On His Way Out, The Trainer Said “I hope your machine doesn’t work because I’ll have to re-write my entire training programs”
Everyone has at least one good idea. Some ideas go somewhere, many don't. How do you know which idea to go with and which to abandon?
Do you ever think you want something to happen when it's not really a good idea but you think it is and you push, push only to find out time and money later it's really not a good idea? And then it's later when you say: "that was a bad idea." You may have had a feeling it was or someone told you it was and the idea was so loud you didn't hear but for some reason you pushed forward until you came to such an obstacle that it made no sense to push forward. If only you'd listen to an observer or your own gut intuition.
You see this in other people, don't you? They have such a bad idea and you tell them it is, yet they believe their bad ideas is a good idea but they go for it anyway. You know better.
How do you know if your idea is good and something to pursue or it isn't and you should stop it?
Believe me, all along this multi-year journey of developing the Myoride Exercise Machine, I have thought about these questions I'm asking you. In fact, for the first two years after building my first model in my garage, I don't think I told more than 5 people. For three reasons. One, I didn't care what anyone else had to say about it. The very crude machine at the time was working the way I wanted and I didn't need anyone to tell me anything different. Secondly, if I told someone and they told me this machine isn't doing anything I thought it was, I didn't want to deal with the consequences so I was willing to live in my own ignorance with what I had. I can handle criticism and rejection; what I couldn't handle was the failure of my education, experience, and early morning and late night hallucinations of what I thought I had developed was any good so I kept quiet as long as I could. I didn't want to go down this path and come to find out it was completely wasted. Thirdly, and the most significant, I didn't want to change my life path. I didn't want to spend the time and money I thought I would spend.
Because you are reading this, you know I discarded the first two reasons and opted for the third. Now I'm in it way more time and money than I had thought.
I've had some doubts but not many. However, during the times I've doubted, I've almost pulled the plug on the process at least twice seriously.
But how do you persevere with something that may be blue sky and unicorns or may be something of significance?
The first time I demonstrated the machine to someone outside my inner circle, a very influential and connected person, I finished and then asked him what he thought. The first thing he said was: "I've never seen anything like this."
This was a non sequitur to me.
I didn't know how to interpret that statement - it didn't mean anything to me. I was happy enough to just go back to my self-prescribed exercise patterns and continue life as I knew it. He had other ideas, all good by the way. I was really ok not going anywhere or doing anything with it at that moment. But then he said, "I really think you have something here." Ok, that statement following the first, changed my attitude. In fact, that one simple statement started the journey that took me from that point of May, 2015, to where we are today. You and I would not be connected if it wasn't for the follow through of that statement.
It is other people's impressions and feedback that have been one guide post along the way. There are others that I will soon explain. But that first statement - I've never seen anything like it - I used as a launching pad for the journey I began years ago.
I still hear statements like this and others similar but today they mean somethings very different. This far along the journey I use statements like this for different levels of evaluation and decision-making.
Whenever someone sees someone working out or tries the machine for the first time, they almost always say they’ve “never seen anything like it".
Now here's where I'm careful. These days I interpret this as either a bad thing or a good thing. Here's what I mean.
The good thing is that I get to show them what the machine’s main purpose is and if you've been following me for any time you know some of them - supramaximal high intensity interval training is on one end of the spectrum and geriatric neurodegenerative rehabilitation is on the other. Again, all good.
Here's where I'm going. The initial market I wanted to get into was the Fitness Industry because I built it for my own fitness goals. It still is a great fit but the industry has other ideas.
For example, the title of this essay comes from what a fitness trainer said after he used Myoride for the first time. After he said, "I've never seen anything like it," he said, “I hope your machine doesn’t work because I’ll have to re-write my entire training programs.”
Now we have something here that I've been suspecting and it follows on another statement I received from a Fitness Franchise owner who said: “It looks like an incredible, even torturous workout. I want to be up front with you though. Our focus is on "fun". Yes, we get people to sweat, but we want them to be smiling and laughing while they do. I don't see how your machine would fit into our "fun" model”.
Here I thought the Fitness Industry would open with wide arms. But I'm not that naive.
May I make an outside observation? Every industry, every profession, every occupation has it's rules. I'm an outsider to this industry to be sure. And although I think my machine is perfect for the fitness industry, maybe it isn't right now. That's ok, I've started one myself in my clinic and will continue growing it until the rest of the industry catches on. You might be interested in this idea yourself. Let me know, I'm setting up protocols from my research and although I have a number of people I'm studying I will have a very good handle on this endeavor soon.
But here's what has happened. The geriatric neurodegenerative rehabilitation or more carefully worded, the retirement community.
Yes, I have another demo presentation with a retirement community. Now here's a group of people who I have as number four on my list to discuss and they are quickly rising to the top. Talk about which direction to go.
For all the right reasons, the elderly want to exercise to be fit, to keep healthy and active, to keep their balance and coordination, to keep their movement and have a safe way to exercise. Check, check, check and check. We got them all. The safety factor and low risk of injury should be the number one priorities of any person who exercises but who knows this better than the elderly? And, what better way to exercise with a high safety feature than lying on your back while exercising?
I'm giving the presentation next week. It should be interesting.
And about the path. Have you heard of taking the path of least resistance? It may be easier but it may not be what you expect.
When you think you have a good idea it’s just a possibility. I had the idea that the machine would find favor in the Fitness Industry at first. It may not, not for awhile. But it’s still a good possibility. What showed up without much resistance is the elderly. If it's a good idea, it will follow with less resistance.
A good idea and direction to take will follow the path of Least Resistance. Things will happen that will pave the path and make it easier. There will be signs along the way if you're paying attention. If you're working on something or stuck on something there will be a hint that you will find a day later that will show you the way if you’re on the right path - if it's a good idea to continue or stop you if it's not - if you're aware and are open-minded.
Follow the path of least resistance. And one thing is for sure about where I'm at. The elderly, we're all heading that direction sooner than we think.