Getting points for good behavior doesn't change your lifestyle

From The Archives - I’m going back through the old blog and reposting some of the best articles.

So far, we have not done any challenges. You'll notice that other gyms run challenges on a regular basis, and even charge for them. From nutrition to lifestyle and health behaviors to gym attendance, challenges run the gamut. They may work for some people, but there's a reason we don't do them.

Our philosophy is that you, and you alone, are responsible for making healthy and lasting changes. Let's say you want to eat better, or sleep better, or lose some weight, or making training a higher priority. Probably one of these is true - we all have something we can improve on! But if you're serious about making changes, if you want them to last beyond a month (or 6 weeks, or whatever the challenge duration is), then you need to be accountable to yourself, not some outside source. A gym challenge might provide you with motivation to get started, and that's great. But if it takes us pushing you and keeping score to get you to make an improvement, then you haven't figured it out on your own, and chances are, you will slip back into your old ways before long.

Have you been waiting for a gym challenge to show up? Something to get you on your game nutrition-wise, or health-wise, or training-wise? Well, stop waiting and forge ahead on your own. Pick something that's hard to do (run a race, compete in a weightlifting competition, hike a difficult trail, learn a new sport), and use your behavioral changes to help you achieve that goal. When it's on you, it's meaningful and you will be more likely to commit. If you want to hold yourself accountable, tell us your plans! If you need some guidance, we're happy to help. But we won't be telling you what to do, keeping score, or setting your goals for you, because we know that real change comes from within.

Amy Santamaria