Why Strength Training is a Metaphor for Life

What you think, you become.

Now, philosophy aside and without getting too psychoanalytical on you during an article about fitness training, what I’m saying here is that committing to fitness and going to the gym consistently can help prepare you for other challenges in life.

The major insight about life that we can all agree on is that nothing is easy and everything is earned. Unless you are part of the 1% that was born into ridiculous privilege, you can agree with the fact that you’ve had to work hard for AT LEAST one thing in your life.

In this regard, all of the gains that you want to make physically in the gym have to be worked for – much like in life. Your body adapts to the way you train it. Well, interestingly enough, so does your mind. Just like with strength training, you must constantly challenge yourself with progressive difficulty in order to grow.

Your muscles respond to increased weight, different movements, and varying degrees of intensity. With each new challenge, there is new growth. This growth then compounds and causes you then to readjust and create new challenges. So what I’m getting at here is that building a resilient mind – a mind that is able to accept and overcome challenges – is built in the same way.

When A Little Less Can Mean A Lot More

By putting yourself through trials and tribulations (by choice or otherwise) you are able to condition yourself to become more resilient and more likely to respond better with each new, and more difficult, challenge that life inevitably throws at you.

Now here’s the rub, most people lack the resiliency – mentally and physically. They just simply won’t do the work and have never trained themselves (body or mind) to that point. We are all inherently lazy, fearful and ignorant. To put it plainly, we quit when things get hard. It’s really quite depressing when you think about it.

But here’s the silver lining – to me, this concept is the secret to success. For those of us willing to put in the work, challenge ourselves and overcome, all we need to do is be a little less lazy, a little less fearful, and a little more willing to question what is happening around us.

It’s a game of inches and to win, in most situations, you only need to be an inch ahead of the person standing next to you. Your mind is a beautiful beast. When you are in the gym or on the field every day, pushing yourself to your limit, proving yourself, overcoming adversity and then coming back tomorrow to up the ante and do it all over again, your brain takes notice.

Your mindset changes. You grow. You become more resilient. You become stronger.

Winning the Game of Inches Starts Now

If you’re looking for a place to train that will test you mentally and physically, all while paying dividends in the form of a healthy and fit body, why not add Fit Legit Training into your list of options?

Fit Legit is a strength and conditioning gym located in North Royalton. It’s owned and operated by me, Vincent Qurazzo. I have a Bachelor's Degree from the Ohio State University and I’m certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

I also hold a certification from the National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) as a Certified Personal Training (CPT). We specialize in small group training session – Men, Women and COED sessions are available multiple times per week. Feel free to contact me at FitLegitTraining@gmail.com for any questions or for me details!

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