Are You Happy?

I was stuck with coming up with material for this week until about 5 minutes before I started writing this.  Now my brain is firing lightning bolts.  I was just talking to another coach about different exercise modalities and styles of training when the topic of goals came up again.  Now, I feel like I talk about goals frequently but I think it’s that important.

If you haven’t heard me say it before, I’ll say it again.  Being in the gym and/or training, makes me happy.  I live for it.  It’s what I care about.  I recently spent a day training at Waxman’s Gym in Lawndale and I can’t wait to go back.  All I did was lift things, like I do most days but, God it was fun.  I can certainly understand that not everyone should or does feel like I do.  That’s ok.  I also understand there are many, many different ways to “exercise”.  The important thing to ask yourself is, are you happy?  That’s the ultimate question.  As easy as it may be to pick on other styles of goofy exercise gimmicks, if it “works for you” then who cares, and who am I to judge.

That being said, I at least have some thoughts on how to qualify the “are you happy?”.  The first being, are you happy with current body composition?  The second being, are you moving closer to your goals?  The third, is it fun for you, therefore making you consistent?  The last, does it make you feel good in the respect that you don’t have pain, feel less pain, are preventing injury, etc?  If you are answering yes to these questions, then by all means, carry on with what you are doing, I really don’t care what it is.  It might be something “goofy” like Zumba, which I don’t think is all that productive, but if you are meeting the above qualifications, it’s just fine with me.  If you are answering no to some of these questions then I would argue that you should be re-evaluating whether your current training actually makes you happy or if you need to make a change.

Generally, women are more vocal about their concern for how they look.  We work with a lot of women at Ambition Athletics so I will use that example.  We want women to come train with us to feel better about how they look, make positive changes in their body, and get stronger, etc.  However, if you are a woman who is quite satisfied with her current body type, don’t have aches and pains and don’t enjoy spending time in the gym, don’t.  If you are happy, that’s awesome.  I’m not going to yell at you and tell you to start slaving away with the iron.  The same goes for men.  If you are happy and healthy without training, that’s ok.  When the time comes and you have various goals to meet or a change in your lifestyle to make, we’re here to help.

– Mike Baltren