We keep talking about this ‘lifestyle’ thing. We talk about what it means to us, what our lifestyles made up of, essentially, and how to connect all the pieces when it comes to what drives us forward. We spent last week in Charleston getting a few key things in order, doing some spring cleaning, and more than anything, getting all our ducks in a row to make sure that the lifestyle piece has the best opportunity to find it’s roots in the community as we close out year 1.
We happened to be there through Cardio Week – the most passionately loves and hated week of all, depending on how your lung capacity is. Across all MAD locations, clients and friends commiserated with and encouraged each other through the sanding test of the previous three months, and it was awesome. Charleston, you impressed and pushed us through an amazing week, so THANK YOU. And thanks to Donna and Tim for unintentionally defining the not-so-promoted lifestyle realities of Cardio week (relaxing low country afternoon, meet our friend, Advil).
With cardio week behind us, this week we’re getting back to the base (durability month), to strengthen us, and to propel us forward into our full cycles of the pace (momentum month) and then return to the race (anaerobic month). That’s where we build our strength, we sweat out stress, and push our bodies to function just a little better. But that’s not the whole lifestyle – that’s a habit of passion, and the fitness side of things, and while it’s important it’s incomplete.
When we have new clients join our community, that’s kind of the hook — the sweating, the intensity, and the results. The fitness piece is the starter that’s sparked by the diverse science that drives forward not only how we do our programming, but how we view fitness and health on the whole. It’s about how you’re training your self: how you’re challenging your body and mind to push forward, to build strength, to increase endurance, and to know how to do so smartly, safely, and with balance. The securing factor is community. The connection, the interaction, and the full support of all members, that’s that keeps us growing — growing strong, not dilute.
The piece that completes us, and typically the final piece in the lifestyle for most of our clients, is food. Food + Nutrition is the game changer. It’s not something we pretend to be experts in, or something that is integral or forced from a membership perspective, but it’s truly the only way to overcome plateaus, increase energy, and complete the full cycle of the lifestyle. It’s the maximizer of the group, and from what we’ve seen over the last few years, the thing that makes all the damn difference in the world.
You can probably tell where I’m headed by this point…..because as we’re all headed straight into the sunny season (the bathing suit, beach all day, hanging by the pool and wanting to be active 24/7 season) we’re going to head towards local food, clean meals, and more conversation about completing this lifestyle. Charleston, brace yourselves, The Whole Damn Thing is coming right at you….and soon.
They’re truly the tastiest, cleanest, and most convenient meal options out there (at least in my life) and happily show up and deliver to all the places that I need in my life (that’s you Cville, Charlotte AND Charleston).
And Charleston (#MADcharleston if we’re being real), don’t worry, we did NOT forget you. You’re about to get all up in the lifestyle with us – even more – and we’re pretty pumped. If you’re a planner, write this down: MODpaleo will be at MADabolic Mt. Pleasant on Monday May 4th from 6:15-8:15pm for a food sampling AND a little paleo fundamentals 101 talk at 7:30. You can count on more information coming your way soon, promise.
So, it’s all happening. This is definitely the cliffs notes version, but I can tell you with all certainty, it’s all happening, and it’s going to be amazing. Make sure you’re tuned in over the next week because ALL THE THINGS will be coming at you, and we could not be more pumped.