I was talking to a gym owner and he was telling me how complex it is when someone is new to fitness. How things need to be dumbed down so simply a 5 year old could do it. He runs one of the biggest gyms in the state of Minnesota.
I also go to one of the biggest gyms in the state of Minnesota. In our gym the approach is different. The leaders of the gym set the standard. Let me give you an example of what I mean:
In the first example you certainly would not have athlete’s under a heavy load but that approach is going to attract a lot of novice athletes.
In the second example the leaders of the gym set the standard and you work towards that standard.
I bring this up because we are currently working on a PDF, it’s a list of foods with some simple meals as ideas. On that PDF is links to a food logger. By now everyone should know that the naughty and nice list approach to food just isn’t specific enough, it’s a great start but it won’t take you all of the way. And look, I get it more than anyone, I did that over and over again but it always left me more confused and when I gained the weight back I had no specifics. This is why learning to log food is important. It provides insights you wouldn’t otherwise have. You can literally eat any way you like but knowing the specifics will always matter.
Someone once asked me how much I pay for groceries each month and I said “as much as I can afford”. This surprised them until I said, “I want to give my body the food it deserves and sometimes that costs a bit more”.
One thing we did agree on (the gym owner and I) was that nutrition coaching shouldn’t cost $200 a month but you know what, the people that know the most are often the people that pay the most. I think that’s interesting and it’s similar to my thoughts on groceries. The average person that often fails with diet after diet wants to pay the least as a general rule. They want things as simple as possible and the also want it as fast as possible. Weight Watchers most popular product is completely anonymous for a reason, people want to fail privately rather than succeed knowing what they don’t know now. MyFitnessPal is similar.
Every single coach for Eat To Perform did Eat To Perform and succeeded. That’s pretty cool but the more important piece of that is that they wanted to teach others the same thing. I was very lucky when I first started off in fitness to have some very fit role models. It taught me what it takes to succeed.
So as we move into 2019 ask yourself, are you going to do something again that simplifies things to a point where you are being told what to do or are you going to take charge and finally understand things that may have baffled you your whole life?
That’s the choice we all have. I am going to leave you with two thoughts. One thing I learned very early in life was that successful people love to tell you what they know and almost no one asks. People don’t ask because they are intimidated and as you get older you become more intimidated because you feel like you should know everything by now. As good as I think we are in 5 years we will be a lot better just because I have a natural curiosity about what I don’t know and I hire people with that same curiosity. The people that often seem to know the most and are absolutely certain are the ones you should likely avoid, it’s the people that question certainty that move the needle.
Here is a quote I like that describes this process:
“Imagine that in order to have a great life you have to cross a dangerous jungle. You can stay safe where you are and have an ordinary life, or you can risk crossing the jungle to have a terrific life. How would you approach that choice? Take a moment to think about it because it is the sort of choice that, in one form or another, we all have to make.” Ray Dalio
Hint Hint, your health should be a little difficult to figure out and anyone that is absolutely certain they know the answers for you often is selling something that isn’t what it seems. At least that’s my experience.