After the brutality of Burpees, High-Knee Sprints, 1-1/2 Push-ups and Squat Jumps for 30-seconds each, I lay there on the floor exhausted, feeling my heart pounding against my chest, trying to catch my breathe as I lay in a pool of my own sweat.
Cautiously one member walked up to me and asked if I was O.K. I looked up, smiled and said I felt awesome! Surprised by my response, she asked me the ultimate question - "Why do you train?"
After a brief pause of a few seconds to catch my breathe, I collected my thoughts and told her the various reasons why.
I train because....
- It's what I love to do
- It makes me feel tons better
- It reduces negative stress
- It allows me to think clearly and 'think outside the box'
- It improves my physical performance
- It helps to improve my posture, my movement ability and reduces the risk of injuries
- It keeps my waistline in check
- It boosts my metabolism
- It improves my strength, power, speed, agility, quickness and flexibility
- It reduces body fat
- It makes me leaner
- It increases lean muscle
- It's awesome
- It's what the human body was designed for
- It makes me stronger
- It improves my cardiovascular health
- I like the feeling of my heart pounding against my chest
- If I don't, I start feeling like s#*t
- I'm afraid of getting fat and lazy
- I make the time to do so
- I'm all about taking on a challenge and succeeding
- It allows me to take my training to a whole new level
- I know I can overcome perceived limitations by pushing forth by never quitting
- I can experiment with new exercises, protocols and methodologies
- I can create my own style of training
- I like to embrace the chaos & discomfort knowing that I'm getting better when I do
- I continue to build thick skin to ward off ignorance, criticism, doubts & fear
- I know results come from doing the things that I dislike
- It allows me to ditch the stuff that's worthless and keep the stuff that works
Most importantly, I train because....
- I have NO EXCUSE not to!