Why do you exercise?
I know it seems like a simple question to answer right? To keep fit, to look better, to be better within your sport. There are so many different answers to this question. No matter what the answer is they are all right. It is the motivation you give yourself to go that second faster on your run, to do one more air squat in your workout, or even why you put one more kilo on the bar.
That reasoning might change over time. You could change sports, get an injury, or change your priorities. They could simply be lifestyle changes such as a new job, relationship, or family. These reasons alter the way you look and feel during training. Life brings many excuses but we all still strive to be fitter.
Why am I writing this blog? Well first of all, Liam made me but when I got started I really wanted to show you that I was not one of those people with freak genetics or a star footballer or someone that could pick up a new skill quickly. I had to dedicate myself to training to get better. Maybe one of these reasons might connect with you in some way.
Exercise was easy for me as a kid and a teen, playing football didn’t feel like it was exercise, it was a hobby. I was having fun with my mates. I used to love the feeling and excitement of putting on my football boots and going to play a match on the weekends. I can still remember the nerves I felt going to play matches, especially finals but the buzz that I got from playing well that printed a smile on my face for the day and that always kept me coming back for more.
Football being a team sport meant if I let myself down, I let the team down too, so my reason to do well was so that the team would do well. After school I made the decision to learn more about fitness and training people and decided to seek further education in the Health and Fitness Field in Sallynogin College.
In college my why for training was trying to stay fit and healthy. During college I had to drop playing football with a team simply because I didn’t have enough time to do it all. I still played with my mates on the rare occasions but that just got less and less as I got older. That is when I found CrossFit. I hoped I would find the feelings I once had playing football here but what I found was so much more.
I remember doing my first class thinking it was going to be easy because of my background. I was young, fit and had been studying strength and conditioning. What could go wrong?
I have never seen someone look at me with pure horror as Liam did when he saw me squatting for the first time. I can confirm that the train wreck squat is a real thing. From that day, I was squatting down onto a wallball for at least 3 weeks. The attention to detail was something I never experienced in a gym before.
Not being good at something as fundamental as a squat came as a bit of a shock to me. So, I stayed not only to improve my squat but because I realised how many things I could not do. It really was not until I did my first competition that I truly felt a passion for CrossFit. I found my competitive drive that I once had in football in a new sport. And I was having fun. It was like I was playing football with my mates again.
Doing an individual sport was so different to me because the only person that I could hold accountable was myself. But in a weird way the atmosphere of doing a CrossFit competition also made me feel like I was a part of a team. The social side was also completely different. Instead of just shaking hands and walking off a pitch, the people you were competing against wanted to talk with you and laugh with you. What I am trying to tell you here is that over two years my reasonings changed but each reason I had at a certain time was my source of motivation.
Now, I am not saying it’s going to be an easy path. There will be times where you feel like doing nothing. There will be obstacles in your life. Time might be so stacked against you to do anything. Right now, with the pandemic it is the hardest time ever in our lives to find motivation to exercise. it nearly seems impossible but in times like this you need to remember why you started in the first place. Always remember your goal. Your why. If you don’t have one, make one and feed off of it for motivation.
If you are reading this and realising that you have been putting off training for the last while because your motivation is low, I want you to try to find your reason again. Remember a time when you felt good exercising and how you felt after the training session. Exercising can be something as simple and as hard as writing.
Just like writing this blog was for me. I had so many thoughts in my head and excuses not to write this but once I started typing, things got easier. It is the same with fitness. Just start moving and things will get easier.