Become the best version of yourself…
During my 28 years on Earth I have experimented with all sorts of things to seek happiness.
I’ve spent time and money drinking booze and using other mind altering substances.
I’ve spent time and money traveling, staying in hostels and meeting exciting people from around the world.
I’ve tried many different fitness related activities – running, sports, yoga, various fitness classes and unfortunately crossfit.
I’ve tried all of these things but all of the happiness I have gotten from these experiences has been temporary. I needed something that would allow me to continually progress and become a better person.
I’ve always known in the back of my mind that fitness is the key to continual self improvement and therefore higher confidence and a happier life. Even though I knew this, I could never stick to something for more than a few months. This was frustrating because it was something I knew that I needed, I just didn’t know the best way to start.
That was until I found Strength Camp.
The god damn youtube celebrity Elliott mother f*****in Hulse was right there. I had seen a ton of his videos that explore topics related to fitness, mindset and self improvement. I figured he was visiting on vacation but turns out him, his family and Strength Camp are all right here in beautiful St. Pete, Florida.
Before I went to my first class, I watched some of their videos online to try to get an idea of what it was about. What’s interesting is I was motivated by seeing a pretty overweight guy in the video putting in work. I thought damn this guy is getting it, I should be too. If anyone out there is overweight and feels like they’re too far gone, just know that you’re the exact type of person that inspired me to get going and commit to this lifestyle I now enjoy. Even though I would be in much better shape if I paid more attention to my diet, I have managed to make some progress I feel good about.
Strength Camp has a mission statement that is short yet powerful. They advocate becoming “The Strongest Version Of Yourself”. The idea is to become the best version of yourself, both physically and mentally.
If you’ve ever taken a psychology course you’ve probably heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This theory states that there is an order of operations to becoming a more complete human being. It starts with the needs of safety and security being fulfilled. You then progress to social belonging – both with family, friends and intimacy. After that you need to gain self esteem by being respected – This may come in the form of a job or a hobby.
At the top of the pyramid is Self Actualization which is essentially the same as the idea of being the strongest version of yourself. At this point you have fulfilled all of your needs and you are able to give back to help other people fulfill theirs. In my opinion, this quote illustrates the idea of Self Actualization very succinctly “What a man can be, he must be”.
There is no debate – Strength training will help you build your confidence. Why is this important? Here’s another short quote for you “As is our confidence, so is our capacity”. We all want to be able to reach our full potential and building the confidence to get there is the only way we will get there.
When you create a habit out of weight training you notice that you are always improving in at least one area of your life. Even when the hard times come, you know that you can work through it. Many days I’ve felt weighed down with stress from personal and/or work situations. I’ll pay attention to the difference in my energy and mindset before and after my workout. It usually goes from “damn life is stressful right now” to “OK I have a lot of good things going for me and we’re going to make this work”. It’s my magic pill, I just show up for class and know that I need to finish to get my mind right.
I can’t stress enough that anyone can do this so don’t be afraid. You may have some pre-conceived notions about the type of people that like to do strength training and feel like you won’t fit in. Throw all that out the window and come give it a shot.
Do you want to come check out a class with me? Give me a call or shoot me a text 727-307-1111 and we can arrange a time to both go get our sweat on. No one ever says I wish I wouldn’t have done that workout. I hope this blog post opened up your eyes to the possibilities of making a big change in your life for the better. Thanks for reading!