Day in and Day out….the habits of an Exercise Investigator
May 20th, 2013
What day is it? Sometimes I don’t know and sometimes I don’t care. My mission is the same. To inspire, motivate, and kick some serious butt.
This morning is no different from the others. It’s pitch black outside and the force of my body pulling me back under the covers is enormous. I know my friends think I am insane for waking up at 3:25AM and rightly so. It’s the middle of the night! I am extremely motivated because of the results I have seen and the individuals I have seen evolve into something they never thought they could. Yes, it’s all in a day’s work.
It’s 5AM and we have initiated our warm up. The music is loud. That’s how I like it. The temperature in the room is rising along with our body temperatures. I can already see people looking at the clock and we are just getting started. The crime scene in this instance is a 100 Burpee workout with weights, bars, and glider work in between, interval training at its best or worst, depending upon your individual fitness level. If I don’t keep challenging this group they won’t see change or growth. That’s how we continue to go above and beyond our fitness goals, by constantly going out of our comfort zone and changing our routine.
I do the workout with everyone else. How do you expect to motivate others if you just stand around and yell? I never believed in this type of teaching, ever. ”Hey, if she’s not doing it, I’m not doing it.” You have to embody the philosophy that if it’s enough work for these folks to get out of bed for a 5AM class then I will be damned if I am not working my butt off and giving 150% as they should be doing.
During the workout I collect evidence and I walk around to make sure everyone has proper technique. I am constantly correcting form, stance, and sometimes attitude. Look, sometimes I can’t look at everyone but I do make it my mission to engage everyone in one way or another. I have the ability to see how each piece of information fits into the larger puzzle and view each workout with logic and with extreme attention to detail. Yes, I do feel pressure to stay at the top of my game. If I don’t, they won’t. Now in a real crime scene investigation the investigator can’t get emotionally involved, or allow judgement to become clouded. They can’t walk around, move or disturb any evidence. They can’t allow items to be removed from the crime scene. In my line of work I need to walk around. I need to collect evidence. I need to get to know every individual who walks into my class. I have a vested interest in helping them achieve their fitness goals.
Strong communication skills are essential as well as strong teamwork because there are multiple components and variable involved to helping an individual reach his goals. You know that saying, ” You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.” In these circumstances it’s more like, “I can give you all the tools necessary to succeed, but ultimately it will be you who needs to follow through.” Many people fall off track. Their train derails and “life” takes over. The ones who can get back on the tracks are the ones that will succeed. I get “briefings” from their friends and I try to reach out, but I can’t help everyone.
I can almost remember the many different classes I have taught over the past eight years. It has definitely become more challenging and I have learned a great deal more about how to maximize results and motivate people. You can have all the certifications in the book, but what it really comes down to is how you relate to people. How you engage people. You have to be critical yet passive at the same time. Have I annoyed people along the way? Yes. That comes with the territory.
I look across the room making sure everyone is in the right position. Rapid response is key here because you don’t want anyone to injure themselves. I can tell someone multiple times to move their weights or place their hands a certain way and eighty percent of the time they do what I tell them. The other twenty percent they continue on. ”Do it again and make sure you do it the right way this time!” I yell. ”If you stop ten seconds before we are done we will do it for another minute. It’s your choice.” Life’s tough. Suck it up.
We are really sweating now. Good thing no one has ever drowned in their own sweat or I would definitely be dead by now. ”Sweat is fat crying,” I tell them. It has definitely turned into a crime scene because, if luminol could light up sweat, we would all be found guilty. Guilty in this instance is good. We want to be burning fat and building lean muscle. This is probably the only time you would want to be guilty. Innocence means the opposite in this situation.
I feel a great sense of accomplishment after class. Was it challenging enough? Yes. Did I motivate people enough? Yes. Did I have fun during the process? Of course the answer is yes. As I close the door and head down the stairs I start to imagine what the next class is going to bring. Day in and day out it’s got to motivate, challenge, and excite.
It’s all in a day’s work…