2016 Spring Meltdown Wrap

SpringMeltdownOur 2016 Spring Meltdown wrapped up on Friday, April 22 with a wonderful party and our Top-3 contestants taking home a combined $525! Most importantly though, we lost a total of 441.2 pounds in the 13 week contest!

The Spring Meltdown is a 13-week program that provides contestants the opportunity to lose weight and learn how to keep it off. Participants are given complete eating plans for each week to follow that include a full grocery list. Plans also included dining out meals so our group was never without options, even when traveling. Contestants jumped up on the scale the beginning of each week and their weight was used to calculate their total percentage of weight lost.

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A quick example:

A 200 pound person loses 2 pounds in week 1, they are down 1.0% for that week. If that same 200 pound person loses 30 pounds in the contest, they have lost a total of 15.0% for the contest.

SMDChartFinal16This year our Top-3 contestants were Joe, Sandy, and Jane who together lost a total of 110 pounds! Jane finished in 3rd place with a total loss of 13.48% and took home $100. At Week 3, she was in 18th place but he continued work and tenacity took her to the top of the Chart!

Sandy moved her way up the Chart from 11th place in Week 2 to 2nd overall! She worked all contest long and finished with an impressive 14.01% of total weight lost. For her effort, Sandy took home $150!

Joe began the contest with a goal of losing 30 pounds. He added 3 more to that total to lose 17.16% total and win our 2016 Contest! Joe took the lead in Week 3 and never relinquished it. He only took our Top-Drop award for the highest weekly weight lost once, but he was the only Contestant to lose weight each of the 13 weigh ins! Joe wins our top prize, $275, and is looking forward to investing that money into a new wardrobe!

In addition to the performance of our Top-3, 7 contestants lost 10% or more of their body weight during the contest. On average, each contestant lost 15 pounds and the top performers averaged 17 pounds lost per person.

FrenzyFacebook2015Live Oak Fitness is excited to offer the weight loss and fitness contests twice a year. Our next contest, the Fall Fitness Frenzy, will begin on Monday, August 15. Keep an eye out for more details on the Frenzy this summer!

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2015 Fall Fitness Frenzy Wrap

It was an amazing finish for our 2015 Fall Fitness Frenzy at Live Oak Fitness! Our team of 28 strong lost a total of 248.6 pounds!

FrenzyTeam15cropWe created a whole new program this fall for this year’s contest that gave equal emphasis to weight loss and exercise. In the first run of the new program, Miranda beat out two-time winner Merry for the top prize! Miranda collected a total of 321.32 points and lost over 25 pounds in 12 weeks! Merry kept Miranda working throughout the contest as she looked to make three straight Contest wins. While Merry ultimately finished 2nd overall, she collected 290.91 points and lost over 33 pounds! Sally rounded out our Top-3 with 189.88 points and lost an impressive 13 pounds in her 12-week journey.

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Overall, our team lost an average of 8.9 pounds per person and our contestants who followed the program for 9 weeks or more lost an average of 16.9 pounds per person! In addition to the life changing results from the contest, many participants have continued their exercise programs and have lost even more weight since the finish of the contest!

Clients also competed for great gift packages from some amazing St. Simons Island restaurants. Crabdaddy’s, Boulevard Café, Chick-Fil-A, and Sandy Bottom Bagels all offered some great food and gave contestants some healthy and great tasting menu options!

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Our next contest, the Spring Meltdown, will begin on Monday, January 25. You can register today online, at Live Oak Fitness by calling 912.602.5732, or contact our Performance Coaches at liveoakfitness@gmail.com.

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Live Oak Fitness Goes Gold

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and our Live Oak Fitness family is now all too familiar with this disease.

IMG_0755Chase, Chris and Cassie’s 3-year-old son, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on August 25. Chase has a 3 1/2 year road to recovery, but luckily he’s just as resilient as he is adorable! The Busbys want to thank everyone for their thoughts, gifts, and prayers these last few weeks. We also want to thank our clients for their patience and understanding as we adjust to this new diagnosis.

There is a great event coming up as we raise money and awareness of childhood cancer here in the Golden Isles. On Friday, September 25 Gnat’s Goes Gold! Breanna Young has put together this event to raise money for our Team ChaseManTeam Alexa-Fighting Back, and Miraculous Marjorie! We’ll have a special Fall Fitness Frenzy menu item put together for the event too!

In our Fall Fitness Frenzy, our team of 13 participants have lost a total of 84 pounds in 2 weeks! Our 1st quarter ends on September 7. Who will lead the chart and take home $50 from Crabdaddy’s, a free lunch from Boulevard Cafe, and a free meal from Chick-Fil-A?

Are you ready to sign up for the 2nd quarter? You can register online or schedule a consultation at the studio.

Finally, Chris and Cassie would like to thank you for your support of Chase, Live Oak Fitness, and our family.

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Contest FAQ

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions for our contest:

Does the contest entry include training sessions in the studio?

No, the contest entry does not include private training session or group classes with Live Oak Fitness. We do encourage contestants to participate in our private training sessions and group classes, but it is not a requirement of the program.

I do not like (insert food you hate).

We all have foods we dislike, or just plain hate. Be it the taste or texture, there are somethings you simply can’t stomach. We encourage our contestants to try everything on our menus; you can talk with your Performance Coach to help create an alternative to any food you abhor.

Personally, don’t ask me to eat squash. Traumatic childhood memory…

I’m (vegetarian, and gluten free, and paleo, and diabetic, and allergic to peanuts). Can I still do the program?

We have worked with many contestants who come with different dietary challenges. Let your Performance Coach know your dietary needs and we can help you adapt the plans to your needs.

Do I have to give up my wine?

Would you prefer wine, or a better waistline? If it depends on the day, speak with your Performance Coach. We want to create Eating Plans that you can carry over and have success with past the 12-week contest.

I will be traveling or out of town during a portion of the contest.

We have worked with contestants remotely in six different states and had great results! Via phone, email, and text message, we have helped contestants stay accountable and reach their goals. We want to create a lifestyle that is sustainable wherever we live and travel!

Will you post my weight?

No, Live Oak Fitness will never post your individual weight.

Do I have to be a member of Live Oak Fitness to participate?

No, there is no membership fee at Live Oak Fitness. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of service and rely on a quality product, not a contract or package.


 

Ready to lose some weight and change you life! You can register for our contest online or schedule your complimentary consultation with Live Oak Fitness by calling 912-268-2594.

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Registration Open for the 2015 Fall Fitness Frenzy

Sign Up Today for the 2015 Fall Fitness Frenzy

At Live Oak Fitness, our goal is to help you live your best life! Our 2015 Fall Fitness Frenzy is designed to help give you direction, encouragement, and accountability so we can reach your fitness goals.

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2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy Champions

We have created a new and exciting Fall Fitness Frenzy! In addition to our traditional weight loss contest and eating plans, we have added a points system to keep you motivated and accountable. We have also created two registration options to work with your schedule and your needs.

All of these new additions are to help keep you motivated and on track while giving you the tools to create a lifetime of healthy habits beyond the next 12 weeks!

The Fall Fitness Frenzy will be a 12 week contest beginning on Monday, August 17 and concluding on Monday, November 9. Contestants have the opportunity to compete for the entire 12 week duration as well as quarterly for great prizes.

Quarter 1: August 17 – September 7 Quarter 2: September 7 – September 28

Quarter 3: September 28 – October 19 Quarter 4: October 19 – November 9

Full Contest Duration: August 17 – November 9

Cost: $225 for 12 Weeks  |  $65 per quarter

Entry includes: Weekly Eating Plans  |  Contestant Shirt  |  Water Bottle  |  Celebration Dinner
Fitness Evaluation  |  Personal Performance Coach

Prizes

Our Grand Prizes will be given to the Top-3 Contestants who score the most points in the 12 week contest. The cash prizes will be:

1st Place – $275  |  2nd Place – $150  |  3rd Place – $100

Quarterly Prize Pack of gift cards to the contestant who has the most points for each quarter.

Points System

The overall and quarterly winners of the Fall Fitness Frenzy will be determined by who scores the most points over the duration of the four quarters and the competition. Points will be totaled quarterly (every 3 weeks) to determine who the quarterly winner is. Only one quarterly winner will be named each quarter with a prize pack of gift cards from our sponsors.

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes for our top 3 competitors for the overall Fall Fitness Frenzy. Competitors will be ranked on the total number of points earned throughout the contest. You do not have to win a quarter or participate for the entire duration of the contest to be eligible to win the top prizes.

FrenzyTestYou can earn points for the Fall Fitness Frenzy in five different categories: Weight Points, Weigh In Day Points, Live Oak Fitness Workout Points, Online Workout Points, Workout Points, and Diary Points.

Weight Points

shutterstock_92589964One of the main reasons we exercise, if not THE REASON, is to maintain a healthy weight! A cornerstone of our contest are the Eating Plans. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all thought out and prepared for you as well as a full grocery list each week! All you have to do is follow the plan and lose the weight.

Weight Points are earned from your weekly percentage of weight lost. If you weigh 200 pounds to begin the competition and lose 3 pounds in a week, or 1.5% of your body weight, you will earn 1.5 points.

If you are up in weight a week, this will negatively affect your point total. If you weigh 197 the previous week, but weigh in at 200 pounds you will lose 1.52 points that week. Your weight points are the only points that can be negative in the competition.

Points will be totaled from your week to week weight loss and not from your overall body weight lost.

Weigh in Day Points

Accountability is important, so important that you get a point for the day you come in and weigh!

You can weigh in any day during the week, but you will receive 1 point for weighing in on Monday and 0.5 points for weighing in on Tuesday.

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Time spent with the Live Oak Fitness team is an investment in your life, and each time you train at Live Oak Fitness you earn 1.25 points for every training session. These can be 60-Minute Private Sessions, 30-Minute Private Sessions, or Group Classes.

Challenge Points

Each week of the contest, participants will be given challenges to complete for extra points. 1.15 points can be earned for completing a Live Oak Fitness Challenge Workout. 3 workouts and exercise challenges will be issued throughout the contest each week via email, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Every quarter, you will also have the opportunity to do a fitness test to see your progress! For each fitness test, contestants will perform a pushup, sit-up, 12-minute run, and flexibility test.

Workout Points

Earn 1 point for every 30 minutes of exercise you do each week. Log in exercise minutes through the Exercise Diary in your MyFitnessPal account and score points when we review your exercise log each week. Total points will be calculated for your total minutes logged each week.

Workout points can be earned by running, walking, paddle boarding, tennis, golf*, basketball, or other fitness classes you participate in.

*For a full round of golf (18 holes) in a cart, you will receive 4 Workout Points. If you walk a full round, you will receive a full allotment of points. Taking the cart nets around 1000 calories per round, in comparison a marathon runner who will burn an average of 2600 calories in four hours of running. You can potentially burn 2000 calories walking 18 holes!

Workout Points cannot be combined with points achieved through Live Oak Fitness Workouts or Online Workouts.

Food and Exercise Diary Points

MyFitnessPal-ReviewEarn 1 point each week for submitting your food diary and an additional 1 point for submitting your exercise diary. For the Fall Fitness Frenzy, we will use the My Fitness Pal app as our online food and exercise diary. If you’re not tech savvy, or just dislike typing, you may use pen and paper.

Ready to get started! Register online today!

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2015 Spring Meltdown Wrap

Our 2015 Spring Meltdown wrapped up on Friday, May 1 with a wonderful party and our Top-3 contestants taking home a combined $450! Most importantly though, we lost a total of 305 pounds in the 13 week contest!

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The Spring Meltdown is a 13-week program that provides contestants the opportunity to lose weight and learn how to keep it off. Participants are given complete eating plans for each week to follow that include a full grocery list. Plans also included dining out meals so our group was never without options, even when traveling. Contestants jumped up on the scale the beginning of each week and their weight was used to calculate their total percentage of weight lost.

Final 2015 Chart
Final 2015 Chart

A quick example:

A 200 pound person loses 2 pounds in week 1, they are down 1.0% for that week. If that same 200 pound person loses 30 pounds in the contest, they have lost a total of 15.0% for the contest.

This year our Top-3 contestants were Merry, Scott, and Sheila who together lost a total of 110 pounds! Sheila finished in 3rd place with a total loss of 14.71% and took home $75. Her husband Scott worked all contest long and finished in 2nd place with an impressive 18.25% of total weight lost. For his efforts, Scott added $125 to his wallet and 38 pounds off his waist!

Merry completed an impressive feat by winning a second contest in a row! Our 2014 Fall Fitness Frenzy winner lost 19.67% in the Spring Meltdown, 1.66% more than she lost in the fall! With her total loss of 43.4 pounds this spring, Merry has now lost 88.2 pounds total since she started with Live Oak Fitness in August!

In addition to the performance of our Top-3, 8 contestants lost 10% or more of their body weight during the contest. On average, each contestant lost 15 pounds and the top performers averaged almost 20 pounds lost per person.

A new feature to this year’s contest was the addition of monthly body composition checks. Each participant had their Body Mass Index (BMI) check, total fat tissue, total muscle tissue, and visceral fat monitored. Participants saw 4 to 6 point drops in BMI over the course of the contest, 5 to 10% drops in total body fat, 2 to 6% increases in muscle mass, and as much as 8 point drops in visceral fat!

Live Oak Fitness is excited to offer the weight loss and fitness contests twice a year. Our next contest, the Fall Fitness Frenzy, will begin on Monday, August 17. Keep an eye out for more details on the Frenzy this summer!

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Better Golf Exercises

With 11 golf courses in Glynn County, this is one of the best places in the U.S. to get a round in! Today I have some great exercises for you to improve your golf game and knock a few strokes off.

Three keys to success in golf are balance, core strength, and power. Here are 7 great exercises to maximize your game.

Without proper balance, it’s impossible to maximize your swing potential. Here are 3 exercises to improve your balance.

Swiss Ball Pushup Progression is an amazing exercise for your chest and abdomen. Using a Swiss ball, move into a push up position and lay on the ball with your hips centered over the ball. Do 5 pushups, making sure to keep your body tight through the entire movement. Once you complete the first 5, walk your hands out so the ball is on your thighs and complete 5 more pushups. Finally, walk your hands out to where your knees are and perform a final set of 5 pushups. As you progress in strength, you can begin to walk your hands out further and even walk your hands back to the starting position.

Hips and shoulder strength are key to a strong drive. The Arnold Press and Split Squat is a great exercise that will strengthen these two muscle groups while working on balance. Begin in a full lunge position with your left leg is forward and your right leg is back. Your hips should be squarely supported between your knees and feet. Hold a dumbbell in your right hand and perform an Arnold Press driving the weight straight up. Complete 8 repetitions and switch arms and leg positions. As you become more skilled, lower your hips into a split squat and hold the movement right there with your knee hovering just above the ground. You’ll feel your entire body working to stabilize!

One final balance exercise is the Leg Swings Holding a Swiss Ball. Take your Swiss Ball in your hands and lean up against a wall with plenty of room on your left and right. Balancing on one leg, swing your leg as far out as you can and then back past your support leg. Do 10 leg swings and then swap legs. This activates the core muscles and works on range of movement in your hip joints, perfect for balancing a golf swing!

A strong core is vital to any sport. Here are 2 exercises to give you a stronger back and better rotation on your swing.

Don’t let the name intimidate you, because the Barbarian Squat is an amazing exercise! Since I don’t have a Hindu Mace, I’m going to use my 5, 6, and 7 irons in its place. I have wrapped the top of the clubs at the hosel with some twine to make sure they do not come loose while I perform the exercise. Stand with the clubs behind your back. Lower your body into a squatting position while simultaneously bringing the clubs to the front with your arms straight and parallel with the floor. Return to your starting position while bringing the clubs behind your head again. Your core, shoulders, and back are once again all activated! You can begin with one club and move up in weight. Perform 3 to 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps.

One of the biggest challenges amateur golfer have is a sore lower back. This comes from week muscles in the erector spinae group as well as the sitting that our modern jobs make us do. The Prone Leg Extensions is a great way to strengthen these muscles and create a solid spine. Lay flat on the floor on your chest and rest your upper torso. Engaging your back muscles, lift your thighs off the ground, bending at the hips. Hold for a half second and return your legs to the ground. Complete 10 total movements for 3 sets.

Many clients cannot perform this exercise the first time, so to modify we can get in the same position and lift one leg at a time as high as you can. Alternate left and right legs and do 10 repetitions total.

With our balance and core work, we can begin to add power! A golf swing is a movement that must have explosive power. Here are two exercises that will generate some power in your game!

Using a medicine ball in place of your club, the Medicine Ball Swing allows you to go through your full range of motion for your swing while creating resistance for you to work against. Take a medicine ball, typically 6 to 8 pounds at first, and hold it in both hands. Take a golf stance like you would on a drive with the medicine ball taking the place of a club. Go into a full swing and as you come forward throw the ball to your training partner. You can do 10 on your swing side and 10 on your non-swinging side to work both sides of your body. As you increase in ability, increase your throwing distance or weight!

Another great power exercise for the shoulders is the Power Drop. With a partner, sit on the floor with your legs out and a tall spine. Out stretch your arms with palms up ready to catch with your partner will standing behind you. You training partner will drop the ball into your hands, catch and try not to let the ball hit the ground. With tight abs and back, swing the ball back up to your partner! Complete 10 repetitions for 3 sets. Once again, as you gain more strength you can increase weight and throwing height.

These are just a few great exercises you can use today to supercharge your golf game! If you would like to set up a golf strength and conditioning program, call me at 912-602-5732 and we can get you set up for your exclusively private training session at Live Oak Fitness!

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Tennis Exercises

Down here in the Golden Isles, there is no shortage of great places to play tennis! Today I have some great exercises for you to utilize so you can win a few more matches and improve your rating.

3 keys to success in tennis are footwork, core strength, and grip strength. Here are 7 great exercises to maximize your game.

Foot work is all about getting to the ball so you can execute your shot!

Create a 3 Cone Pyramid, we will focus on quick movements from the baseline to midcourt, and back to baseline. Be sure to pick a focal point and keep your eye on it just like you would a tennis ball. When you reach a cone, stop and get in a tennis ready position. Do not run backwards, turn your hips and move quickly to the back cones to get in a set shot position. Set a timer for 10 seconds and continue to move forward and back in a pyramid shape as quickly as possible. Do 4 total sets.

Toss & Catch is a great partner exercise. Set a small area up with your cones and have your partner toss the ball to you. Move quickly and catch the ball, toss it back, and return to your starting position in a tennis ready stance. You can even make a game out of it and see if your partner can get two bounces in before you get to the ball. Do 15 tosses and switch up positions.

A strong core is vital to any sport. Here are 3 exercises to give you a stronger back and better rotation on your swing.

The traditional sit up and abdominal crunch have us flex at the spine. Since we don’t walk around in a hunched over position I’ve changed up the movement to a Solid Spine Sit Up. This keeps an erect spine through the entire movement. Getting in a traditional sit up position with your feet anchored, keep your head up and your back tight. Lean back as far as you feel comfortable and return to the starting position. Keep your head up through the entire movement, this will automatically keep your back tight. You’ll also feel this in your lower back, that’s okay! It’s working your back too! Begin with 10 repetitions and workout your way up from there.

Using an exercise band anchored to a solid area, we will do Forward/Backhand Twists. Setting up just like we would for a shot, we’ll keep the band tight through the entire movement. Explode as you would with your shot and control and tension as you return to the starting position. Do 10 repetitions and move to the other side to do backhands for another 10 repetitions.

One final movement is the Medicine Ball Lunge. This is a great shoulder, core, and leg movement! Begin with a medicine ball held overhead, step forward with your right foot into a lunge position, and bring the ball across your body parallel with the floor. Drive up with your leg and return to the starting position. You can do 8 repetitions on one side, or alternate right and left for a total of 8 repetitions on each side. Always make sure you step far enough out with a lunge movement to your front leg’s knee does not go past your front toe.

A strong grip on your racket, especially late in a match, can make the difference between winning deuce and dropping a tight set. Here are two great strength exercises to ensure power and grip strength.

Using a hand towel woven around a barbell or into a plate, we’ll perform a Bent Over Row. Bending at the hips and using a bench to stabilize, we grab a hold of the towel, drive our elbow back, and bring our hand into our shoulder. With control, return your arm to the starting position. You can use a moderately heavy weight and perform 8 to 12 repetitions. As you gain strength, increase weight while decreasing repetitions until you can perform 6 to 8 with excellent form. Do 3 to 4 sets on each arm.

A Single Arm Bench Press is a great chest, core, and grip workout. Since you can only use one arm, it forces each arm to work on its own while making your abdomen tighten to stay balanced. Just like the bent over row, begin with 8 to 12 repetitions. As you gain strength increase weight while decreasing the number of repetitions. Maximize this movement with 6 to 8 reps performed in 3 to 4 sets.

These are just a few great exercises you can use today to super charge your tennis game! If you would like to set up a tennis strength and conditioning program, call me at 912-602-5732 and we can get you set up for your exclusively private training session at Live Oak Fitness!

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Creating a Postive Routine

I hope you are having a great week. School is back in full swing today for everybody and many families are getting back into their scholastic routine. For the Busby household, our routine is the same every day of the week for school:

1-Alarm goes off at 5:30, Mom heads to the shower and Dad heads to the kitchen to begin breakfast.

2-Gracie Jane dances into the kitchen followed slowly by Lily… Little barks soon after signify Chase and his stuffed puppies are awake too!

3-Breakfast of Daddy’s Life Cereal for the kids, 2 cups of coffee and PBJ for Daddy, Coffee Protein Shake for Mommy.

4-Mommy’s out the door at 7:00 followed by Daddy and the kids at 7:20!

A good routine helps us align our compass for the day so we can navigate the inevitable challenges that each day presents. As we get closer to the beginning of the Fall Fitness Frenzy, I want to ask you what your daily routine is and most importantly, is it beneficial to your overall health.

Our daily meal routine is vital to our overall health, but it is often something that is unplanned. We skip meals, grab what ever is convenient, drink calories in the form of soda, forget to drink water, and typically give little thought to what we put in our body’s for fuel. We eat to lose weight. If wep92 neglect to create a sustainable plan, then we will never see continued success.

If you need to realign your meal compass and create a meal plan that works, the Fall Fitness Frenzy is your opportunity to do that! Our contest starts this Monday, August 18 with our first weigh in. Your first of 12 meal plans will go out this Friday so we can hit the ground running! We have some great contestants already signed up who are ready to lose weight, and maybe even win some cash in 12 weeks. Will you be atop our board, win $250, and be 30 to 50 pounds lighter?

Have a great and healthy day!

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Perfect Timing

I wrote this article on March 17, 2014 as I started my new business. I’m happy to say that I am still in business and currently in the throws of a boot strap start up! For everyone who’s waiting on that perfect time to begin, here’s my perspective on it.

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I quit my job last week to start my own personal training studio and truly follow my passion, helping people live better lives through health and fitness. I have 3 beautiful kids, an amazing wife, 4 months left on our rental house, and a mortgage from our previous home. My daughters 4th birthday is in a week and we are heading to Disney World for the first time in 2 weeks. Currently, I have no facility for my clients to go to, so in between I’m meeting at their house or mine to train.

I’ve already been asked once: “What are you thinking? Couldn’t you have picked a better time?”

Is there really a better time? Is there anything such as perfect timing?

Seizing that right moment and knowing when the perfect opportunity presents itself is every man’s dream. Business pay big money for consultants to pick the perfect time to launch a product. General’s find glory in perfectly timed attacks that catch the enemy off guard and score a decisive victory. Even something as simple as asking that pretty girl on a date requires perfect timing.

Unfortunately, perfect timing only happens in hindsight. When we wait for the perfect time, the right time, or even God’s timing most of us will continue waiting and never act.

The right time is only found when we act. At the time of our action many will think our move is ill timed, the wrong moment, or stupid. You might have a moment of pause and say, “is this really the right thing to do? What happens if this whole thing fails?” Taking decisive action always involves some very calculated, and more often some very big risks.

I remembered Brett McKay’s article from his website Art of Manliness on Dwight D. Eisenhower and his decision, and his decision alone, to send 160,000 troops into the English Channel to take the beaches at Omaha. The weather was horrible leading up to the attack and there was lengthy discussion on the right time to call the invasion. I would encourage you to read the whole article and the process of making that decision.

We can look back now and see the perfect timing of the invasion. Everything in Eisenhower’s life had led to that moment, when he acted and changed the world. But Eisenhower had no idea it was perfect timing. The first thing he did after he gave the order to move was to sit down and write a letter shouldering all of the blame for the failed invasion. He knew at that moment, that perfect moment, that he might be remembered as inept as Zhang Han at the Battle of Julu.

If we take action and move forward with our risk and fail, those people who bet against us will cheerfully step forward and exalt their wisdom and your failure. Your friends will be more loving in their critique. Bad timing, poor market, and just not the right time will be the excuses they offer.

The Book of Acts in the Bible is another great example of perfect timing because of action. The leader of this tiny movement, Jesus of Nazareth, had left this group of working class fishermen and peasants. One of the members had just recently betrayed their leader and sent him to die. The 11 primary members of the group had left their jobs and families to follow Jesus for 3 years and now he was no longer with them. Some were being hunted by the Roman and Jewish authorities. When asked if Jesus would make everything right before he left, Jesus replied: “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business.” Acts 1:7 (The Message)

1560392_670565292999540_198460057_nUltimately, the timing of our act is less important than the planning and preparation done in advance. All of our hard work leading up to our moment of action helps give us conviction and a determined heart. When we act, that is the time when all of our preparation comes together.

If our action succeeds, and we score a victory in our endeavor, it will be called perfect timing. Perfect timing is only found when we stop and look back.

Today, we must act.

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