BUT I reminded myself it’s not about perfection but about being honest with myself and telling an honest story. So - confession - I don’t feel like a success - I’m still a work in progress, but I am progressing.
Here is my not-quite-perfect but completely honest Success Story.
Well, what could be a better introduction than that?! Amanda has been a Method 360 client for over two years. She’s had starts & stops, and been self-proclaimed MIA at points, but she is a success! Here’s what she’s learned about herself.
Like you, Amanda is busy, so she has strategies for success. Each week, she writes down her training in her planner – by hand! “I go hard copy because my tracker is in my planner - it’s very encouraging having a long string of “completions” checked off – that makes it harder to break the chain.”
We have no doubt she can do that! Amanda tells us that Method 360 has given her confidence. And when she thought a bit more, she decided it has helped her “trust”. She learned to trust “the process, the tribe, my body, and, probably most notably/importantly, myself.” Amanda brilliantly notes that trust in oneself is where true confidence comes from. Yes!
And she has learned to identify and trust her “voice”. “There are a lot of characters that make up my internal dialogue - specific people in my past to general societal beliefs I’ve internalized. It’s a process, but I’ve slowly been taking the mic away from the characters that hold me back/tear me down to the ones that help build me up/push me forward.”
Amanda tried many other fitness strategies and found these two have kept her coming back to Method 360.
- The community. There’s an amazing support structure that Method is built around - both the trainers and the other community members. Everyone is so supportive and you can tell that everyone genuinely cares about the community around them - you can see it in the simple things like high fives for making it through class to the encouraging “we got this” shared during particularly difficult stations, circuits, or tabatas (aka the word I dread hearing the most).
- The education. Method is definitely more than a work out - it's an education about your body and how to keep it moving. It’s helpful for me to know why I’m doing what I’m doing and how it’s connected to what we just did or will be doing. “Why?” is my favorite question (and has been since I’ve been little - just ask my mom) and Method answers that question. Everything else I’ve tried so far never answered that question.
Amanda says that the community & the education merge to attend to the psychological components of working out. “Most of my “aha!” moments related to my own internal dialog have come when the trainer’s chatter have focused on more of the mental/emotional aspects of being human rather than the physical. I’ve also realized that the struggles are not just mine - others have similar issues/concerns - even our esteemed trainers!
All of this work – both mental & physical – have brought Amanda to a place where she has had some huge realizations!
She has learned to stop "shoulding" on herself. She is honest with what she wants and prioritizes that thing consistently. Method has helped her reframe her ‘shoulds’:
- “I should workout more” to “I prioritize checking in with my body daily” (either a workout or stretching).
- “I should eat healthier” to “I prioritize tracking everything I eat.” (Tracking/logging helps me be present with what I’m eating - the one thing I’ve found to help me make better food choices - even if only serving size).
- “I should be dating/be married/have a family” to “I prioritize improving my relationship with myself and being a benefit to my current communities.”
Amanda, thank you for trusting us with your insights & story! Please accept our gratitude with a 360 support session you can use for 30 minutes of personal training, a body composition, a training design session, or nutrition support session.