I ran into a former Boot Camper today. I always love talking to the men and women that have left Boot Camp for whatever reason they had. Some met their goals and have learned to maintain their own health and fitness program. To them I say, “Way to go.” I give away everything I know so that they can take control of their own programs. Sure, I might not make as much money as some fitness people, but I always remember my primary goal…Make people healthier!
Some leave the program after they realize that Boot Camp isn’t the magic pill they are looking for. “What do you mean I have to exercise and get all sweaty and breath heavy?” Why they even start I’ll never know, but to them I say, “Thanks for leaving the program because I don’t want you as a walking advertisement for my program.”
Some leave the program because, well….just because. Not their cup of tea I guess. To them I say, “Thanks for coming out. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt to show for it.”
Finally, the last group of see ‘ya laters’. These are my favourite. The conversation sounds like this usually.
C – “Hey I haven’t seen you at Boot Camp in the last few months, when are you coming back?”
FBCer – “Oh, uhm, well. I, ah, I joined a gym. I get a real good workout there.”
C – “Great. How’s it working for you.” I actually don’t have to ask…sight is a pretty good indicator here. I just like to know.
FBCer – “It’s great. I do a few of these (motions to seated pushups) and a few of these (motions to indicate curls) oh and I do alot of these (sit-ups).”
C – “Wow, sounds like you are really working it. You must be so close to your original goal now. What was it?”
FBCer – “Oh, to lose 10 inches and forty pounds. No, I’m not as close as I would like to be, I’ve given myself more time to reach my goal”
C – “Good for you. Why though?”
FBCer – “Uhm, I found your class to be too hard. I just don’t want to work that hard. I can do it, I’ll just take a little longer.”
C – “Suck it up buttercup, Boot Camps not supposed to be easy. You want easy? Fat is easy. You want to lose 10 inches and forty pounds? Good luck. At your rate there is a better chance I’ll gain 40 before you lose it and we both know that’s not going to happen!!”
That’s what I want to say. I never do. I just smile and say, “Good luck with that.”
Boot Camp is hard. Sure is, and I will never make any apologies for that. I have studied health and fitness for years to ensure I can serve you better than anyone else. I didn’t just go for a weekend course, got a certificate and called myself a personal trainer. I’ve made a life out of helping others, examining what work and what doesn’t. I’m a fitness professional. You enrol in my program and I am going to ensure I don’t ever take your hard earned money for granted. I owe it to you to give you a program that is worth every penny, and I am sure I do just that.
Easy. You want easy? Here is a list of things that are easy:
Fat is easy. Sitting on your duff in front of a TV all evening is easy. Microwaved meals for your family is easy. Grabbing a bag of chips is easy. The drive thru at McHarKingChalet is easy. Phoning for your meal to be delivered is easy. Finding an excuse not to exercise is easy. Planning on putting off your fitness goals is easy. Packing on forty pounds is easy.
I have developed a program that is easy to follow. I have testimonials that will tell you that it became easy to change their lifestyle. I know people that will tell you going up stairs is easy now, playing with their children is easy now, choosing veggies over chippies is easy now. Jumping out of bed and having enough energy for the day is easy now.
Boot Camp? No, not easy. But it makes everything else easier.
Have I missed anything that you find easier now? Let me know. Offended by what I said here? Let me know. Have anything you want to say? Here is your chance. Let me know. It’s easy.
Who loves ‘ya?