My Brother.

It’s Friday night and I’m at mission FITNESS, grinding it out on the spin bike. 30 minutes until my client arrives and until people start pouring through the door for happy hour bootcamp.

I know my brother is in the main room because I hear the inspiring words of Connor Mcgregor echo through the gym. My thoughts shift to him out there. He has been here for a solid hour prepping for his class, and I have a sudden urge to go out there and give him a hug. So I do it. And I don’t let go for awhile.

Here’s the thing, there’s only a few people that know what this man has been through in his life. The constant battles he fights as this world tries to continuously knock him down. You don’t see what he has persevered through in the business. You just see the amazing product, the phenomenal trainers, and you may think that his life is pretty easy.

Well, it’s not easy. However, Matt will be the first to tell you he has an incredible life. He has a wife that sticks by his side and supports his every goal and passion. He has 2 beautiful girls that fill every moment of every day with purpose. He has a business that he believes in and loves. He has hundreds of clients that not only work their ass off for his mission, but support and promote it as if it were their own.

He has all this and he will be the first to say he is a fortunate man. You will NEVER hear him complain about the curve balls that have been thrown at him in life and in business. In fact, I have to pry the bad shit out of him.

The things he rises above are enough to make me lose sleep at night. If they happened to me directly I would have probably checked out months ago. I guess it’s the shit you go through as a business owner, the things that weed out the weak ones.

Just 24 hours after Matt told me the latest “slap in the face”… one so messed up I wonder how he will keep chugging, I see this picture on Facebook.  The Miclette kids were in at 6am, as they have done for so many years. Their father, Larry, writes, “After 3 years Matt finally gets his turn on the swing.”

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I think to myself, this is why this man is a leader. This is why he WILL BE by far the most successful man in this industry. Because no matter what he has been dealt he moves forward and keeps his head and heart on his mission. He never loses sight of why he does what he does, and continues to make people around him better.

While Matt seems to take the punches for us all, I hope that every MFER continues to stand by his side. I would fight like hell for this man, not just because he is my brother, but because he is one of the few ligit good people doing what he does for the right reason.

Matt is more than a good athlete. He is more than a good business man. A good husband, brother, son, and father. Matt is an amazing human and role model.

People always say that Matt is so lucky to have such a great group of trainers. Ironically, I hear this about another business owner and person I admire greatly, Bill Driggs. Some things have no luck involved. Some things happen because you set a certain standard.  When you are special like Matt and Bill, people want to be around you.  When you lead by example, you will certainly attract people who want to be involved with such greatness.  This is what Matt and Bill have done.

Thank you for setting such a high standard for me, Matt. As an athlete, a business woman, and as a person. You continue to amaze me with your perseverance, and I can say with so much certainty that there is no one else in the game like you!!

SPIN: my new love!

ImageMy best friend and I recently had a conversation about the power of energy. Whether it is positive or negative, the energy of an event, person, or situation is damn near palpable. We have all witnessed it, and it really is a phenomenon.  I see it (and feel it) every time a teach a bootcamp class. When there is a large class, I always say, “the energy of the class runs itself”. It’s true. 20 people working hard, the endorphins dancing, high-fives, partners cheering each other on…it’s incredible. On the flip side, I have taught a class in the past that has been very small, with a Negative Nelly in the crowd. I felt the energy getting sucked out of me. I had to fight to teach harder than I ever have, and after an hour I felt like I had just ran a marathon.

Back to our conversation. We discussed how anyone that question that energy can be physically felt, has probably never attended a concert, a marathon, or an IRONMAN. Events like these always move me to the point of being emotionally affected. I think I cry at every large race, and come close at every concert and basketball game I attend.  The energy just moves me. 

This brings me to my spinning experience. From the outside looking in, I liked the concept of spin. Lights low, door shut, music blasted and choreographed to the pace of the class. It sounded like my kind of thing. And, with the winter upon us, I needed something to get me through this cold weather. A perfect time to take up spin. 

I’ll admit, the first class I took I fought to make it through the hour.  It was tough!!  I was not in THAT kind of shape, and I was trying to keep up with the ones around me who seemed to be professional spinners. However, after a couple of classes, I found my own rhythm and I was able to get through class with much more ease. 

Just last week, I took my third class and it was one that stole my heart. One that prompted a phone call to my best friend with another prime example of the power of ENERGY. Anyone who has attended a spin class has probably experienced this at least once, if not EVERY class!  

Here’s my experience:

First, I love the idea of exercising in the dark. As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I’m used to all eyes being on me when I take a class. It was nice to be in my own zone. Doing my own thing. All while being surrounded by others who are on the same “ride” as me. The energy of this camaraderie filled the room.

Second, I love the LOUD music. Music has always been my thing. It takes me to another place in just one beat, one lyric.  Combine a good song with a good workout…it’s makes me happy even on a cold winter day, when NOTHING makes me happy. During this class it was “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink that did it for me.

Another thing I love about class is not only when the instructor sings along, but when multiple people in the class sing along. Not the whole song, but those lines that just cant be kept in.  It’s like the combination of the amazing energy you get from a concert, a race, and a good workout combined into one.

So, last Tuesday around 1015am, SPIN and PINK stole my heart. I was 45 minutes into an intense workout, dripping in sweat, endorphins and emotions high, “I’M NOT BROKEN JUST BENT” playing SO LOUD, the beat bouncing off the four walls, so my horrible voice wasn’t even a whisper as I belted out the lyrics.  Being in THAT moment. In MY zone. On MY bike. In MY class. This is what positive energy feels like. This is how it can rock you physically and emotionally. This is SPIN!

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