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The Most Important Thing in the Olympic Games

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“The Olympic Creed”

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.

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I was reminded of the Olympic Creed this week when a new client, trying his first HIIT Bootcamp, exhausted himself after just half a class and had to stop.

Afterwards, he was disappointed: “I’m so out of shape!” he lamented.

But, from my perspective, he had nothing to be disappointed about.

My view: It didn’t matter that he didn’t finish the workout; what mattered is that he showed up in the first place. He took a first step towards getting healthy when he could have continued to make excuses.

As it says in the Creed, “the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.”

Let’s keep the Olympic Creed in mind this week — at the studio, at home and at work.

Let’s worry less about winning or losing and, instead, simply commit to showing up and doing the hard work that moves us forward.

Good luck! We’ll see you at the studio.

Make The Most Of Your “Dash”

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Our community recently came together celebrate the life of Johnny Slick, son of our beloved instructor and friend, Kara. He had such a great dash!

It was a beautiful and moving tribute to a young man who passed away unexpectedly but, in just 15 short years, touched countless lives with his energy, sense of humor and friendship.

In his comments, Johnny’s high school football coach reminded all in attendance of a simple truth: “in life, as in football, the only thing you can control is your attitude and your effort.”

Throughout the service, friends and family members shared touching stories of Johnny’s “relentlessly positive” attitude and out-sized effort.

As I listened, a simple thought repeated in my mind: “This young man made the most of his short life…am I making the most of mine?”

How about you? Are you making the most of your short time? How do you know?

If you, like me, realize that you could be doing more, here’s the good news: we can start today.

Today is a perfect opportunity to start fresh; to take that first step towards becoming the person we want to be, that we are supposed to be.

What will your “first step” be?

Mine: Re-engaging with a beautiful and inspiring non-profit that I had been working hard to support, but have spent less time on following the launch of Fit Culture.

If you need any help figuring out your first step, email ben@fitculture.org. The entire FC coaching team is here to help.

Three Ideas To Help You Make The Most Of Your Morning

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Have you ever felt like you’ve got too much to do, and too little time to do it?

Yeah, me too.

And, in my experience, when I’m feeling that way the first temptation is always to skip my workout.

And when I do…my energy level and willpower is lower, I get **less** done (in **more** time) and, well, a vicious cycle begins.

To combat this negative trend, I’ve turned to a simple solution: **getting the workout in early.**

Working out early works for me for three reasons:

1. I have the time. Even in the most high-pressure work environments, you can usually get away with not responding to emails before 8a. In the morning, I can exercise without fear that I am missing something important. (Of course, our son Jack needs to be cared for, so Sarah and I rotate responsibility for him while the other gets in a workout).

2. An early morning workout jumpstarts my body; boosting my metabolism and energy levels and setting me up for success for the rest of the day. The best news: I feel these benefits continue **all** day. It’s better than a cup of coffee (seriously).

3. Only one shower! I love efficiency (who doesn’t?).

If you want to create a consistent workout routine in an increasingly hectic world, try an early morning workout this week.

At Fit Culture we have a variety of **Boot Camp, Barre, Power Yoga and Cardio Kickboxing** classes before 8a. These are “Express” classes — 45-minute, action-packed classes designed to help you maximize results in minimal time.

If you have any questions, or need some help planning your workout schedule, email ben@fitculture.org. We are here to help.

Role Model and Parenting

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What are you teaching your children, by the way you live your life? You are your child’s most prominent role model.

Ben recently wrote a article on the subject (“Your Leadership Legacy: What Are You Teaching Your Kids?”) with a simple message: We must be intentional about how we live our life, because our kids are watching.

At Fit Culture, we view every class as an opportunity to not only shape and strengthen our bodies, but also to build within ourselves the perseverance, the resilience and the commitment required to be the best mom, dad, wife, husband, role model and human being we can be.

We also believe that in taking care of our bodies, we teach our children how best to take care of theirs.

This week, work out as if your kids were watching; become the fitness role model you want them to have.

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