“You’re not listening to me!”
As a parent, nothing puts me on my heels faster than that one. I can stay the course with door slams, bedtime negotiations, and the like, but when one of my kids tells me I’m not listening, that’s a clear sign to stop what I’m doing and shut my trap for a few minutes so they can tell me what’s up.
As a coach, I spend a lot of time talking with folks who feel like they haven’t been listened to very much along the way:
“The workouts were killing me and I just wanted to figure out how to go the gym without being sore all of the time.”
“They wouldn’t give me any substitutions for the movements I had real trouble doing–there were no options.”
And the big one, down the road apiece but no less inevitable: “I finally gave up.”
It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be this way.
The best fitness program for you is generally going to be the one you love enough to turn into practice.
And that practice might change session to session.
When you’re sore, we do some recovery work.
When you love a movement, we find ways to do it some more.
When you just need a boost, we line up something fun.
This doesn’t mean we don’t have favorite tools or protocols. We do, of course.
But it all starts with listening:
What do you want to do?
Where do you want to go?
How can we help?