Workouts, pain, growth and Entrepreneurship

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For over a year, I spent my Tuesdays and Fridays sweating/grunting/bleeding/puking at Maximum Bob Whelan’s gym in Chinatown, Washington D.C. Calling it a gym might be a stretch. It was more a cave-like dwelling devoted to the voluntary infliction of pain and testing of limits. I loved everything about it.

A couple of months in, I wasn’t making the progress I wanted.

Bob isn’t cheap, I had to drive 45-minutes each way and I didn’t want to waste the pain without making progress. So I started tracking. What I ate, when I ate, when I went to sleep, how my energy levels were throughout the day. Stuff like that.

My big “breakthrough” came when I discovered my energy, performance and recovery on workout days was mostly impacted by … what and when I ate as my last meal the day before. This little bit of information in hand, it only took a couple of weeks to adjust my diet and schedule to have perform at my best. It was an easy and painless change made even better because I could see results the next day in my log. Cool.

Anyway, this is NOT a post about how to work out better or get the most out of a personal trainer.

It’s about something all good coaches know and great performers come to understand.

What gets measured, gets improved.

You see, if I wasn’t measuring and tracking my diet/energy/performance … I never would have realized what the key to improving my performance would be. But the moment I started tracking to the moment I “got it” … was a matter of a few short days. After months of frustration, something clicked when it was “out there” on paper. Truth is like that sometimes, easy to see when you are willing to really look.

Something similar happens in business.

When the things you want improved exist “out there” in the daily hustle and bustle, it’s easy to let a day slip without doing something about them. Then another day. Then a week. Pretty soon you find yourself looking back wondering what that thing you wanted to do something about was.

We humans have an amazing ability to tell ourselves stories about why we aren’t progressing the way we’d like. It’s the boss/parent/spouse/kid/landlord/employee and on. Fact is, when we want to believe the responsibility for less than stellar results rests somewhere else, our minds will latch onto damn near any explanation no matter how silly. Tracking what’s happening … on paper … brings a bright light into that shady corner of the mind.

Start simple.

  • How many clients do you have today?
  • How many do you want to have 30 days from now?
  • Now track what you do … every day … to get it.

I bet you’ll enjoy the results…

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous July 20, 2010 at 3:51 am

The thing is, in the gym I’ve noticed I’ve been slipping lately, because I’m getting content. I’m not trying to push myself everyday, and I’m not trying to best my previous week’s efforts. As a result, I’m getting a little bit of a belly.

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2 adawakeman42 June 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Nice

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3 Anonymous June 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I don’t usually take an pain pills, especially prescription pain pills, because I feel like if I can tought it out, that is the best way to go. I have always thought, if I really needed pain relief, it is best to have no tolerance built up so the pain pills can give me the maximum help.

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4 juliacassidy May 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

Great post. I agree with it 100%, if there is no monitoring or testing there is no way to find the weak characteristics of a certain activity or business area, and therefore, without the knowledge of what needs to be improved it is not possible to actually make it. @Anonymous, it seems to me you are not trying hard enough when analyzing and monitoring both your physical activity and the business activity. Maybe you are focusing too much on goals instead on putting more emphasis in the process itself. Why? Because if the process is not a proper process, then the goals will not be the expected ones and you will have wasted time, money and a lot of self-steem.

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5 Anonymous September 23, 2009 at 8:07 am

Results matter a lot at the end of the work

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6 Anonymous September 23, 2009 at 3:29 am

Combination of good measuring plus using different marketing tools like business advertising do an excellent work!

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7 Anonymous September 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

What a great comparison. The stresses and pains of work are so similar to that which we experience when overworking our bodies. eFusjon

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8 Resveratrol August 23, 2009 at 3:51 am

Well, Awesome, i appreciate this useful sharing. .The way you handle the situation at workout and really a symbol of good marketing personal.

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9 dantel July 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Set a goal and get it done!  That’s the best advice I have for entrepreneurs

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10 Anonymous July 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Usually, taking vitamin B1 about 3 hours before a work out should be sufficient to synthesize the carbs into energy for your training. Keep that in mind, iron and B1 are the most important for serious trainings.

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11 Anonymous July 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I really agree with your three simple steps. i feel goal setting is important in each and everything we do.. also, if we dont get measured, and there is improvement, then there is nothing like it!
being in the internet business, i work from home, i absolutly have no body to measure or judge, i do just for my self, but yes, making Goals and achieving them goods money & satisfaction!

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12 Anonymous July 16, 2009 at 3:55 am

My groups will be having our practicum for our entrepreneurship concentration in the 3rd yr when school reopens in mid april. Our practicum will last for about 6 months or more, depends whether we could mange a shop earlier in semester 1 but it’s compulsory to start on the 2nd semester.
I cant think of any other profitable and manageable small business we could start other than selling snacks at school usgin pushcarts or having the place at bugis village to start a small one.

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13 Anonymous July 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Hi there.  Great article and some good follow up posts here.  There is certainly something in goal setting in business.  I set goals regularly and more often than not they come to pass.  try it.

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14 Anonymous May 31, 2009 at 7:25 am

Set a goal and get it done!  That’s the best advice I have for entrepreneurs

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15 club penguin May 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm

They’ve been business with their business for so long that they start to get too far into the forest to see the tress and start thinking they know it all, and they don’t need to evaluate or change. .

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16 Max May 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Tracking is a key to success for sure.

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17 Kevin from Best Home Gyms Guide March 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm

There are various reasons why gym workouts are a turn-off for many of us. The time involved with going to a health club after work, the costs, maybe even an inconvenient location — these are some of the factors cited by people who wish to avoid public facilities.

Will you enjoy training at home alone? That is a question only you can answer; however, it is true that most people who get hooked on fitness continue to exercise on a regular basis for the rest of their lives. They not only enjoy working out, they appreciate the benefits of better health, and when you enjoy home gym workouts, you get many tangible and intangible returns.

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18 Anonymous December 15, 2008 at 5:18 am

I strongly believe that if you show the kind of commitent to anything that most crossfitters demonstrate for Crossfit you will e results. So good point both Carli and Machine.

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19 Anonymous December 15, 2008 at 10:18 am

I strongly believe that if you show the kind of commitent to anything that most crossfitters demonstrate for Crossfit you will e results. So good point both Carli and Machine.

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23 Anonymous September 21, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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24 Anonymous September 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm

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25 Anonymous June 18, 2008 at 9:42 pm

I’ve been working out hardcore for about 7 years, ever since I got into college, and honestly, I’ve never recorded or monitored my workouts. And I think this is the same scenario a lot of entrepreneurs go through. They’ve been business with their business for so long that they start to get too far into the forest to see the tress and start thinking they know it all, and they don’t need to evaluate or change.

The thing is, in the gym I’ve noticed I’ve been slipping lately, because I’m getting content. I’m not trying to push myself everyday, and I’m not trying to best my previous week’s efforts. As a result, I’m getting a little bit of a belly.

In our business, things are flattening out as well, but luckily we’ve constantly revitalizing our methods and are able to continually innovate—guess it’s time I start tracking my progress at the gym as well smile

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26 Anonymous June 19, 2008 at 2:42 am

I’ve been working out hardcore for about 7 years, ever since I got into college, and honestly, I’ve never recorded or monitored my workouts. And I think this is the same scenario a lot of entrepreneurs go through. They’ve been business with their business for so long that they start to get too far into the forest to see the tress and start thinking they know it all, and they don’t need to evaluate or change.
The thing is, in the gym I’ve noticed I’ve been slipping lately, because I’m getting content. I’m not trying to push myself everyday, and I’m not trying to best my previous week’s efforts. As a result, I’m getting a little bit of a belly.
In our business, things are flattening out as well, but luckily we’ve constantly revitalizing our methods and are able to continually innovate—guess it’s time I start tracking my progress at the gym as well

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