Fitness; How serious are you?

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This past week has been like Christmas for the CrossFit faithful. I will admit despite my on again off again love-hate relationship with CrossFit I’ve been tuning in all day everyday to watch the 2014 CrossFit Games. If I say nothing else about them; they do motivate me to go workout hard. Something else I’ve noticed though is that there are people who take fitness seriously and those who just don’t. Unfortunately for my sanity and peace of mind I belong to the first group. As a trainer I take fitness very seriously. I live, breathe, eat, and sleep it. I kind of have to. In fact I left a box I was working out in, in Florida (as a founding member) because I felt like the owners were programming to favor the average Joe majority just wanting to feel the “burn” rather than serious athletes. Who can blame them though its just good business.

That is as stupid a reason to leave as it sounds but yet its also a legitimate complaint. As someone who makes their living training people I can tell you that most of my clients are just looking to feel the “burn.” They want to lose a few pounds or drop the blood pressure a few points or more realistically many want to be able to justify ignoring my dietary advice and continue eating crap so they come get torched by me for a few hours a week then reward themselves for that hard work with a round of cupcakes. I know they’re doing it and they know I know but we all ignore it because at the end of the day they pay me to advise them and train them, I can’t make them do anything once they leave my gym. If they want to pay me to ignore my advice and throw away all they’re hard work in the gym with poor discipline and willpower there’s not much I can do.

I’ve had to learn to look the other way at times as a trainer. People are the way they are and as adults most have made up their mind as to who they are and want to be and many will not change their habits unless its life threatening. Even then some will continue on with destructive habits no matter how hard their doctors, friends, and trainers plead with them to stop. These people cannot be reached and more importantly they’re like cancer and its best to keep them away from other clients and yourself. That negative defeated mindset and attitude is disruptive and demoralizing to say the least.

I’ve learned the hard way that when it comes to fitness there are basically two kinds of people; those who get fit and those who talk shit. If people want something bad enough they will make it work, they will find a way, sacrifice and even go without to get it or they’ll go looking for excuses and use each and every little hiccup or set back as a reasons to quit or not show up. It’s also no surprise how these same people can never lose weight or get in shape despite how much they say they want to or are committed to it. The world is filled with wishful people my friends but very few doers. Its not coincidence. Like my drunken father used to say “You can want in one hand and shit in the other and see which gets filled up first.”

I take fitness seriously; most people don’t. I’ve come to appreciate the difference between wanting and wishing, and doing and having many people never will. This is the world we live in.

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