Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why The Gym Keeps You Fat and The Lack of Personal Training

“Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.”

If you want to see a large number of feeble people at one place, the best place to go isn't some buffet or a retirement home. Believe it or not it's your local health club. You'll never see so many out of shape, overweight, and out of breath people all in one place. They go for the same reason we all go, to try to make a difference. Yet somehow our health clubs aren't some sort of factory that converts out of shape people into people who are in great shape. You'll see the same tired faces typically and every time you see them they look about the same, and over the years they probably get a bit worse. They tell you every time they lose weight, but they don't mention to you all the times they put the weight back on and them some. By my calculation with some people I know, they somehow managed to lose more weight than they ever weighed at their heaviest. If you don't believe me, next time you go to the gym, really look around. The myth is that health clubs get you healthy and that it's full of healthy people, that is simply a lie. The US has more gyms per capita than any other country yet we are the most obese country in the world!

It comes down to not seeing any results. Not only that but lying to yourself about it. There are convenient lies, and inconvenient truths. Our brains are wired to believe convenient lies that go along with our belief system. We are also wired to ignore truths that challenge the way we think or cause us to worry. If through a friend of a friend, we hear walking in the pool will give us a nice body and we already like the pool, we will choose to believe this lie. When you hear that it doesn't work, or walking in the pool burns less calories than regular walking, people will ignore this inconvenient truth. I can do it on my own – convenient lie. I need the help of a personal trainer – inconvenient truth. Left to your own devices you let your health get away from you. If you were going to get healthy, you would have done it by now. What excuses will you come up with not to try? If not now then when? And ultimately how will you do it? By yourself, doing what you've always done? Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Like I said, inconvenient truth.

Optimistic denial is the belief that inaction will somehow make things better. You have a crummy job and you tell yourself, I am sure it will get better over time. I don't need a personal trainer, it'll somehow all work out and good health will just come to me. This is just pessimism disguised as optimism. Real optimism is based on action, you make a change for the belief something better will happen.

People by design have poor judgment. Just go to Vegas and you will see. You made poor choices everyday and got to your current weight and health state. Choosing not to do something about it may be the final cherry on top of poor decisions you've made.

What's the price of not reaching your goals in the most physically capable years of your life? You can never gain that time back and nothing is worth that sacrifice. Defer your retirement not your health. Conditions will never be perfect and “somedays” is a disease that will eat all your dreams away. If you want to do something eventually, just do it now and correct your course along the way.

Most Americans, wait no, most human beings are out of shape. How often do you see a feeble animal in the wild? Very rarely, because wild animals survive because they are the fittest. The feeble animals don't exist in the wild because...they die.

"I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."

The rest of your life is in your hands. How you choose to live it is up to you. Will you choose to stay feeble or choose to get fit? If you're serious about buying a house, you won't just think about it will you? You will get a loan officer to help you. If you're serious about getting fit, you will come see a personal trainer like myself and get some professional help. You did a great job losing your shape by yourself, now you need a trainer to bring you back into shape. It may sound harsh but this is reality. Just look at the statistics. Oh but of course you will be the one who beats the odds, beats the house in Vegas right? Remember what I said about poor judgment...Even with a personal trainer it's not easy, but on your own for many of you it's a pure "wouldn't that be nice" thought.

Theodore Roosevelt said, "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly..."

Enter the arena...
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