“I don’t want to join that program. I’m not good at some of the exercises. I just can’t figure them out and it’s frustrating.”

“It’s hard to get motivated to come to the gym. I don’t like being the last one to finish the workout every day.”

“I’m not comfortable with how hard the workouts are. I want to give up.”

Things People Say When Making a Change is Hard

Guess what? Change is hard. 

That’s the point!!

Sometimes I wonder what people are honestly expecting when they start a fitness program.

Day 1. “My life is miserable. I have no energy. I can’t get motivated to do anything. I’ve gained weight. I’m weak, and I can’t deal with stress.”

Day 90. “This isn’t for me. I’m having a hard time with the movements. I don’t feel like I”m making any progress because I’m not in shape enough to keep with everyone else.”

After many years as a coach, I’ve seen this play itself out many times.

First things first. 

I understand the struggle. I’m not coming down on anyone who is dealing with the mental challenges that completely changing your lifestyle will bring into your life. It’s huge and it’s daunting.

I get it, but here’s the thing….. All of it is mental. All of it is built on your desire to change and your ability to view the challenges as steps along the path, not as walls keeping you trapped.

Especially for new members, remember, it takes time to learn new things. Every day is a step forward. Just by showing up you’re doing things you never could before.

We’ve even put things in place to help you deal with the challenges.

For starters, our community is all about mutual support and focus on the challenges we have in front of each person. No one is competing against you and no one cares if you come in first place or last. The only thing that matters is that you do something to be better than you were yesterday.

You have other members you can lean on and get support from. NO ONE CARES how you did in a workout. EVERYONE CARES that you showed up and worked hard. They need you to be there, just like you need them.

Guess what, there is someone else at the gym who is struggling just like you are. When they see you being consistent it sets an example for them. You, even with all your doubts and fears can be a motivator for someone else. It works both ways.

The program itself is designed to help you find your sweet spot. There is not a single workout or exercise that can’t be modified to fit you EXACTLY where you are so you can make progress and get in a good workout at the same time.

Your coaches are here not just for support but to give you the guidance you need to be successful. You are not in this alone. 

This may surprise you, but your coaches know more than you do about fitness and we’re pretty dang good at evaluating where people are in their development. If your coach tells you that you can join a new program, do a more advanced movement, add a little weight, or try something new….Why wouldn’t you try?!

Think about that for a minute….. You’ve been stuck, in a rut, not feeling like you’re making progress…..Your coach comes to you and says, “Hey, I think you should try this more advanced movement. I think you’re ready to PROGRESS YOUR SKILL.”….and your response is “GREAT!!” or is it “I’m just going to stay here.”?

I want to share a story from a member who has dealt and with many of these feelings. She has overcome them and is making fantastic progress. Keep in mind this woman had ZERO exposure to fitness or working out prior to joining ECHF. Everything she’s been able to do for her fitness and health has happened in just a few years.

“I have always been a high achiever in both my academic and work lives.  My personal motto was: “Do it well, or not at all.”. I never wanted to be mediocre.  

I never had any interest, aptitude, or natural ability when it came to sports or athletics.  When I retired I devoted more time to my physical fitness and started walking and taking gentle yoga and zumba classes.  An activity like CrossFit was definitely outside my comfort zone and experience. I learned that weight-bearing exercise was particularly important for women as we age to maintain bone density and muscle mass and decided to give CrossFit a try.  

Starting with an experience base of zero, I have learned a lot in the past 2 1/2 years and have improved my strength and muscle mass.  Still, I am usually the slowest participant, lifting the lowest weight. In other words, I am mediocre. It is a challenge every day to go back to class.  Fortunately, the coaches and other class members are friendly and supportive. They aren’t judging me for what I can’t do and are happy I am there. On the days when I improve, I feel satisfied.  I remind myself I am in this for the long haul and hope it will pay off when I am as active at 70 and 80 as I am now at 62.”

She still struggles at times but she knows she can do it because she’s decided to make it work and she wants to do it.

If you aren’t willing to be mediocre for a period of time, you will never be great for any amount of time.

Every Master started as a Novice.

The more you stay inside your comfort zone the smaller it gets.

Come and make a change with us. We have all the tools and support you need to be successful, lose fat, build strength, feel better, and look great!!