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The Secret to Success

If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.
— Henry Ford

We are what we repeatedly do. Our daily routines and everyday habits are products of weeks, months, and years of repetition. It is easy to see how regular activities, whether good, like going to the gym, or bad, like smoking, can become habitual over time. Morning after morning, the alarm goes off and our predictable day begins. Just as our schedules grow to be routine, the same is true for our chances of success, and unfortunately, failure. Our previous experiences can actually determine our future likelihood of experiencing success or not. Crazy, right?! A little science lesson can help us understand this phenomenon.

According to neuroscientist and clinical psychologist, Ian Robertson, animals have a higher probability of winning future aggressive battles after experiencing previous wins. This “winner effect” is the result of an actual change in their biology. Winning releases testosterone and dopamine, and over time, changes the structure and chemical makeup of the brain resulting in an increase of intelligence, confidence, and assertiveness. In contrast, the opposite “loser effect” results in a lower probability of success following previous losses.

While we may not be facing an aggressive opponent or literally fighting for our lives, the winner and loser effects also applies to our tame, everyday challenges. Success, or lack thereof, is seen in the corporate world, in the athletic arena, and in our own homes. Winning biologically changes you and the effect becomes stronger as we continue to succeed. We see it daily as individuals receive promotion after promotion, athletes go on competitive winning streaks, and friends accomplish their New Year’s resolutions with ease.

So, if we only used our gym membership twice last year or we just opened our third rejection letter are we destined to continue to fail? Should we just buy another pack of cigarettes and chow down an entire pizza by ourselves? Why even bother? If we have failed time and time again are we biologically doomed to repeat this losing pattern?

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Not exactly.

Failure may chemically change our brains but we are still in control of our minds. Until we are able to biologically adapt with success, we must learn to psychologically adapt to our failures. Losing is disappointing, emotionally painful, and often leaves us with feelings of shame and dismay. It is no wonder failure can warp our perceptions and sabotage our future chances of success!

Here are just a few ways failure can distort our minds and how we can positively change our mindset:

  • Fear of failure- Even after a single loss, we can be consumed by a fear of failure. This fear can take over our minds and have us succumb us to a point where we avoid any activity that may result in failure. We must recognize our fear is based on our fragile ego and only impedes our chance of success. At one point or another, everyone fails. We must consciously choose to try and try again. As Thomas Edison has been quoted saying, “ I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that did not work.”

  • Warped perception- Our confidence in ourselves and our abilities plummets following failure. Goals seem out of reach, resolutions unattainable, losses inevitable. The truth is, nothing has changed, just our perception. Realize your true potential and never give up.

  • Excuses- Following a defeat, we can be discouraged, humiliated, and searching for any reason to justify our failure. While excuses may temporarily make us feel better, they do not change the outcome and will only inhibit future efforts. Excuses, even reasonable, valid ones, can be destructive and become habitual responses when things do not go our way. Failures are learning experiences. Own up to them, embrace them, study them, and learn from them.

  • Mental game- In my nearly two decades of coaching, I have seen some of the greatest athletes never reach the top of the podium. With all the skills required and talents beyond belief, they choke. With natural abilities most athletes can only dream of possessing, they freeze. For many, the pressures of winning override actual ability and ultimately lead to failure. For this very reason, sport psychologists are in high demand, with elite athletes working on their mental game as much as their physical training. If pressure is ruining your chance of success, give this book or this book a try. Game changers.


  • Self-control- What is the difference between satisfying a craving with a small treat or binge eating the entire fridge? Willpower. Buying another case of beer at the store or just sticking to your grocery list? Going to the gym or staying home? Putting off your term paper or getting it done in a timely matter? Willpower. Willpower. Willpower. The ability to control your actions, impulses, and emotions is a psychological mind-body response to internal conflict. According to Stanford Health Psychologist, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, the need for self-control triggers a set of coordinated changes in your brain and body to resist temptation and self-destructive urges. In addition, it sends extra energy to the prefrontal cortex of the brain which keeps track of your goals, makes wise decisions, and overrides impulses. If you lack self-control, the good news is willpower can be increased and strengthened over time!

  • Self-care- Peak performance in athletes is greatly affected by how well their body is fueled, rested, and trained. Factors such as dehydration, stress, unbalanced nutrition, and/or exhaustion can impair the body and how the brain functions. While we may not all be elite athletes, we all do strive to be the greatest we can be, to perform at our best, to succeed. In life, there are many things out of our control, so it is imperative to take advantage of the things we can control. Proper nutrition supplies our brain with the energy needed to make wise decisions, overcome addictions, accomplish our goals. Being well-rested is also vital for success. Sleep plays a critical role in how we think and learn, and being deprived of a good night’s sleep adversely affects brain and cognitive function. Lastly, daily exercise improves more than just your physical health, but also greatly benefits your mental health. Physical activity increases dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins, the same “feel good” chemicals released after success. It also reduces stress, improves mental clarity, decreases worry, and boosts self-esteem. Give your body a fighting chance to succeed. Take care of yourself.

  • Small victories- The cyclical nature of the winner and loser effects may seem disheartening at times, that our future is already predetermined, but we can actually use it to our advantage. Often we fail because our goals are too lofty, making them unattainable and setting us up for defeat. Instead, focus on creating smaller goals and set yourself up to succeed! Losing 50 pounds is easy to write down on a piece of paper, but can actually be quite difficult to accomplish. However, losing 5 pounds, tracking your calories for a week, or making time for the gym this month, are more reasonable goals. Even something as simple as cutting back to one soda a day, instead of three, is admirable and should be celebrated. These little victories may seem insignificant, but with each success, you are changing your mindset and replacing a loser attitude with that of a winner. Take it one day at a time, then one week at a time, then one month. Before you know it, the small victories make way for huge results!

Have a winning mindset and turn your failures into success! Change your mind. Change your destiny. Change your life.


If you are in need of a little extra push to jumpstart your fitness goals, look no further! This workout is a go-to for all my athletes. Intense, full body, and under 30 minutes!

You GET what you GIVE!

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The BEST Way to Change Your Life

You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.
— Harriet Martineau

From the moment we awaken, we are faced with the choice of how to go about our day. Do we hit the snooze button, or do we get in our morning workout? How about breakfast- nutritious or convenient? Do we brush our teeth for the recommended two minutes (and don't forget to floss), or do we skimp on our dental routine? During our morning commute, are we "10 and 2" or distracted drivers? That only covers the early morning. How are we at work- do we give our all no matter the task? During training, do we use perfect form, push a little extra on our workouts, and work well with our teammates? How are we as a friend? A son? A mother? Do we give our BEST in absolutely EVERYTHING that we do?

I will admit that many times throughout the day, I do not. 

Sure, we all tend to place our priorities with the things we value the most. If you are up for a job promotion, you will arrive early, give 110%, and work late, as you strive for the new position. For those with fitness goals- whether it be to lose weight or win the upcoming championship- you are pushing yourselves to the limit and refusing to quit no matter how tough. I applaud this determination, perseverance, and commitment, for you know that how you perform today will ultimately effect your tomorrow. Now, the real challenge is to apply this same persistence to be the best in everything that you do! 

Nearly all that is done (or not done) today will determine our tomorrows. Forget to floss? I see a dental visit in your future. Been too busy to call a friend? You may have one less shoulder to cry on when you need it the most. Daily vending machine visits? Don't say I didn't warn you...

How tasking it all seems to give your best in everything? But, how rewarding it will be when tomorrow comes.


Strength training is essential for ALL health and fitness goals. Beyond building essential lean muscle, using weights increases bone density, prevents disease, improves blood pressure, reduces chronic pain, prevents injury, increases balance,  aids in childbearing, improves mental health, and leads to better life quality! Grab a pair of dumbbells and give this workout a try!

"Pumped Up"

  • 3 x 10 Front Squats with Pumps
  • 3 x 10 Lunges with Pumps (each side)
  • 3 x 10 Side Lunges with Pumps (each side)
  • 3 x "Failure" Sumo Squats with Pumps

View video for full workout breakdown and exercise demonstrations.

Have Patience

Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow.
— Leo Tolstoy

Four months and eleven days. 

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In some delusional dream of mine, I assumed I would be one of those supermoms who was shimmying into her favorite pair of jeans within a few weeks. Delusional was right! I did everything by the book- working out, eating healthy, breastfeeding- and sure, a good chunk of the weight came off. But, somehow in all of the books and articles and blogs I read, no one mentioned the saggy skin, pelvic pain, muscular imbalances, and general bloating that I would experience. 

So, I worked. Then, I worked harder. Finally, I was forced to step back and reevaluate my goals. Hitting some "magic" number on the scale was no longer my priority. I needed to address my body first. It had been through nearly ten months of drastic changes followed by the trauma of giving birth (no amount of preparation gets you ready for that kind of pain!) I stretched, foam rolled, took massaging baths (thank you hubby for watching the baby!) and worked toward my new, and more realistic, goals. 

Four months and eleven days later, I am proud to say, I can do a squat without any pain and zip up my jeans without having to decide whether to squish my loose skin inside or leave it hanging out on top ☺ 

Not exactly Heidi Klum walking the runway at six weeks postpartum but, I am genuinely happy with my progress. Sometimes things take time. Sometimes, they take a lot of time! This is when patience will make you or break you. There were many moments I would look in the mirror and be consumed with doubt, moments I would cry during a workout because a skill that was once easy was now seemingly impossible. Moments I was frustrated. Moments I wanted to quit. Being patient is hard! 

Patience is a virtue, Rome was not built in a day, and good things come to those who wait. Keep working toward your goal, but give it time. Your patience will pay off in the end.


 

In just 15 minutes, "Dumbbell Duos" improves strength, endurance, and core stability! Give it a try today.

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Mental Toughness- Part 2

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
— William A. Ward

The physical ability to become an Olympian takes countless hours in the gym and years of sacrifice. But beyond the training, beyond the intense workouts, beyond the seemingly impossible goals, there is a mental factor that separates the true champions from the rest. 

Matthias Steiner was a Austrian-German weightlifter who vowed more than just his unconditional love to his wife. Steiner promised her a gold medal in the Olympics. One year before the 2008 Games, his wife tragically died in a car accident. Pain and heartbreak consumed Steiner, he drastically lost weight, but he was determined to fulfill his promise.  

Coming into the 2008 Beijing Games, Steiner was not favored to win. In fact, during the final round, he was trailing behind some of the best lifters in the world. In order to win the gold, he needed to successfully lift 258 kg, nearly 30 pounds more than his personal best. He did it and captured the gold medal and the hearts of millions! Standing on the podium, he held up his gold medal along with a picture of his late wife. 

Adversity. It comes in a variety of forms and can strike at any time. It can break you down or build you up. Your choice.


 

So tough! This workout will have you questioning your physical ability to finish. Push through- we know you can do it!

 


The Importance of Mental Toughness

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
— Mahatma Gandhi

The Olympic Games have begun in Rio! For a little over two weeks, we are captivated by incredible victories, heart-warming back stories, painful defeats, and inspiring comebacks. We watch in awe as athletes run, jump, flip, and swim into our hearts. There is just something special about the Olympic Games and the athletes that have spent their entire lives preparing for this moment. We cheer with them, we cry with them, when they win, we win. No matter the final outcome, they are all champions to us. 

Beyond the obvious physical skills it takes to be an Olympian, there is a mental toughness that separates them from the rest. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the Olympic stage. As an athlete, I know how quickly everything can change. You can train for countless hours a day, everyday, for years, but you can not control everything. The pressure is there. The distractions are there. Can they handle it? Some can...and some can not. This is the Olympic Games and anything can happen.

Mental toughness. If you want any chance of being successful in life, you have to possess the indomitable will to handle the obstacles that will surely come your way. For the next few weeks, we will discuss how to develop this difficult, yet imperative attribute. For today, I will just begin with this extraordinary story...

On Friday night, the Opening Ceremonies brought to light one of the prime examples of what it means to be a true Olympian. Lighting the cauldron with the ceremonial Olympic torch, was a Brazilian gentleman by the name of Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima. He is a former Olympic marathon runner who made headlines during the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens. During the grueling race, Vanderlei was leading, when out of nowhere, he was attacked by a spectator. Seven crucial seconds went by before he was able to reenter the race.

With four miles remaining, he had to somehow shake off the traumatic event and cross the finish line. His pace had been abruptly interrupted, and while he was not physically hurt, he was undoubtedly mentally damaged. He could have easily given up. No one would blame him. He was cheated, it was unfair, and it impacted his lead. Two runners surpassed him after the attack and Vanderlei entered the arena for the final lap in the third place position. But instead of tears, there was a smile. Instead of despair, there was pure joy. He won the Olympic bronze medal that day, but in his eyes, it was as good as gold. Later on, Vanderlei was awarded the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin medal for the spirit of sportsmanship. 

No excuses. No complaining. Just a model example of mental toughness and the importance of knowing how to cope through a difficult situation. Thank you, Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, you are an inspiration to us all.  


 

Looking for a workout that tests both your physical and mental toughness? Give this one a try!

 

 

The One Key To Success You Are Missing

Desire is the key to motivation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal- commitment to excellence- that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
— Mario Andretti

We dream , we plan, we work, but yet somehow we always fall short of our goals? Why? The problem lies not with our desire to succeed, but in our pursuit towards success.

The first step in goal-setting is to create a goal. That is the easy part. We all can dream, long, yearn, and be consumed by the desire for success. I, myself, am a perpetual goal maker and it is very important to continually want to better yourself. But, unlike the fairy tales we grew up on, there is no genie in a lamp to grant our wishes, no fairy godmother to "bippity-boppity-boo" our dreams into reality, and no knight in shining armor to rescue us when things get tough. We have to work. Work really hard. We have to fail. Sometimes a lot. Most importantly, we have to COMMIT.

Commitment is the key to success. All the planning, the work, the hopes, the trials and errors, the sleepless nights, mean nothing if we give up. Sadly, we are a generation of quitters. We need instant gratification, quick results, with straight and easy paths to our goals. Why do you think the nutrition world sells millions in "miracle" weight loss pills and 3-day detoxes? We want it...and we want it now! 

Commitment takes relentless determination, no matter the obstacles that stand in our way. We can not be afraid to fail. In fact, we should be prepared for failure. Then, we can get back up and continue to strive for excellence!

Will it be easy? No.

Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Your pursuit towards success will be crowded with excuses. You will be too busy. You will have other priorities. You will be tired, distracted, maybe even scared. Your next move will be imperative. Will you quit, put it off, run away? Or will you commit to your goal? It is your choice. The key to success relies on you.

Commit.


Ready to commit to a healthier you? Here are two great workout options to get you started!

 

With equipment- "Lift Up, Slim Down"

 

 

 

 

Without equipment- "Take A Seat"

 

 

 

Dream Big

A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.
— Zadok Rabinowitz

Are your dreams big enough?

With the Powerball continuing to rise, it seems everyone has a plan for what they would do if they hit the jackpot! Quit their job, travel around the world, send their kids to an expensive college, pay off their debts, find a cure for cancer, buy a new house (or two), give it all to charity, and the list goes on and on! I love to hear the dreams and goals of others. It lets me know they are still striving for something better. It is even more fun to hear their biggest dreams, the ones that deep down they know will never happen, yet there is still this glimmer of hope in their eyes. 

 

 

I have always believed that if you could dream it, you could achieve it. Of course, winning the lottery would make our dreams happen overnight, but with continual hard work, a whole lot of dedication, and maybe even a dash of luck, anything can happen! Right? Or am I just a dreamer.

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Maybe. But, I will continue to dream. I will continue to work. I will continue to reach for the stars and give everything I have got until I get there, for nothing is impossible. Keep that glimmer of hope and never let it fade away. We are hardwired for success and made to accomplish big things, do not let a little doubt dull your sparkle. Dream big, my friends, dream big. 

 


Time to pump up your workouts!

MAX Trainer, Steve, takes you through a heavy volume routine that targets your chest and triceps. Get ready to feel the burn and love every minute of it!

 

 



A Dream Come True

If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.
— J.M. Power

We all have dreams. We dream of the future, of achieving great things, of a world filled with peace, of hope, of love. While some dreams may be more lofty than others, each one is unique and special to us. Unfortunately, sometimes our dreams are just that...dreams.

Just closing our eyes and thinking of better days will not bring us the success we desire. Trust me, I have tried. We must open our eyes and turn our dreams into reality. Stop waiting for things to be perfect, or the timing to be right, or the finances to be there. Stop wishing for things to be easier. Stop hoping someone will do it for you. Stop dreaming and start doing! It is our responsibility to make our dreams come true! 

I am a perpetual dreamer. I am constantly thinking of the future- one year from now, 5 year plans,  where do I want to be in ten years? I am a goal-SETTER. Sadly, I am not always a goal-GETTER. Dreaming is the easy part, it is the next steps that tend to get in our way.

Together, let us make our dreams come true. Wake up, work hard, never give up, dog it day in and day out until our goals become reality. If we can dream it, we can be it. If we can think it, we can do it. I believe in us. Do you?

If your dreams involve fitness- losing weight, having a gold medal performance, completing a 5K, making the Varsity team, etc.- we have a week of workouts for you! Grab your running shoes and get ready to make your dreams come true!

 


The Highest Reward

The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.
— John Ruskin

The majority of my life has revolved around sports. I would set goals and "five-year plans" based upon upcoming tournaments and Olympic dreams. I sacrificed proms and Friday night dates for training and traveling. I lived on strict meal plans, eating schedules, and had to wait until after the State Championship each year to enjoy my birthday cake. But with all the medals and accolades I received to reward my efforts, none compared to what sports did for me mentally and physically.

Six months ago, I handed six of our martial arts students a folder. In this folder contained everything they would need to know and accomplish by the Black Belt Test. For years they had been working towards this ultimate goal, and now the reality of achieving their black belt was within their grasp. For the next six months they had daily fitness requirements, community service, monthly prep classes and physical assessments, all in addition to their normal training regimen. 

Over time, they began to change. They became faster. They became stronger. They answered questions with confidence and were motivated to go above and beyond what was expected of them. They were already champions in their sport, but now they were becoming leaders. 

This past weekend, all six tested for their black belts. They made improvements of over a minute on their mile times, destroyed their previous push up numbers, and made significant increases in their flexibility, and that was just the Fitness Test. The actual Black Belt Test itself was five hours long and pushed them to their physical and mental limits... but none of them broke. I could not have done it better myself, and my heart overflowed with joy as I gave them their new black belts. 

Maybe they won't realize it now, but their reward for many years of dedication and hard work is not what lies around their waist....it is what that belt represents, it is what they have become. 

To accomplish anything worthwhile takes commitment, perseverance, ambition, patience, blood, sweat, and tears. Be proud of all your hard work and the steps it took to get where you are today. But remember to look beyond the promotion at work, the number on the scale, or the shiny trophy, for the person you become during the journey is your highest reward.

Be Done With It

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

This past weekend was something else...I can not even put it into words. It seemed our athletes just could not catch a break! There was cheating, injuries, unfair calls, and horrible displays of bad sportsmanship. At the end of the day, Steve and I just sat there....dumbfounded. It was as though we were stuck in some strange, never-ending dream. 

But, just like every day has done since the beginning of time, it did end and a new one began. 

This quote by Emerson is one of my favorites. These words are written above the exit of the Olympic Training Center. I can not tell you how many times I looked up at those words as I was leaving a tough competition or a less than stellar practice. I knew that once I walked out those doors, the past was behind me, I had to let it go and move on.

Why do we dwell on things we can not change? We let the hurt and pain consume us. The past is right where it needs to be- in the past. When things are not going your way and the rain keeps pouring down, remember to just finish the day and BE DONE WITH IT. Tomorrow is a new day. 


Springtime is here! Get outside and get your workout on!

Strength and conditioning is an essential part of an athlete's training. This workout "Strength, Power, Speed!" works to develop some of the most crucial components in sport. It is also a great fat burning workout!!

Great Things Never Come Easy

Never give up without a fight. Never think you aren’t good enough. Never let others get to you, but try your hardest in everything you do even though you may feel as though you’ll never succeed or constantly fail. The great things in life never come easy.
— Unknown

Eventually, we reach a point in our lives when things are no longer easy. As we grow, so do our responsibilities, our challenges, and our fears.  Life just gets tough. Sure, there are easier paths and shortcuts available, but  these avenues never lead to anything worthwhile. Great things- success, pride, love, to name a few- come to those who put in the time and the work and the heart. 

This past weekend, a few of our athletes competed at the US Nationals Qualifier. At this level, there are no more easy tournaments, no more easy fights. Some days I wish they could catch a break, get the luck of the bracket or a lesser skilled opponent. They work so hard, sacrifice many things, and encounter numerous challenges at such a young age. Honestly, it would be much easier if they just played recreational sports or even better, sat on the couch all day and played video games. At least in these scenarios, everyone wins. But instead, when their doubt arises, when they seek an easier path, when they feel defeated, I remind them of the prize that awaits them. 

The great things in life are tough to accomplish. We have to work hard, give it our best fight, and silence all the doubt and fear. You could always give up, take the shortcuts, and hope for the best, or you could give it your all and know the best will come. The choice is yours. 


Our latest training video is an upper body circuit. Get ready to bear your toned, sexy arms this summer!

Are You Preparing?

Success depends on previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
— Confucius

There is a promotion opportunity coming up for Steve at work. When I asked him if he was going to start studying for it, he looked me straight in the eyes and assuredly stated, "I am always studying." 

Made me think....what if we were all like Steve? What if we were always preparing, always studying? Oh, how our lives would be different! No more desperate diets to fit into our bathing suits by the summer, no more cramming all night before finals, no more rushing to finish our to-do lists. We would turn our resolutions into lifestyles! 

What are your future goals, desires, dreams? Lose weight? Earn a promotion? Win an upcoming event? Our future success depends on our past preparations. Noah's story would be a lot different if he waited for the rain to begin building the ark...

Are you preparing?

A short box is a highly effective workout tool that is also inexpensive! Win-Win! Watch our latest training video for a great sport-specific warm-up, perfect for athletes of all sorts. This warm-up can also be made into a quick, fat-burning, calorie-blasting workout when repeated. Enjoy!


The 3 Essentials to Success

The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
— Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Edison was a great inventor, an innovator, a mastermind. He was a genius. But, even a genius struggles. Even a genius fails. In fact, he failed a lot. While many of us quit in times of adversity, Edison was known to take a more positive approach, " I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won't work." 

With our New Year's Resolutions in full swing, we are surely going to run into some bumps along the way. There will be times we succumb to our late night ice cream cravings and times we would rather hit the snooze button then get in a morning workout. Edison knew there was more to his success then just his brilliant mind, it took years of hard work, the ability to stick-to-it when things did not go his way, and good old-fashioned common sense.

While our goals may not be as lofty as his, they are still important and worthwhile. So, work hard, stick-to-it, and use common sense. Soon, your light will shine too.



Here are a few ideas for your workouts this week:

No equipment? Try "Intervals of 4"

Short on time? Try "21s" 

Want a tough one? Try "Legs Feel Like Jelly" 

Let Your Light Shine

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson

In the spirit of Christmas, for the well-being of yourself and of others, may your light shine. Do not dim your light in the fear of failure, do not blow it out when obstacles stand in your way. Instead, let your potential beam for the world to see and your success illuminate around you. You are created with a purpose, a talent, a gift. Let your light shine.  


To quickly build endurance, add this burnout to the end of your workout! Follow along with MAX Trainer, Rebecca.

"2 Minute Burnout"

Beginners- complete 1 round

Advanced- complete 3 rounds