Lessons Learned In The Gym

We can learn so much about ourselves when we are training.

I’ve seen people become more confident, have “aha” moments, come up with great ideas, solve relationship problems and get stronger emotionally and mentally from exercising regularly.

I don’t know if it’s the blood flow, the endorphins, the burst of energy or multiple factors, but many of life’s greatest lessons are learned on the gym floor.

If you think about it as controlled stress, it helps to remember that you are putting yourself under tension to build your “adversity muscles”.

You might be thinking, what the heck are adversity muscles?

They are the muscles you can’t see. They make you more resilient. You build them up over time with “reps” of overcoming adversity. Eventually, there’s nothing (or very little) life can throw at you that you are not prepared for.

That’s what you prepare for in the gym. If you put yourself in an uncomfortable environment and over come it, you are setting the pace for the day. You are walking out of the gym feeling unstoppable.

In sports, the athletes spend much of their time on physical training. Pushing the human body to be faster and stronger. And eventually, they start to see that the competitive edge will come from mental conditioning.

That’s completed BACKWARDS! Physical ability can only take you so far. You can’t commit to excellence until your mind is ready to take you there.

Physical dominance can only make you great. Mental dominance is what ultimately makes you unstoppable.

You have to get your mind strong so your body can follow.

The true measure of an individual is determined by what you can’t measure – the intangibles.

Anyone can measure height, weight, speed, strength, but you can’t measure commitment, persistence or the power of the muscle in your chest – your heart.

That’s where the true work begins. Understanding what you want to achieve and MENTALLY knowing you’re willing to endure anything to achieve it.

Rock on!
– Dustin Bogle