This is a pretty loaded word. It’s what separates people who are at the top of their field and those who fall underneath them. In the fitness industry, it separates those who are most successful in the field from those who continue make up programs that don’t work and end up hurting people (see picture).

For someone looking to hire a personal trainer/strength coach (YOU!), drive is the only thing you need to bring in order to make your fitness dreams a reality. Take a look at the definition…

Drive – To strive vigorously toward a goal or objective; to work, play, or try wholeheartedly and with determination.

At BucksFit (Primarily High School, College, and Professional Baseball Players) and Alpha Systems (Primarily Weight Loss), my clients bring that drive with them everyday. They are all driven to succeed at whatever goal they are chasing. I’ll be the first to admit, in the beginning, some need to be pushed more than others. In the end though, they have all pushed themselves beyond the limits of what they thought they could accomplish in the gym. Which brings me to you…

What drives you to get back in the gym? Your spouse? Your sport? Your doctor?

Any one of these can be a motivating factor among many, many others. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to you taking it upon yourself to get to the gym and begin your march to better health or becoming a better athlete. It’s the same drive that makes you successful at your job or school work, just applied in a different arena. Let’s take a look at one example…

I’ve worked with a high school athlete for a year and a half. When he came in, he was overweight, out of shape, moved poorly, and had bad grades. I told him from day one, “I don’t mind if you fail in here, but if you quit while you’re in here, don’t come back.” I wanted him to push himself and finish everything he started. We went to work. It was tough out of the gate, starting on shedding body fat while cleaning up movement patterns, but he continued to show up 4 days a week and grind it out. There were nights when the gym was closed and we were still going at it. He came in while during football season after practices and games. To be honest (#TBH), there were times when I had to make him take a week off to let his body rest, THAT’S HOW BAD HE WANTED IT. To this date, he has shed over 30 lbs, 20% body fat, and added 18 mph to his fastball. That’s all well and good, but do you want to know the greatest accomplishment of all? Too bad, I’m telling you! I mentioned that he had bad grades at the beginning of this story (C’s and D’s). Well, one night, we were in the gym and I asked him why he didn’t apply himself in the classroom like he did in the weight room. He looked at me a little crooked, tried to give me the “I’m not smart” bs, and I decided to call him on it. The bottom line was he wasn’t putting the effort needed to be successful in the classroom as he was in the weight room. Once he realized it, he went to work in the classroom. Last year, he finished with all A’s and one B. He’s taking an honors class for the first time of his life this year and killing it.

Somewhere along the line, he had settled for believing that he couldn’t do certain things in life, such as getting good grades or playing baseball, because society had dictated so. Once he got that out of his mind and decided to work relentlessly towards multiple goals, he flew. And so can you. There is nothing in this world we can’t accomplish as individuals. As long as you’re driven, your dreams are yours. It goes the same in the gym. If you want to lose weight, you want to become a better athlete, push all the bull to the side, and get after it. Just drive, baby.


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