Words of Wisdom from History: Motivation to Keep You Focused on Fitness
We all have off days. Those slow, bleak, put-me-out-of-my-misery kinds of days that make going to the gym a seemingly impossible task—it’d be easier to find what little human skin is left on Joan Rivers’ face than to get out of bed and go to the weight room. What works for me, and what I hope will work for you, is a swift kick in the brain from some of history’s most notorious badasses. There’s nowhere for excuses to hide in the face of these no-bullshit mantras.
5. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt
If there were a Presidential battle royale including all of the United States’ Presidents throughout history, I would wager a small fortune on Teddy Roosevelt coming out on top (probably while wearing James Buchanon’s head as a necklace and using John Adams’ skull as a beer goblet). His no-nonsense attitude and fervent determination to succeed are both well documented and mind blowing. The above quote embodies motivation. To put Teddy’s intensity into focus, remember that even after being shot while giving a speech, Teddy continued and finished the speech before seeking medical attention. And you don’t want to go to the gym because you feel “blah.”
4. “For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Seeing as this is a health supplement website, it would be a shame if I neglected to discuss the Austrian Oak, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He won Mr. Olympia a shocking SEVEN times.
Let that sink in for a second. Feeling pretty inferior yet? Well, let me salt the wound: he won his first Mr. Universe at age 20. Methinks he never skipped a workout because he “didn’t feel like it.” Be the Governator; lift the weights.
3. “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” – Albert Camus
While not exactly a beacon of physical health, Albert Camus provided insight into the mechanisms that churn inside us all. I’ll spare you the freshman-year-pseudo-philosophy-major speech and get right to the heart of his message: Sisyphus, while doomed for eternity to push the same rock up the same hill, still has purpose, still has a goal, and still has the hope of achieving that goal. Without any obstacle in his way, he would just be any ordinary doomed soul. But the rock gives him purpose. Find your own rock and let it out in the gym. And please don’t make your rock the last sleeve of Oreos.
2. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali stands alone as an undisputed champion. Unmarred by scandal and as pious as the most devout of us, he is an example of what motivation and strength can produce. I remember reading Sports Illustrated for Kids when I was younger. In one issue a three foot by four foot poster of Ali was included (of the associated picture) with the words “Impossible is Nothing” across the center. That poster immediately went up on my wall and it has survived several moves since (with a little wear and tear to boot). One look at that poster and I know to just suck it up if I’m feeling bad.
1. And for this last quote, I figured I would go with a YouTube video instead. My current motivation stems from C.T. Fletcher’s workout and motivational videos. He is a force to be reckoned with and his words resonate well with anyone who has ever lifted weights. The video is NSFW due to some… colorful language. Enjoy.
What all of these quotes (and the video) boil down to is knowing how to overcome a mental block. Being able to control your mind and overcome your doubts is well over half the battle in the gym. Can’t quite get that last repetition? How about a little rage to push you over that stalling point. Don’t feel like finishing your workout? How about a slap upside the head.
Increase your Motivation with Workout Supplements
Stay focused and stay strong mentally and the physical aspect will come. Since motivation isn’t always that easy, there are also a few supplements that can kickstart your mind. Personally, I use DMAE bitartrate. Follow the link to learn more—suffice to say it hones your mind to a razor’s edge.