My trip to Sweden

My recent trip to Sweden stimulated a lot of thinking for me. I can’t promise it will all be organized, but it might be somewhat enlightening.

First, One of my flights was late and I had about 10 minutes to make my connection. Luckily for me I only packed one bag (carry-on) and it was a backpack–this allowed me to sprint full steam to the other side of the terminal. If I had been in worse shape, I would have certainly missed my flight. I also learned that sweating in response to a 5 minute all-out sprint is a surefire way to enjoy a 10 hour flight.

The lessons here are stay in shape, and travel light.

One other airport thing I noticed was that everyone getting ready for the long flight back was sitting down. I spent most of that time doing mobility drills to prepare. It only stands to reason that you should be moving more in preparation to be stuck in a chair for 10 hours, but most people aren’t willing to do it. I guess there is an unfortunate stigma associated with moving around in public. “Sit down, sit still, and shut up,” I guess. Not for me, thanks.

Stockholm was a very active city and the people were very nice. That is, basically everyone spoke english. I think in terms of brain development, knowing multiple languages gives you a leg up on people who only know one language.

My extremely competent host Joakim was the epitome of professionalism and organization. It made it truly easy for me to deliver a good experience during the RKC certification.

The facility itself was the olympic training center, which, to me, was paradise. I’m often asked about why I don’t go on more vacations and this really shows the answer. This IS vacation. Being given the opportunity to teach a group of instructors how to better help people is a huge reward and gift in and of itself. Luckily I was also able to spend 2-4 hours training every night at the olympic training center after the “work” was done.

Every time I teach, something changes. My program design lecture went about 2 hours (very significantly longer than usual) and flowed with natural questions during the talk. I am noticing more and more, how the most important things are truly the habits we form, and staying consistent, rather than the specifics of training. Yes there are ways to make things more efficient, but the most important thing is to just show up consistently for a long time and not hurt yourself.

The energy, enthusiasm, and clear desire to help people that the attendees of the course showed filled me with energy. It’s not easy, sometimes, to talk for 3 days 8+ hours per day and still find the energy to really bring it, but having students like I did this weekend make it all possible.

Most people would assume I am some sort of lunatic to exercise every night after a full day of teaching–but I think it’s more insane not to. It also shows me that I am doing the right thing in life. I had to ask myself so many times, “is this work or vacation?”

I’m still not sure which is the case. In 6 days I taught 3 days straight, read 3 books (on the flights), and wrote 15 pages all with regard to this whole “health and fitness thing”. When you find your purpose, attack it with speed, clarity, and resolve.

Pay attention to how you spend your time. This will tell you what your priorities are, and will explain your place in life.

Better every day,

ps. If training/coaching/starting your own fitness business is something you’ve always dreamed about, seriously consider it. It’s very challenging, but even more rewarding. I’m here to support your journey of getting better every day with workshops and business coaching.

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3 thoughts on “My trip to Sweden

  • Donna Passematod

    Hi Mark nice sense of huma..You are correct most people sit down maybe a fear of loosing their seat…I just graduated college with my associates. Exercise science, science movement/ physiology. Have not stopped and are now taking two summer classes… Looks like you had a great time, and also picked up more great knowledge that you will be putting to good use…. I will be checking in between work..
    Thank you,
    Donna Passemato
    I will be back with a ton of questions…

  • Tyler

    Great stuff, Max.

    I totally agree on the waiting for flight thing. When I have a layover or when I'm waiting to board, I generally try to get some movement in – whether thats walking around, stretching with a band, sitting on the floor doing some flow work. Sure people look at me strangely, but I also understand I'm going to be stuffed like a sausage between two heffers on a flight for the next 3+ hours.

    I also prefer to travel light and not board the plane immediately when my section is called. Why would I want to sit on that plane any longer than I have to? Whats the hurry??

    People are weird. Including me.