"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."
- Joshua J. Marine
After putting in long hours of hard work and dedication, it is rewarding to know that you have succeeded in reaching a certain level. I love to push each and every one of my clients to a level they believe they can never reach. Once they reach that level, there is a positive outlook on their SELF and a craving for more challenges. I believe that this process shapes a person's outlook on life and helps them overcome obstacles not only in the gym but in their daily lives. One must TRAIN and LIVE with the goal of continuous improvement. One must make no excuses to accept anything but their best.
I believe it is important to live life with INFINITE INTENSITY. Infinite meaning extending indefinitely and intense meaning to be marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration. So this concept leads me to the problem that people face in our society. Don't you find it interesting on how society is quick to place limits on our abilities. That it is acceptable to fail as long as you have tried. Many people give up before they try. CHALLENGES are approached with a mindset that says, "Why bother, I am not good enough." This really bothers me...more than you can imagine. I have dealt with several people who will take themselves right out of the challenge...GIVE UP BEFORE THEY EVEN TRY. No one becomes great by living a life where failure is both accepted and expected. Those who achieve greatness refuse to accept failure. I want to share something I read in college.
Mahatma Gandhi once said:
"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."
So begin living your life today and accept the belief that you can achieve any goal. That you will bust your ass to ensure success. The belief that the ordinary can become the extraordinary. That you will refuse to accept limits and you will strive forward in search of greater accomplishments. That you will push the envelope both physically and mentally.
I have included a Dofitness Challenge Test. Do your best and believe in your abilities to success. *Keep track of your results and send them to me to find out your fitness level. **There are four categories to measure your fitness level: OUT OF SHAPE, AVERAGE, FIT, AND SUPER-FIT.
- The One-Mile Challenge/Time?
- The One Hundred Squat Challenge WITHOUT STOPPING/Keep track of how many times you stopped and how long it took you to complete 100 reps/use moderate weight
- The Chinup Challenge/How many chinups can you complete without stopping?
- The Push-up Challenge/How many push-ups without stopping?
- The Wall Sit Challenge/How long did you sit without getting up?
- The Half Court Run Challenge/How many times can you go from the end line to half court without stopping?