Making the decision to take charge of your health doesn’t come lightly to most people, especially when change doesn’t come easy. It is an investment of time, money and emotion and when something as valuable as your health demands so much, it is crucial that you feel comfortable and confident in the person you choose to guide you. Your body was made to move and when you teach it to do things that make you feel strong, capable and a total bad-ass, you discover one of the most authentic ways of building self-confidence. What I love most about strength training myself is that it requires a level of mental toughness that makes me grow as a human: the mental resiliency used to get through the toughest of training sessions is the same drive needed when dealing with the ‘sticky shit’ faced in life. Strength training is about so much more than what you do in the gym and when you learn to train in a way that opens you up to this, your reasons for getting stronger become an extremely important, life-long investment.
For the past 7 years I have run and owned my own gym in the country, teaching clients from all walks of life how to grow and thrive from what they learn about themselves in the gym. It didn’t matter if their goal was to do a chin up, learn how to dead-lift their body weight or to simply feel confident in training to get stronger: witnessing the moments when they impress themselves in what they’ve achieved through consistent work and an increasing self-belief is the highlight of what I do. I grew up watching my mum teaching others as a fitness instructor. Today we both train for power-lifting competitions and at the ripe age of 66 she can dead-lift 137 kg (and only started weight training 5 years ago!) What I’ve come to understand from training alongside her is that age is not a number, it is what your body can and can’t do. You can be old at 30 and young at 70. Being physically strong is wonderful but when you train with the intention to build your mental toughness, your journey becomes life-enriching. What’s so good about fitting into those tight jeans if you still feel insecure? What difference does losing 10 kg make if your self-esteem is low? It doesn’t matter how beautiful you are: if you are mentally weak you will always be vulnerable to a breakdown. Build your confidence through effort. Build your confidence through achievement. Create a sense of authentic fulfillment that you can’t buy, borrow, steal, or inherit from anyone else. When you know your best in life is yet to come, your reasons to train become your own.
Move Better -- Be Authentic-- Build Strength -- Do Life (instead of it doing you!)
Strong glutes make everything better - Perry Nickelston