Today’s post is the third installment of my past year’s experience at In-Fit Studios in Frederick, Maryland.
In my Oct 11th post, I focused on Courage.
On Oct 15th, I wrote about Rage.
Today, it’s all about Grace.
News flash: I don’t know it all.
Apparently my family knew this about me but I was the last to know! 🙂
OK… he doesn’t know it all either but he sure knows alot about health & fitness!
Once my ego got over that “you’re not the boss of me” attitude, I had to accept the fact that I was not the Master Fu, but the grasshopper, with grace and humility.
Grace is an important part of growth. Before we can begin the arduous work of becoming a better version of ourselves, we must first face the reality that we have limitations and that it’s ok to ask for help from those who can provide it. Humans, by nature, resist asking for help as if it’s a sign of weakness when in reality, it’s a sign of strength.
So I started asking alot of questions. (I have this irritating need to know!)
What muscle does this exercise work? Why do you do it this way? Why can’t I do it THIS way instead? How can my clothes be getting looser if I’m not losing weight?
He answers every question thoroughly, professionally, and matter-of-factly. In fact, he has an answer for everything, often infused with wit and humor.
Once, during a tough workout:
Julie: “you know… half of success is showing up!”
Rick: “and the other half is finishing!”
Once, while caught cheating on a one-legged standing exercise:
Rick: “What do you think you’re doing?
Julie: “This is an old yoga move.”
Rick: “Well, this ain’t no yoga class!”
His way is always SO much harder but the one thing I do know for sure is that there are no shortcuts to health & fitness.
As I enter my second year with Rick, here is what I now humbly know for sure:
a) Everything in moderation. (Sounds like good life advice as well!)
b) Don’t drink your calories. (Dear Pepsi: After all these years of saying “it’s not you, it’s me”, I realize it IS you!
c) 20 is the magic number. (If you want to know more, go see Rick!)
d) Balance is a wonderful thing. Some people have it. Some don’t. But if you don’t, never stop trying.
e) You never know unless you ask.
f) Trust the pro.
And so with grace and humility….