My client today told me I was ruthless. They questioned why they couldn’t go back to the workouts they did when we “first” started training. From beginners, to the elite of the elite workouts are constantly evolving. Our bodies change, they improve, adapt, age, even get injured. 4-6 weeks go by and your body starts to really kick into gear. You start to see changes, exercises become more effortless so… BAM we step it up a notch.
I’d like to explain the story of an Eagle to you as an example of just how good change can be.
The eagle has the longest life span of its’ species, it can live up to 70 years. In order to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. Its’ long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food; and its’ long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its’ old-aged and heavy wings due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its’ chest and make it difficult to fly.
The eagle is then left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE which lasts 150 DAYS.
The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its’ nest. There the eagle will knock its’ beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its’ talons. When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts to pluck its’ old aged feathers. 5 months later the eagle will take its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years!
Why is change needed?
Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. Now whether you take this as surviving an hour workout with Ray, George, or myself; or simply apply it to how you make decisions I’d like you to remember to embrace change.
Engross yourself in new challenges and never hesitant to complete a task based on it’s level of difficulty.
(So do the burpees and supermans 😉 and stop complaining!!! :D)
-trainer Cat Heitz