By Jesse Kepka
NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist
I started this morning’s health and wellness tip with a question to the newer attendees: “On a scale of 1-5, 5 being near impossible and 1 being no big thing, how hard was it for you to make the decision to walk through the door for the first time, and then actually make it happen?”
I’ve been hearing a lot of the phrase, “I can’t do that.” But I have discovered that all they needed to hear from me is, “yes, yes you can.” And do you know what happens? They find they can, and the joy that follows on their faces is indescribable.
The answers to my question varied between 1’s and 5’s. Some had decided to join the meetup group online, but waited weeks before finding the courage to act on it. One of the reasons I thought was inspiring involved a few friends that had given a t-shirt as a gift, and they were all XL’s. These incidents acted as his motivation to come. To try. To find friends that hold no judgment on appearance or ability or fitness level.
My group challenge was to go find someone who needs to be told, “You can.” We all need to hear it from time to time, something as simple and honest as that. Sometimes the response isn’t immediate, but I promise you they tuck it away somewhere still holding tight to it. The result is that it surfaces right when they need it most.
I find over and over again that each person walking through our doors is far stronger and more capable than they think. And it’s such a blessing to get to be the one that helps show them of that which they’re made. If you can find that someone, and they come in to realize, hey, check me out, look what I can do, you’ll change a life. The hope is they figure out they can make even bigger and better goals. And never settle.
Tip shared by Jesse Kepka, NASM-certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist and owner of Elevate Fitness. Jesse is a co-organizer for Priority Fit Camp. Each week, we publish a health and wellness tip that is shared at the Priority Fit Camp community workout. The free group class happens every Saturday at 7:50 a.m.Click for more info on the free Saturday group workout.