Snatch 7-5-3-1-1-1-1When I started training to become a coach I remember feeling like there was so much to learn that at the time it seemed impossible that I was ever going to master enough of it to be a competent coach, let alone the kind of expert coach I was committed to being. I didn’t have any I idea where to start – beyond just knowing what the movements are there was coaching them, remembering cues, and recognizing common faults. And that was the stuff I could learn in a book. Then there was improvising, supporting and motivating, organizing a class and building it’s energy, knowing what to say and when, and just being able to recognize when someone had made really big strides, even if it wasn’t what I had in mind. These were things that needed to be developed over time, after hours and hours and hours of practice.
Sometimes I see that taking on real fitness can be just like this. There is so much to think about. What to eat, how much of it, what works for other people that doesn’t work for you. What do I want to master? What do I NEED to master? Strength, endurance, flexibility, food, weight loss, blood pressure…the list continues on. It could be enough to stop you dead in your tracks. Where do you start?
What I have found is that it doesn’t matter. Start anywhere. Any pursuit that continually grows has no start or end point, just development. Start with what you like, or with what comes easy. Make small changes. Take it on, one bite at a time. Everything that you do is going to support every other thing you do, so just start. The momentum that builds once you just commit can be enormous. Stop eating one thing that you KNOW is bad for you. Run for half an hour instead of watching TV. Take a class in trapeze. Learn to salsa dance. Do what you know will get YOU going and not what someone else says is important. Sooner or later you’ll get to the stuff that right now seems impossible. You may even begin to enjoy it. Just start.