Why Do You Train?

Can you remember when you first started on your health and fitness journey?

If you can think back to when you started – can you remember why?

On Sunday afternoon I caught up with our coaching team – to touch base and set some priorities for the rest of the year

One of the things we wanted to get clear on (as a team) was WHY we do what we do – Why do we coach?

We all agreed that’s we coach at Adapt because it’s fun and we get a kick out of seeing people progress – we love helping people do more than they ever thought they could

A little later we headed down to Pot Belly (local pub) for some pizza and beers, and the conversation continued…

Beyond coaching, I posed the question, and specifically to each of the guys: why do you (yeah you specifically) train?

A couple of guys on the team (including me) are ex-fatties – as in we used to be overweight and decided to do something about it

We embarked on a journey to lose the lard and gain some muscle – we’ve all come a long way, and now we want to help others do the same

  • if you’re overweight then we want to help you lose the lard and get your confidence back
  • if you’re new to lifting weights and gymnastics, then we want to help you develop strength and skill
  • we want to get you out of your comfort zone, challenge you but also support you along the way

As we went around the circle, each of us stated why we train – to have fun, build a better body,

Rosey said one of the cool things about regular training, meant that there wasn’t anything (physically) that he wasn’t able to do

  • say a friend asked him to go on a 3-day hike – yeah, he could do that; or\
  • the local swimming club asked him to join in on a 10km swimming fundraiser – yeah, he could do that; or
  • he wanted to take the family out bouldering – yeah, he could do that; or
  • a mate asked him to do a tough mudder – yeah, he could do it

And it was his consistent daily approach to training that gave him the physical and mental ability to have a “yeah; I could do that” attitude to just about anything – he could jump in and do it, and the best thing was that he didn’t really ‘train for it’ either

So I pose this question to you: Why do you train?

Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of why we do what we do, and life can get in the way – you skip a session here and there and a couple of days off turns into a couple of weeks

After a while we convince ourselves that we don’t really need to train and/or that “I don’t have the time” but deep down inside we know it’s just an excuse

I find the best way to get things back on track is to re-connect with your why – as in why do you train?

If you can’t answer that with a current reason because you feel like you’ve lost your mojo, then remind yourself why you started in the first place?

if it’s still a valid reason – and I’d put money on it that it is – then use it and ”˜simply begin again’ because that’s all part of the journey

I’d love to hear back from you – leave a comment and let me know why you train 😉

All the best,