When You Think Nobody Is Watching

The other day, we had a notably hard workout. If you came to the gym on Tuesday, you know what I’m talking about. It was fast, furious, a lot of reps and a lot of challenging movements that jacked up the heart rate and fatigued us quick.

The purpose of these workouts is not just to reap the benefits of training at a higher heart rate and a higher intensity, these workouts are also very much a mental game.

I had the privilege of coaching three classes that day. And it’s safe to say I saw every single one of the athletes that I coached push themselves in some way shape or form. Nobody had to do that. Technically nobody even has to be here at all. Everyone in this gym chooses to be here day in and day out. Every single one of our athletes chooses to challenge themselves, even when they could just phone it in and coast by.

When there’s a clock on the wall and you’re battling against time, it would be easy to say “I’m just gonna stop a couple seconds early, it’s not gonna matter, it’s not gonna make a difference.” You might be right, in that one instance it doesn’t make all the difference. But in 100 instances over the course of months to years those moments do matter. Those are the moments that make us stronger both physically, and mentally. Those moments where we choose to push ourselves just a little bit further than we want to are where true growth take place. I say this all the time, and I might sound like a broken record by now, but it really is so important.

And when you think that we don’t notice you pushing yourself all out to the limit going for that last extra rep when you didn’t have to, just know that we are watching, and we are proud of each and every one of you who goes a little bit above and beyond every day, even when you don’t have to. Know that we are rooting for you, that we believe in you, and that it will always make the difference just to go one more.