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I love the television show “Shark Tank”.
I love everything about it.
Here is how it works:
1) The entrepreneur enters the “shark tank” (a room to present to five different successful millionaires) seeking to gain valuable business partners and investment capital for their business.
2) The entrepreneur makes their product/idea pitch.
3) Post-pitch, the sharks give feedback and ask questions about the business/idea.
- The feedback is either sharp and harsh, or encouraging and curious.
- The questions heavily pertain to past revenue, experience, growth potential, evaluation of the business, etc.
4) The Sharks decide whether the idea is valuable enough to earn them profit on their investment.
I am absolute fascinated by people who find their calling and begin creating and designing gadgets, apps or services that can solve everyday problems, improve old products or pave the way for a new way of doing things. I have such a respect for an entrepreneur that can sacrifice everything for their passion, refusing to give up through thick and thin. It takes amazing courage to build a dream from scratch and see it through to the end.
Many of these people have given everything to pursue the American dream.
Another aspect of Shark Tank that I love is the negotiations. Sure, the pitches that introduce the entrepreneur’s idea to the Sharks (who are millionaire/billionaire investors themselves) are great, but the negotiations after all of the glitz and glamour is what I get sucked into.
The questions from the Sharks are direct and typically no non-sense. The Sharks want to know if the investment opportunity has gotten results in the past and what the plan is to grow on those results (the forecast). The entrepreneurs that do the best on the show tend to answer the questions with sharp, crisp and clear answers. They have a plan and they have results to show positive growth and execution of that plan.
Those who respond with wishy washy answers get crucified on national television.
You’re probably wondering why I am talking about the Shark Tank on a active/fitness related blog…
… and to that I say: settle down and let me get there. It might be choppy.
Here is an un-organized collection of my thoughts that I had earlier today…
As I briefly touched on above, shortly after the entrepreneur shares their product or idea, the Sharks take their gloves off and begin poking and prodding into exactly what they- the entrepreneurs- need (money and connections to influential networks), why they need it, what they will do with it when they get it, and most importantly, their past efforts and the results of those efforts.
I have seen countless entrepreneurs lose out on investments by the Sharks just because they didn’t have results (sales/income/revenue) from their product or idea. Maybe the product is being treated too much like a hobby, or maybe the entrepreneur has got some serious flaws and gaps in their business and how they have been going about growing it and scaling it.
Either way, the Sharks always crack me up because they can sniff out flaws in a matter of minutes, and a few simple questions. The numbers add up. The numbers make the flaws glaringly obvious.
What have I learned from Shark Tank is the difference between an entrepreneur who is rejected out of the board room and an entrepreneur who makes a deal, and acquires one of the Sharks as a business partner…
If the entrepreneur hasn’t sold jack-squat in years, the reception of their product/idea pitch is typically lauded at.
In the fitness world, I hear and read a lot of people talking about how “results based” fitness is a scam.
How is getting the results that you seek a scam?
How is stripping fat, running your first 5k, followed by your first 10k, followed by your first half-marathon, restoring function and posture, etc… a scam?
We measure success in anything based on results.
I can see how getting the results that you seek at the expensive of bodily harm might be a scam, but I would call that recklessness, absent minded or possibly neglect.
There is plenty of that going around for sure.
If you set out on a journey to build a body (and I don’t mean stage show bodybuilding) and you are getting great results… Why would you change anything that you are doing until you observe that change is necessary? Don’t stay in your comfort bubble forever, but stick to the plan if it is working for heavens sake.
Again, you have to be getting results to maintain your same course of action.
If you’re a person that is interpreting this as pass to continue the same ineffective workout habits that incorporate the same weight for the same amount of time for the same days per week…
… you are mis-understanding what I am trying to say, and maybe it’s an error in my ability to communicate effectively.
I wrote an article a while back where I described a 90 day kettlebell complex training program where I basically leveraged the same kettlebells (24kg Lifeline KB’s) for a full three months, making gains the entire time. If you read back into some of my older posts, you’ll find that I love acting as the guinea pig.
I will always try something on myself before I ever recommend anyone else to do it. Not everyone can say that. I am willing to put myself through the gauntlet prior to suggesting someone else try it. I take pride in that. That’s how I formulate my opinions on certain things, one of those being some aspects of Cross-Fit.
That being said, I always caution everyone that what I do while training is not always a good fit for what they should be doing, and what their colleagues are doing in the gym might also not be what they should be doing. Do what you can do, not your what your network can do or the random fit guy at the gym can do. You’re not him, you’re you.
Sidenote: I actually know a cosmetic surgeon in town locally who tries all of her techniques on herself first, prior to offering it out to her paying customers. How bad ass is that? She puts herself through the gauntlet before bragging about it to her customers just to make a buck.
I have a deep respect for that. This surgeon’s face is constantly puffy and inflamed from all of the new treatments, but hey, at least she can say that it works or it doesn’t, which makes her far more credible to the patients who come to her for solutions. Again, I love that.
Back to it…
During the 90 days of kettlebell complex glory, I leveraged the same general movements while I continued to tweak the reps, time under tension, sets, recovery time, etc.
My results graph was steadily climbing in a positive direction , so why would I alter anything.
I know that staying in the vortex of the same workout for 90 days might sound crazy, and I definitely could have bumped up weights during that time, but I couldn’t resist giving it a go.
What is the worst that would happen? Maybe I would simply flat line and maintain my current fitness and body composition levels? So what? I was lean going in and the experiment wasn’t going to make me less lean or less strong.
Tweaking the variables can really take a program a great distance, and I think manipulating the variables of exercise is far less scientific than most people think. Often, the point of improving your body, both performance and aesthetically, is to simply add or subtract. Add weight, add time under tension, add reps… or… subtract rest period time, subtract volume, subtract paralysis by analysis.
The last subtraction point is a huge hold up for most people’s results. What are you waiting for? The next big study? We lean on studies and research like crutches. It drives me nuts. It’s like we can’t take action until we can justify it with a massive study. That my friends, is an excuse in disguise. You can call it being educated and precise, but in my world, someone who doesn’t take action and bases it on lack of research is an excuse maker.
Trust me, you don’t need a landmark study to justify swapping an hour of TV time for a decent sweat. And if you’re a person that wishes that you could shrink down, swap fat for muscle and become more athletic, then your results are sitting on the couch right next to you.
Exercise + eating properly + H20 hydration = Authentic Health.
It’s that simple. Screw complexity. Follow the above formula for four weeks without falling off the wagon and see what happens. You won’t be disappointed that is for sure.
Results require action, and the right kind of action. On Shark Tank, the interesting part about some of the products/ideas (and the people that are behind them) is that they aren’t bad products/ideas and the business owners are putting in massive amounts of effort and time. The business plan/strategy is just plain wrong.
In these situations the Sharks have the jam to call these people out when they have sold less than $10,000 in 4 consecutive years of being in business. That’s a red flag that something isn’t right.
Then you’ll get people that have sold $10,000 in their first month after launch, and they just don’t have the capital to take things to the next level. Very interesting to see those situations.
Sidenote: In the case of building fitness, you don’t need capital. That’s the beauty of it. You can honestly get amazing results by buckling down and doing the work with your own bodyweight. Heck, if you’re on a tight budget, I will even recommend going for a run.
Running isn’t all that bad really, we sort of blow that out of proportion, just don’t expect to build much muscle by running. Many times, running along with other long duration represents the entrepreneur who is willing to put forth the effort and time for their results, yet always ends up disappointed because they are operating off of the wrong business plan.
Is that you? I bet that statement connects with some of you out there… no doubt about that.
If you’re just starting to get serious about being purposefully active and building your fitness… and you’ve got decent mobility and stability where you need it while being proficient with the lifts, you are probably good to go. In fact, you’re more than good to go. Start with a simple strategy and build out from there. Once you lay a solid foundation, the rest of the house can be built over time without crumbling.
For example, building strength is simple, it really is. It isn’t always the most comfortable process and it takes effort to continue added weight over time, but it is simple. Building cardiovascular endurance is simple. It isn’t always enjoyable to shave time off of your efforts, but it is simple.
Sidenote: Exercise professionals often overreact and preach about the details a little too much for my liking (I am guilty of this). Sometimes I feel like it might be because they are dry on content or looking to stir up the pot somehow. I love attention to detail as much as anyone, but it gets old after a while.
So as the Sharks on Shark Tank seek investment opportunities that have seen results in acceptable periods of time, so should the person who seeks fitness. Results are damn important. If you aren’t seeing results, something is not right with your plan. Your strategy isn’t working for you.
People who are fit despite busy careers and family, while working in a much needed social life also, have effective plans.
Go back to the drawing board, analyze your strategies and get back to it.
But remember, results matter.
Cheers to results and The Shark Tank!
(Sorry for being away for so long)