The human body is made for movement. We are capable of amazing physical feats. Yet, our perceived limitations and social dogma continually prevent us from tapping into our true potential.
Our modern world entices us to live an idle life, devoid of struggle and discomfort. Modernity idealises comfort and convenience, the complete absence of pain and struggle, as happiness. People grow so ‘comfortable’ with their lives that they are unaware of their lack of fulfilment. "Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living" (Dean Karnazes). By not demanding more from yourself, you are choosing a numb existence.
For most people, the world today is so comfortable, that you can barely keep up with the daily tasks that need to be completed. In this state everyday tasks become so numb and inactive. I find it is the struggle, the pain and suffering in the pursuit of a goal or passion, that is actually more important than the goal itself. As Einstein once said, “in the middle of difficulty lies the opportunity for growth”.
By demanding more from your body and pushing through pain barriers, you gain a sense of clarity and growth that no promise of painlessness or comfort could ever deliver. It is these moments of suffering that force you to rethink the essence of 'you'. So when you come out the other side, when you succeed and make I through this temporary state of existence, you are a more complete version of the person that started the task. Additionally, you are empowering others to understand that they too can challenge themselves. They can go through miserable, painful and ugly situations, physically or mentally, and come out the other side a better version of themselves.
There is always a lot you can learn from children, especially how they see the world as one big playground. Everything exists for them to play with, on or in and this is how they go about learning new skills, socialisation, compassion for others, dealing with emotions and ultimately true fulfilment by continuously feeding their mind through FUN.
As we get older and 'more mature' we lose the understanding of what FUN is. Although you turn up for training because it is good for your health and wellbeing, our aim at FEAT is to create an environment for people to play and ultimately have more FUN. We believe that FUN through play is your gateway to full self expression and a true, fulfilling way of being.
When something truly amazing happens in your life, as human beings the first thing we ever want to do is share it. Really there is only so much joy one can take from self interest or "sex, drugs and rock'n'roll".
More than just sharing though, life is about climbing your mountain as you EMPOWER those around you to do take the challenge and climb there’s. The best way to EMPOWER those in your life to tackle this, is to have the people around you EMPOWERING you.
Thinking about the way your commitment to training directly impacts your training community is what defines our FEAT Fitness community. By turning up for the people training by your side, day in and day out, rain, hail or shine, are the actions that individuals take to EMPOWER an incredibly strong and powerful training community.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others." – Marianne Williamson
Every single one of us possesses the strength to do something the we ASPIRE to do but not sure we can accomplish. This ASPIRATION is present in all aspects of our lives, be it to take on a physical challenge that is well beyond our conceivable grasps, to stand up for yourself, to put a bold idea out there that makes you vulnerable to criticism or simply to tell someone you love them. But it is the ASPIRATION, followed by action, that makes the invisible joys in life visible.
By ASPIRING to go beyond our perceived limitations, there is an unconscious and automatic growth that you have as a person. We ASPIRE to achieve something external to ourselves, but at FEAT we remember it is the process of reaching for the prize – not the prize itself – that can bring us peace and joy!
This is where the magic happens! Without the amazing TRAINING session we have nothing, this is where all your hard work is done and where you make the steps forward. Not only do you get a great workout, but at TRAINING you get to actualise a human beings two states of being – being together and being in nature.
We get up at an uncomfortable time, to battle the elements of the natural environment, with uneven ground to train on, pushing our bodies to the limits and to what avail? We do this so that we can develop an authentic, beautiful, whole relationship to our state of being. By escaping the climate controlled constraints of a gym, we are opening our world up to the most natural desire of humanity; connection.
Connecting to the world around us, by respecting the natural environment that becomes our arena for play. Connecting to the community of people around us, by pushing through together and tackling the challenges of the TRAINING session.