Once you start a fitness regimen, you’ll get to the point that you feel that you truly understand what you’re doing, what your body is able to do, and what you need to work harder on. You’ll get to the point where your body responds to exactly what you’re doing and you can see your progress in the mirror. You can feel how in shape you are when you wake up in the morning. You look FORWARD to your next workout instead of dragging yourself into it. You’re on top of the world, you can conquer anything. You are the fit person that you’ve always longed to be!
Then it happens. You go into the gym like gangbusters and you have what I’ve come to call a weak day. It is a day where every weight weighs exponentially more. It is a day where a ten minute jog becomes the third leg of the Ironman. It is a day that, somehow, you’ve forgotten how to swim! We all have them, and I think the further into your goals that you go, the more often you are to recognize those days. Before you were fit, you had no idea what a weak day was. Every day was a weak day. Now you’re the person that everyone comes to for advice and you can’t cut it today. It’s hard, it’s depressing, and it can make you want to quit.
THIS is when you work harder than you have ever worked before. You have to push harder, you have to make it so that, even if you can’t seem to lift what you were able to lift what you’re used to, you lift what you can, and you work yourself though it. When you are sucking wind on that run, you turn it into a fartlek (run/walk interval training). You work through it, you push through it. This is just another plateau that you need find your way through. Yes, it sucks. Yes, you want to quit. But don’t you dare quit, because all that time that you put into it, all that time you’ve spent at the gym, is paying off in dividends. While you were looking at yourself becoming fit and developing good, strong habits, you were becoming an inspiration for someone else. There’s someone in your life or in your gym that sees what you’re doing and have decided to work harder because you have. It may be a random stranger. It may be your significant other. It may be your child. You owe it to yourself to keep reaching for your goals. You owe it to them to be a beacon of light in the darkness of becoming fit.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013