Anything worth anything in life will require hard work.
Long-term relationship? Hard work.
Building a career? Hard work.
Changing your lifestyle to a healthy one? Hard work.
I have been in the fitness game for 7 years now as a professional. A common question I am asked is “How long will it take me to see results?”
The answer? It all depends on how hard you work for it!
In today’s world many folks want something for nothing. However that is not how the game works.
Lonnie Lifts and Danny Dango both have committed to Fitman Performance for 1 year. They both are of similar genetic make-up and both are very excited about where the Fit Coast Offense and Fit Kelly (me) can take them.
Lonnie Lifts is a classic hard worker. He shows up 3 to 4 days per week and he almost never misses a session. If he does miss he immediately reschedules because he does not want to fall behind in his progression.
In the gym and on the track Lonnie works hard. There are certain days where the workout beats him, but he never gives up or gives in. He accepts the good with the bad.
At the table Lonnie has worked hard and learned about the importance of a balanced diet and meal timing. He does not show up to the gym with horse manure in his system. He focuses on his recovery when he is finished training and does not skimp on his post-workout nutrition.
Danny Dango is a classic slacker. He shows up 2 to 4 days per week but you can absolutely guarantee he will call out at least once maybe even twice. Danny does not bother to immediately reschedule it. He just says “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Tomorrow never happens.
In the gym and on the track Danny gives inconsistent effort. When he is motivated he can be a beast, but him being motivated is rare like a Phit Vixen with a real butt.
When the workout gets tough he will quit. He will feel the pain of a tough set and terminate the set. He does not think training should be so hard and gives many excuses for why he does not want to do big compound movements.
At the table Danny thinks that “eating clean” is a pre-made breakfast sandwich with 32oz of orange juice from a local convenience store. He never makes the time to cook so he never knows what is actually in his food. On multiple occasions he has had bad workout nutrition or he has skipped his workout nutrition completely.
At the end of 1 year Lonnie Lifts is preparing to compete in a Masters track and field race running the 100m. Lonnie could also compete in amateur bodybuilding. Lonnie can do many things at this point. Why? He worked HARD for it!
At the end of 1 year Danny Dango is full of questions. “How come I am not as strong and lean as Lonnie?” The answer to Danny’s question is very easy. He did not work as HARD as Lonnie.
I always say that I can train 20 people and get 20 different outcomes. I do my best as a motivator and coach in this game to get folks to respond and to unleash their inner greatness. There is not greater feeling than getting someone believing in themselves!
The reality is though is that not everyone’s heart is in it even if Ray Lewis himself was doing the pep talk.
The bottom line is that people in life who are committed to success and have the true will to win will always rise above.
My main man Jazmane Jenkins always tells me “The cream always rises to the top baby!” In the fitness game the folks you see who are serious and have put years into living this beautiful lifestyle are the ones who have accepted the fact that they will have to work hard for it.
It is hard work to run sprints in the middle of July at the U.
It is hard work to avoid certain foods in order to reach your physique goal.
It is hard work to come back from an injury.
It is hard work to rise from the bucket when your legs and back are spent.
It is hard work to get back in the game after 10 to 20 years of no activity.
It is hard work to gain muscle as an ectomorph.
It is hard work to have folks around you who do not understand why you want to be fit.
It is hard work to have confidence in the face of Ned Naysayers everywhere.
It is hard work to completely change your lifestyle.
And finally it takes hard work to become great and have success. If it was easy, then everyone would have a flat stomach and my words would mean nothing.
Continue to work for your health and fitness. You must work for it. It will be hard, but it will the most rewarding thing that you ever do for yourself.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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