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Life Lessons from a Fitness Director

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Beth Oliver recently stepped down as Fitness Director at a local shoe company after 25-plus years. As you would expect, she learned a lot in that time. She stopped by to share her favorite life lessons we can all learn from.

After working in the fitness industry for over 25 years, I have learned a lot. The interesting thing though, is any lessons I learned in "the studio” have a direct correlation or application to life. I joke around all the time about writing a book, and if I ever do, here are some of my favorite “lessons”.

1. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to work.

No tricks, no gimmicks, no special formulas. Just because something is bright, shiny and new, it doesn’t make it better. At the end of the day, if you want to create change…any change…you have to put in good old fashioned work.

2. Close your butt crack.

A liitle humor helps make a point stick. Yes, in the sense of training, you have to be as physically engaged as possible. You have to fire up as much muscle fiber as you can. And in life too, you can’t be passive. You have to engage whole heartedly. Even when you choose to “go with the flow” make that choice with intent and purpose.

3. Avoid the temptation to “put on a fad” like a new outfit. AKA It is more important to be interested than to blindly follow.

The fitness industry can be very trend driven, and in many ways that’s good. It can keep things fresh and lively, and that has value. One approach is to just jump into every single new thing hook, line and sinker. Sometimes that works well, because you can be quick to offer up the newest thing to your consumers. The danger with that approach is though is that it can actually get in the way of your own unique innovation. It takes more time and effort up front to pay attention to trends, and to investigate a bit more. What is it that consumers like, what’s driving the need for change? When you can answer those questions, you can create something that is truly special and unique to you. It’s like adding a piece to your wardrobe that works really well with everything you have, instead of throwing your entire closet out and stating fresh. This is a great approach to take when increasing your circle of friends and contacts.

4. Don’t get too obsessed with the outcome.

I tell people all the time that I am a bit of a fitness fraud. The truth of the matter is that I am not really driven by helping you get a tighter rear end. What I like about teaching fitness is watching people make a commitment and sticking to it, even when it’s hard. Even when they don’t feel like it. I like watching people surprise themselves with what they can accomplish. It’s interesting when you figure out that if you don’t do it exactly right, the world won’t fall apart. And sometimes it’s not to pretty as you try to figure it out. So, maybe over a few months in your fitness class, you learned to do push ups on your toes. That’s good in and of itself…but the process that you went through is what’s great. And it’s the process that has value…as soon as you get the push up there will be something else. It’s not really the outcome, it’s the drive.

5. Stay and breath at least 5 full breaths. Especially when you want to leave.

Of course, teaching yoga based classes, we often focus on the breath. It has the power to help us calm our central nervous system and stay focused on the moment without distraction. This philosophy really helps in all aspects of life…especially when you really want to run away from something that has the potential to be unpleasant, or when you are so worried about being perfect that you don’t sit really deeply in the moment. Or when you are so focused on the next thing that you go through your day by rote. One thing for sure, next is going to happen one way or another, so you might as well stay and breath into the current state of things. That’s how memories are made.


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