So, I was training a lady out there in the park the other day – completely extempore and unplanned, I might add.
I’ve often spoken about folks exercising incorrectly (such as people flailing about wildly on the pull-up bars – or kipping – ugh! – or bouncing up and down during pushups).
I’ve written a LOT about it on the old site as well as on this site, so when I see this sort of tomfoolery I generally ignore it and get on with my “thang” if you get my drift, hehe (and yes it’s all PG rated!).
Moving on from that, hehe, so I was finishing up my workout a few afternoons ago. Was a nice day, bright and sunny, and a few ladies out there were sneaking “curious” glances as to what the foreign devil was doing “monkeying” around on the bars.
“Da Xing Xing“, they giggled.
I kept silent, and pretended not to understand.
Anyway, after that batch of giggly women had moved on, another lady came up to the monkey bars – – and tried to hang on to the thick bars.
Now, there isn’t anything unusual about this, of course.
But there was something about that lady that made me stop – and watch what she was doing – and try and help her.
She was actually one of the few that was serious about doing pull-ups – – and given she was around 40 or so (I’d say) – that ain’t no mean goal if you get my drift given she could barely even HOLD – let alone hang – on to the bar.
I gave her some tips straight out of Gorilla Grip and the book on pull-ups.
Two of these were – 1) GRIP the bar with your THUMB and 2) The full extension “flexed hang” as I teach in Pull-ups – from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS!
For those of you interested in getting better at pull-ups, those two pointers are gold nuggets, my friend – if you only take them to heart and then DO!
Anyway, I’ve been chatting back and forth with her over the past few days, and I’ve been speaking about topics other than just training – dreams being one of them.
And as the “interesting young (not really, but thats what she says, hehe) teacher” was mentioning a specific dream he had, she made the comment.
“I think you’re a really great teacher! You have a sunny and optimistic outlook …”
And it’s true, my friend.
While the first half of that statement may or may not be debatable for some, there can be no doubting the second.
When I train – or teach (as I did in the learning center I mentioned at my last post) – I don’t just “teach”.
I don’t just go through the motions.
Sure – I’m a hard taskmaster. Harder than most, and a Sergeant General would probably have been impressed with the way I took this lady’s manicured hands and “unkindly” made her grip with her entire HAND – but guess what – she’s all the better off for it now!
But the point is this – when I teach – or train – the ONE thing I emphasize more about anything else is an “overall perspective” – and keeping an open mind.
Many folks that come to me for coaching quickly realize that fitness isn’t just about your external look.
It’s about far more than that.
It’s about you from the INSIDE OUT.
It’s about you being COMFORTABLE with who you are FIRST – – before you attempt to change the “outer you”.
And that last bit is important, my friend. It’s very important.
As I told this lady this morning,
“Yes, I’m an optimistic person – you’re right. It’s important to live each day to the fullest and enjoy life the way it was meant to be. As adults, we have a LOT to learn from young kids and how they enjoy life on a daily basis – UNCONDITIONALLY – and how young kids are absolutely comfortable at the CORE with who they are – and what they want – and guess what – they end up getting it most of the time too!”
Dreams are one way of getting in touch with the inner you, my friend, and when you start visualizing the way I do, and get good at it, you’ll find yourself “reaching in” a lot more to “explore who you are” – and this is probably the very best thing you’ll ever do for yourself in your entire life.
I’ll have more on this later, but for now – remember this – be comfortable with who you are FIRST – in the here and now – BEFORE trying to change the “outer you”.
You’ll be amazed at how the winds of opportunity come knocking at your doorstep once you adopt the above philosophy!
P.S. – Here is where you can apply to be a part of the 0 Excuses Fitness (and life, indeed) coaching program – – https://0excusesfitness.com/coaching
P.S #2 – Oh, and as for the book on pull-ups – here it is – https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/
P.P.S – – As for Gorilla Grip, monkey on over right here – – https://0excusesfitness.com/gorilla-grip-the-compilation/