Here at GWA we follow the notion ‘ practice what you preach’ - we know we put you through your paces in your individual personal training and group training sessions – but that comes at no easy cost for us. We train you to push harder… move faster… one more burpee…core strong... shoulders back….la la la…but behind closed doors we’re just doing the same to each other, so we can be the best trainers for you.
Almost 6 weeks ago all the trainers took part in the GWA combine test…a grueling fitness test designed by Jon Bula himself (we believe he chose the exercises that he knew he would ace – you know how that competitive streak can get the better of people). Anyway, each one of us took on the challenge; how many bodyweight squats we could perform in a minute, how many timed push-ups we could perform before fatiguing, the same with pull ups, throw in a broad jump and top it all off with a “harrowing” cardio circuit.
I must admit I was rather pleased with my scores, and rather surprised I could squat so much…all that spinning must be doing some good. The pain is worth the gain – BUT….there is always room for improvement…ALWAYS! (Unless you’re a World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist 4 times over - but I don’t think anyone here is so we’ve got to keep on working). So improvement comes with practice and that’s what we ladies at GWA have been doing. … Practicing.
During our quieter periods rather than sitting on the sofa (as if), Megan, Dayle and I have been meeting to get out practice in. We have committed to the challenge and want to see improvements. My main goal is to be able to perform 20 Kettle bell squat to press with good form; rather than just throwing down the Kettle Bell mid press and painfully shouting “I Can’t do it”. “Can’t” “Can’t” she says…that is probably worse than the F word in GWA.
Fortunately, I am surrounded by an encouraging and motivating team that have kept pushing me to working towards my goals, I’ve worked that Kettle bell and I am looking forward to seeing if the results pay off on Friday. In fact, I’ve worked that Kettle bell so much that I couldn’t even take my own jumper off last Saturday night; my poor arms were like lead. Lead is a metal though, and metal is strong, so this can only be a good thing….right??
Well I will soon find out. The test date is this Friday the 28th and we will all find out if the hard work has paid off. Remember though that any improvement is an improvement, whether that will just be one more push up or another inch gained on your broad jump – it all adds up. So to those at GWA who have joined the combine I wish you the best of luck. For those of you who didn’t join in this time I hope you will join us for our next challenge. A challenge is fun, it pushes you to work harder than you usually would and it is also followed by a social, I don’t know what else I can say!