Christophe Adrien is a lifelong fitness enthusiast with a passion for helping others live happier healthier lives. He has made it his life’s work to be of service to others who struggle with weight, inactivity, and other fitness and nutrition-related problems. Among the problems he hopes to help solve, Christophe as devoted a significant amount of effort toward solving the obesity epidemic and reducing or delaying the onset of diseases associated with age and lifestyle through preventative rather than curative measures. To learn more about Christophe, his work, and his mission, check out some of the articles in his blog.
Christophe’s Core Training Philosophy
Rarely have I seen a person succeed where their focus dwelled only on the body. Where our minds are ill, our bodies become ill. To turn the tide of health, we must look to the mind. That does not mean, however, that we should ignore the body. We should address the body’s ailments first, for they present the clearest danger to health. Both endeavors—to heal the body and the mind—must therefore occur in conjunction with one another.
My coaching programs, at their core, are programs of action, but perhaps not in the way one might think. Yes, my programs recommend to start an exercise regimen, which is a form of action. And yes, my programs recommend to start developing an awareness of the disowned self, which is also a form of action. The first action I suggest, however, has nothing to do with healing, but rather letting go. In our first session together, I will ask at the end for a commitment from you to change. That first step, to admit that what you were doing was not working, and that your weight, fitness, and health had become unmanageable, is the first action I ask of every client. I call it Crossing the Threshold.
Crossing the Threshold is a term first coined by the social psychologist and anthropologist Joseph Campbell. Campbell, best known for his work on world mythologies, penned an influential essay called The Hero with One Thousand Faces. In it, he compiled hero myths from cultures around the world and found a common structure to all of them. He called that structure the Mono-myth, or the Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey is what psychologists call archetypal, meaning it resonates with most everyone on a human level. It’s a story structure that we all understand. It has proven so compelling and speaks to such a wide audience that Hollywood writers have found their movies tend only to work commercially if the story follows it in some capacity. George Lucas even invited Joseph Campbell onto the set of Star Wars: A New Hope as an advisor on the storyline, to make sure it followed the Hero’s Journey to a tee.
The first changing step in the Hero’s Journey is the crossing of the threshold. In it, the main character lives in a mundane quotidian world where everything seems fine, if not a little boring. They are soon called to action by some kind of event that overturns the status quo of their world. A major feature of the Hero’s Journey is the refusal to the call. You may recall in Star Wars, Luke Skywalker initially refuses the call to follow Ben Kenobi to Mos Eisley, but agrees when he discovers the Empire has murdered his family. Star Wars aside, the refusal to call might manifest in your life as the unwillingness to start a new fitness program, which is absolutely natural, if not archetypal. Once the refusal is overcome, the hero then crosses the threshold into adventure.
In this way, my coaching programs follow many of the tenants of the Hero’s Journey to guide my clients along the path of a process called individuation. As discussed in my book titled The Last Fitness Book You Will Ever Read, individuation is the process of integrating the light and shadow sides of the psyche into a stable whole, thereby guiding you toward overcoming the blocks to success that have prevented you from changing. In more basic terms, my coaching programs take you on a Hero’s Journey to help you create a new way of life that is both healthy and meaningful.
Crossing the Threshold is a discovery phase that allows us to accomplish two goals: first, I take the time to get to know you so I can assess whether or not we are a fit for each other; second, I take you through a variety of assessments that will allow me to collect the data I need to individualize my programs to your specific needs. The process requires three full sessions, each designed to lead you toward making a greater commitment to yourself to change.
The goal of the discovery phase is to make clear three pertinent ideas:
- That what you were doing before wasn’t working; your weight had become unmanageable.
- That left to your own devises, you always fall back into bad behaviors; that you need help.
- That you can overcome the blocks to your log-term success by following certain suggestions.
Not everyone will move on past the discovery phase, and that’s ok. The suggestions I provide are not suited to everyone’s goals and aspirations. If you think you want what I have to offer, sign up for a consultation below.
Let’s grow together.
What People Say
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Kevin Watkins
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.Taylor and Shannon Moe
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Debbie White