Happy first Monday back from vacation.
Said no one ever.
Compassion in the gym
I'm not really big into New Year's Resolutions or posts about resolutions, but I was reminded over the weekend that for many folks, January is the time to get back into the gym. And for the folks who are regular gym go-ers, it's time to grumble about an overly crowded gym, dudes curling in the squat rack, and people spending an inordinate amount of time on the cardio equipment.
I think now is the perfect time to do less grumbling and more smiling; to take the headphones off and welcome new people into your gym community. You're kindness and welcoming attitude could play a big part in helping a new routine stick for someone. Don't forget that. Don't forget the people that helped you out in the beginning.
If ever there was a time to smile, engage, and greet people in your gym, it's now and over the next few weeks.
On the flip side, if you've committed yourself to a new fitness routine, don't be afraid to ask questions; about gym etiquette, about how to use equipment, or locker services or whatever. And if you don't see a staff member around, ask someone else. I promise you that underneath the headphones and intensity is really just a big ol' teddy bear.
Note: Wait until said person is between sets. Ok?
Girls Gone Strong: Dr. Lisa Lewis
For those of you who don't know, along with personal training, I also freelance as a photographer. (I don't do weddings. Unless I'm related to you, then maybe I do weddings.) Recently, I've enjoyed doing a lot more fitness style photoshoots and yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a photoshoot for Tony Gentilcore, and his beautiful wife, Dr. Lisa Lewis.
I had the good fortune of working at a college with Lisa, who was the sports psychologist for my softball team when I was a head coach. She went on to get her Ph.D. from Boston University. Aside from being an incredibly kind, thoughtful and smart woman, Lisa also helped guide me when I decided to try my hand at strength training. In fact, she was the one who put "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" into my hands the very first time. Which, as I've mentioned a number of times on this site, changed my life. She is also married to Tony Gentilcore (check his site out), who has also influenced both my training and my current career path tremendously.
Lisa was recently interviewed by the gals over at Girls Gone Strong and needed a few pics for the article which was just published yesterday. I have listed the Girls Gone Strong website on my resource page, and if you haven't visited, you now have the perfect excuse. Check out Lisa's interview here, and (caution: shameless plug) check out some of my photos from the shoot as well.
Given the interview with Lisa, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a post that Lisa wrote for Tony's site awhile back. This is Lisa and Tony's take on the Battle with Should, which I wrote about back in the spring. Click the title below to read the full post on Tony's website.
And really, truly. Happy Monday. That's it for today. Happy New Year. Resolutions or not.