10 Lessons I’ve Learned From Black Bar Fitness.
Life can be tough. Everyone has bad days and good ones.
I was fortunate to find Black Bar Fitness to help me get through the rough times. A few years ago, I was having a really bad stretch where I felt down and heavily burdened. To help get over this, I decided to do a bit of reflection on how important fitness activities were to both my physical and mental health. I then put together a list of things that I needed to help keep me motivated and coming to the gym on a regular basis.
Below is a random list of things I have learned and continue to learn from the great coaches and athletes at Black Bar Fitness Community.
1. I can do it. Whatever it is, I can do it. I have learned that I am stronger than I thought, both physically and mentally.
2. The easy-looking challenges usually aren’t. The opposite also holds true. I’ve learned to push through tough things where in the past I may have quit. And Partner wods aren’t always easier.
3. Listen to your coaches; they are usually right. I value the structure and accountability from the facilitated workouts our coaches provide.
4. Mistakes are to be made. The key is to make them only once.
5. Twenty minutes can take forever or twenty minutes can fly by.
6. Correct technique brings strength, especially in times of struggle. And that’s extremely true in anything that requires glute activation!
7. Your encouragement makes me stronger; encouraging you makes me happier. Surrounding yourself with people like you is extremely uplifting and motivating.
8. I should have skipped rope more as a kid.
9. Surprising results come from sheer determination. Hard work and consistency DO PAY OFF!!
10. Fitness helps with mental fatigue. The strongest or the weakest muscle in your body is usually between the ears. Make it the strongest for success.
Take what you want from this list, or develop your own. The important thing is to realize that even though there will be days when you feel you can’t do it, in the end, you always can—if you try. Focusing on these things has directed my journey from being a struggling athlete to having the privilege of coaching something I absolutely love to do. I am thankful everyday.
Getting yourself to the gym is usually the most difficult part of a fitness routine. Close your eyes and imagine you are driving to the gym. Now imagine you’ve grabbed your water bottle and gear and are now walking through the doors of our happy gym. Your boots are off, coat hung up and you’re stepping into the gym floor. Greetings and smiles await you—I bet you feel better already.
Have a GREAT workout!
A guest post from our amazing BBF Members.