The other day I was getting ready to go to the gym and train my legs when I stopped and asked myself - "What's the Point?"
This morning my alarm went off at 4:15am as it was time for me to go to work. And again I found myself asking myself - "What's the Point?"
And as I sit hear writing this week's blog and wonder how many people, if any, will read my work, I can't help but ask once more - "What's the Point?"
With the Summer Season amongst us, the stress and pressure to achieve the "Beach Body" is at an all time high. There is now a greater emphasis to look good with your clothes off as there is a good chance that a large portion of your clothes will be off these next few months. Whether you're wearing shorts, tee-shirts, tank tops, no tops, bikinis or speedos (please don't wear speedos!), you're bound to be showing more skin then usual within the next few weeks. And with more self exposure comes more self criticism.
I have yet to meet a single person on this planet (myself included) who is completely satisfied with the way that he or she looks. Whether we feel that our waistlines are too big, or that our arms are too small or that our butts are too saggy, there is always something about our physical appearance that the majority of us wish we could change. And as a Personal Trainer and Online Health & Fitness Coach, I believe that this is a good thing. In fact, I believe a little bit of vanity can be a useful self motivational tool to get people into the gym and following a regiment nutritional plan. However with that said, if you are one of those people who judge your own success in the gym and with your diet purely by the results you achieve with your aesthetics, then I believe that you are setting yourself up for failure in the long term.
The fitness industry has sure changed a lot since the first time I set foot in a gym almost two decades ago. It was a simpler time back then. A time where there were no phones in the gym. A time when selfies and squats could not co-exist and a time when the phrase "Booty Gains" did not exist. A time when people helped or were courteous to one another with the odd training tip, spot or friendly wave. A time when people cleaned up after themselves and cleared their weights from machines and wiped down the equipment after use. A time when people would just train. I miss that time........
How many workouts do you walk away from and think to yourself...."Shit, that was a hard session, I wasn't sure if I could finish that!!!"? Chances are that if you're a client of ours, then you've probably said it to yourself a few times......
However if most people who train and exercise regularly on their own were to be completely honest, I would bet that most if not all of them would agree that they don't push themselves 100% in the gym all the time. In fact, I would go as far as to suggest that they don't even push themselves 50%. From what I've seen in the gyms that I visit, the only pushing most people are doing is on their cellphones while their texting and tweeting in between sets.