• Jake

"Why So Serious?"

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

I only want Serious clients.

What is serious?

Its about what you want, and what you put in.

It's half about your goal: This is simple. I just want you to have a goal. For a lot of people, they just want to improve their body composition. That's great! Or they want to get stronger. Fantastic! Or they just feel vaguely like they're supposed to be more healthy or physically capable for life's challenges. Yay!

Some other people just feel like they're supposed to work out, so they sign up for a trainer or a class and half-heartedly go through the motions. Maybe its more a social gathering for them or just a feeling that they need to participate in "exercise". Booooooooo! It's great you want to socialize actively, but that's not what I do. I'm too much of a stickler for detail and we wouldn't get along.

Please set a goal for yourself, something to strive toward. That goal will change constantly, but that's okay, just so long as you aren't hiring me as a cheerleader as my soul wilts watching you aimlessly do calisthenics.

It's half what you put in: You must be willing to change. You have come to change and improve something about yourself, and that requires consistent, thoughtful effort. You must be willing to really think through your movements and not petulantly demand that the old movement patterns that have failed to give you strength and possibly put you into pain are actually the right ones for you. You must be willing to do movement homework I assign every day, sometimes multiple times a day. The homework is always reasonable, but for some issues (bad backs), it really requires consistency. If you are wanting help losing weight, you must be willing to put forth the effort and discipline necessary to adopt permanent, healthy eating habits. Part of my job is creating reasonable methods for you to achieve your goals without demanding you destroy your home or work life, but while I am patient, we cannot tell what works if you do not follow prescriptions.

I love athletic feats of strength and dramatic acrobatics as much as anyone, but for many of us, we need to take a step back. Much of what I do is remedial. We have to get your feet right, your posture, your bracing. It isn't all sexy and a 5% weight increase on your bench every single week. But it is realistic. Sometimes these micro-skills take months or years to figure out, and then you have to incorporate them into your macro-skills. Its a process, and only you can determine for yourself whether the effort is worth it or not. My job is to get you these skills as smoothly and quickly as possible; your job as a client is to listen to me and do your homework, diligently. Its the only way we'll know if it works for you or not.

This is all I ask from my clients, that you have a serious goal, no matter how grand or modest, and that you be willing to put in the effort and thought to change. I don't care if you're a bronze god juvenile looking to be the King of peewee league or a septuagenarian looking to squeeze out a few more productive years from your body. If you're committed to concrete change, I look forward to working with you.

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