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The Real Life Adventures of John Pilcher, A Reluctant Beginner
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his month’s Club Safari took me into the TRX room, also known as Fitness
Coordinator, Jami’s torture chamber. TRX was developed by Navy Seals as a
part of an advanced conditioning program. The equipment is deceptively simple: nylon
straps suspended from a ceiling rack system. Holding the straps and using your own
body weight as resistance, you perform a series of strength and stretching exercises that
yield powerful results. Believe me, it’s a workout like you’ve never had.
As I experimented with this exercise system I could see where there would be great
benefit for the beginning exerciser all the way to a professional athlete. I was “only” sore
for four days but the “good” part is that it was in places where I’ve never been sore. This
innovative workout is a great example of what the Club has to offer: the tools and the
support system for improving and changing your life.
The New Year is a time for life-changing resolutions that are sometimes easily lost as
the year progresses, but if you’ll join me in a new approach, this year will be different.
Take out a piece of paper and write down your goal. It can be related to weight loss,
fitness or professional. Be specific and include a measure and a time frame. Tape this
piece of paper to the mirror in your bathroom, tell your closest two friends about the
goal and ask for their help in achieving it.
Some of my fellow Board of Trustees colleagues and I have done just that by estab-
lishing a contest related to weight loss and fitness. I’ll report our progress here in my
Safari notes over the next 5 months. Track along with me and see how you are doing
on your personal goals.
Now here’s the personally embarrassing part that you don’t need to do, which is put-
ting my goals in print. My goal for the first half of 2010 is to lose 12 lbs by May 1, 2010
(to get down to 180 lbs, a weight I haven’t seen since Gonzaga made it to the Elite 8), and
in May, my goal is to run Bloomsday in less than 1 hr 10 minutes (my last time was over
1 hr 30 minutes). I’ll report my progress on those fronts in the coming months too.
As 2010 unfolds, look for the Club to offer programs and special opportunities to
support your personal growth and wellness. Some of these opportunities will include
seminars that will test your boundaries and push you to new limits. There are other new
Club tools coming to support all of these efforts, so stay tuned.
Happy New Year and here’s to using our ever-improving Spokane Club to support all
of our personal goals.
Until next time,
John
 . Signals . The Spokane Club magazine . January 010
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