By Baskaran Sekaran

Stand for something or fall for anything” is a lesson all TFW familia becomes accustomed with. When you become a student of the TFW system you learn that fitness isn’t just about beating you up in the gym. Anyone can do that. A warrior is defined as anyone that is prepared to work hard and develop oneself in an effort to battle against his/her particular challenges in life. The TFW system was designed to develop the muscular strength and mental fortitude to take on those challenges.

Martin reached out to the TFW familia and through his travels has developed a code that we all live by. I wanted to share it with you so you know just what it is we stand for.

1. Gameness. This is when you decide to be ordinary vs extraordinary. There isn’t much that separates those two words except the word: “extra.” refusing to let fatigue or pain (emotional or physical) cause you to lose focus towards your goals. Gameness is when everyone you know is trying to feed you cookies and brownies and trying to get you to skip your workout and go out and party but you refuse and stick to your goals. Gameness is when you are tired and wanting to quit but you find a way to give a little EXTRA.

2. Rei. This is about respect and integrity. There is no need to taunt or embarrass people. There is no need to be dishonest because the people in this world we are in competition with is ourselves. In a world where so much is misguided and lost; we want our compass to always point north to integrity and respect.

3. Enthusiasm. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”-Emerson. If you believe in something and are apart of it then be fired up about it! Why do I make you earn your TFW band? Because you have to work hard but you also have to be engaged. Have fun, be apart of the resistance.

4. Familia. TFW is a family. You don’t just come here to workout and then go home. That’s what Gold’s gym is for or Planet Fitness. I want to know what is going on in your life. How can we challenge each other without being a family? You wouldn’t go up to a stranger and say “hey! stop eating that. You aren’t living up to the code!” You better be certain that that is what I want you to do to our family though.

5. Verdade or “the truth.” This encompasses not only our training principles that we coach with and the 20 years of development of the TFW system by Martin but also the way we deliver it. TFW isn’t some make believe system founded in the back yard. Martin and all the other TFW practitioners since have gone through all the mistakes, worked out the kinks, and now deliver to you the truest and most organic form of coaching out there and when you see it first hand, verdade is what comes to mind.

6. Kaizen. This is one of the aspects to TFW that really resonates with me the most. It means continuous improvement. We are in competition with ourselves. Don’t worry about what the next person is doing, just do better than what you did last time.

This is our way of life. As Martin Rooney says: “every time there is a breakdown, it is an opportunity for a breakthrough.”