P L A N // P U R P O S E // I N T E N T I O N
My client Peili set some goals in October. She set a timeline of two months to achieve these but we got there in six weeks -- what a legend! There are a number of factors for her success:
✅commitment to the process
✅progressive and individualised programming
✅patience and showing up errrrrday (not just physically to our sessions but communicatively as well. If she felt off, we adjusted things. If she felt 110% we pushed a bit harder. She showed up with herself and how she felt and with me)
Peili set these goals with things in mind that she would really like to achieve. Of course she is still keen to build some banging delts and have a boot to toot, but when I got her to take the time to think hard about what she wanted to really achieve this is what she came up with. This really got me thinking: What social aspects are influencing how you’re choosing to exercise? Are you moving based on what you really want to do or what you think you should be doing because that is what everyone else is doing and so that’s what you should be doing. How does how you’re currently moving make you feel and what is that sense of accomplishment based on?
There is still a lot of work to be done around educating people about the importance of strength training for health but I think a bigger conversation is actually what is it you really WANT to do as opposed to what you think you SHOULD be doing. I can tell you that strength training is important for whatever reasons and you may feel that pressure to lift weights even though you really don't want to (although, I promise if you find the right environment and the right coach to work with you will love it!). But that is not something I want to do. I don’t want to be a part of that societal pressure to make you feel like you HAVE to or SHOULD be doing something. What really matters is that, yes, you are active, but that you are loving it while you are doing it! If surfing is your jam, get into it. If gymnastics makes you giddy with joy, get it, sister. If a Pilates/ Zumba/ Yoga combo is what gets you going, heck! I am not gonna stop you! (Continued in comments!)