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Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

A friend of mine said this to me once and that quote has stuck with me for a very long time. If you watch TOWIC’s video you will see that the person who said it was our very own Head Coach Shaun Samonini.
I love seeing you all achieve things you never thought possible. No matter what that may be, a single press-up, a great air squat, a new P.R deadlift, every achievement is unique to the individual. What may seem small to you could be huge to somebody else, and to be a part of that for me is what brings a smile to my face on a daily basis.
What do I expect from you when you come to the box?
  • Come ready to train.
  • Be ready to be pushed.
  • Don’t hold yourself back.
  • Be ready to learn.
  • Don’t come with the attitude ‘I can’t’.
This list could probably go on and on. Whilst all of these points are important, the one that stands out to me is number two.
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t push you (not physically, that’s assault). I have a very good idea of where you should be during a session. If I prescribe a weight or a variation for you, it’s because I know you are capable of it. I wouldn’t make you do something you can’t do just to belittle you! If a weight is prescribed on the board, I’ve already taken into consideration how much you can lift. If you drop down without asking, I’m going to be disappointed, and I’m going to ask you to have some more self belief and try to lift what I KNOW you can.

If you have been training for a long time and feel that you haven’t achieved anything, then you have to ask yourself why, what are you not doing that others are? Do you come ready to train? Do you come ready to be pushed? Are you holding yourself back? Are you swinging a 12kg kettlebell when you know you can swing a 20kg kettlebell?
When you walk through the door, do you say to yourself ‘I can’t’?
These two words grate on me. I dislike hearing them, as it sets a negative precedent. How do you know you can’t do something if you haven’t tried it? And even then, at this point in time, you are not able to, eventually you will be.

I can’t means I won’t and if you won’t, then how do you get stronger, fitter, faster? How do you achieve what yesterday seemed like the impossible? Are you willing to put in the effort to achieve what seems like the impossible? Have you started and then stopped because you didn’t see results straight away?
I implore you to get back on the horse and continue, because what seems impossible isn’t. There is only so much you can learn in an hour, but if you are willing to apply yourself outside of that hour, if you stay mobile, do your own research, ask us questions, you can achieve whatever you want.

Every day is a school day, and as someone who works in education I strive to push all of my students beyond what they feel they are capable of. When I see them achieve what they thought was impossible I am a very happy man, and the same is said working in the box.
I am always learning. Every day I learn from Shaun, or Jon, and if not them I find material to expand my knowledge. I then share that with you. I just want to help you be better, stronger and fitter.
Thank you for the privilege.
Donovan Simpson