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  • Writer's pictureLisa Magnuson

The Importance of "Dot Days"

Perhaps you remember this in the gym; prior to COVID shutting us down we had a spreadsheet print out up front with client's names on it and the days of the year. Every time the client did a workout, they got a dot. It didn't matter if their effort during the workout was crap, or if they PR'ed, if you showed up to do the work, you got a dot. If they worked out on their own time, they could fill in those dots too.

The idea of this is simple, yet we all struggle with it in some capacity.

Consistency is what counts. That's it- no magic bullet, or supplement, or diet, or piece of equipment is needed. If you show up and do the work you build a pattern of consistency that pays HUGE dividends in the form of results both physically and mentally.

There are days when you work out and you CRUSH IT! You leave the gym feeling like you gave it all you had today and left nothing in the tank. You get one dot.

On the flip side, there are days when you feel like you drug yourself to the workout, half-assed the whole thing and still feel gassed. You get one dot.

Two totally different experiences with one completely positive outcome- you got a dot. You did it! You showed up and did the work. That counts for something, in fact it counts for a lot.

Life is never black and white, you have mediocre days, and great days, and really shitty days. What if your low bar was simply getting a dot, no matter what type of day you were having?

No one can train hard and have great workouts 100% of the time, but they can show up 100% of the time to train. Do you see where I'm going with this?

It's not how hard you work out, it's how consistent you are with showing up to do the work.

So next time you have a sub-par workout, or feel dumpy going into the session, just say, "hey, at least it's a dot day, I can do enough to get a dot."

The dots add up and no matter how many good days vs bad days you had, you put a dot on that sheet; you still did the work.

Think of it this way. If you say to yourself, "I just don't have it in me today." Our response would be, "how about you try to just do your 10-15 min of movement prep?" Then if you don't want to continue, that's fine, but at least you did 15 minutes of something instead of 0 minutes of nothing.

When we let excuses get in our way, we stall. We can get around any excuse with a little motivation to at least try to do the bare minimum to build our consistency.

We are here to help you get to wherever it is you want to be, but not matter what your goals are, all our clients have the same thing in common they need to build first to get there, and that's consistency. Show up and get your dot, we will take you the rest of the way.

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