But…… He won……

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I was helping out at my eldest son’s inter school swim gala the other week.

We’d done pretty well and were thinking we’d be well up there for the overall winning school.

When the results were announced there was some consternation.

Noah, Oli’s best mate, had won the breast stroke.

I saw him touch the side first in the final.

It was close, but I was only a few metres away and everyone agreed he got there first.

When they did the medals, he was announced as ‘Silver’.

And, in the overall placings, their school was announced as second.

By one point.

The school of the boy who’d been given Gold in the breast stroke won.

If the breast stroke result had been correct, our school would’ve won overall by a point.


It quickly became apparent that the placings were decided by timers for each lane.

Using manual stop watches.

Noah’s lane timer had clearly started his / her stop watch a fraction earlier and stopped it a fraction later than the other time.

Unsurprisingly, their was much frustration from the kids afterwards.

But, rules are rules.

Things are done a certain way and we may not like it, but that’s the way it is.

It would be nice if we could eat whatever we wanted and not have to exercise and be in better shape.

If I could eat and drink my body weight in cheesecake and gin every day and be in the shape I’d like to be in, I would love that.

But I can’t.

There are rules that ‘govern’ weight loss, fitness, etc.

And they’re mostly pretty fair ones.

We need to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight.

Like it or not.

We need regular, progressive exercise to improve or maintain health and fitness (that’s only part of what we do, but we are pretty good at it and making it fun too –> www.theacademygtc.co.uk/briefing-meeting).

Or, at least, the probability of health.

Like it or not.

We can spend our lives being annoyed by these rules.

Or we can just learn to, on average, ‘play the game’.

Much love,

Jon ‘derful tonight’ Hall and Matt ‘derwall’ Nicholson

About The Author

Jon Hall

Starting in the fitness industry in 2002 and working up from free-lance Personal Trainer to Club Manager, Area Manager, and now co-owner of The Academy - Group Transformation Centre as well as training new Personal Trainers for the PT Academy, running online programmes and developing support products for other PTs, Jon has seen and done it all in his chosen field.   With a passion for helping people change their lives by addressing thought processes and mental breaks (rather than shouting at people at telling them to eat less and move more), Jon has an unparalleled record in helping people achieve amazing life and body transformations.   Enter your info in the box to the right of the screen to find out more about how we can help your transform your life and body in as little as 28 Days.   You can read '28 things you might not know about Jon'' here   Visit the main Academy GTC site: www.theacademygtc.co.uk   Website keywords: Macclesfield personal training weight loss gym