Friday was barbell deadlift day.
It reminded me how many Moments of Greatness occur at our gym every day, in every class, as nearly everyone gets better in some way each time they walk in the door.
Moments of Greatness are specific to each person. No two moments are alike. My definition of a Moment of Greatness might be different than yours.
We had a lot of deadlift personal bests today. Those are Moments of Greatness, but also key to providing us important feedback about our overall fitness journey.
First, it shows us that our strength and conditioning program is working. We don't deadlift that often -- probably two or four times a month. We don't have to do it several times a week to see improvements -- our functional training approach works the entire body, so we are in essence, 'deadlift ready' at all times.
We are staying injury-free and getting stronger ... without killing ourselves with hours and hours in the gym. The average gym member makes great strides with three 45-minute classes a week.
But more exciting to me is that the deadlift technique was beautifully executed. Get the movement right, and you can keep improving ... literally forever if you pair smart training with proper recovery and nutrition.
And even more exciting to me is that our members are learning to listen to their bodies and challenge themselves appropriately when the time is right. When they are not feeling it, they train where they are comfortable that day.
Another Moment of Greatness is when I hear members cheering on other members to personal bests. Getting excited about the achievements of others is inspiring.
My hubby joined in 6:30 a.m. class today (we usually train together between classes at 7:30 a.m.) and he was having so much fun watching Theda and Scott reach new PRs with their deadlifts, that he didn't even add up what was on his barbell. Al is competitive and I have never seen him NOT add up his weight. So that was a special Moment of Greatness.
Our 10,000 swing challenge is building resilience, power and strength that applies to everything else we do, including deadlfits.
Another Moment of Greatness is watching people stop to foam roll, or stretch or adjust if something feels funny at that very moment ... to prevent injury and missed time in the gym.
Happily, I don't remember the last time I referred someone to the chiropractor.
It is paramount to appreciate the Moments of Greatness that occur in the gym every day because we are training to be awesome in our everyday lives.
And if we are strong, healthy, happy and energetic, we can do a lot of good for others. That makes me the happiest of all because that puts us on our way to a Lifetime of Greatness..
Our gym members already excel in life and this helps them to reach new heights as confident, clear-thinking, active, vibrant people who are not afraid to tackle new challenges, both physical and mental.
If you aren't training with us, we'd love to have you!
And if you can't, train with us, find a gym with a positive environment where you can learn to move well first, get strong, and then celebrate Moments of Greatness with each other daily. It feels good.