Goosebumps

We’ve all experienced “goosebumps.” The subtle response is stimulated by strong emotions, fear, euphoria, inspiring music, nails on a chalkboard and sometimes temperature changes which cause the hair follicles on your skin to contract and stand up.

Have you ever stopped to reflect on what exactly initiates those “goosebump” moments and how to deliberately (and repeatedly) re-create that feeling? Is it possible to obtain that type of elevated emotion consistently?

Unexpectedly, I’ve found myself on the receiving end of “goosebumps” on a daily basis—for the past 20 years. And it’s primarily from coaching. I’ve been acutely aware of it the entire time, but have never shared or expressed this. It happens in observation: watching people grab a nugget of information about a lift and seeing it click, or noticing an athlete who doubts their performance and then suddenly exceeds all expectations. Sometimes, it’s the “ah-ha” moment during a team meeting, or simply walking down the gym hallway and watching two joyful teammates reunite to train together during a 7p class. And the goosebumps don’t stop there. These are just the ones that happened yesterday.

I consider myself to be incredibly blessed in this regard. Everyday, I get to experience this. And it’s not always about the lifts, the big weights, the workout times or a monster-sized squat. Instead, it’s the more subtle occurrences that prove most remarkable.

To elaborate, writer, Dan Heath, argues that we can understand these goosebump-like feelings as defining moments: moments of elevation (inspiring emotions), moments of insight (epiphanies), moments of pride (achievement) and moments of connection (relationships). Coincidently, these four points are the exact things that create remarkable moments for both the athletes and myself.

So, I ask you to reflect: take a moment to, first, consider what gives you goosebumps. Then, dream-up the ways you might begin re-creating those moments: one at a time, until they repeat themselves enough to become habit.

Coach David

Board Meetings & Hype Sauce

Board Meetings & Hype Sauce

Just the other day, in-class teammates (aka training partners) were encouraging each other to an extraordinary level. I can’t recall the precise movement focus, but the amount of hype around what was going on was undeniably noticeable.

I know: this doesn’t seem like anything particularly significant. Especially since we’ve gotten used to this kind of culture having deliberatley working to develop it over the last eight years. In fact, it’s come to be standard behavior here at CFD. But if we look a bit deeper, what’s actually going on is remarkably kick-ass.

The class was loaded with doctors, researchers, VPs, students, parents, lawyers, scientists, engineers and various tradespeople. During the training session, the project was to build up to a weight that was challenging for the day. As the intensity progressed, so did the spirit of the class. These “professionals” were screaming at one another with the utmost excitement. The collective enjoyment of everyone doing their best was enough to tear the building in half.

I sat there and wondered: When was the last time this happened in their lives? Does a level of hype exist at work, in the boardroom during a quarterly sales meeting or while ordering a cup of coffee? Does it occur during a walk in the morning with the dog, or while getting the car washed; during lunch, maybe? Perhaps, for most of us, the only place this level of unfiltered excitement occurs is here, at Defined.

So, your assignment is this: Arrive each day and let us cheer for you. Allow two, three or four people to support you with reckless, unsolicited enthusiasm. And then return the favor; do the same for someone else. Be a part of something.

Coach David

Movement Culture. More than a gym.