Playing the Long Game

Jason Yule
November 26, 2021
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Fitness is a very broad topic.

If you ask 10 different people what their fitness goals are, you could get 10 very different answers.

We try our best to simplify it for our members.

Sure, we might have performance based subgoals like lifting a certain amount of weight, or completing a particular workout or movement.

But the ultimate goal is to be Fit For Life. Put simply, this means getting your fitness to a level that supports what you want out of life. Maybe it is to play with your children or grandchildren. Maybe it is to hike the mountains. Maybe it is to snowboard down those mountains. Whatever you want for your life.

What does that look like in practice? Well, it starts with understanding our time horizon - literally, the rest of your life. We are trying to achieve the slightest amount of progress possible, and to sustain it for the rest of your life.

That might be confusing to you. Why not as much progress as possible as fast as possible? Because it isn't sustainable and it could be risky.

If you are the kind of person who is getting more familiar with thinking about the rest of your life, then we don't want to risk pushing too hard and getting injured.

On the other side of the token, if you push for fast progress, you will hit a plateau. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, it's extremely natural. However, it's frustrating and discouraging.

Here's the alternative - don't worry about making progress too quickly. Be ok with small victories. This way, they'll keep on coming for a long, long time, and more importantly you won't ever feel stuck or discouraged. You'll just continue to improve and improve.

That's how you come to grips with a training program that's supposed to last you the rest of your life. By keeping it fun and exciting for the rest of your life. Even when you are 70 year's old, you are still progressing and still aspiring to improve - does this remind anyone of Mark Brandt, our Spirit of the Gym winner?

Coming to grips with your golden years is a lot more palatable if those years are enjoyed because you are fit and functional.

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