The Great Finish

Friday, October 10, 2008
I just got back from my 6:30am Shoreline fitcamp, and I'll be leaving shortly for my 9:00am camp in Edmonds.  These are the final sessions of the current camp, and the Shoreline camp finished strong.

Finishing strong is something I always preach in my camps.  It doesn't matter if it's a 20 second set, a 4 minute circuit, a 30 minute session or a 4 week camp - you've got to finish with your best effort.

I can always tell who is going to be a successful client after watching them for just a circuit or two.  They're always the ones who finish the hardest.  The ones who just wait for a circuit to mercifully come to an end never get as much out of it - it's the ones who attack those last minutes and seconds with everything they have that really benefit.  That's because they have a competitive mindset - the worst thing they could do is give up early.  It speaks to how they approach the rest of their efforts, as well.

Michael Jordan had a great quote about this - "It's not how hard you push along the way; it's having something in you to finish."  At the end of a set, circuit or workout is when you are physically at your weakest, and therefore you have to mentally be at your strongest.

If you can find it in yourself to give your best effort when you are exhausted, then you will prosper greatly in fitness and in life.  Be aware of how you finish your sets and workouts.  The finish should always be a crescendo - it should go out like a bang, not fade away.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

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