Tuesday, 5th December

Christmas gives us a chance to breathe more easily, and a rest is coming, but it’s not christmas yet and I sincerely thank those of you who are giving it all in december just to feel your best, and you are not settling for mediocrity, you have higher standards than that and you are shooting for the moon.

This new programme is exactly what you need, it’s exactly what you need to drive you up to the next level both physically and mentally.

You need to be strong in all areas, you need to be more flexible all over and you need to have high concentration levels to carry all of the new exercises out to the level they meant to be performed at.

This is the challenge in front of you and the challenge I’m very positive all you are capable of meeting.

Look for more out of yourself because your body is ready to adapt, look to drag yourself up to the next level because that initial period of discomfort will lead to you getting used to being an even better athlete.

20 days to Christmas so let’s give it everything.

Monday, 4th December

Hitting it hard on new programme day is re-inventing yourself every 3 weeks. That feeling can’t be beaten, because although you know it hurts and make you uncomfortable, it’s going to 100 times better than that January feeling when you have had time off, and it feels as if you have started all over again.

I like teaching new stuff all the time to it keeps me fresh and fired up, and keep us as a gym pushing new boundaries.

You will find lots of excuses not to exercise today, but they are excuses and not good reasons. By just keeping going, you are enhancing your life greatly and those around you.

When you think about it, everyone around you depends on you to have high energy because of the demands of life. If you feel sluggish, then what help can you be to others? You will get more irritable the more people ask of you, and you will feel they are picking on you.

The reality is that you have dampened your expectations in life, you have settled for mediocrity, and you deep down that being less fit you are capable of far less than when you were top of your game.

Harsh words but we have all been in that situation when we kid ourselves. True meaning of Christmas is spending time with those we truly care about, and those people want us to be fit and healthy too because they care about you.

Do your best, the least you can give yourself is 3 weeks to keep your physical and emotional self in great shape.

Tuesday, 28th November

Resilience is the word invented for end of November and into December training. If you are in a normal office/work/social setting, you won’t get many still pushing themselves hard with around 3 weeks left to Christmas.

My guess though is that if you are still training, you think independently and you are your own person.

Christmas is coming but you know how important being healthy is during this time. A lot of people may rely on you, your kids, other family members and work colleagues. You may have a lot to people to answer to but you know you can offer them so much more when you are fit and healthy.

You know you get your “mind right” when you are lifting in the gym, and once those sessions are done then everything else in your world seems to fall into place. You may be in your 50’s but exercise is the real secret to you keeping your ambition and standards so high in life.

You develop resilience by fighting through moments of doubt and indecision, and have the guts and determination to still eat well and fight through your workouts throughout those times of doubt, knowing better times will come as long as you keep going.

You have learned that exercise is your sanctuary, when you have quiet time, gather your thoughts, have time away from the pressures of life, then re-charge and come back fighting at 100 miles an hour. You have learned that even electronic devices operate poorly on low power, so re-charging has been a daily need for you.

You may have thought about quitting many times, many may have questioned your sanity hitting the gym this time of year, but you have too much evidence, too strong results to show that your life would never be so positive if you didn’t exercise.

Developing resilience means you are made of sterner stuff. It means you don’t listen to conventional thinking, you are definitely not one who follows the crowd no matter what.

This is the time of you to show exactly what you are made of.