Oftentimes the difference between pursuing your fitness goals and realizing them is a matter of accountability. Flying solo is very do-able, but when you’ve got another set of eyes looking over your shoulder who you’ve empowered with the right to ask you questions about your discipline and consistency, that can make a world of difference.
Quick story: When I was in the military, I was taking a martial arts class and I decided to participate in a tournament. Prior to the event that I was targeting, there was a smaller tournament that I fought in where I got my clock cleaned. Part of the problem was the way in which I was being paired with guys who were taller than me because I was in the same weight class.
I appealed to my Master Gunny who was an accomplished amateur boxer. We met three times a week. He put me on a diet, he assigned me a specific regimen and we sparred in the mornings. I lost 20 pounds, I qualified for a lighter weight class and I won my division.
All that to say, accountability makes a huge difference and I’m always looking for guys to pair up with who have that drive that translates to pointless puddles of perspiration.
Here’s what I’m proposing: At 12:15 on December 18th, we’ll have a unique kind of class in that every one of us will perform a specific exercise that, at this moment, represents something beyond our current level of strength. For me it’s USMC push-ups. That’s a push-up with a clap in the middle. I can get to 36 before I start to falter. By the 18th, I will be able to do 50 without stopping.
What’s your goal? Make it measurable, make it realistic, be ambitious and be ready to perform it in front of our little crew on December 18th! That’s a little more than 28 days from now. And between now and then there will be occasional communiques that go out to encourage and intimidate
Email me a firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll put our respective goals in a collective email and get busy!