Take a second and answer this question. The biggest obstacle for people achieving your health and fitness goal is ___________?
Many of you just answered: your job, age, more children than the Brady Bunch, diet, weather, family history, money, your bad knee, the guy who invented ice cream, and HBO as your biggest obstacles. Here is where I hit you with some cold hard truth. TAKE OWNERSHIP THAT YOU ARE THE REASON YOU AREN'T WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!!! Stop blaming everything and everyone else for why you aren't in the best shape of your life.
How many times have you said "I need to get in shape", went on google found a workout, took it to the gym for 2 weeks and then a month later went through the same process with a different workout? If you are nodding your head yes, keep reading!
The biggest problem is outside of your training at the gym, court, pool, trail etc. Take some time and answer the question "WHY do you need to get in shape?" Don't just say to be healthy, to look good, etc. Take a whole week to dive into this question. During this spiritual soul-search you will dig deep and hopefully find your motivation to become the best you can be.
A couple weeks ago I watched a piece on Green Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy. While he was in high school in Louisiana, his family's home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Long story short, his parents lost their jobs and house so the family uprooted and lived with any different household that would take them in. Wherever they were living you could find Eddie Lacy working out, sprinting, climbing, throwing and playing football. He was working out to become a better football player, get a scholarship, build muscle, run faster and any other obvious answer you can think of. But that wasn't his WHY that I'm talking about. He was doing all of this because of his family. He took his gift and worked his ass off everyday to master his craft. He knew that buying into football 100% could provide for his family in the future the way that they provided for him before the tragedy. This is what stuck in his head everytime he sprinted, picked up a weight and touched a football. Fast forward to 2013, he signed a multi-million dollar contract, bought a home for his family, and gets to play for the best team in ALL of pro sports.
My point here is to dig deep and find out the reason you want to become a better you. It is different for every single person. There is NO wrong answer. Once you find your WHY, hold onto it. That is what you should be thinking about every time you workout and you feel like quitting. Let it be the reason you wake up and go to the gym at 6 am in 25 degree weather. Trust me, you will be happier with yourself as a person (and be happier with the results).
Written By: Christopher Wascak (Director of Operations & Personal Training)