Barbells. Dumbbells. Kettlebells. Gymnastics. Too often, people hear these words and are scared.

img_6643They may be scared for a number of reasons – getting hurt, not being the best at it or being really sore. You know what words scare me?  Heart disease, osteoporosis, joint replacements and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Be afraid of that. Don’t be afraid of soreness of exercise.

When a child begins a sport or new activity do they begin at a high level? No, they start slow and progress as their coach tells him or her.

I am not your scary uncle that used the sink-or-swim mentality to teach you how to swim by throwing you into the middle of the pool. I am just the overly excited friend that wants you to learn how to move well. I want to show you that you are capable of some pretty awesome stuff if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone. I am not here to injure you. That’s bad business. I am not here to make you feel bad. I am here to motivate and guide. That’s it.

Most of the athletes that come to the gym have never – and still don’t – considered themselves as athletes, but I consider them that. I treat them like athletes. All that means is that I want them to continuously improve. I will never sell someone short.

I talk a lot about being happy but never satisfied. Once we settle (in life or the gym), we stop growing. Would you tell your child or niece or nephew to settle in life? As adults, why do we settle, and more importantly, why are we okay with it?

img_6641If you want things you’ve never had, you have to be willing to do things you’ve never done. There is a great quote from Thoreau that says, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” It’s true. People will act as though they are satisfied or happy but then they yearn for more.

Give yourself what you deserve. Give yourself more. Find out what you are capable of. Fear does not need to control you.

Every champion, expert and all-star was once a beginner.

To learn more about what Quarter Deck Athletics has to offer, come check out a class. Your first one is always on us! Email us today to reserve your spot.

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