In every fitness magazine and on every health-related website, you’ll find workouts for every imaginable goal.
“The 10 Best Exercises For Your Glutes”
“Look Like Wolverine With This Amazing Workout Routine”
“Increase Your Bench By 39 Pounds By Doing This Random Exercise”
While there is nothing wrong with this kind of article and I’m sure many of them work, it’s a kind I will never write.
For me, training myself and coaching others has very little to do with the actual workout or program. My purpose is helping people become the best version of themselves possible. It’s not to make sure you have abs, a great butt, or traps that will impress a gorilla.
I want to change lives.
I want to write things that inspire people to take action and start living the life they’ve always wanted to, but never had the courage or support to pursue.
The more I write and think, the harder it is for me to write about exercise at all. Every article I start writing quickly turns into an article about life in my mind. I frequently have to drag myself back to the topic at hand instead of relating easy workouts to paying your bills on time.
When I started training in martial arts back in 2005, one of the senior students told me this:
“If you train long enough, you’ll feel every emotion possible while you’re on the mats.”
After a few years of training, I realized that was a true statement, and it applies to the gym as well. Over the years, I’ve laughed, cried, loved, hated, been elated, been depressed, and felt every other emotion there is. Physical training is an exploration in life, not exercise.
I am a person dedicated to growth and improvement. To varying degrees of success, I’m continually trying to learn, expand, and improve in any way I can. Working out is merely an expression of that effort.
This viewpoint has taken years to develop. When I started training, I wanted to have bigger muscles, be stronger, and impress women. I did endless sets of bicep curls, wore tight-fitting shirts, and read all the articles I’m currently complaining about. It took several years to realize I was doing something far more important than lifting weights.
We all come to fitness for different reasons and different purposes. I understand that not everyone is ready to use exercise as a way to improve who they are and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but the people I work with, want something more than to look better.
My clients care about life. They want to be fit, capable people that can play with their grandkids and support their families. They want to be an example of what to do instead of what not to do for their friends and family. They want to express the best version of themselves, and they know that being healthy is integral to that endeavor.
These are the reasons why I don’t write about specific workouts. They don’t matter to me. That’s not why I do this. You can learn as much about yourself doing 3 sets of 10 as doing 5 sets of 2. It simply doesn’t matter.
Creating a life worth living fully is what excites me, and while that happens in the gym, it has nothing to do with what you are doing in the gym.