Half Effort is Wasted Effort

May 12, 2008 at 2:12 am 7 comments

Half Effort is Wasted Effort.  It takes Full Effort to make great changes.  Both as a client and as a teacher we must give full effort.  Nothing significant changes for the better without full effort.  And isn’t this case in Life?

When your client is just “going through the motions” and you let her do it…you are both doing a disservice.  Encourage your clients to do exercises full out.  Encourage your clients to not just show up to the class, but be in the class; be in the session.  Don’t just show up to Life.  Be Life.

Your time is precious.  Your client’s time is precious.  Make the most of it.

Now, how do we do that?  How do we encourage our client to do more than they think they want to or can?  It’s what we say and how we say it and with persistence.

For example, your client is doing Side Kick Series:  Front/Back.  She is kicking her leg and it’s going just fine, but there is limited effort.  There is limited energy.  Tell her, “Give a stronger effort to the front and actively reach to the back”.  Get your clients to work harder.

You client is doing Teaser.  She rolls up and she rolls down, but there is no deep muscularity to the movement and there is no effort to lift the spine and separate the vertebrae.  Tell her, “Deepen your abdominals in and up as you roll up.  Stay there!  Life higher!  Scoop deeper!  Roll back with length and control!”  Teach!  Encourage!  Bring them to new heights!

Teaching is cueing precision, cueing stabilization and encouragement!  Encourage your clients and drive the workout!

Your client is doing The Hundred.  She’s pumping her arms, she’s inhaling and exhaling, but there is no vigor, there is no exercise happening.  Tell her, “Vigorously pump your arms!  Bigger pumps!  Deepen your abdominals to exhale!”

Just doing an exercise is not enough.  They may go through life giving Half Rffort to much of what they do, but when they are on that apparatus in front of you, you must encourage them to give Full Effort!  Then you are giving them what they came for and your own hour was of value.  Yes…your hour must be of value not just because you spent 60 minutes in the studio, but because you changed their lives for the better!

Half Effort is Wasted Effort.  It takes Full Effort to make great changes!

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