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WLC Mission: Fitness Field Day

By August 10, 2017Missions
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WLC Mission is a weekly challenge, meant to improve your life by disrupting your day-to-day routine — taking you out of your comfort zone, asking you to try something new, and challenging you to become a more complete person. Never easy, you can consider the Mission an advanced experiment in personal wellness, with you as the star.

This Week’s Mission: Fitness Field Day

The Idea

This week, you’re going to enhance your love of physical culture by taking your fitness where it’s never been before — to a new class, outdoor pursuit, or team sport.

The Payoff

Changing your life requires actually changing your life, a willingness to break old routines and try things you wouldn’t normally consider.

This week, we’re bringing that principle to exercise, asking you to take a leap that will develop your courage while encouraging you to find new forms of fitness (that you may love dearly). As a side benefit, you may find that your new pursuit works your body in ways you’ve never experienced, a surefire way to add real and substantial fitness.

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The Parameters

Take a new class, try an online program, join a local free fitness group, or take to the great outdoors for a new pastime. You need only do it once this week to consider the Mission a success — but the more the better. Consider this your license to explore the possibilities.

To truly get into the spirit of this Mission, select something you don’t feel super-confident about. If you’re the strong, weightlifting type, take a yoga class or head to spin. If you prefer those long, cardiovascular workouts, try an interval-training class. If you’re a runner, lift some weights, and if you always take your walk along the same roads, find a new hiking trail to conquer.

Here are some other possibilities:

  • Rent a paddleboard, dune bike, road bike, or kayak and get out there with a friend.
  • Head to your local basketball court and get involved in a game of pickup basketball.
  • If your location allows it, take a surf lesson.
  • Try Pilates, yoga, CrossFit, Orange Theory, acro-yoga, or adult gymnastics.
  • Go for a hike, and make it further than you’d normally go on your “standard’ walk or run.
  • Join a local run crew, and make some new friends. Try November Project or find a group on Meetup.
  • Ask a friend who is into rock climbing to teach you the basics.
  • Google search for “ultimate frisbee” and your city or town, and see if there’s a group you can join.
  • Ask your friends what they’re into, and then tag along to their next session.

The Scoring

This WLC Mission isn’t scored. To complete it, just find time for a new fitness pursuit this week. Consider it a personal exploration, a way to enhance your journey toward overall well-being (while potentially doing something very cool). In other words, give the Mission a shot — but leave the scoreboard at home.

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Jon Gilson
Jon Gilson is a coach and writer, and the former CEO of the Whole Life Challenge.

Previously, he founded Again Faster Equipment, a functional fitness equipment company created to serve the CrossFit community. Established in 2006, Jon took the Company global in 2012, twice landing on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Senior Lecturer for CrossFit, Inc., training aspiring CrossFit trainers at over 100 seminars, including engagements in Iceland, Afghanistan, Moscow, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Jon also served on the CrossFit L1 Advisory Board, helping establish policy for the organization’s training efforts from 2011 to 2013.

He’s also done stints in state government, gym management, and consulting — and currently teaches classes at CrossFit City Line.

Jon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Finance and Control from the Harvard Extension School, 2006, and has completed coursework in data analytics.

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