by: Gerry Pinzon
Although it should be a year-round practice, this is the time when we traditionally pause to reflect on the things we are grateful for.
While this normally entails reminders to be thankful for friends, family and so on (all of which are perfectly valid), I’d like to focus on something a little more specific to the small slice of humanity that is the Mercedes Club Member.
In the time that I’ve been part of the team, one thing that has stood out to me is how seriously our Members take the concept of being fit. There are many health clubs where you see people halfheartedly going through the paces of their routine, just so that they can say they’ve fulfilled their obligation to the idea of getting in shape.
This is definitely not one of them.
As a trainer, this is a beautiful thing to see, as you can witness what happens when discipline, determination and effort are applied to the goal of strengthening the body.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this process is its sheer capacity to effect transformation. Anyone who has experienced this has learned, first hand, one of the most important lessons a human being can be exposed to:
Our state, at any given time, is not static; with enthusiasm, good strategy and consistent practice as our tools, we can turn weakness into strength, lethargy into energy and flaccidity into muscle.
Anyone who has gone through this can attest to the fact that this kind of metamorphosis can be profound, with implications that extend well beyond the physical, as the principles can be applied to many aspects of our existence.
After all, being an active participant in (and witness to) your own evolution makes life a more joyful and meaningful experience than would have otherwise been possible.
And if you ask me, that’s one hell of a thing to be thankful for.