"You've Gotta Fight for your Right to Party..."
Truly, the Beastie Boys said it best.
Not sure who they are or what 1986 song I'm referencing? No problem. The point is that everyone loves a reason to celebrate and it's our jobs as fitness professionals to deliver it!
So, every Friday night in Michigan, we party -- Corporate Fitness style.
Most recently, my team celebrated with Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency employees. These people have tough jobs. They are social workers, grant writers, Head start teachers and others struggling to serve people in need in difficult times.
When we met them, they were stressed out and needed an exercise program. What they found along the way was camaraderie, better snacks at work, potluck Fridays, loose fitting clothes, laughter in the hallways, and even a few tears at the final celebration.
Tisha Birch, mother of four young kids and working three jobs, broke personal barriers with this program. Not only did she lose 8 lbs, 12 inches and gain strength, she found something that makes HER feel great...gave HER a reason to party!
She wrote in an email to me on the last day: "I learned that while being a daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, wife and mother, that it's OK to want and need something for myself..to take that little bit of extra time to mold into my own. I have stopped looking for light at the end of the tunnel and instead realize that I AM the LIGHT!"
Powerful thoughts. Powerful results. Can you feel it?