We stopped doing 6-Week challenges. That was the rage last year. We and many gyms jumped aboard and spent thousands on ads to cast a net and bring people through our doors. I do like the idea of having goals and to lose XX amount of weight in 40 days etc. The pressing question is how sustainable it is? It was great to see members lose pounds on a diet that is on the outset very effective. Again, how effective is it in the long term?
I answer this by digging deep and trying figuring out what sustains wellness and longevity. What I found is that for the most part, all participants spent a large sum of money and were tasked to set and achieve a far-reaching goal that would consume almost all of their whole state of being! It was so much to ask for someone to forego life's simple pleasures on occasion. I get it. It was for "only six-weeks." These few weeks, however, took over the life of the "successful" challenger. After the "challenge" was over, many of us went on and replaced that laser focus on other tasks in our life. Many participants afterward put fitness on their low priority list. It seemed inevitable. Then it hit me.
There are many extreme challenges in life. Business, parenthood, and just living in the Silicon Valley to name a few! To succeed should we compartmentalize and live life in boundaries giving priority to all the challenges as we see the need? I believe this is toxic. We would live separately between each of life's trials and not harmonious. Can we cherish each minute of every day like a gift instead? Rather than saying "I have to go to work", we can say "I get to go to work." I want our members here at our new space in 808 West San Carlos to say "I GET TO WORKOUT!". Our positive gym experience would be a choice part of our day. It is harmonious with our day to day chosen tasks. I relish saying these tasks like work, parenthood and working out is something we are blessed to be doing! Taking an attitude of gratitude is something I can get behind 24/7/365. It is excellent If one feels like they "get to do a 6-week challenge" — more power to that endeavor. I ask does it make you happy? Instead of hastily forcing yourself to become temporarily 20lbs lighter, expand the awesomeness that is in you already!
We enjoy the process with longevity in mind. It is an honor to expand the greatness in our community with hardly a gimmick. I do not want fitness to consume you and go through something you "have to do" for six weeks. Our fitness programming goal is for the long haul. We appreciate the process, the ups, and the downs. To me, progress is not always linear. The best results come from years of consistently chiselling beautiful sculptures out of the stones that represent challenges- and enjoying it!