Today I started shadowing Brad for the Greco PT Certification. I have a much greater appreciation for the amount of work he puts into all of us, every day, to help us realize our goals. He has so many different clients, and with so many different approaches for everyone, I’m not sure how he keeps it all straight. He even has partner training, whereby two people come in with differing goals or expectations, and to manage both of them within a very short period of time can sometimes be very challenging. I think he should be getting paid to be a trainer, coach, counselor, nutritionist, mentor, etc. He certainly does wear alot of hats, and it shows that he really likes what he does. I don’t think you could get by with a job like that if you didn’t enjoy yourself and genuinely like people. Where are you going to hide out? The gym IS your office. You are accountable to the people that show up.
I think back to when I had all those projects at work – juggling all those balls – but they weren’t people with expectations, emotions, lives and histories. That’s what he works with everyday. Everyone wants to achieve something different and everyone brings different cards to the table.
Most of training, as I am finding out, is a mental game. Who’s gonna win? And it depends on how you talk to yourself. If you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re always right. The trick, for me anyway, is to no longer think about limitations on things. I think, why set yourself up for disappointment? Believe that there are no limitations and slowly work on progress. That’s what Brad has taught me. It’s mostly how the world works anyway. If you had asked someone 150 years ago if future generations could be sharing information around the planet in nanoseconds and flying someone to the moon, most likely nearly everyone would have said “YOU’RE CRAZY”. However, the people who believed that the earth was a sphere were right too, despite others telling them they were wrong. What we tell ourselves, we believe. And we generally become believers of our own mythologies which are a hard habit to break.
After shadowing, I snuck in a PT session of my own (so I could play hookey for hockey tonight). Best results yet. Pushed everything. Did 50 pushups from Pin 1 and 50 chinups in just about 55 minutes or so. Then we worked on the Sumo deadlift technique for about 10 minutes. I have the up part, feels better, but the down part is more like a Romanian deadlift, and that’s the trouble I get into. I will keep working on those over the next few weeks….
Oh, and due to some discipline and some luck, I got down to 158 lbs today. I weighed in early in the day, but still. At some point today my body weighed that. I’ll take it. Only 3 lbs to do to get to 155lbs. I’ve got about 6 weeks. I imagine my weight will go up again over the next week or two, but that’s okay. I know what I have to do.
Tomorrow should be interesting with a whole new set of clients!