Inspiration & Motivation

A major part of staying in shape or getting fit relies on both inspiration and motivation. What inspires you to change? What motivates you to get up and move in a new direction? Inertia can be a bitch for lack of a better term. No matter how hard you try to move that boulder, it just wants to stay at rest. Newton was on to something with this whole inertia thing as objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless acted on by some force. There are various forces acting on us daily that play a role in our progress or lack thereof.

So here’s the skinny. When you’re not moving or inactive it can be so hard to get going. We need a force to push us and get us started and most of the time that force has to come from within us. However, there are many forces that can provide us that initial movement. Sometimes it’s a doctor telling you that you have diabetes or high blood pressure and other times it’s as simple as a class reunion or event where you’ll see some old friends. Your motivation could be that your girlfriend or boyfriend has moved on without you or it could be a decision based on aspirations to look like a particular person you have chosen as a role model. Whatever your inspiration is, let it be the fire that drives you.

Once the ball is rolling though we often find tons of forces attempting to stop us. Some of those forces may be work obligations, friends, spouses, or numerous other things that just seem to get in our way. But with a little effort we can overcome those hurdles and obstacles. It is at this point that we need to remind ourselves of our inspiration, goals and our motivation for moving in the first place and use it as fuel.

Getting out of a rhythm can be devastating to our goals, but we have to find ways to get back on track.  We have a job to do as peers to provide the right type of peer pressure to our friends and family when they undertake their mission to finally reach their goals. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve heard people tell me that their friends don’t say very supportive things about their training or decisions to eliminate alcohol or other things from their diet.  Many spouses and significant others do more to subconsciously sabotage their mates progress than anything else.

We should take a closer look at ourselves sometimes and think about the things we say to our friends and family when they’re working so hard to change their lifestyle and health. Do we tell them they’re looking good or do we say, “yeah but your ass is still kinda big”? Do we say great job or do we say “you could have done more”. We are sensitive beings and for that reason we need a little positive reinforcement and motivation to continue on sometimes.

It is my job to motivate and inspire, but at the same time my profession requires me to tell people the truth about their progress or lack thereof. I have to find the balance between the two and give the good, the bad and the ugly. The rest of you out there do me a favor and don’t be that negative force that stops someone else’s momentum on their road to better fitness.

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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