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!