Because Mums Kick Ass. We Just Need To Remind Them They Can.
One day, Michael, one of my long term Re-Inventees, brought his mum Carmen along with him to The Forge.
“Don, I want you to help my Mum out. She needs to become fit again. I’m worried about her. Book her up on Re-Invention – no question!”
When people of a certain age come to me to take up a fitness lifestyle, I am always impressed and humbled.
We are talking about someone going completely against the grain here.
This is Gozo. Older people are not supposed to work out. That’s the domain of the younger generation. You’re crazy even if you think about it. Older people should be at home pottering around cooking, doing chores, taking care of the kids, making money for the family or cleaning the rooms. No time to work out.
So when Michael brought his Mum Carmen along the sign up for Re-Invention, I really wanted her to succeed. Mike is a long-term client of mine and we have done some amazing improvements together along the years. I wanted her to share his success to repay the faith and confidence he had me.
Of course, I knew Carmen would be coming in with lots of misgivings, thinking this was not her place and she should not be doing this.
And I wanted to change all that. As Mike said – no question!
Fast forward a few weeks down the line and I get this email.
When you are my age, certain things that might be easy for others are not easy for you. For example, going to a gym might sound like an easy thing for others, but for me, it was a daunting task. I would never have done something like this had it not been for the insistence of my son. He had been telling me for a long time to go and try things out with his own coach, a person he held in very high regard. In fact, I can see the change in my son since you have been coaching him. The change is not only physical but also emotional and spiritual as well.
My son told me that there was only one way to do this right and that would be to book myself in with you rather than experiment by myself, as that would be something that would fail.
After a lot of persuading, I finally gave in and decided to try Re-Invention. Of course, I went in with a lot of misgivings both about what I could achieve personally and about what this was going to do for me. I was actually really nervous the first time that I attended thinking that 1000 things could go wrong and it wasn’t really my place.
As it turns out, I could not have been more wrong about things. You have this knack of making someone feel completely at ease and getting the best out of them. You had me doing things I would never have imagined I could do in a hundred years. Carmen squatting and bench-pressing? The stuff of miracles.
I can really say that Re-Invention has completely changed my life. Before I started, even though I was never overweight, I was physically really out of shape. I had never exercised before in my life so everything was alien to me.
You explained everything and made the sessions fun. Yes, it was hard to do some things but then again, as you said, nothing good comes easy. Even though at times I thought you are asking for too much, you always managed to make me get things done and I realized the only limits that I had were the ones I were putting up for myself. And we did laugh a lot.
The funny thing is how strangely addictive this “feel good” sensation is. I found myself wanting more every time. So from one session it stretched out into two and then three and that it became something that punctuated my entire week. I can now sincerely say that without a workout, my day is not complete.
Don, I just wanted to say thank you so much for this gift so late in my life. Re-Invention has really brought back the love for things I used to do. When you feel healthier, the world is truly a better place.
PS: Are you someone like Carmen? Do you want to get into the best shape of your life but don’t really know what to do about it?
We are looking for people who want to make a life change like Carmen did.
If you are absolutely decided to take your health and your life seriously, fill in the Re-Invention application form here and let us know.
It will be the best decision you have made in your life.