"Why do you train so hard?"
I get this question a lot - as I'm sure many of you do as well. I'm asked why I watch what I eat so closely. I'm asked why I'll sprint on the treadmill like there's a dog behind me. I'm asked why I'll set my alarm for 4:30am to squeeze in a good workout before heading to the office. I'm asked why a sane person would enter a half-marathon in the dead of winter.
I have many reasons for why I train so hard, for why the work part of "working out" is actually a labor of love. But for this project, I wanted to share a lot more than just my own reasons for why I do this. I wanted to show that the average person you see training like a mad man or a crazy woman isn't so different after all. They are regular people.
Specialty: Soccer, Weight Training, Nutrition, HIIT, Plyometrics
"I train so hard in order to reach my God-given athletic potential and hopefully inspire others along the way!"
Director of Information and Technology
Specialty: Running (8k, 10k, half/full marathons), weight training, cycling, swimming, tennis, racquetball, hiking, snowboarding, soccer, life coach.
I like setting goals and challenging myself; there's a great feeling of accomplishment in meeting or exceeding a goal!"
Mary Dare, 34
Group Fitness Instructor/Mother of three
Specialty: long distance running and boot camp classes. Aspiring tri-athlete
Specialty: YMCA classes & Crossfit
3rd Place Winner of Model America 2007
Personal Trainer and Fitness/Sweatcamp Instructor at Frye Gym
Specialty: Running, Power/Endurance lifting, hiking, and motivator
Wife, Mom & Homeschool teacher of 2 beautiful kids
Specialty: Athletic Conditioning, HIIT, weight training, yoga, plyo, Surfing (where there's waves!)
Account Executive - Marketing/Advertising
For me - I train so hard because it is one of the few aspects of my life that is within my control. I cannot control the weather, I cannot control the economy. I cannot control my family members, or my job, or my favorite sports teams. MOST of life is largely out of my control and in the capable Hands of the Good Lord. However one of the few things I can control, is how well I take care of my body. I get one body, one single chance to take care of it for better or worse.
I also agree with a few of the above contributors. There's something special about pushing your body (and mind) to places you previously thought were not possible. The sense of accomplishment in achieving a feat (whether it's a half-marathon, fitness class, mountain bike excursion, or weight loss goal) that previously left you intimidated.
There are a littany of reasons why people train so hard. One person's reason is specific to him or her, and I invite you to find your own. However the overall point is that those of us who seem fanatical about this part of life, aren't that much different than anyone else.