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 11th

Outstanding effort from everyone this morning and tonight. What a great start to Emma Williams‘ class too, great effort from all of you.

If you want one of the TRUE secrets of success, then its the showing up consistently and giving it everything less than TWO weeks before Christmas.

The GRIT you are showing right now makes you a champion, and a year round on at that. Getting in shape isn’t a month here, month there type of effort, it’s putting it all together and making it a TRUE PART of your everyday life.

It’s not about getting in shape AFTER Christmas and doing what everyone else thinks, and falling for all sorts of fads that promise wonders in 2 weeks, it’s about grinding it out the RIGHT way all year long.

You are all INDIVIDUALS who have your own opinions and characters and you are grabbing your big opportunities RIGHT NOW, and we are all proud of you for doing it.

The intensity is still great at the gym, it’s still fierce and there is still deep desire to do great things.

Get your MIND strong by keeping your body strong. Can’t do one without the other!!!!

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.

Wednesday, 21st November

We pride ourselves on being positive, and exercise playing as much a positive part on our mental health as it does our physical health.

We discussed today the power of hanging out with positive people, and the long term effect this has, which is incredible over time and literally life-changing.

We discussed negative people today who used to play a role in the community, but are no longer here to exert any negative influence.

But here’s what I was reminded of yet again. Even a FIVE minute conversation about negative people and the negative impact they can have makes us feel bad.

I don’t really want to talk about dark times when negative people threaten to have some sort of influence on any of us. Giving destructive influences ANY TIME is your biggest waste of time and will threaten your happiness and mental wellbeing.

WHO you hang out with, WHO you associate with, WHO you choose to spend your time with is so highly important.

Lots of you have finalised realised this and it may even come after YEARS OF PUTTING UP with people who constantly run you down and make your own self-worth disappear each and every day.

Put VALUE on yourself, put value on YOUR TIME, you are better than all those negative influences that threaten to disrupt and destroy your mental health.

Don’t hang out with anyone because “it’s company”. Have time to yourself, give deep thoughts to good things going on in your life and realise you have heck of a lot going for you, and life is WAY TOO SHORT to worry about ANYONE who doesn’t want the very best for you.