If I was a statistics girl (I’m not at all, but I’m gonna go there for a sec) I would say that 25% of the people that walk into my gym have a mindset to kill it. To dominate. To work their tails off. They also are consistent with this mindset. Not just until they get to a certain weight, but for their whole lives. The remainder of people come in out of obligation. Because they know they have to if they want to be healthy. Because they want to fit into a pair of jeans or wear a bikini. They just do what they’re told. I’m going to throw out an observation and say that group B (the 75%) are also cereal dieters. They follow trends. They can lose a lot of weight but then gain it back just as fast.
Two people can start working out at the same time, do the same workouts, eat basically the same type of diet but have completely different results. Why is this? Why do some people get fit way faster than others? Why do some people, despite working out every day, stay the same?
Trust me, there are a plethora of answers to this question. But the one I want to tap into today is mindset. The difference between a fit person and an unfit person is fit people have constant determination, perseverance, strong will power and an urge to dominate.
Every time a person comes to me and says they’re not competitive, its almost as if they are throwing in the towel. Think about all of the amazingly in shape people you know. I guarantee they are some of the most competitive people you have ever met.
Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The difference between you doing amazing things or you being stagnant is all in how you talk to yourself. If you are walking up to the bar and this is your inner voice…”oh crap, this is heavy. I’ve never done this before. I don’t think I can do this. I’m going to look stupid.” Well guess what?! You’re right! You will do all of those things if that’s what you’re telling yourself.
Where as a competitive person walks up to that same bar and says “All Freaking Day!” Guess who’s in better shape
They are doing the same movements as you are but their workout is more beneficial because they have more energy output than you. Meaning they are more explosive. They are pushing themselves to their limits, where as you are just doing your workout to “get it in”. Think of the body of a sprinter. Their energy output is 100% for short periods of time. They have amazing physiques. Think of fit people as sprinters. The non-fit people would be like a jogger. The harder you can go, the better you will be.
How is else is a fit person different? Fit people go into withdrawals if they miss a week at the gym. Fit people will skip girls night out because they have to get their workout in. Fit people stay after class to work on weaknesses. Fit people research movements they want to get better at. They will make an excuse to GO to the gym. When they calculate weight for their sets and it comes up at 136 lbs, they automatically do 140. They don’t skip reps. When something burns or is hard, they push harder. They eat a ton of food because they want to smash their workout. They are confident. They don’t whine when something is hard. They don’t need a coach yelling at them so they put in 100%. They push themselves to exhaustion. They are leaders.
Obviously, being fit isn’t always easy. It isn’t something people are born with (most people anyway). Its a decision. Its will power, its mindset and its borderline obsession. Its a skill that needs to be practiced and it comes along with a lot of sacrifices. Not everyone has what it takes, or we wouldn’t be the most obese nation in the world. But now you know you can change it. You CAN be the person you want to. Its not about achieving a body type, its about how you view life. Are you going to grab it by the horns or are you doing to be part of the herd?
And before I get load of comments, No, that first picture is not me. I won’t lie and say I wish it was though ;)