As a husband, a father, a brother, a son, a friend, a business owner, an avid runner, and someone who prides himself on showing up everyday in every way, I work hard to stay motivated, committed, and engaged. You have to—otherwise, you just exist. And for me, that’s simply not enough.
That’s what I tell the hundreds of fitness enthusiasts who fill our classes at RIPPED, the treadmill/boot camp fitness studio I created 18 months ago. It’s not just about the workout though; it’s about the mind-body connection and really tuning into it. As I try to motivate my students during an intense 50-minute workout of high intensity interval training, I offer up words of encouragement to help them really lock in. Here are my favorites:
- You have to empower yourself mentally to bring out the best in yourself physically. You literally have to psyche yourself up everyday. You have to tell yourself that you are a deserving and capable person with the right to a good life, to look your best, to feel your best, and to be happy.
- Life is not always easy. There are so many twists and turns, ups and downs, so much ebb and flow. But tough times don’t last, tough people do!
- If you want to be great, you have to surround yourself with people that pursue greatness, that strive for excellence, everyday in every way. I call it situational circumstances: Place yourself in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. Place yourself among people who inspire you, people who push you, people who challenge you—and who you do the same for.
- Don’t ever give up. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do! But to not give up, especially when everyone around you, would understand if you did. That’s what true strength is all about.