Show Up

I loooooove progress!

I also love persistence and consistency. My client, Ryan, has completely embodied that persistent, focused approach to fitness since I started working with him a few years ago.

Ryan has plenty on his plate. He has a demanding full-time job, an energetic young toddler at home, and plenty of other social and family obligations.

He’s also training to conquer Spartan’s Killington UltraBeast in September. (Gulp!)

In an ideal fitness world, we’d have all the time we needed to train hard and focus on getting ourselves in shape to tackle our goals… like Rocky in Siberia. But we live in the real world. And in the real world, things come up. Long hours at our jobs make us tired. Kids get sick. We have weddings to attend, family gatherings, nights out with friends.

Training isn’t always ideal. The path isn’t always a straight line. There are sacrifices. Compromises. But, ultimately, consistency will get you where you need to go.

Persistence pays off. And Ryan proved that this week.

We revisited a challenging workout from last year. A workout format that several of my clients are familiar with. And… let’s just say it’s not a fan favorite.

The goal was to see improvement over last year’s time of 51 minutes. My hope going in was Ryan would be somewhere around the 45- to 48-minute mark.

He ended up completing it in 37 minutes, shaving 14 minutes off his time from a year ago.

His workout performance was just like his overall approach to training – steady, consistent forward progress. Adding up to smashing his goal.

Training doesn’t have to be intense. It doesn’t have to be showy. It doesn’t have to be flashy. And it definitely doesn’t have to be the newest “hack.”

It’s about consistency. It’s about showing up again and again… and again.

Show up.