“Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors”

“Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors”

African proverb.

I thought training always had to have a deep purpose and a very meaningful why. Recently I’ve adjusted my perspective on this.

I first stepped into a gym as a very small and skinny 17yr old who was told to get bigger in order to play rugby, I had my why and most of my life I’ve had a why related to sport and life as a reason to train. After I finished as a professional sportsman my time in the gym had another purpose. Recently however, I lost my purpose. I lost my why.  Training turned into a negative experience.

The first few months of 2016 have proved a real challenge for me training wise. A loss of drive and some injury problems had turned what used to be the thing I looked forward to, into something that was a chore.

I’ve had to take a step back and re-evaluate my time in the gym. Self assessment and analysis has shown me the weak areas that I need to improve on. I need a new motivation and a fresh focus for my training. Retaining my competitive edge and trying to improve each session has become a simple motivation to train. I want to enjoy my time in the gym.

For a while I thought training had to be an all consuming drive to some particular goal. This blinkered approach caused me to miss some of the most enjoyable aspects of training. Recent reflections have changed my thoughts on this. My own challenges in training have forced me to ask some questions about why I train and what I’m trying to achieve. My perspective has changed.

It can be enough that you get to spend time with your friends, that you are part of a team. That you get to be around good people, that’s one of the features of our gym. That you have some fun. Completing a tough session whether by yourself or with the group, can be incredibly rewarding in itself.

My next challenge is getting back into consistent training. It’s never easy, I know its going to hurt, I know the doubts will creep back. Can I still do it? Do I want to? I have to answer those questions through action. If the action is supported by a strong enough why, then I’m heading in the right direction. My motivation is far simpler now than what it once was but by no means is it any less important. I'm motivated by the people who train in our environment, I want to set an example to them.

I’ve been incredibly inspired by our members this year. They consistently give their best efforts on a daily basis, whether they’re trying to get stronger or improve their mobility. They work hard for each other in the team workouts. They constantly rise to the challenges we set them. It’s motivating to see and rewarding to be a part of.

I’m very proud to be certified instructor of Gym Jones, but I’m equally proud to be a part of Evolve Fitness when I see how we are growing and the direction we are taking.  We are attracting people that enrich our environment and make our gym a pleasure to be a part of.

The standards I set for myself are high.

Evolution and growth are part of this process and are needed to meet the challenges that come our way.

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