Wednesday, January 2nd

Some words of reality on the first day back after Christmas.

When you joined us, you had high expectations and if you showed up regularly, they were met and you even raised your expectations from there.

Lots of you are doing INCREDIBLY well and we are eternally thankful for your efforts. You approach the new yer in fine form and can hit the ground running.

What about those who are struggling, can’t get going and those who doesn’t take much to lose their enthusiasm.

To all of you, I must ask you to remind yourself why you started. Many of you started because you were unhappy with your health, and that in itself was making you…………..well unhappy!

The pride you had in your initial achievements wasn’t enough to keep you going because you were easily influenced to give up.

People usually give up because another “story” takes over their lives.

It could be someone in your social circle thought it would be ‘best’ if you quit, after all, that exercise ‘thing’ wasn’t really good for you. You should be like them, watching tv more than ever, eating more fast and processed food than ever, after all, wasn’t this such a ‘fun and happy way to live’? Even though that lifestyle is shown to shorten your life ((Doctors tell us this and all the science backs it up).

It could well be that your initial success was not enough to install new habits. You didn’t stay long enough to make exercise and eating right a WAY OF LIFE. Not enough to make it a natural process, so quitting seemed like such an easy decision to make.

Another story could be that you like following others. Whatever your crowd says, then that is the ‘truth’. Even though you secretly know exercise is good for you and you are pretty good at it, then you had ‘better’ follow the crowd as you don’t want to ‘stand out’ and its easier to have a ‘quiet life’.

If the COURAGE has left your life, your individual personality has disappeared or deeply hidden and the PRIDE you showed when you did so well with us has long been forgotten, then you need to find a way, because people are DEPENDING on you.

They never saw you happier when you were fit. Never saw you carry yourself with so much confidence when you were achieving things with your health. Never saw you give so much leadership to your family when you were fit and strong, and have now seen you weaken due to your lack of outstanding heath.

Harsh words, and you may hate me for saying it, but if you aren’t exercising 3 times a week, then life is drifting away from you, life is not on YOUR terms and life is nowhere as great as it could be.

Don’t tell yourself a life, a story that says the being overweight, unfit, lacking in energy is somehow ok because its NOT and YOU KNOW IT and your life depends on it.

Time to act, you know the truth.

Tuesday, 1st January

Why training partners are a great idea (but almost NEVER long term).

I love the idea of trainers partners, you get pushed a bit harder, you get excited about your training and the results are great. I LOVE it!

I have had many training partners myself and benefitted IMMENSELY, each has pushed me on to new heights.

Then there’s the downside.

Your partner starts being 15 minutes late for training, then 30 minutes and soon enough starts missing sessions. You get kept waiting, threw your initial enthusiasm for your session, and stopped your progress in its tracks.

Then your training partner has to have a week off, so you have two choices. You either have the week off myself in a “loyalty to my training partner” sort of way thinking, then promise yourself that “next week” will be IT and we will CRUSH it!!! This is DISASTEROUS thinking!!!!!!!!

Then monday morning comes and you get a text saying that your partner cant make it tonight, or tomorrow and maybe at the end of the week. 

You feel lost without him/her and training becomes without so much meaning.

The two weeks off becomes two MONTHS, and people ask if you are still training? You say ‘sort of’ but I’m ‘missing my training partner’. This sounds a good enough excuse after all right? “I sound like a pro now don’t i now that I have a training partner?”.

I don’t have to tell you how ridiculous this sounds, so please LEARN from so many who have come and go before you at the gym, I LOVE training partners but use them for short periods and ultimately TRUST yourself. Don’t wish away your time left on earth and don’t give someone else control of your life, especially when you could be easily improving on your OWN ACCORD.

I have seen people have two weeks off and it turn into two years because they don’t have the confidence to start back again. Truly heartbreaking.

My advice is RELY on yourself or you live your live BASED on others and their decisions which is a HORRENDOUS plan. If your happiness is really dependant on others, then you wont have much of a life.

If you rely on yourself, then you WILL hit your workout 3-4 times a week, you meet and get to know others better and your progress and hopes in life don’t get put on hold.

Start of the new year, make it YOUR plan to show up for every session no matter what ‘OTHER’ people have planned. Guaranteed success this way and love the results which WILL come your way.

Tuesday, January 1st 2019

The big start back tomorrow begins at 9am. Here’s what I’m expecting out of each and every one of you.

  1. You show up 3 times a week. You wont get anywhere if you don’t make it to train. Endless motivational quotes posting every day won’t do a thing for you. You change by showing up full stop. 
  1. We support each other, we move further when we act as a team. You respect the person next to you, and support them when they doubt themselves. We have no ‘cliques’, and we are to HELP each other.
  1. You need to show GRIT. You will know by now if you have it in you succeed in our gym by doing it the right way, or you are still tempted to take the easy way offered by cowboys in the ‘fitness’ world who are offering you strange “portions”, that suddenly get you in shape in a couple of weeks. We ONLY want hard workers, and those who do it the right way.
  1. Workout 1 AND 2 are tough, and you need to do BOTH to appreciate what we are trying to achieve. Those who dismiss workout 2 as ‘not necessary’ are the same ones who can’t walk the next day when they eventually do it. These workouts help your running, cycling or whatever you are trying to do. You will pick up far more injuries NOT doing these workouts, you will be stiffer and your body will get run down far quicker. BE HUMBLE, BE PREPARED TO LEARN. I have trained people for endless amounts of years and I can tell you straight that if you are running on hard surfaces every day for long distances, then your body will rebel and give you NOTHING but trouble. Nobody has run more than me, running with at least 8 people a day for 20 something years and I remain PAIN FREE, but UNLESS you do the other stuff we do at the gym, a lifetime of pain is coming your way.

5. Back to point 3 about doing it the right way. We don’t do any ‘shake diets’ or anything faddy that leads to long term MISERY. Anyone peddling their own ‘miracle’ diets to profit from any gym members will be asked to leave PERMANENTLY no doubt. 

6. We have had a record amount of new member enquiries over Christmas but every year we only take a tiny percentage of these on. We have worked out how many members we can successfully work with at any one time. We want YOU the long term member as the absolute priority and the sole focus of our attention, you the loyal long term member comes first. If you cannot commit to training with us properly and don’t want the best for your health, or you still want to try every gimmick under the sun, then you need to make way for committed people who will make our team and spirit even stronger.

7. We have a huge amount on food on www.kerimckibbin.co.uk . Don’t pretend to blame your workouts if you are not eating well. Training hard, rest and eating well are your best success strategy, always will be. You have video workouts, eating and motivation all on one site. If you are a paying member, please send an user name and password to me at fitness@kerimckibbin.co.uk 

8. It’s down to you, take full responsibility. We message you, support you, teach you every workout to get the very best out of you, but we can’t achieve incredible things unless you take responsibility for what goes into your mouth, unless you stop making excuses why you can’t make your sessions, unless you stop letting negative people control your life and unless you STOP yourself reaching your true potential. 

9. Allow yourself to be great. Accept experienced coaching, accept early morning messaging reminding you to be great, accept a desperate plea from us to be the best you can be. We are not a ‘typical’ gym and we make no apologies on it. We are not deeply in debt like most gyms who rent their machines, we are debt free and own everything. We support you EVERY session, not show you around once and forget about you. We don’t force you on contract like most gyms as our retention is really high and we only want members that are truly onboard with what we are trying to do.

2019, it’s down to you and to show up to accept EVERYTHING we can throw at you to be great.

Tuesday, 18th December

Be very careful of the story you tell yourself.
 
If you tell yourself you aren’t worthy of happiness, then despite initial success, you will do anything you can to self-sabotage that success. Sounds stupid but it’s true.
 
I went through many stages and years when I didn’t believe I was worthy of any success, and if I was, it wouldn’t last long. After all, there were plenty of people who wrote me off, often telling me straight to my face that this fitness things was a “fad” and would never last. I wouldn’t be writing this now if I accepted their opinion.
 
Some people got visibly upset at me still persevering, still being around and still picking up clients only made their jobs worse.
 
I faced multiple snide remarks when I was out, and blatant rudeness and laughter at me trying to earn a living at this. The more I rose, the more laughter and bitterness I heard and felt.
 
The strategy that helped me most was not to put myself in situations that I would face baseless, often nasty and upsetting criticism.
 
If I was going to go out on a Saturday and inevitably bump into so called “friends”, who would continually ask difficult and bitter questions about my career choice, then nights out would soon become a misery.
 
The choice to remove myself out of these situations soon paid dividends. I would soon concentrate on my work ahead, and doing my best for people, they would be my judge, and NOT people who only wanted me to fail.
 
My internal story changed. No longer was negativity hitting me like a train every day, I filled myself with hope and hard work, and seeing where it would lead.
 
So at our gym, you haven’t got one person who hates your success, you only have people who want to give you a leg up, and we have built our culture entirely on that. You have a huge HEADSTART!!!
 
You haven’t got an army of people who doesn’t want you to fail, and I want you to LOVE your success, then build on it some more, because I know deep down what you can really do, and the deep pride that will give you affecting all areas of your life in a massively positive way.
 
I want you to know that we are very much behind you, and strongly encourage you all to live your own success story, keep avoiding the negativity that is always around, pick your company very carefully, and never stop and enjoy your ride and the great places it will surely take you.

Monday, December 17th

It’s a fact that when you think of certain people in the gym who are always ultra-positive in the gym, you want to be around them more, to soak up the good vibes. We are very fortunate to have many of these, and it becomes infectious.

These people only offer solutions to problems, and offer to help you out anytime. What would it take you to become the most positive person you know? We all need work on this and it’s something for all of us to think about.

First proper week of the new programme starts tomorrow. Are you going to try coasting it or are you going to build on everything you have done this year, and finish the year on top of the world and feeling amazing full of pride? 

It’s a choice and YOU are control of it.

You have been given these gifts that you are in good physical shape and can show up to our gym regularly, so even more is expected of you. Don’t settle for where you are, aim higher and reach for more within yourself.

Everything exciting happens when you leave your comfort zone. We all like doing the same thing because it doesn’t take much thought. 

The times we have to make what we do better scares us sometimes, but ultimately takes us to a new level of fulfilment, pride  and satisfaction deep within us.

These hard choices give us an EASY life.

If you make easy choices, and don’t get anything done or have given up on yourself, then prepare for a HARD life.

The more you invest in your health and anything else in life, you get it back in spades.

Last week before Christmas, what’s your choices looking like?