The past five days have been full of emotions. A veritable Dagwood sandwich of joy, excitement, and reconnection. And nerves too. Not just from us. Particularly from those who have only worked out with us online. I think we can sum things up with this quote: “I was so nervous about coming in. But once I came in, I was like, ‘why would I be nervous here?'”
That’s kind of our whole thing. Taking away nerves. And intimidation. And distraction. And undue risk. Exercise is tough enough as it is. It has to challenge the boundaries of your own physiology enough to trigger adaptation. It is—by definition—hard. We’ve always been sensitive to that. Which is why we make everything else easy.
Stack up all of the motivational videos and pep talks in the world. They don’t add up to much if you are not psychologically safe. You get all hyped up in one moment but then run into friction points at every turn. Your motivation weaves around like a guy on shore leave in Vegas (don’t ask me how he got there).
What are those friction points? Gosh, that’s a big list. But understanding them—and how to untangle them—can help you create tremendous momentum.
Here are just some of the things to consider:
- Finding the right team of experts: If only confidence and skill went hand-in-hand. Or personal fitness and the ability to coach others. Or marketing polish and depth of service. But that’s not the reality.
- Evaluating workout effectiveness: We need better evaluation criteria than how punishing a workout was. How do you determine what kinds of workouts offer skill development and repeatability?
- Evaluating workout safety: I’ve met far too many people who feel like beating up their knees and shoulders is the price of getting fit. That’s hooey. Even worse, it is working counter to one of the biggest factors in consistency: staying healthy.
- Evaluating program design: how do you create a long-term, strategic plan for you that accommodates (and rolls with) the imperfect realities of life?
- Getting quality feedback: What information is relevant to progress? What is nice to know but unnecessary? What is downright counterproductive?
- Building support structures for success: this is where nutrition, regeneration, and habit development all come into play. These are essential. How do you access non-dogmatic, relevant, actionable, personalized information without feeling overwhelmed?
- Understanding human motivation: how do you find someone who understands how to work with who you are and what you’ve got—instead of trying to cajole, pressure, or “motivate” you into their own vision of who you should be?
- Building a reliable and unimpeachable string of successes: at the end of the day, this stuff has to stack up. Do you have a plan that can deliver that kind of experience?
Without addressing each and every one of these, consistency is beyond difficult. So, guess what? We handle these things at Bang. All of them. We make things easy so that you can simply show up and work hard without distraction or worry.