It’s time to renovate yourself

At our gym in Sylvan Lake, we built an indoor rock climbing facility in 2008, and with the highest of hopes and the biggest of dreams. The rock wall featured a 1,400 sq. ft. high climbing wall and an 800 sq. ft. ‘bouldering cave’, and we invested a lot in the two areas.

Sadly, it failed. There just aren’t enough climbers in this area to make it work out, so I had to take a good hard look at what our members wanted most, and what we really needed most, and we started demolition of the space. Our first goal was to remove the ‘bouldering cave’, the 800 sq. ft. room with a 10 ft. ceiling. In its place, we are building a one on one training studio, so that our trainers can work with their clients in yet another space and this one completely private. We are loading it with equipment. Then this June, we start phase two of the renovations and tear down 60% of the high wall to create the coolest boot camp room ever.

I think that the renovation ties into fitness and good nutrition, and to people making a change in their lifestyle. It’s like renovating your body.

When you decide to change, you are making an effort on a daily and weekly basis, to change your body from what you don’t want, to what you do want.

What you had before may have been great at one time, and served you well, or maybe just good enough, but it was no longer working, no longer serving the purpose you had set out to achieve and now you have decided to change and improve. You have decided to renovate, just like I did with the rock wall.

The wall was great! It was state-of-the-art and we made if from the highest quality designs and materials, with the best of intentions – but it didn’t work.

Step one is no different than the step one you must make if you want to be fit and healthy. You must take a good look at exactly where you are, at what you are doing and whether or not it is working.

When you decide to change and to get in shape, you being a process where everyday you are renovating your body and supporting the construction of the new design.

Your construction materials are great food, excellent workouts and positive thoughts – all of which will lead you to a better body and a life that is fully engaged.

When you are fully engaged and supported with an energetic fit body – well then nothing can bring you down. Your newly renovated body and attitude will begin to affect everything. A newly renovated lifestyle affects your partner, your kids, your co-workers, your playtime, your sleep patterns – everything!

And if all goes well, you will be happy! The song out by Pharrell Williams, and I know some people love this song and some don’t, but go to this link and just listen and read the words –

If you want a challenge this week, make a new play list of great songs for your renovation that you love and that pick you up and listen to them all week.

Renovating your body, your life and your attitude can be the best spring-cleaning you do this year.

Scott McDermott is a personal trainer and owner of Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake.