Thursday, December 13th

Thanks for the heroic efforts this week, never let the fire go out, because once it goes out, it can go out for a long time, in ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

I know those who read this have fire in you, but if you are not using all your ability and weapons and not showing up, life can pass you by and before you know it, you will be one of those reflecting on “past glories”.

Don’t be the one who says “do you remember the time I used to be good at exercise”? People may pretend to sympathise with you but secretly say “here we go again behind you back.

Live your life in the past and you see your life through rose-tinted spectacles, at the same time glancing down in regret at leaving those great times and feelings disappear.

Nobody can do it for you. You either buy in as much natural food in the house to keep energising and HEALING your body, or you are past caring, don’t give a damn and keep buying processed, sugary and fatty foods into the house.

Buy rubbish, feel rubbish-Your choice.

How big is the fight in you? How big are those feelings of pride you have? You are either right in the mix at the gym, improving very quickly every week or you are sitting on the sidelines in life full of regret, and telling yourself a “story” that is untrue about you not being good enough anymore.

Re-light your fire, but it only gets started through exercise.

December 9th

I was 18 years old and I wanted, thought I deserved 2 weeks off training because so many people I knew were dong it.

This had never happened before, but everyone said I should do it. After all, they were too.

Gyms in those days were closed for 2 weeks for Christmas (apart from ours when we were open most of the time), one in particular was closed for 3 weeks, when members were encouraged to go out drinking every day, and to eat rubbish in copious amounts and you would be a true “hero” if you did. Treat “Cheat day” as EVERY DAY.

The less exercise the better, black jumpers and leather jackets could do “wonders”.

So the first exercise run after Christmas came.

My breath started off hard to catch, then impossible.

I had to walk up the hills I normally ran up, and my face was purple coming back. I felt terrible all night after it, I couldn’t move the next day and my wheeling was terrible in every session for a few days. A soul destroying experience.

That Christmas brought my asthma back in a big way. It was deeply unpleasant and I had to find an emergency pump.

This I promised myself would be my LAST Christmas when I did nothing. I would at least do a run, and I would least make an effort to not be an absolute pig every day.

This Christmas, although you may think you are a hero posting on social media all the chocolate you continuously eat, all the alcohol you throw down, it may be a better strategy to have some of what you fancy, but still put in the hard yards at the gym right up to Christmas, so you have none of the associated breathing problems, none of the colds and flu’s the headache companies hope you have so they can make more money out of you.

Keep your immune system strong, keep fit and you will be a LOT MORE BENEFIT to your family and all those closest to you.

Let’s aim for TWO more Huge weeks at the gym and still feel amazing.

Monday, December 2nd

My Sunday running with the family up the mountain DOES NOT stop because it’s dark and wet. 

It’s our routines that make us what we are.

Giving up this time of year means you give up on your health. You say to yourself that wheezing is just fine with you, because stopping training and eating rubbish will surely invite more difficult breathing in this weather. That can’t be fun.

Giving up right now means you give up on other things in life, because you haven’t got the energy to get up early and go after your ambitions. Simple as that. Those plans “will just have to wait” AGAIN.

We have large numbers at the gym still hitting it hard right now, and we deeply praise them and sincerely appreciate their efforts.

You GET IT. 

You get what the connection is between great health, personal achievement and happiness. 

Many people who struggle with their health want to turn back the clock when they were 18, and how good they felt. They rue the day they started on blood pressure tablets for example because their didn’t look after themselves enough over a number of years. 

Yet they are still not willing to change their lifestyle, so eating rubbish and drinking a few times a week is the “connection” they make with youth, even if it’s half killing them now.

Your habits MAKE YOU or BREAK YOU. We try to stay a very strong team, picking each other up along the way.

As you get older, great health matters far more than spending too much on cosmetic material things that don’t matter, especially this time of year. 

Your daily habits will make you rich in health if you practice a few simple things daily, we all have the same choices, some take them, some ignore them but they all have a cost now and in the future.

Look after yourself.

Thursday, 22nd November

“Status” is a funny thing to define.
 
Some people think they are better than they are.
 
Some value themselves way less than they are actually capable of.
 
Some value themselves by how much money they have or what car they drive.
 
The facts are that your “status” is determined by others.
 
How much you help people, how much positive impact you have in others’ lives, and how you treat people.
 
We have all shapes and sizes in the gyms, all levels of ability and medical conditions, all levels of self-esteem and confidence, and everyone has the same “status”.
 
EVERYONE gets the same opportunity. No favourites. No “who you know” situations with us.
 
We realised a long time ago that often individuals who come to us with some really serious problems can often emerge with some of the greatest recovery stories.
 
In times of darkness, sometimes the greatest characters are revealed and they turn into champions.
 
The status I admire the most is the person who has risen to the challenge of tough times, learned a lot about themselves along the way, treated people with respect, stuck at getting their health right by showing up three times a week to the gym, eating right when it was easier not to, and not let negative people talk them out of their great recovery no matter what.
 
Status is never about money, it’s about the journey in life you take, the people you affect on the way, and eventually the legacy you leave.