There are very few things in my life that are organized. My car is a mess, I don’t have the cleanest house, and my desk at work looks like a small bomb went off on it. But when I leave my area in the weight room it’s clean and organized, because it’s called being courteous to other people. Nobody wants to take 600 pounds off the leg press machine you just 1/4 repped 10 times and thought “I smashed it, Bro.”
Walking into the weight room and seeing that everything is nice and neat and placed in the correct spot, I feel a sense of pride for my fellow gym goers, who have respected gym protocol. But… This is almost never the case. Walking into a public gym is like walking into a hurricane disaster zone. The dumbbells are scattered all over the room, and weight plates are just thrown into the most random places. Oh yeah, where the hell is the other clip?
Now I know weightlifters are not considered the, “smartest people.” All you have to do is match the shape and size of the weights together, and put dumbbells back in numerical order. It’s not rocket science people, a 1st grader can do it. The gym workers are not your personal cleaning ladies.
The next time you’re at the gym, take a few seconds out of your busy routine and RACK YOUR DAMN WEIGHTS! And can someone PLEASE, find the other damn clip!
Each day we are faced with challenges, and it is our discipline that allows us to defeat these challenges. We have a goal in mind and we can not allow temptation to lead us off our path. The greatest challenges come from old habits, desires, and self-loathing feelings that lead us on a downward spiral to failure.
So what do we do?
We have to make the decision to not let our wants out weigh our needs. We make the decision to do what is right, not what is easy, to achieve our goals. We have to tell ourselves that we will achieve, not that we think we can, but we will achieve what we want in life, then go out there and take it.
If I could describe my success in one word, it would be an obsession. If you are unwilling to give everything you have into making a life change, then you will fail. There it is, it’s as simple as that. This isn’t just a hobby, it’s your life. It’s your goals, your dreams, it’s everything you want, and if you aren’t willing to do everything it takes to change or to reach your goal, then why start.
I workout 2 ½ hours a day, plan every single meal, track every piece of food I eat to achieve my goals. It is extremely time consuming and tedious, but I love every second of it.
“When passion meets inspiration, an obsession is born.”
You got that right! If your passion for doing something doesn’t get your butt out of bed in the morning, then you don’t want it bad enough. I wake up every morning driven to succeed. I have a passion for making myself be the best that I can be. I love setting a goal and kicking its ass then setting a new one.
Never be satisfied!
CT Fletcher says, “satisfaction is the end of your growth.” Take a moment and let that sink in…
When we become satisfied we begin to slip back into old habits. We never try to push further and go beyond what we think our limits are. Impossibilities are only set because we tell ourselves we can’t. It’s you versus you when all said and done. Your mind will break long before your body ever will. So, push yourself to do one more rep, run that extra 5 minutes, and do something so great that it scares you.
CT Fletcher’s Ten Lifting Commandments (explicit): https://youtu.be/q-6M4uzur8Q
“A year from today, you’ll wish you started today”
As I get out of bed this morning, and go to stand-up and realize my legs feel like J-E-L-L-O. DOMS STRIKES AGAIN!!! DOMS stands for delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s that soreness you get a day or two after a workout. You know the feeling of, “Oh God can’t move! Don’t touch me! No, I’m not injured, I just did legs yesterday!” Yea, that feeling.
This feeling is a lot of times the reason people either don’t or stop working out.
This pain is necessary for growth. Every time you workout you are tearing muscles. But, it’s when our bodies recover that our muscles grow. After a few workouts, we stop feeling that soreness and the pain. At this point, many people are happy. They continue doing what they are doing to avoid the soreness and the uncomfortable feeling that pushes so many away.
But, you need that pain. Our bodies will adapt to the loads we put on it, and if we don’t change we will remain the same. We must be willing change our routines and try new things to overload our muscles and have that pain to grow.
Morning run tracked by my Fitbit Charge
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