My last blog post promised a review of Tony Robbins’ bestseller “Money: Master the Game.”
However, I was given a new book since my last post five days ago. This new book is a combination of many topics that make my mouth water, shoot adrenaline into my bloodstream, and it excited me so much that I finished it immediately. It is also written in simple narrative. That book is Ellen Latham’s “Push: A Guide to Living an All Out Life: The Story of Orangetheory Fitness.”
What excited me so much about this book is that it brings together a range of topics that I live for on an ongoing basis: personal and business success, overcoming challenges, fitness, well-being, and the connection between taking care and pushing the body that works in conjunction with pushing through blocks and achieving growth in personal life and career. Not to mention, Ellen had her share of feminine challenges. At one point in her life, while she was a single mom of a young boy, she was let go from a job. The book touches on how her passion and various successes and challenges in her life, led her to creating, maintaining, and franchising, a unique and successful fitness training model.
I am an Orangetheory member who really believes in the Orangetheory fitness format. I lacked in many areas in my fitness before I started this comprehensive regime. I was a runner, and did Bikram hot yoga. I was playing guessing games when balancing the right amount of workouts, and I almost never did weight training. Orangetheory truly works, and it works because the focus is personal best, and the science behind it. I was never into gyms. I had joined a few, which I ended up getting bored of very quickly. The group training session, guided by inspiring coaches, and the effective 1 hour format, is truly what makes this gym unique.
Ellen’s book touches on how she came to conceive the idea, and the process that made Orangetheory what it is today. Bigger than the fitness aspect, the real gold nuggets are in the self-help portion of the book. In this fitness format, each individual wears a heart rate monitor, and the rate is displayed on a large LCD screen. The point is to make the heart rate measurable, accountable, and most importantly, trackable. Since each person’s fitness level is different, this is where the personal best comes in.
There are five levels of heart rate. To keep it simple, see the chart below.
Green zone is the comfortable base pace. It is the foundation, a pace that can be maintained for a long time. The orange zone is the slightly uncomfortable push pace. The red zone is the all-out, giving all and everything you’ve got. The Theory of the regime is that when you spend 12+ minutes in the orange or red zone, you will have caloric afterburn for another 36 hours.
How does this relate to self-help when a person’s goal has nothing to do with fitness? It changes our thinking, and how we take action. It requires the brain from thinking “I can’t” to “I can.” It gets the body and brain used to smallish challenges very often. Trying to go faster than ever before. Getting out of that comfort zone. The process is so trackable, measurable, and visible. Too often, we avoid discomfort. We do this for so we don’t fail, and because we got programmed, some time in our lives, that we can’t. At some point in our lives, all of us have been told by someone that we can’t do something. We go on and live our lives, acting based on the “I can’t” in some, or many areas in our lives. It is scientifically proven that the brain is plastic. With repetition, it gets rewired. Accomplishing the push and all-out challenges continuously rewires the brain to “I can,” and challenge becomes less of a daunting task, even outside of the gym.
Reading Ellen’s story is very inspiring. Any time one shares a story of true success, it comes with believing, setting the right foundation, then pushing themselves to do the uncomfortable thing often, and occasionally going all-out and giving everything, within the right plan. And there are never any shortcuts. Preparedness brings out the best in people.
I can get back to my Tony Robbins book now.