Bringing Verbals Back (YYZ)

I’m bringin’ #verbals back (yeah!)
Them other tribes don’t know how to act (yeah!)
I think it’s special, what’s behind your act (yeah!)
So #verbal around and burpee with the pack (yeah!)

Yep, that got progressively more and more desperate, but the point remains the same: we want to bring #verbals back. Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean that the giving has to end. What is a #verbal, I hear someone cry. A #verbal is a commitment that you make to show up to a workout. You can give a #verbal to a friend, to Michelle or I, or even to the tribe at large. You can give it in person (verbally), you can post it online, you can text it, you can write it in the snow or even in a hand written, hand delivered love letter. Whatever is most convenient for you.

The who and the how does not matter so much as the why. Why do we drop #verbals? For accountability, plain and simple. If we say that we will show up, if we know that our friends are expecting to see us, it makes it that much harder to hit the snooze button and sleep in instead of rolling out of bed, chugging that coffee, layering up and hitting the streets. It may be cold out there, it may be dark out there, but that does not mean that you can’t get your workout in before work, and it definitely does not mean that you cannot enjoy it.

My favourite way to #verbal is social media. Next Tuesday when we post a pre-workout hype photo, simply type ‘#verbal’. And mean it. Show up. Burpee. Run. Leave with (possibly) cold toes and a (definitely) warm heart. Do you want to go one step further? Drop your #verbal and call out a friend. Challenge them to drop their #verbal too, and then hold each other accountable. We have some big things planned for this year, and if you don’t #justshowup, you’re going to miss out. No one likes to miss out.

I remember reading a blog post out of Boston a while ago that talked about something they called ‘#verbal season’. Let’s make this our #verbal season.


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