Thoughts on Perceptions


What’s your perception of the photo above? We've had so many comments – from “great picture” and “fantastic shot” to “intimidating”, “elitist”, “a little creepy” and “super strong”. 

Does it inspire you? — "I want to be able to do that!" Or did it terrify you? — "I could never be able to do that! 

How do I respond to the comments about the picture of Marco and me? I am chuffed that people think we are elite however it alienates us, which is so sad – I certainly don’t want people to feel that we are out of their league because it’s absolutely not like that in our work at all. 

The greatest gift in my life is having a connection with another person, helping them overcome whatever stands in their way to being the greatest, happiest, most confident person they can be — living and enjoying their life.

I meet so many great people on a weekly basis and hear their mental struggles: ‘I want to lose weight first and then I will come”, “I should get fitter first and then I will join a class”, “I do not want to be the weakest in the class” or "will I be that weakest person, hiding in the corner?” They are all common themes. 

Believe it or not, I too was like that at one stage in my life but then I realised that there were so many people with the same thoughts, the same fears, trepidations, inhibitions and feelings of “I am not good enough” or “I don’t want to make an idiot of myself” or just feeling embarrassed. 

I too was making that yearly promise to myself of ‘I will do this and this and then I will go the gym’ but finding myself one year later in exactly the same place. When you get so far away from that place that you want to be, the simplest thing is to give up and walk away from your dream. We can create new excuses like “I am too old now” or “I never had the time”.

At SF Studios, everyone is welcome. There are no superheroes or super athletes here. We are what we are and we are where we are because of our passion, commitment and desire to improve. 

At the end of the day it is a scientific formula — the more you put in wisely and correctly, the more you get out.

Start by turning up. Get onto your mat. Get into your shoes. Get onto your saddle. Just start and then keep on going.