Want To Step Up Your Leadership Game? Here’s How To Do It

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Have you ever wondered how the guy or girl standing in front of your morning workout got that prestigious honor? Do you get jealous of the person who’s holding the camera while you struggle to stand upright after a set of squats?

How can YOU get to be the person who gives orders to the group? And how the hell can you get some kind of say in whether or not a workout where rowboats make up 80 percent of the exercise plan is a good idea?! (FYI: it totally is.)

Well, let me tell you.

If you want to get more involved with The Rise, here’s how to do it:

  1. Approach a weekday group leader (look for the person welcoming you, or giving end-of-workout announcements) and let them know you’re interested in getting more involved.
  2. From there, you’ll be added to that day of the week’s email distro and be assigned a “mentor” — an existing team member who can help answer all your questions!
  3. For 2 to 4 weeks, you’ll “try out” being on that team by being involved in all of the planning and major decisions made for that workout during that time period. That way, you can get a sense of the workload, the people you’d be working with, and whether or not you’d be able to commit to helping out long term.
  4. If you love it — YASSSSS!!!! You’ll continue to help out.
  5. If you hate it (or just realize you don’t really have the time), no sweat — just let your group know, and keep showing up to the workouts like you normally do.

While showing up and working out for 30 minutes is relatively easy (well, once you defeat the snooze button), there’s a lot that goes into actually planning a Rise workout. A game plan must be coordinated beforehand, and responsibilities must be delegated: Who’s going to watch the bags? Who’s going to welcome new attendees? Who’s going to give announcements at the end? And who’s going to take, upload, and post photos?

Oh, and then there’s the actual working out part — creating a workout plan, demonstrating and leading exercises, and keeping track of the time.

This isn’t to say it’s not  fun. I have a blast brainstorming with #TeamFriday every week about how to make each workout better, and I love seeing what other groups come up with. Each day of the week has its own unique vibe and leadership style. But the fact of the matter is, The Rise could use a little help in this whole organization process — especially during the summer, when lots of people go on vacation. To make the whole process less work and more play — the way it should be — we’re upping our leadership recruitment efforts.

Over the next few weeks, group leaders will start to make announcements at the end of The Rise workouts about how you can get involved, but if you’re super stoked and want to get involved ASAP, you can reach out to the following people anytime (click on their names for email address):

  • #HIITSquad (Monday): Ben Mayersohn —
  • #BKBadasses (Tuesday): Chris Lopez —
  • #TeamWednesday (Wednesday): Anthony Burdi —
  • #KingsOfQueens (Thursday): Brett Roer —
  • #TeamFriday (Friday): Tiffany Judkins —

Got commitment issues? You can still have a say in the workout process. Shoot an email to one of the above folks, or submit feedback or suggestions here:

Above all things, remember there are only three rules:

  1. Anyone can do this.
  2. Everyone is welcome.
  3. We will have fun.


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