Last night, I went into Innovative Results here in Costa Mesa, California for a workout. This is one of my favorite gyms to train at for many reasons:
- Amazing facility
- Great trainers
- Wonderful environment
- It’s motivation galore (I will tell you more about that in a second)
- It creates an experience that makes you want to get better and be better
This list could go on and on.
As I was training there last night, I knew one of my goals coming in was to get over 70 feet on the Versaclimber in 10 seconds.
Innovative Results has many different challenges that you can do to get your name on the wall, including 100 double unders in a row, 5, 10, and 20 straight minutes of battling ropes, just to name a few.
The last time I was in California, I tried to get on the wall for the Versaclimber challenge and missed it by 2 feet. So I knew this was something I needed to accomplish. Little did I know, this was not all that was in store…
After going through an amazing strength training circuit put on by Cori Lefkowith from ManBicep.com, it was time to take on the Versaclimber.
On my third attempt, I completed the 70 feet in 10 seconds. I stepped off thinking I was done for the night when my brother (the provoker of the family) challenged me to do the 300 feet in 1-minute challenge.
Now, I know how hard the Versaclimber is, so at first I just kept saying “no way.” I mean, I had already went through a full workout and accomplished my Versaclimber feat for the night so why do something else?
But my brother and friend kept pushing me to do it.
Finally, after my good friend Dave gave it a go, I had no other option but to do it.
If you aren’t familiar with the Versaclimber, getting 300 feet in 60 seconds is essentially a full sprint the entire time. So I am sure you can understand why I had the nervousness in my stomach.
Going back to the title of this post, ‘The Power of Motivation’, this is when it really came out.
Right from the start I had Ryan, Cori, Kelly (my sister), and Dave cheering me on like crazy.
They encouraged me to keep the pace, to push harder, to not give up.
I felt good through the first 20-25 seconds but when the 30-second mark rolled around, I didn’t think I could make it.
If it wasn’t for the motivation of those cheering me on, I do not think I would have made it.
Doing something by yourself, it is so easy to just throw in the towel when things get tough.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love to push myself incredibly hard but when you are doing a full speed sprint for an entire minute, your mind starts telling you to give up.
I wasn’t and my support wasn’t going to let that happen.
That right there, my friends, is the power of motivation.
When you have positive motivators by your side, pushing you through difficulties, you have no other choice but to succeed.
I challenge you to ask yourself this question:
“Who are the positive motivators in my life?”
Once you figure out who those individuals are, I encourage you to hang around them more. Not only in your workouts but in life too.
The reasoning is simple: they will build you up in all you do.
We become the people we are around most.
If you hang around negativity all the time, more likely than not you will start becoming more and more negative minded.
If, however, you hang around positive motivators, people who build you up, then you will have a major change in mindset.
The time is now to surround yourself with the people who will make you a better overall person. Don’t wait any longer, get started NOW!
Oh, and just so you know, I completed 311 feet in 60 seconds!