I saw an Instagram post the other day and remembered a blog post I wrote but never published,
I’ll talk about the instagram story first and then you can read an inspirational story about a lady I met during my time at a different gym,
So the Instagram post said something along the line of ‘there are 2 types of people when it come to the coach saying ‘10 seconds left’
There are those that hear that and start to slow down, already ended in there mind they want to give up and looking for an early rest’
Or people who hear that and think ‘10 seconds - I need to finish strong and power through, give the last 10 everything I have and keep pushing until the final whistle’
From a young age I have fortunately had the mindset of ‘last 100m - SPRINT’ my earliest memory of this is being forced to do the 1500m run for sports day in which I came 2nd or 3rd from last however in the last 100m of that I gave everything not to finish last in which I over took 2 or 3 people and because of that final sprint every year I was given the 1500m.
I hate that event so I never practised I always came almost last or last.
After speaking to a lady who has had pneumonia I felt like it’s important that you guys here what she had to say about getting back into the gym.
She was cured of pneumonia by October/November time but came up with excuses as to why she now couldn’t get back to doing something in the gym, for 2 months she came up with excuses to herself.
Then once New Years hit, she stopped lying to herself and got back into the gym, she knew she wouldn’t be able to do what she used to so she said she’ll just do the classes, the 30 minute circuit ones.
She came to one I was covering and I’m glad she did, my circuits are hard but you take them at your own pace, all I ask is that no matter how tired you are, you push that to the back of your mind and you just keep moving, even if it’s slowly, I don’t care, but you just can NOT stop.
I will count down and say 10 seconds left, only 2 more stations etc so people know and can say ‘come on myself only this left’ and she said that is the biggest thing that helped her through, that she just wasn’t allowed to stop, she had to move.
She has set 2 main goals this year, Sutton Fun run and a half marathon in October.
As long as she makes these small wins of not giving up when it gets hard, of her pushing her self through it then she will absolute smash those goals!
But the moral of the story is that no matter how shit you feel, no matter how tired, no matter how overwhelming you feel, the only way forward... is forward, so go forward with purpose and do not stop, never doubt yourself or you ability as long as you are doing something to better yourself you are winning!
I wish her all the best and I know she will get her goals.
The Main Author is Dan Grimes, Guest authors will be posting too.