The Joy of Judgment Free Exercise

Coach Erik here: 

Children play with abandon. They aren’t concerned with what other people are thinking of them, could care a less how long it takes them to run across a field, or how “good” they are at climbing on the jungle gym.

I was reminded of this the other day as I witnessed Bianca (our 4 ½ year old) sing and dance her heart out in a private performance for Francesca (our 2 year old.) What struck me was the unabashed, unconstrained joy pouring out of her. There was no self-consciousness, no “am I good at this?” no “what will Francesca think?” No fear. No judgment. Bianca was at ease in her element. Expressing. Being.

I invite you to remember that you too can exercise and live with joy and abandon. To remember that you were once a child, not tainted by expectations or a need to prove your worth, but simply a need to express yourself, as you are, without shame, in all your glory. 

Coach Erik Hajer is an award-winning trainer, blogger and author of the Book: LIVE FIT AND BE WELL: A Personal Transformation Workbook.

In addition to training “for life” Coach Erik is a 13-time marathon and 5-time Ironman triathlon finisher and was named one of the top trainers of 2011 by  Erik lives and plays outside of Boston with his wife and two daughters.

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2 Replies to “The Joy of Judgment Free Exercise”

  1. Erik,

    I’m new to boot camp and had my first playout with you Wednesday. I love that term! As a person who’s hated exercise her whole life, I’m beginning to see that it doesn’t have to be drudgery. Thanks for your encouragement!


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