 100 percent all the way. Love you my friend. I am super proud of knowing you and of learning every day all that you teach me for my road to health.
    1809 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Thanks for the does of Instant Inspiration!

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    1809 days ago
    Holy cow!! I am jealous. I am going to get to the point where I can do more, but am not sure I could do that!! I am so glad you can. No wonder you look so awesome!! xoxoxo
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  • 911BRAD
    Morning friend... I have to salute you for you Shaun T workouts. As you know I've done the T25 series and can only imagine the workout you're getting with "Insanity", even if your doing the modified exercises.

    It's early Tuesday here in Texas, today's your long day... hope class goes well tonight. Enjoy!
    1809 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Trying to go just one more minute or rep, helps me feel better and go for goals.
    1809 days ago
    I know the difference between pushing and over doing when it comes to possibly causing injury. And I have finally learned to not let any instructor push me past what I know is right for me. It took a while, but I got there.
    1809 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15927442
    1809 days ago
    Thanks Steve for the reminder to not only exercise but to make it count, kick it up a notch and give it just a bit more than you've got! And you practice what you preach!
    Have a great Tuesday!
    Here's a Hug, plus one...
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    You always set great examples Steve, for pushing just a little more.

    I have added one more exercise session to my day. Just little stuff BUT nevertheless ... I am MOVING and that count's for something.

    Have a great Spark week. HUGS, Pat
    1809 days ago
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