I always advise people to find fitness activities that suit their personalities. After all, there’s more than one way to skin the cat. You may or may not find pleasure in lifting weights as I do. Perhaps you’d be much happier swimming laps at the pool for exercise. Maybe tennis appeals to you or you might find that fencing is your thing. What you do doesn’t matter so much as that you do something to keep your body moving and keep your muscles challenged. There isn’t much to be gained by forcing yourself to do things you don’t enjoy.
Every day I see people at the gym who have that grim look pasted to their faces. They’re obviously miserable and their approach to exercise lacks any spark of joy. You know when someone enjoys what they do. I happen to love lifting. My friend Derek loves, lifting, swimming and running too. He does it all and he does it with great enthusiasm. That’s why I love having him for a friend. He’s absolutely inspiring. No way I’m going running or swimming but that doesn’t matter. I get great pleasure watching him pursue his fitness interests and it gives me more energy to chase my own goals.
Put simply, Derek has a great positive approach to exercise and it makes me happy to see him go after it day after day. I get a kick out of his enthusiasm. He’s always testing the boundaries and trying new things and feats of strength. I see them and I want to do them too. Sometimes I’m very successful and sometimes….
The moral of this story is to surround yourself with people who love what they’re doing. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same thing you choose. You may or may not be able to do what they do but attitude really is everything and success breeds success.
Derek makes fun out of work. He’s obviously no stranger to the grind. His physique tells a story of dedication and great effort and his photos tell you how much he enjoys what he does. I can’t always do what he does but I like to try…so if you see me at the gym hanging upside down or swinging from an overhead bar, there’s a good chance that he was my motivation. That’s right, any shenanigans in the gym and I’m saying Derek made me do it!