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Jan 12, 2023

Coach to Client, It's More Than a Workout

Sponsored Content provided by Mike Barnhart - Founder, Axis Fitness

The workout is over. 
As you slowly start to pull oxygen back into your body, the burning in your muscles starts to fade, your heart rate begins to calm down and you realize that there's a valuable lesson to be learned about life mixed into these workouts. 
If art imitates life, then training your body to perform imitates overcoming life’s struggles. During our workouts, there are three elements that come together to form one function. When stepping into an Axis Fitness Center, specifically to work with a coach, there are principles, there is stimulus, and then there is the undeniable effect on a person’s character. Growth begins when we willingly look face to face with challenging moments, and choose to pursue and overcome those challenges.
At Axis our workouts are built around three main elements of fitness. These are Strength, Endurance and Conditioning. I want to give you a little bit of insight not only to the physiology behind those elements, but also the psychology.
The strength element of our workouts is built around the principle of progressive overload. Simply stated, from a physiological standpoint. In order to get stronger, you have to overload your current strength level. This in turn trains our brain to understand that life doesn't get easier. It trains us to become increasingly stronger at overcoming challenges. As challenges in life become increasingly more difficult, we train our brain to provide enough force to continue to overcome those challenges. 
The Endurance element of our workouts is built around the stimulus of time under tension. The physiological purpose and the psychological function both speak to the same point. In life the ability to continuously do the reps, against resistance with intentional movement, sets us up for the incremental gains of improvement over time.
The Conditioning element of our workouts is built around the principle of lactic threshold training. Simply put, in order to increase the long term aerobic capacity of an athlete, we have to increase the amount of lactate the athlete can handle at high intensities. The psychological transfer to life is how that represents the chaotic, fast moving times where it seems the intensity is too much and we just want to quit. But before you know it, these moments pass. When you look back, you can be proud of the amount of work you accomplished over a short interval of time.
At Axis it's not just a workout. We believe in drawing parallels between our workouts and the trials and triumphs of life.Our goal is simple, to enhance a person’s capacity to be great. We coach people how to be strong, how to endure and how to breathe through the chaos. Our coaching sessions are built to imitate the challenges of life. It is an incredible privilege and responsibility that we believe in. 
I’m not saying our workouts create character, but our workouts will certainly reveal it!
Let’s get to work and I'll see you in the gym. 

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