11 Habits of Highly Successful Gym Goers
“Do I want to be better?”
It is a simple question.
But before you answer it you must think hard about what it really means.
A better question might be:
“Am I willing to put in the work, and the sacrifices, to be better?”
There is one thing across all people who are successful in our gym that seems to be consistent across all personalities, tastes, walks of life…
They answer YES to this question.
It is a unifying characteristic that allows the 80-year-old grandma to get respect from the 25-year-old badass.
It is the thing that connects you to your gym buddies in a way that cannot be easily replicated with people outside of the gym.
It is the reason that training at ‘regular’ gyms, or by yourself, never feels quite the same as training at our gym.
Many people who go to the ‘Globo’ gym aren’t really trying to be better.
- They aren’t willing to sacrifice the extra money for a better program and better coaching.
- They aren’t willing to work on the things they need to do, and they only do the things they like to do or what they are good at.
- They aren’t willing to be challenged or potentially look foolish.
- They aren’t willing to track their progress and make changes outside of the gym that will move them toward their goals.
- They aren’t willing to work with people who are better than them, who will push their limits and not let them slack off.
- They aren’t willing to work with people who are not as good as them, forcing them to lead, teach, inspire, and potentially be frustrated when someone ‘below’ them beats them.
- They are working out because they feel like they have to because they want to make others feel like they aren’t as good as them, or because they believe it will allow them to eat what they want.
- There isn’t unified respect for the journey to be better.
The good news is that if you are at our gym, you are already surrounded by the right people, and being led by the right coaches.
The better news is that if you ensure that you are doing your best to do the things listed below (on top of showing up consistently), your success is guaranteed.
- Invest in yourself. Extra personal training, special classes, seminars, etc.
- Do the work you need to do, not just what you like to do (more specifically, do what your coaches are telling you to do. They are the experts).
- Challenge yourself. Try new things. Do not worry about what other people are doing or how you may look when trying something new.
- Record your progress. Write something down every time you train. You need to be able to look back and see how far you have come, and to see what worked/didn’t work.
- Make small changes outside of the gym that will help you toward your goals. Make an effort to eat better. Do some mobility every day. Get outside as much as possible.
- Relish the times when you get to workout with people who are better than you. They will push you to be better. Iron sharpens iron.
- Take responsibility when working with people who are not as good as you, or who are newer. Tell them your story. Let them learn from your mistakes. Celebrate when they beat you at something because it will push you to be better next time.
- Remember that you are training to be better than yourself from yesterday. You aren’t training because you ‘have to’, You are training because you ‘get to’.
- You aren’t trying to look cooler than other people, you are trying to be the best version of yourself. Stop worrying about what other people are doing or what they think.
- Coming to the gym isn’t punishment for what you ate. Coming to the gym doesn’t allow you to eat whatever you want. You don’t have to be perfect (nobody is), but you still need to make an effort to eat well most of the time.
- Recognize your own effort and progress, no matter how small. And recognize it in others as much as possible. You getting your first legit push up is just as exciting as someone else getting their first muscle-up. Success multiplies. The more success you see within yourself and within others, the more success there will be for everyone.
Ask yourself, which of these are easy for you?
Which ones are hard?
Who can you team up with to help you with the ones you struggle with?
And always remember, you are here to become better.
It isn’t the easy path, but it is the only guaranteed path to success and fulfillment.
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