From so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful have been, and are being…evolved. Let’s be honest with ourselves and really break things down into simplest form: we’re a special speck of dust, a fleeting moment on an ark. We can do amazing things during our brief moment in the sun. You all should know we humans are very capable of doing the most complex things, given the extraordinary design of our race. We are the only species in the history of the planet (or disk) who can continually make drastic changes over the course of a lifetime, which is my own personal definition of evolution: a rather rapid change that can be seen over the course of a few years to decades. In other words, every single one of us has the ability to change who we are, right now, at will. What I’m saying is there is truly only one person stopping ourselves, and that’s us.
First, I want to talk about circumstances, which is by far the biggest excuse in the book. Sure, this post may rub some people the wrong way, but those who will be are those who refuse change. They could have idea circumstances and they still won’t change because they’ll complain about their circumstance being less than perfect. Newsflash: there is never a perfect circumstance. Ever. There may be better situations and worse situations, but never ideal situations. There are always going to be flaws, and that’s simply a law of human nature. Nothing on this green cathedral in which we live will ever be perfect. There is always going to be a bump (or two) in the road. There is always going to be something you won’t like during the path to your ultimate success. There is simply never an ideal moment. There are better moments and worse moments, but never an ideal one.
By now, you all know one of my favorite pastimes is diffusing ignorant people, because I simply take pride in being brighter, wiser, and just overall a deeper thinker than most of America. Seriously, I do, and I’m going to tell you that in person if you give me the chance to do so. I’m also wise enough to realize I should only do this from a fitness standpoint, as it’s my profession, and I would never do so in the world of other professions, because I also possess enough wisdom, unlike most who believe themselves to possess knowledge in any given subject known to man, to admit I don’t know everything. So, for the purposes of this article, I’m going to stick to what I know best, and that’s fitness.
For all of you who don’t have time because in addition to your full-time job, you have kids and are shuffling them from school to band practice to sports practice to their friend’s house, and back home five days per week, I just found four times in your day you could have been at the gym. Remember how we used to dissect sentences in high school? Why not take a moment and dissect this sentence? It’ll give your brain a workout, and there is nothing more lethal than a fit body and a fit brain. If you have both you could rule society tomorrow. If you don’t take the time to dissect the above sentence, you’re simply too lazy to come into the gym and workout, and give one of your most important organs a workout. So, go ahead and allow your heart and brain to go through their motions while you simply exist, which is a very sad existence at the least, while I dissect this sentence for you.
Here are the times you could have been in the gym: before going to work, during a lunch hour, before taking your kids to their first activity, during your kids’ first activity, during their second activity, while they were visiting their friend, or after you ate dinner (and probably food for the first time in hours). Did I say I found four in the above paragraph? I’m sorry, but after further review of the subject, I actually found seven times you could have been in the gym. I don’t care if you work from seven in the morning until five in the evening and have an hour commute each way. Like I’ve stated in previous posts, you have between four to six hours of downtime, even after a ten-hour workday. People, if you use work and time as an excuse you’re simply flat-out lazy. I know, I know, I’ve worked in gyms so I can workout at will. You know, I still have to pre-plan my day, and sometimes I’m thrown curveballs, other times traffic is bad, I’m still waking up three hours before the sun just to get in a morning cardio routine, there are times I get so busy I can’t workout until after my last client. But guess what? I still get my workout in. It’s such an excuse, and such a lie you tell yourself that I can only workout as often as I do because I work in a gym. Newsflash: most of us have a gym that is within a five-minute drive from our homes, especially if we live in town. And you’re telling me because you don’t work in a gym that you can’t be in one? I’m literally shaking my head as I write this.
I’d like to get back to the point of this post, because it talks about your own personal evolution. First and foremost, I’m going to let you in on a little, double-edged secret: you are capable of doing amazing things you never knew you could do. However, contrary to new-age belief, you aren’t the universe, as you’re as mortal as the next guy. But the good news is that you can definitely evolve from Point A to Point B in the matter of one year. How does that sound? Sounds great, right? Now, I’m going to go over what you need to be doing in order to make this work successfully in your favor.
Do you know why ninety percent of people who wish to begin a new fitness-oriented lifestyle fail? They don’t have a plan, plain and simple. Okay, so you’re starting out and you see a gym full of equipment. Well, what do you do? Most people drift off to the cardio machines. Great, you already failed, because those who go straight for the cardio machines have no idea they took their already slow metabolism and are now in process of making it even slower than it is. You know those dance classes, Insanity, P90X, and other classes that involve zero weights and just a bunch of moving around? Yeah, you may get smaller, but you should have had someone measure your body fat percentage, because I guarantee you it probably didn’t change. In fact, you probably increased your body fat, despite your little progress picture, because you did nothing to speed up your metabolism and you didn’t build the muscle first. Great, you’re down twenty pounds, but how much are you down in body fat? You don’t know? You just joined the masses who did not succeed in this! You never lift more than a few pounds in the gym because you’re afraid to wake up in a few months looking as if you’re going to step foot on the Olympia stage. I’m literally laughing hysterically as I write this. Why? Because I can’t believe you were naïve enough to believe whoever it was feeding you such misinformation, and whoever did needs to be discharged from their fitness position right now. That’s just too much. And worse yet, you’re cheating yourself out of seeing the results you want to see, which for most of us, is body fat loss, and you were told endless cardio was the answer to your prayers. Really now? So, if that were the case, then why is it that those who do mainly cardio and nothing else see nothing in return in the long run, end up getting discouraged, lose motivation after a few weeks, and quit altogether? For the first time in the twenty years since you’ve finished school, start thinking critically once more. Is anyone holding you accountable? Anyone telling you what you need to be doing in favor of what you want to be doing? People who want to do things that they want to do and are in their comfort level are weak. They’re faint-hearted, they’re not strong enough to change, they don’t want to change, they like being the way they are. What? You’re telling me my last two statements were false? Okay, then why are you proving me right?
In conclusion, we all have the ability to change, but we all lack a plan and the necessary skills in this field to change. In order to do so, we need to treat it seriously, and make it a lifestyle. This isn’t an add-on as many believe it to be. This is a lifestyle change, and it must be treated as such. If it isn’t treated as such, you’ll be weeded out of this faster than a tornado destroying an unsuspecting building. You need a plan, and a plan that is a well thought out, educated one, in favor of mainstream mass media recommendations with no approach to them other than dollar signs. America is a nation of sheep, says Judge Andrew Napolitano, and right now, you’re proving both he and I correct. You have the capability to become a wolf, but you need to quit buying into things that simply aren’t true, buckle down, and get with the program.