A while back, Coach Fonseca wanted to highlight the effort, the ability, and the courage of each athlete that attends Triumph Fitness. This endeavor took a while with several people snapping candid photos of you all during the gross sweaty time of your workout.
Many of you groaned at us, but I ignored you. I kept snapping- at times you felt uncomfortable and didn't want your picture taken. Some of you powered through the camera in your face but when your picture went up on the wall, you may have made comments or judgements about yourself- wanting a different picture with the non-poop face, without the grueling sweat dripping down your face, without the struggle looking real. I never apologized because I wasn't sorry. I was amazed. I got to watch and capture an INCREDIBLE moment with each of you. Watch you do more reps when you wanted to quit, to try to catch your breath as you ran back in the door, to lift incredible amounts of weight. I am simply not sorry- all of you inspire me and I am glad that each time I walk into the gym floor I get to walk past that wall and workout next to each of you.
So, to be blunt- your existing perspective about yourself needs to change. When I hand picked each and every photo- I picked one that was inspirational, showed your strength, showed your courage, showed you at YOUR BEST! My best lifts have never come with a smile and the look of ease. They have come with LOUD grunts, strained face, and the work pouring out of every limb in my body- with many of you yelling at me to keep going. Here at Triumph, that is beauty. So, in how I hope you see the rest of your Triumph Family, I hope you begin to see yourself in that same light too. That is what we LOVE to see- you working hard, putting forth the effort towards your goals, and the sweat angels laying all over the floor after you finish your last rep.
So, today, I encourage each of you- step inside our lobby and find your picture again. Look at it with your new perspective of seeing yourself as the athlete you are. Embrace your poop face. You earned that spot- relish in it.