Things never stay the same for too long, and it’s the exact same at ACALÍ. Over the last couple of years, we have developed a lot in terms of our philosophy, our approach, the way we deliver our message, and even to a certain degree, the message that we are delivering. This is in large part due to our own exploration in our training and our studies, and also due to the inspiring members that we get through our doors, who teach us just as much as we teach them.
In recent times, I have been studying the work of Nicholas Taleb, particularly his book, Anti-Fragile, and also Frank Forenchich, and tow of his books, The Exuberant Animal, and Beautiful practice. Some things really started to strike home about what we really want to achieve with our members at ACLAÍ, and they are not what you might expect!
Our vision is not to get people as ripped as possible in as short a time frame as we can, as you might find as standard in the health and fitness world. We are chasing something much more meaningful than that. Firstly, we want to help our members restore their exuberance for life. Oftentimes, by the time a members starts with us at ACLAÍ, they want to change something. How they look, how they feel, their habits, their energy. Our goal is to help get them back to life. Our secondary goal, is to help them build into an ‘anti-fragile’ being. One that bounces back stronger after a setback, injury, or illness. Being exuberant isn’t easy in the day and age of constant distraction, stress, and noise, so the possibility is almost certain that we are all going to have setbacks along the way. The most important thing is that you bounce back from it, stronger, and more resistant to whatever that particular set back was so that its less likely to upset the applecart next time round.
Our method of delivery for this message is not ‘run of the mill’ either. We strive to engage our members in a form of training that offers a challenge and stimulus, and that be fun and sustainable for the long term. Through our coaching, programming, and teamwork, we build this over time, and offer something much more meaningful than simply hopping up on a treadmill or weights machine, or even doing something just for the purpose of burning a few calories. This speaks to our primal beings inside, who would think it insane to perform any task simply for the purpose of wasting energy. Having a purpose to what you are doing is a key ingredient to maintaining interest in something, and that’s what we strive for with our training methods.
Taking all of this into account, we have formulated a refreshed mission statement at ACLAÍ, and it is one that is setting us on a path to help many more members, and hopefully change many lives for the better. Our mission is to:
Inspire exuberance, and anti-fragility through movement, challenge, and support.
We have also revised our logo, and have some up with something that represents us, and what we are striving for at ACLAÍ. Our new logo encompasses the Yin and Yang symbol to represent the hard and soft elements of how we work at ACLAI, and a little lizard to symbolise the importance of movement to our overall approach.
Its the dawn of a new era for ACLAÍ, and we look forward to helping many more people in the coming months and years, and keeping up the great vibes that we have been cultivating in and around our facility! If you feel like coming on board with us, drop us a quick message through this like right here!
This article is by Ainle Ó Cairealláin MSc CSCS.