My Relationship with the Gym: Your Classic Love Story
I was in the tenth grade when I went to the gym for the first time and my friend Jon (who was a regular at the gym) was with me to show me the ropes. If I remember correctly, the first workout my pale, skinny, cut-off wearing, body performed was the leg press. Why we started there? I have no idea. At that point in time I should've been doing pushups in the comfort of my own home, but I was dead set on getting some big muscles to impress my girlfriend.
As some of you already know, in high school I performed in all of the musicals while my girlfriend excelled at literally EVERY sport. To be honest, it was a little unfair how she was naturally good at every sport she played. Its not that I wasn't athletic, I just happened to like singing more.
Since the 10th grade my time at the gym has had its high's and lows. Like any relationship in life, I've learned that it requires commitment, time, and energy...lots of energy.
I have to give myself some credit. Throughout the remaining years of high school and into my freshman year of college I gained some pretty good muscle and definitely felt better about my body image. I was still pale (turns out going to the gym doesn't fix that (however I do tan easily!!)), but my skinny body had made room for some muscle (maybe a little fat, too).
As I discovered more about the fitness industry, health supplements entered my life. However, some of the pre-workout supplements I consumed probably weren't the healthiest. For example, I remember taking a supplement called "Jack3d" before a workout my freshman year of college. I followed the directions and went to the gym 30 minutes after consuming the product. The first exercise I did that day was the bench press. and I could barely lower the weight to my chest due to my arms shaking uncontrollably. I must've taken too much! That day I had to cut my workout short and leave the gym. I felt a lot of things during the walk back to my dorm room and "Jack3d" definitely wasn't one of them.
My relationship with the gym over the past few years has been rocky. I get on a roll hitting the gym hard one week only to slack off the following week by not even going once! During my growing teen years, I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. By no means do I consider myself old, but I'm realizing that those years are probably coming to an end. Plus, although I like my sweets, eating a full cookie cake by yourself doesn't make you feel good physically, emotionally or spiritually. Trust me...
Remember that super athletic girlfriend that I had in high school? Well, she is now my wife and still just as athletic and active as she was in high school. I've told myself tons of times, "Chris, you were chubby while growing up, so you will never have as good of a body as Jansen, who has always been fit." That was clearly just a way for me to make myself feel better about being lazy.
Originally I titled this post "My Motivation", with that motivation being Jansen, my smoking hot wife. Jansen works incredibly hard in and out of the gym. She is very cautious of what she eats/drinks and hits the gym/runs every day. Rarely does she miss a workout.
In all honesty, no matter how many "motivation" videos on Youtube that I watch or fitness pages on Instagram I follow, my biggest source of motivation now shares a home with me. Jansen is one of the hardest workers I know. She cares about her health AND cares about mine too.
I have come to the conclusion that along with the gift of life that I've been given, I only have one body to enjoy that life with. I want to explore new places with my wife when I'm old and annoying. I want to run around the yard with my grandkids. HECK, maybe even my GREAT grandkids.
Like any relationship, I'm sure the gym and I will will continue to have our highs and lows, but just like with my marriage: I'm in it for the long haul!
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