I'm sure you've heard this before.
It's not meant to come across as rude or demeaning. Instead it's meant to inspire and motivate you by questioning your reasoning behind certain decisions you choose for yourself.
I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to be surrounded by motivated individuals looking to better themselves. A facility with a non-competitive enviroment that allows each individual to pursue their best self.
But what happens when life happens?
Let me give an example, using myself (for the privacy of my clients).
I have been on this rollercoaster ride for over 13 years. I started working out when I was 14 and I maintained that throughout high school, even when I was homeless at 16. I didn't have ANY friends who trained with me. I truly did this for me. I set my alarm for 4:45am 3x a week and got up before school. That was my routine for years.
College happened and I had to start training in the evenings, eventually I bought weights and start working out in my garage (not something I would recommend, neighbors hated me and it took extreme discipline to maintain a normal training schedule). Regardless, I did this until I opened SASC in 2015.
In 2015 I received an autoimmune diagnosis which forever changed my perspective on "training" and SASC evolved into what it is today.
Throughout my life I have had minor injuries that put me out a few weeks to a major illness that required me to rest for over 6 months.
Every time I was cleared, I was back in the gym. It has always been a priority to me. Not because I want to look fit (of course we are all vain to a certain extent) but because I wanted a place to release my stress. A place I could go to and "escape" even if only for an hour. To be honest, I just fucking love training. The health benefits; energy, mood enhancement, bp regulation, healthy BMI, etc have all been a bonus.
So many people feel like they must do something for “X” reason. It kills the fun. Stop seeing it as a chore, and instead see it as a privilege.
There are people who cannot workout. I know this, because I know them.
Life will happen, it's happening right now as you read this. You have to decide if it is important to you and if you are willing to make the time.
I’m asking you to ask yourself:
Why are you doing this?
Do you enjoy it?
Do you feel better afterwards?
What do you hope to achieve?
After you honestly answer this, go forward. Not for 6 months, not for 30 days, but forever. Because that what it takes. It will take years to become a routine, and it might take years to truly appreciate it. But trust me when I say that you WILL appreciate it.
You WILL love it, and it WILL make you better.
You just have to have patience and ride the waves.
So fuck your ego.
Stop thinking you need to do this to lose 20lbs, to fit in your jeans from 3 years ago, or to be happy.
Stop thinking you have to do this.
You don’t have to.
You get to because you choose to.
"Training is hard, it's repetitive. It takes practice."
- Hunter C.