Fitmark Ambassador Nick Friedrichsen encourages you to set a goal to keep you driven
Training without goals:
One thing my body has certainly done is fluctuate! We grow into our bodies and we will certainly grow out of them. We cannot control time, but we can control the manner in which we live that time. For years I had a body that would fluctuate daily (or so it seemed). I would probably describe my physical appearance and confidence as a roller coaster full of highs, lows, turns and sometimes even sickness. Much of my fitness revolved around ego in my twenties. I just wanted to look good with my shirt off or out at the bars with my buddies. Little did I know I would have to work to maintain an aesthetic, consistent physique.
My training throughout my youth was pretty sporadic. I would work out pretty consistently then take a few weeks off. I was void of any real routine. When I began looking into the benefits of following a specific routine and structure I was blown away. I would decide, “I’ll do chest today,” which meant walking around the weight room with little urgency or structure and kind of just do whatever. As long as it was 3 sets of 10 reps I figured I was good, then sprinkle about 20 minutes of “cardio” in and what a workout! (not really) I wondered why I never got any real results.
Set a goal…Sign up for something:
My father always told me if I wanted a job, the odds of getting that job went up when I filled out an application. The motivation that got me into fitness the most was signing up for an event. Years ago I said I had always wanted to compete in a triathlon. Well I found one in a neighboring state that seemed realistic, not the iron man. Step number one, I registered. For me, that represented the accountability I needed to get going! I know if I didn’t prepare myself adequately I would look foolish or potentially get hurt. The anticipation was exciting! It got me in the pool, on the bike, and got me doing the one activity I really can’t stand, distance running! Years later I am still signing up for events like Race for the Cure, (mom would kill me if I didn’t) or Warrior Dash, anything that incorporates competition and training. I have also competed and placed in two Men’s Physique competitions, and just signed up for my third show for May, 2013. I am not only driven by the desire to come in better than I did my two previous shows, but also to avoid embarrassment. Do I have to win? Well of course not. I will be competing against guys in their 20’s so there is a good chance I won’t come in first place, but there is a chance. I will do the best I can and bring the best physique of my ability. Each and every time I am about to train, all I think about it doing better than I did last time. I am not worried about what anyone else is doing around me.
So sign up for something. What happens if you don’t? Nothing.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013