In my adult life I have been employed, unemployed, and self-employed. No matter the situation though I have always been fit. When I worked in finance we had mandatory overtime from Christmas to April. Every year I would watch my co-workers ram down gallons of diet soda and the company provided all the free donuts they could carry. They would tell me how lucky I was to have a “good metabolism” to stay skinny when in fact I was going to the gym or riding my bike every day. Sometimes before work, sometimes after work. Either way I was still doing the work. Even with 60 hour work weeks. I wasn’t the only one. There were a few that also understood the value. They understood your body is a reflection of your spirit. I refuse to let my spirit get soft or broken. There a million excuses not to train but they are really all the same. Lame.
I Don’t Have Time To Train
Bullshit! We all have the same 24 hours in a day so lets boil it down to what it really is. It is not important to you. Just say it. Don’t try and make me feel guilty for “having time” to train. I work with people from all sorts of backgrounds and situations. Most of them have way more responsibility and demands of their time than me yet they all MAKE time to train.
My friend and training mentor Bobby Maximus (GM of Gym Jones) breaks it down like this. There are 168 hours in a week. Let’s say you really do work 70 hours a week. Let’s also say you get 10 hours of sleep a night (which you probably don’t). That leaves 28 hours a week or 4 hours a day open. Now try and tell me you can’t find 4 hours a week to train. Sure 4 hours a week isn’t going to get you on the podium of an Ironman but it will improve your life.
Gary Vaynerchuk who is famous for his 18 hour work days (he is seriously not exaggerating) MAKES time to train and has said he will never not have a full time trainer on his payroll again. Guys like Gary understand the value of fitness. They see it as an investment in themselves. The most successful people in the world always bet on themselves.
I Don’t Have A Gym
You don’t need one. Stop right now and do 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 air squats. Done? There ya go. Kick ass workout with no gym membership and no equipment. Run up a hill. No hill? Run stairs. Lift some rocks, carry a heavy pack. Be creative. Gravity and a little motivation will provide all the resistance you need.
I Am Too Fat To Train
Kind of like saying I am too broke to get a job yet I hear this one a lot. I don’t judge anyone for being out of shape. It happens. I understand being self-conscious about your appearance but frankly, get over yourself! This is your life and you only get one shot at it. You owe it to yourself to take care of your body. If you have kids even more so. You need to be their super hero! Swallow your pride and get moving. We all have to start somewhere. Just walk around the block. See how many push-ups you can do. Find your baseline and seek new challenges from there.