• Phil

Crossing that Bridge

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Generally speaking, there are two types of people we see in CF.

TYPE ONE is the person who is bought in by the need to do something about their body. Too many unsuccessful trips to the mirror has fuelled an urgent fitness resurgence.

Theirs is a specific project that needs to be completed. I am out of shape, and I feel lousy about it, so when I get back into shape, I will feel good, so I can carry on as normal.They’ve bounced around enough classes to appreciate the thought and attention to detail that has been built into the CF system, so they enjoy the experience. Type One’s will say things like: “I’ve never been so motivated,” which is, of course, a positive sign, but on the inside, they are waging a constant battle with their destructive lazy self. Travel, sickness, birthdays, work – every social responsibility poses an existential threat to their current fitness health kick. One too many bumps in the road, and you find them in a ditch, covered in cake. And even if they don’t get ditched, once their project is complete – that is to say when the mirror returns a more pleasing image, they’re off… into the night, to start the cycle anew. Visits to the CF become increasingly sparse. Nutritional standards, increasingly lax. The bathroom scales begin to creak once more.

TYPE TWO is the person that – whatever the weather – keeps a consistent 4-5 sessions per week – every week. The road bumps that would take a Type One out for months pose no significant threat. When they get sick, injured, or travel, you don’t need to drag them back in. If they are well, and in DXB, they’ll be in class, smashing it. Type Twos will often say things like: “I have to train,” or “without exercise, I just go crazy.” Type 1’s struggle to train, whereas for Type 2s, the struggle is when they are not able to train. They may not have the body of a God, or the diet of a nun, but they never stray far from either path. They understand the whole health and fitness thing – it’s in their body, and in their blood.

It’s interesting to me that people can do exactly the same activity, and yet they view that thing through two completely different lenses.

Here is a home truth: life is easier when you’re a Type Two. When you’re no longer one workout away from one month off, and 10 pounds on. When you haven’t got to overcome the terror of starting again. When you’re not mentally drained from feeling like sh*t about the way you look. When you’re no longer an honorary member of the yo-yo-weight-gain-merry-go-round.

We are now in Week 4, and the reason I’m sending this Blog today is because this is the time when we begin to see people drop out. “I’m not continuing because…” And the stuff after the dot dot dot always makes perfect logical sense. A perfectly good reason why they have to stop. But truth is, most people, simply gave up. You could do it when it was easy, but when it got tough, you quit. You decided to put something over and above your current health and fitness mission. And this is frustrating, for you and for us, because it casts you back, down into the ranks of a classic Type One.

And you don’t need to be taking the Challenge to relate to these words. Take a sip from the font of honest reflection and you can easily recognize if you’re a Type One. Stop-gain-weight-start-stop-gain-weight-start training regimens are a horrific car crash of an existence. They pop the glorious pill of exercise, into the most bitter of possible packages.

Exercise never gets easy (if it is, it isn’t exercise), but with enough tenacity, something does change. With enough tenacity, you begin to associate the struggle with pleasure, and with enough tenacity, it becomes a part of who you are. You can have this. Type Two’s aren’t born, they’re built. A Type Two is just a Type One that just didn’t stop.

The Challenge might not be shiny and new any more, but DO NOT QUIT. Don’t turn back on the bridge, and don’t keep repeating the same old mistakes. You’re here for a reason, so see that reason through. Keep showing up, and I guarantee you, one day, you’ll reach the other side.

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