You know... when I was writing my introduction blog I completely left out the fact that I have been in the fitness industry for about 12 years now working as a Fitness Professional.
That's just a fancy way of saying Personal Trainer.
It's been a lifestyle to me, but not necessarily an easy one. Hours of sacrifice and massive amounts of energy have gone into my career in the gym.
Now that I'm transitioning from wanting to be a Fitness Professional to wanting to be an artist and songwriter, I sometimes ask myself if it was all for nothing. My usual conclusion is, "Hell no."
For one, my sanity and mental clarity... Whenever I had a bad day in the Navy, I would go straight to the gym, load up a barbell with some solid 45 pound bumper plates (those are the think rubber ones), pick that barbell up over my head and slam it down on the ground as hard as possible. I did that until I was no longer angry or frustrated at my day. Then I would put a smile on my face and get off to the rest of my workout. Thank God I had that outlet!
Two, my health. I've always had very good numbers when it came time to get a physical check from the Dr. I've always been thankful for that. Someone once asked me if I would trade my health, wellness, and fitness for a 6 figure job. My answer was, "Negative. I won't trade a 6 pack for 6 figures. I'll earn my 6 figure job eventually because I will be able to out work the other guy for it."
Three. It gave me a purpose, inspiration, and motivation. I've been surrounded by wonderful people who are successful and who have worked hard regardless of their stress or energy levels. They were dedicated when nobody demanded them to be. I've seen thousands of pounds lost from people who had weight loss goals. I've seen extreme fitness goals accomplished by people who never started working out until they were in their 40's. I woke up before the sun to train clients and I stayed until late at night after the last person left to make sure my gym was tidy for the next day. I had the drive because people counted on me. That is priceless.
Four? I got to look good naked all these years!
And last, but not least, I got to overcome adversity and had the sports of CrossFit and bodybuilding to fuel and satisfy my competitive nature. When I did bodybuilding, I felt like something was missing and I didn't like how it was all about aesthetics. It was fun while it lasted, but when I found CrossFit and I had to outperform the other guy, that was a high like no other. There have been countless workouts where I was neck and neck for the win and based on my final leg of performance, I either won or I lost. But I had that competition and I had something to work for. Best of all, I've had the camaraderie. The only other place I've found that kind of connection to other people is the military. There is just something about having to share a bucket of suck that brings people very close together.
I'm telling you right now, the people and the friendships you make in a gym family can fill the holes in your life. Each person I've come across in the gym has been a lesson to me. I hope I've been able to touch some lives along the way because my gym families have done that for me.
SO what are you waiting for? Get out there, get a gym family, get healthy, be happy, and be a better you. If there is anything I can do to share some knowledge and experience, let me know. I'm happy to help.
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