The ‘I’ in ‘Fit’

“There is no ‘I’ in team.”

When I began my coaching career in the 80’s, I bristled at the ludicrous idea of that saying. I realized that it was a statement that sounded cute yet was harmful to winning outcomes.

So, I taught athletes that there was, of course, an “I” in team if you just looked for it.

The legendary Michael Jordan would later say, “There’s an ‘I’ in win,” and that solidified what I taught. Players learned things like, “if ‘I’ am in condition, ‘I’ make my team better,” ” if ‘I’ mess around in class, ‘I’ harm my team.”

Are you getting this? It is all about you, the “I” the most important thing in your life and the lives of others. Let’s face it. The longer “I” skip being fit, the more “I” expose myself to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, et al. Crikey, there’s a lot of ‘I’s in those words.

On the other hand, when “I” do get fit, “I” live longer and better for my family and for me, “I” earn more money in my career, and “I” protect myself from future bankruptcy. Listen, stop what you’re doing right now, run to a mirror and look into it and say, “There is an ‘I’ in fit and ‘I’ need to make this happen.”


George Mangum is the Fitness Director at Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group and spends his time helping teens, educators and seniors make fitness a lifestyle. He believes that fitness is the answer, and doesn’t care what the question is.