January 20th, 2011
by Jodi · Filed Under: Ponderings
The last few weeks have seemed like a whirlwind to me with us bringing the crew to Jodiojo, building the new sites that are on the way (check out last week’s posts) and lots of new clients coming on to our different product lines. All of this has brought a fresh set of experiences to our business with lots of opportunity for hard work but also for some really good laughs. Out of all the things I enjoy in life, laughing has to be in the top 3 (alongside make-up and eating anything with butter on it—let me focus here). But every so often, someone can say something that just sets me off on a rant. Not a bad rant—like a tirade or something—but a fast talking, won’t-let-you-get-a-word-in-edgewise kind of rant and honestly, you really do not want to be around for that. So what sets me off?
That workout was easy.
At first glance that seems like it would bother me because it is a blow to my ego or something but really, it’s not. The first thing you learn working one on one with people when you begin to train is that you can crush just about anybody with 3 pound weights just by tweaking certain parameters in the workout. Speed would be the first thing that would come to mind. If I had you do a set of stationary lunges unweighted and you were a pretty seasoned athlete then that would seem easy. But if I had you do the exact same thing at a tempo of 5 secs down, 2 sec pause and 7 sec up, you would want to cry by the 5th one. So the first thing that you learn as a trainer is not “this is a hard workout” but how you execute the workout makes it “hard”. [Disclaimer: I do not have time to argue the nonsense behind a workout being “hard” today but just know, that statement is relative and ridiculous all at the same time. That’s another rant for another day.]
What a person is really saying when they say the “workout was easy” is ‘I lift the same weight all the time. I don’t care how heavy you want me to go, I am going to use those 12 pound weights over there for everything. I do not vary my weight with the reps nor do I vary my intensity. Therefore, to challenge me, you must add endless volume. I need to begin working out at 5am and end somewhere around 8:30am so I have had adequate time under tension to wipe me out.’ And if this is the way that you lift, you will have problems with us. Our lifts get you in the gym and out QUICK. You do not need to be in the gym so long, you out lasted the shift change at the front desk. When you can watch 2 shows and catch the lottery number on the TV, you’ve been there too long. But this is the way of most gym goers and re-training them is HARD. To get a woman to lift heavy is as easy as getting me to start a new project without a dedicated notebook and pen set—that’s hard!
Do you and your body a favor. Learn how to vary your intensity and add challenge to your workouts without having to add 50 extra exercises, 45 min of useless abdominal work and 75 min of cardio just to feel like you did something.
This diet isn’t working.
Again, seems like another attack to our ego here but upon a deeper inspection we know that it is not. ‘This diet isn’t working’ is a loaded statement. The minute you say that to me my mind locks down into spelunking mode, I break out the miner’s cap with the light on it and I’m “heading in”. First, I can guarantee you are not following the diet properly. Why? Too many reasons to list but let’s take the obvious: you either do not want to make a menu, weigh your food or prepare ahead of time. This I can understand and we will work with you to help you with this because it is a daunting task for the newbie. Second, you haven’t followed all of the recommendations and have kept a few of your old ways hoping they don’t really make a difference. You will find this with nuts and peanut butter. We give a limit. You ignore the limit. It’s a fun dance in the beginning. Thirdly, and this is the one that really makes me put my cap on, it didn’t solve your problem. See…for many of us we start a program to lose weight or look good naked for many reasons—none of which concern our bodies. When I hear you say ‘This diet isn’t working’, what you are really saying is ‘I just lost 5 pounds and I still hate my job. ‘ Or, ‘I look great but I still argue with my husband left and right’ and so on. This is a big deal and we’ll talk about it more in depth as we move along together, but think about this because it will keep you from going over the deep end with your diet. What set you on this path in the first place? A fresh new start? This is the year? If only…then…?
We really want you to challenge yourselves–but safely. We’re here to up the ‘ante’ known as your life but not by adding more volume or a more strict diet, but by calling you to the carpet for the small, but destructive ways you are going about your life. Balance. Beauty. Self respect. Champion. Athlete. Woman. Special. Fierce. Get used to these words because we want them to begin to describe you and your life and we have many more like it.
I challenge you to go out today and lift like a psycho and eat like a pro and when you do it to think, ‘but what if I didn’t do this?’ Would life still be ok? Be good til next time! Woop woop!