Regardless of your level of affection for exercise, I truly believe universal thoughts cross each client’s mind before s/he decides to walk through our doors for class.
The 5:30 and 6:45am classes are notorious for “getting shit done”, but don’t be ridiculous and think they bound in here smiling, excited, and thrilled to have given up an hour of sleep! It’s still O’Dark Forty-Five when they wake up, and there are some serious, serious negotiations that get them out of bed.
- calculate how many hours of sleep they actually got (“Why didn’t I go to bed earlier??”).
- perform mental gymnastics about whether they can fit a workout in later today (“Nope. Too many meetings. DAMMIT.”).
- remind themselves how incredible they'll feel after the stupid workout is over (“Uggggg!”).
- remember the $10 late cancellation fee. That’s when they get out of bed.
The struggle is real. And overcoming it is worth it every single time.
Although the 9:15 and 10:30am clients generally have a more flexible schedule, there’s still stuff that gets in their way to making class. These guys work crazy flex schedules and/or have children they are getting out the door. Between sick kiddos, rainy/snowy days, appointments and errands, the lure of working from home in pjs, or a last-minute disaster, they overcome lots of shenanigans to get out their doors and into Method 360’s!
Likely this is the only hour of the day that is truly theirs. If they don’t make it happen now – regardless of what nonsense they could use as an excuse – they don’t get any time to blow off steam, work their muscles, and relieve their stress.
Training brings them sanity. The physical fitness are a bonus! Take your hour and wring the shit out of it, no matter what.
The most impressive group of the day walks in for 4:30 & 5:45pm classes. Why do these guys impress me so much? Because I personally know how difficult it is to get out of work mode and into workout mode!
What do these people overcome? That last beckoning email that they could cross off the to-do list. A meeting that has gone on far too long. Exhaustion, irritability, and overwhelm. A list of shit they still need to get done, a call they need to make, or an errand they need to run. The numerous things awaiting them at home to deal with: dinner, laundry, homework, caring for someone else…it’s endless, really.
When these clients walk in, they greet each other enthusiastically because they are all aware of how damn hard it was to get there. They make it worthwhile to show up for each other! Bravo to you end-of-the-day peeps…
- You’re not alone. It was hard for everyone to get here.
- You deserve your hour. You deserve to blow off the steam and reap the benefits.
- It’s worth it. You’re worth it.
- You can do this. Next time you feel the negotiations taking over, remember: it’s hard for everyone. AND you deserve your hour.