THE BEST VERSION OF MYSELF
Written by Jarred Collins
First and foremost, I believe training to be crucial to living a physically balanced life. This manifests itself in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, reducing stress, better sleep, better immune response, increased bone density, etc. Strength training in particular is extremely beneficial especially as we get older. I am convinced that my speedy recovery from a recent accident was directly correlated to my excellent health. Aside from the physical aspects, training leads to confidence in life.
You always feel better about yourself, emotionally and mentally, when you are consistently training.
An interesting illustration of this always pops up when I am “passing through” a body weight that’s above my ideal range. In other words, if I feel fit between 170 and 180, put on a few holiday pounds and get up to 195, as I pass 185 I feel like a bloated turd. The flip side being when I go back down from 195, I of course pass through 185 again, but the feeling is quite different even though it’s the same weight.
Training really affects your confidence and perception of yourself.
Probably the biggest reason is the unending challenge that it affords me. Tracking a mile run or a PR on a lift or a specific workout provides clear evidence of where I’m at and where I need to go.
It provides a baseline for comparison to others and more importantly, a baseline to compare to myself.
There is no way that I would push myself nearly as much if I were training on my own. The group atmosphere at this gym is motivating, friendly and downright enjoyable.
The variety of workouts virtually assures me that I will be trained in a very holistic manner and by a multitude of very knowledgeable coaches.
As long as I don’t cherry pick workouts, I believe this place will turn me into the best athlete that I can be.
Finally, returning to challenging myself, this gym affords unique opportunities to excel and be recognized. The clubs, gym records, periodic postings of the top performers in daily challenges and constant recognition of members on the website and social media is something that I find very motivating.
It is a virtual haven for someone to quietly set goals and go about achieving a tremendous amount of success there. These acknowledgements are so diverse, there is something for everyone and that is what I love.
If I were forced to summarize this entire stream of consciousness, I would say that I train because it affords me an incredible opportunity to excel and be the best version of myself.
That is ultimately what I’m after, and that is how I become more.
Jarred Collins has been a member of Performance360 for nearly two years.