What do you want from your training?

When I wrote my book, “Keep the Change, Transform Your Body For Good,” over ten. years ago, I worked with a Life Coach to get the book completed.

Catherine with her book: Keep the Change
The Day My book arrived 10 years ago.

Sandy K. Goodwin, the author of, The, “So What?” Principle, was that coach, and I remember how much the questions she guided me to answer helped me develop a system of helping myself take action.

If you’re like me, you probably have doubts about your ability to reach your goals for fitness, work, relationships, and self expression. One of my biggest limiting fears is that I will make mistakes, let people down, and embarrass myself.

Too often, these fears have become self fulfilling prophesies, but that doesn’t stop my longing to live a life of significance. For example, even though I was Turbulence Trainer of the Year in 2013, I still closed my fitness studio in 2016, because I wasn’t able to generate enough income to justify the amount of hours I was putting into the business.

I felt like I had failed and let my clients down, but I never stopped training or sharing my methods on line. If you have ever started and then quit a method of achieving something that mattered to you, how do you build the self trust that’s needed to begin again?

Most people are aware that self help involves positive self talk like, “I give myself permission to go for my dreams,” which is one of the affirmations from Goodwin’s book. It’s also wonderfully effective to ask yourself good questions like, what would make me truly happy and deeply fulfilled?

Years of self coaching have helped me discover that I want to fulfill my promise, and be of service. Now that I’m approaching age 60, I like to say that I want to stay in service my whole life long.

This shift in desire has reaffirmed my commitment to weight training, as I understand its direct connection to staying physically independent, capable, and even powerful.

I read a fascinating article in The Washington Post about a 93 year old man who is a rowing champion in his age group. You can ==>Click here<== for a gift link to the article. His weight lifting routine is incredibly similar to my minimum effective dose routine of three sets of pushups and weighted squats to momentary form failure.

My method is to do a set of 8 pushups, followed by 8 squats with dumb-bells or a weighted barbell, then rest for one minute. I do a total of three sets and move on to my shuffle dance practice.

I hope you will apply the simple methods of asking yourself what you want, doing a simple weight training routine three times a week, and giving yourself permission to succeed.

Until next time, Train on!


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