Own Your Shit
This is generally how the story goes: You become inspired to create positive change (yasss girl!) and you set some goals; you want to become a strong, fit badass and build a booty you could bounce a coin off, all excellent life choices!
So you’ve joined a gym, an AWESOME gym with classes run by awesome coaches. Now that you have everything you need, you’re ready to let the fitness and PB’s roll on in!
Only... it’s not that simple.
Warning: Harsh reality and altered perspective may set in if you continue reading this article. We droppin’ some bombs right now...
Truth bomb #1:
Just showing up is not enough.
When you join a gym or start to work with a coach, you’re not going to be made privy to some sort of magic solution. You don’t automatically get the body of your dreams or PB all your lifts just by showing up to class.
You’re not buying fitness.
What you are buying is much more valuable; you’re buying knowledge, you’re buying a blueprint to building skills, and you are becoming empowered through this process.
It’s up to you to use that hour that you have with us to soak up all of that knowledge, to focus on learning those skills and to challenge your body appropriately, every single time.
If you’re coming into the gym, half assing your weights and not making an effort to move your body correctly, you’re standing in your own way, and you need to stop doing that.
Truth bomb #2:
That one hour is not enough.
It is not enough to just come to the gym for that one hour, even if you are putting in all the work... IF you’re not also making the effort in the other 23 hours of your day.
One hour of hard work can easily be undone if you’re not taking control of other factors like nutrition, sleep, stress and overall daily movement. You can’t train to support an unrealistic diet, just like you can’t eat to support an unrealistic training schedule.
There must be balance in all things. If you’re not balancing all factors but still expecting results, you’re standing in your own way, and you need to stop doing that.
Truth bomb #3:
Training only when you want to is not enough.
I wholeheartedly understand that some people truly don’t have lives that allow them to train consistently. I’m not talking about those legends who juggle a family, with full time work, and little to no help. If that’s you, and you’re doing all that you can do with what you have available, respect to you my friend! Skip over the next paragraph.
I’m talking about anyone who is capable of, albeit with a little sacrifice, training three to five times per week, every bloody week. If this is you, and you’re skipping sessions, because Game of Thrones is on tonight, or it’s raining, or you just washed your hair, you’re standing in your own way, and you need to stop doing that.
Truth bomb #4:
This is probably the biggest truth bomb of all guys...
YOU are solely responsible for your own success.
In my experience there are two main reasons why people fail in achieving their goals; a lack of knowledge, and failure to implement their knowledge.
Your problem is not lack of knowledge anymore, it’s your inability to implement what you now know, and that’s much harder!
It’s a hard thing to accept that there’s no other reason, and that you are the one stopping yourself from reaching your potential. It’s far easier to blame the gym, or the programming, or whatever other reasons your brain can come up with (and our brains are so very good at coming up with all the reasons).
But know this: knowledge is power, and the way you express that power is through the choices you make.
You have the ability to create freaking amazing change for yourself, and once you’ve made that choice, we’ll be right here to support you every step of the way.
We are here to empower you, but that puts the responsibility on YOU to create your own success. So use that power, be self aware and be accountable for your decisions, whether they’re good or bad.
Own your shit.