Your Why

      There have been countless books written on ‘why.’ Having a solid ‘why’ is vital for accomplishing goals with efficiency. I became interested in fitness when I was 18. While playing college soccer at the University of Pittsburgh, I was required to be in the weight room 3-4 times a week as a part of training. A lot of my teammates hated the weight room. The way I saw it was, I am not going to get out of this, so I might as well buy in and see how good I can get at it. In the beginning, I didn't like it that much. We did a lot of olympic lifting and I had never done anything like it before. I gradually started to get comfortable and soon enough, it became an addiction. What I was experiencing is known as beginner gains. I had no idea how strong I was. Almost every week for a few weeks, I was PR'ing something. I looked forward to the weight room everyday. I loved finding out how strong I was.

        Eventually, I got to a point where I knew my max in most lifts. One might think that motivation dips at this point and it definitely can. One of the things I like the most about lifting/fitness is the fact that there is no finish line. There will always be more to do. There will always be the opportunity to lift more weight, run farther, bike faster, swim farther, climb a bigger hill, do more pull ups. I have played sports my entire life.

        I love to compete. Now that my soccer career is over. Fitness has been my outlet for competition. Even though I am not directly competing against anyone, I am always competing with myself and everyone else. I believe we as humans are meant to move. I completely detest the idea that our most active days are restricted to when we are "young." Some may say, "but you have your whole life to get in shape." Anyone who has ever fallen out of a habit knows just how hard it is to start again. Habits are best formed early and maintained from there. So why wait? I've met people who were once great athletes and are now out of shape longing to be able to do the things they were once capable. My athleticism is too important to me to lose. So I don't plan on stopping. I want to be able to go out and be as active as possible for as long as I can. I have never limited myself and you shouldn't either. The best time to start is now.

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