Everyone has been there, the bottom of the totem pole. If you’re anything like me starting on this fitness journey can be overwhelming. Luckily, I had my brother who had already found his passion in the fitness world as a certified personal trainer. He was there to help guide me along this path; he was and still is a huge motivating factor in my life. Plain and simple, it helps to know at least a couple of people in the fitness world whether they are friends, family, co-workers, or people from your gym. You can go to them for advice and they will help mentor, motivate, and inspire you. I absolutely enjoy meeting other people who are educated in the health and fitness world because their brains are so full of knowledge! You can learn so much from someone just by talking to them and getting to know them.
Here’s something I know many of you may be able to relate to.
I had a conversation with a friend of mine, he is a great coach and very knowledgeable. I was talking to him about my fitness goals telling him my frustrations and telling him where I WANT to be. He … was … blunt and brutally honest. He told me, “The workouts you’ve been doing on your own won’t get you there.” He asked me a bunch of questions that I literally didn’t have an answer for: “What’s your process?”, “What’s your method?”, and “What are you going to do to get you to peak week?”, “Do you know how to prep for a show?”, and “Do you know how to develop your body or pose?” Talk about overwhelming and disappointing! Confusion hit me like a tidal wave. I immediately thought to myself, “Now what? What is it that I really want to do?” Finding out that what you have been doing all along is not working is a tough pill to swallow. It’s just like starting over from square one.
This is something I am sure everyone has experienced in life not only in fitness but also in our daily lives: relationships, careers, etc. I know I have experienced it outside of fitness. You think you want one thing and then something happens that shows you that maybe it’s not what you really want. Life constantly changes and adapting to its changes is what it’s all about. You take the punch, shake it off and get back at it. I am still unsure of what it is that I really want to do, whether it is competing or performance, but one thing is certain, I know that I live a healthy well-balanced life. That is something to be proud of. So, now that everything is out on the table it’s time to dig down deep and re-prioritize my goals and create a solid plan that will help me achieve them!
“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” -Henry Ford