Working out keeps me grounded and in a routine. It's a great way for me to relieve stress and stay humble through the struggle. There is no perfect lifter out there, you can always be improving technique-wise or strength-wise. It also allows me to be more lenient with what I eat (huge cookie and donut fan).
If you could share some words of wisdom to a new member at Ambitious, what would you tell them?
Trust. Trust the system to produce results for you if you commit and put in the hard work. Trust your coaches and classmates to know how to bring out the best in you, and to always have your best interests at heart. Most of all, trust yourself and know that whatever you think you’re capable of at any given time, you’re always capable of more.
You’ll always be willing to invest time and energy into things you’re passionate about, like your children, friends, family, and a rewarding job. But the things on the opposite end of the spectrum are like an energy suck, stripping you of your motivation and leaving you feeling exhausted.
I can assure you that when you’re 35, 45, 55, or 65 years old, no one is going to be talking about their bench press; they’re going to be talking about their joints and how good or terrible they feel.
At one point, in the early days of Ambitious Athletics, I actually considered having "self made" tattooed across my knuckles when I thought I had "made it".
Then I woke the up and realized that "self made" and "making it" don't exist.