As Robert taught this morning's 7:30 spin class, he made some comments that inspired me to work harder as the class continued and motivated me to keep working harder in the classes I'll be taking in the coming week.
He said, for one thing, "Fitness is not a hobby, not something you just do when there's nothing else to do, not just a temporary weight-loss plan. Fitness is an essential part of your way of living."
He said (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Where do you want to be next week, next month, next year? Set a goal and figure out what you need to do to reach that goal, and then do it. This applies to all of your life, not just here in the gym. And what you do here affects the rest of your life. Even little changes you make here, even gearing up one small gear, challenging yourself a little more, improves your fitness level and improves your life and your ability outside of the gym, too."
Toward the end of the class, he gave us some words of praise: "The vast majority of the people who come to this gym aren't really making progress on their fitness goals, not doing what they need to do to make that progress. But you people in this class, you are among the small minority who are. And that's because you come in here and try hard and work hard. This group consistently works longer and harder over a longer period of time. You're enthusiastic, and it shows, and it makes you better. Now go out and share that with the people you know, and you'll make a huge difference in the world."