In October of 2015, we had our first ribbon cutting of Active Life Fitness. Being a new business owner was exciting, but it was also terrifying and exhausting. Having that responsibility was a lot different than working one-on-one as a personal trainer as I had been for many years. I was so sure of myself leading up to the opening, but as the photographer’s camera clicked on that day, I suddenly felt… uncertain.
The people we were three years ago are very different from who we are now.
We have come a long way.
We survived the destruction of our gym from a fire next door. sed to discover this. It’s not often that I look back and pat myself on the back for the progress I’ve made because I’m usually hell-bent on tackling the tasks ahead. But over the past year I’ve worked hard to make myself a better trainer, business owner and coach – whether it has been by attending workshops, reading the latest books by successful business people, participating in a business mastermind conference held by our coaches (yes, we have coaches, too), acquiring another fitness certification, joining a speaking club or becoming more involved at my church. Oh yeah, and all while I’ve been turning teenagers into capable adults. I’ve come a long way in 12 months.
At that moment I thought to myself that everyone should do this as an exercise in personal growth: Find an older picture of yourself, reflect on all that you have accomplished since that time, and then sit back and revel in your achievements. It’s an easy confidence booster.
It’s amazing how small shifts can lead to big changes. There is a strong link between improved fitness and things like increased productivity, enhanced problem-solving ability, better energy and reduced stress and fatigue. They’re all factors in better job performance and improved relationships. Being physically fit could be the difference between your current job and a promotion, living a mediocre life versus one that’s active and personally fulfilling. That’s not to mention the health benefits of lowering your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. Maybe you just need a coach to get you there!
Imagine if you had someone talking you through your day, almost like an angel on your shoulder. Someone who told you what a great job you are doing, someone who encouraged you to go for the life you dream of, someone who made you feel great or someone who told you the hard truth that you need to cancel Netflix. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had that one person who was rooting for them all of the time?
Over the years clients have said to me, “I heard you in my ear when I was on my computer telling me to keep my shoulders down and sit up tall,” or “I have been eating more veggies because of you,” or “I really didn’t feel like coming to the gym today, but I knew you would be waiting for me.” That’s what good coaches do. They get you to take action even when you are not with them because their voice stays with you.
The coaches at Active Life Fitness can be that angel on your shoulder—the one who encourages you to reach your goals, live a better life, and who cheers you on every step of the way. We will guide you to live a healthier life, encourage you to be your best and get you feeling better when you walk out the door than you did when you came in.
Take a picture of yourself right now, wherever you are. Then come to talk to us about personal training. Let’s discover together the difference a year can make.
Dedicated to your Success,
Active Life Fitness Personal Trainers and Gym
94 North Avenue, NJ 07020