What is a gym to you? Is it a place you go to simply burn calories? Is it a place you go to just run/bike/swim? Is it where you go to get strong/lift weights. Or maybe it’s your place to socialize and meet new friends. All of these things are right and all are commonly promoted reasons to goto the gym. Is that your perception of what a gym is?
Here is what I think about a gym. I hope to help you see it in a different light after this.
I used to think the same way the general population thinks about gyms. They are boring places for people who are lifters and cardio seekers. It’s “where you go to lose weight”. I never wanted to go because I didn’t know what to do or how. I used to go to Planet Fitness only to run on a treadmill or elliptical just because they had a bank of TVs I could watch during my hour of mindless “exercise”. Yes it was only $10 a month, what a score, but it didn’t do anything for me. At that rate it gave me permission to skip if I felt like it. It was only $10. And that’s what happened, therefore I didn’t get anything out of it. As much time as I spent there (3-4 days a week, if I felt like it). I only did cardio, because that’s all I knew at the time. Occasionally I’d try a weight machine workout. No accountability!
Now fast forward to lost my job and changed careers. I went to school at NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) and obtained a diploma after 500+ hours of hands on in the classroom learning of muscular anatomy, exercise science, programming, nutrition and more. I graduated at the top of my class and went on to obtain my Bachelors of science in exercises science. After this my vision of the gym changed. I saw what it could do for you if used right. I saw the Real changes it made for my self and my fellow classmates as we trained each other over the 6 month period. I had little kids at home at the time and I was now in the best shape of my life. All because of the focus I found in the gym. The gym to me is a place I can go to become a better human for my family, to become a better daddy to my children and get the strength and energy to keep up with them as they grow and become more active. Yes I enjoy the gym because I have a purpose for it now not just for myself but for my family. I am a better person after the gym.
Why this story? If you always look at the gym as just a place full of weights and a place to do cardio there is nothing that makes it exciting or enticing. I want you to start seeing the gym more as a tool in your quest to become a better human. It’s not a place to go get beat down in a workout, it’s a place where you and others come together as a team and support group holding each other accountable and encouraging each other to reach your goals. It’s a place where you can become better able to keep up with your kids and not be that parent who sits there watching their kids play because you can’t. It’s a place where you can help yourself have a better quality of life with more strength to move better for longer. Know your purpose and the gym becomes part of the answer. Without purpose the gym is just a room full of equipment.
Corbin Williams is a certified personal trainer and devote husband and father of two very spirited children. Graduating top of his class at the National