Before / After Photos, What’s the story??
In the next few days we’ll be releasing some new shots of recent graduates of
The Amazing 12 Program.
Before I even see the final shots I know from attending the shoot
That these pictures are going to blow peoples mind.
Maybe to the point that people say they are fake or its all tan and lights!!
You expect me to disagree but
In fact, part of me AGREES.
What exactly the Amazing 12 does is something I feel strong about
How the Amazing 12 goes deeper than just “before” and “after” shot’s
Why we take photo’s of our client’s (and always will)
What the before and After DOESN’T show you (which is way more powerful anyway)
What we do with clients that last way longer than JUST a picture and why you should do it too.
Because before and after pictures are:
Often rigged with unrealistic time-frames, photo-shop; (you’d be amazed at how easily these can be manipulated!)
Don’t tell the real client story (health changes, mindset-shifts, quality of life; it’s all glossed over).
Don’t tell the real coaching story (priorities, values, moments of breakthrough, personal struggle; and how coaching helped).
Don’t show the cost to benefit ratio (there are real benefits but also costs and trade-offs; the pictures hide those).
Ive even herd recently of places that REVERSE the photo process – They get very lean guys in great shape and take a photo then get them to put on weight/eat shit/get bloated and take more pictures and then show them in REVERSE – Its easier make someone look bad than great!! This crap happens, I kid you not!
At the same point though its worth mentioning that no amount of Tan or Lights will remove fat or add muscle.
Think about it!!
What it will do is show a persons physique off better... White light on white skin reflects a lot and its hard to see the nature of a persons true physique.
That’s why, at The Amazing 12, we don’t JUST
show before and after pictures.
We also tell REAL client stories of powerful changes
in lifestyle, in mindset, and in confidence.
The kind of transformations that stay with you for life
long after the picture has gone.
I've seen/herd comments from people regarding our graduates pictures
But I rarely if ever get caught in an argument
Because I believe in something different……
I believe in the value of stories and real conversations
I also believe calling before and after pictures “BULLSH*T” is a little too extreme.
That’s Because the pictures ARE part of a client’s experience.
After all, their bodies DO change.
Sometimes in incredible ways.
And it’s silly to pretend that’s not part of the reality.
It can also be a powerful reminder that in the face
of the naysayers – YOU did it.
While it’s a piece of the puzzle it's still not the whole
picture and we have to take a step back to take it all in.
There are often rich stories, stories of heroism, of pain,
of struggle. It’s all the amazing stuff that makes us human.
And it’d be silly to ignore that part too.
Which is why we still do – and probably always will – show before
and after pictures.
We’ll also always share our client’s stories. like Gary’s below:
I'm going to let Gary tell you in his own words...
7 years ago at the age of 22 I was forced to retire from sport (hurling/soccer). I was told by doctors that my back was not going to improve and that I’d have to learn to live with the pain but that I would get some relief from painkillers.
The other option was to go for an operation but the doctors’ advice on that was to stay away from it as it was too risky a procedure and that I could not justify the risk when even then we were not sure if it would help.
The pain and discomfort was constant, I had no idea what it felt like to not have pain. In the space of a year I had gone from winning an U21 championship with my club, playing club senior championship with all of my closest friends to nothing. No involvement in sport of any kind, no motivation, no fitness, no camaraderie all of the good that comes with team sport.
CONTINUE READING HERE
At 7 am this morning I reached for my phone from my
bed to find out the results of last night presidential elections.
For about 30 seconds I laid there gob-smacked to think
that TRUMP had won the presidential race.
So from 18 months ago when we all laughed about his audacity to
run for it here we are today and the guy is moving into the White House..
Although I don't obviously vote in the US and usually don’t give a monkies about
Politics, why has this turn of events grabbed my attention so much
I don't place any faith in any ONE person or
one political party changing my life.
The only person I put faith in to do that is––myself.
Maybe you should consider doing this
VOTE FOR YOURSELF TODAY and do what matters:
* Do something that will make you happy
* Do something that will make someone else happy
* Set the timer for 1 hour and do as much work as possible without
lifting your head… See how good you feel about yourself after that
And if we do that then we'll probably be OK, and it's
unlikely to start WWIII.
So back to Trump, like him or loathe him he pulled it off
There are lessons to be learned
Everywhere this guy turned up he met resistance and anti Trump
But he stuck with it, he stayed strong, he fought back and he WON
All week I’ve met people who said he couldn’t do it and all I’ve heard today
is people saying ‘ I knew he would pull it off’
Band Wagon Jumpers as my friend John called them this morning…
In looking back at how Trump did this though a number of things happened.
He had a whole hand of ‘Trump’ cards (see what I did there) and played them
as best as he could….
My friend John who I mentioned already beat me to it however and wrote a better
article on it..
See here how Trump played his 5 Trump Cards
This also follows on from yesterdays blog about how you can’t
expect to win everyday (Read that HERE)– Trump knew that well and persevered and WON
Are you lacking motivation?
Are you just turning up and going through the motions?
Sometimes you just get days like that.. After spending Friday night in Dublin drinking beer and again Saturday while watching the Rugby boys beat the All Blacks, I was well shook on Sunday (WHAT A GAME BTW)
Monday was a day that I just felt like turning over in bed and staying there all day…
Thing is I’d told Brendan in the gym that I’d be in to do a session with him. He is training me for the next few weeks, so I couldn’t look like a mug and not turn up.
So I did and got through
Thing is and the point I’m trying to make is this – Its perfectly fine to not be happy every day.. Somedays are just a bit rough and you gotta get through it
Telling people to run around smiling and spreading the love everyday is all fine but in reality not achieveable...
So know this
If you have a shit day – so what – make the next day different
Don’t let it spiral and overwhelm you to the point a shit day becomes a shit week
In terms of your fitness journey this could help
1. Remember why you are there – Bringing the fun back starts with going back to the reason why you showed up to the gym in the first place. Was it to shed a few kgs? Be able to run without an oxygen mask? If you have already achieved your goals, write new ones! Make them super fantastic! They could be anything, start a sport, challenge yourself to an event, do a competition?
2. Fun with Friends! – Working out is always better when there is friends! Slagging, competition, games are all part of adding fun to your training. I love groups for that reason! Drag your friends along for some fitness action! If you do 1on1’s join a group! It will change your outlook and perhaps seeing others working hard will inspire you to bring it!
3. Try different activities – New activities bring back the sense of learning and challenge. We have to engage our brains and our bodies. It is a great way to refresh your outlook on exercise and have fun learning new skills.
Haven’t played with a barbell? Then come along to a strength class and lift some weights! What to learn something new? Then book a 1-2-1 and get more specific! Haven’t done a handstand since you were 8? Kick up into one and see what happens!
4. Find an activity outside the gym – A great way to make your exercise fun again is to find something to do outside of the gym. Playing a sport will inspire you to want to workout.
Remember working out is an activity for life, not just a 12 week program or challenge. Everybody has dips in motivation. It’s just how your handle them so that you bring new life and fun to your training! 🙂
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