Last week, as we kicked off the 21-day challenge, Aaron talked to all of us about finding a way to “bridge the gap” between where you are today and where you want to go. When we start something new, whether it’s a nutrition plan or a workout regimen it can be tempting to want to go all in. However, if we’re jumping into the complete unknown, it’s often a good bet to take it one step at a time. We can set lofty goals, but we should also then set up building blocks to get us from Point A to Point B. It is our job as coaches is to help you not only bridge the gap between where you are and where your goals lie, but also to help you get to the edge that makes those goals possible. It may not happen the first time, or even the 3rd, but here are a few things to keep in mind as you approach your first few sessions:
You are in the driver’s seat the whole time.
Each of us gets to decide on our own how hard we go for it. It’s a bit tricky to hit it right the first time, especially if high intensity is new to you. You might go too hard too early, or not go hard enough. It’s a challenge to find the right balance. There is no magic to the high intensity intervals if we aren’t willing to give it everything we’ve got. And the magic isn’t in the treadmill or in the cool lights or in the length of time you spend doing burpees either - it’s in how hard you go for it and how uncomfortable you’re willing to get! Most importantly, your coaches have your back every step of the way and they will work tirelessly to get you where you need to be to see the benefits of this training.
It’s not all about the numbers.
One of the most beautiful things that happens in the studio is that there can be 30 of you in a session at one time all running different speeds, yet ALL of you are getting the same experience. That’s because we rely on the mind-body connection to help you find the balance that’s right for you. It’s not a perfect science. There’s room for error, but it’s effective. We do this to keep you engaged in your progress - to give you a chance to try out something new, something you might not have tried on your own volition. This approach also gives you the room to make adjustments when you need to. You get to dial into what works for you and what gets you to your own edge. It’s different for each of us!
It takes a time to get it.
The first workout I did, I crushed it. The second time, I bonked. The third time, I wanted to cry. I still get butterflies and a little anxiety when I’m about to tackle one of these training sessions but I have an understanding of where I’m at and I know the discomfort that comes with performing at the margins of my experience. It takes a little time to gain that understanding and to hold onto it. But, once you have it you’ll be amazed at the limitlessness of your potential. Give yourself a handful of sessions to understand where you are and you’ll be well on your way to the next big goal!
When you think you lose, you actually win.
As a competitive athlete, I understand that losses are tough. And most often for me, those losses come during training. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left sparring sessions feeling beat up, walked out of conditioning sessions ready to throw in the towel or had to stop in the middle of a training run because I was so frustrated with my pace and my heavy legs. But what’s magical about failing, or hitting our edge, is that we get to learn what it takes to push it farther out. We get to experience what it feels like to have hands on knees, chest pounding and feel like a total badass for just crushing that 2’ max rep burpee set. When you get to that wall where you have to stop and breathe or have to take your speed down a bit, don’t get discouraged. Remember that it’s a process and we have to keep running up to the wall and give it a nudge every once in a while if we expect it to move.
Whether you’ve been here a zillion times or you’re just considering trying out your first class, we have your back. What are your goals for this year? Where do you want to start? It’s a process and we’ve gotchu every step of the way.
All Hail the TreadMighty,