A lot of factors play in to determining the quality of workout an individual with obtain once they enter the gym including if your trainer is on time, how busy the gym is, what equipment is open, etc. But the one common similarity between all of these factors is they are all external meaning we really cannot control them. And if there is ever a phrase that I will always remember it is the serenity prayer which goes as follows: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference." This can be applied to any area of an individual's life, but I like to apply it too health and fitness because that what this site is all about. When one walks into the gym for a session of training there are a ton of things that the trainee is out of control of, but the one thing that every individual is always in control of is their attitude and mentality (which if you are talking to me is the most important thing in anything you will ever do). From my own experience I have come to found that we as human beings are self-fulfilling prophecies. Meaning when we think it it always manifest itself whether its good or bad. If we thinking we are going to fail we usually end up failing and visa versa. Which makes our attitude a very powerful weapon if we think ourselves to be something or do something chances are we will be that something or do that something. Growing up whenever I would complain about going here or doing this or how this wasn't going to be fun my mother would always look at me and say "you get out of it what you put into it". Today I believe this more than ever the more work or dedication you put in or give to something the bigger and better your return will be. This correlates directly to attitude and mentality because usually your attitude determines what you are willing to give to a particular endeavour.

Now you understand that an individual's attitude contributes a huge amount to determining the quality of a training session. But then one might wonder "then what is the right attitude, mentality, or mind set to take into the gym". Personally I am a huge MMA, really any kind of combative sports I am a fan of, I love these sports not only for the excitement, testosterone, and violence ( I mean really be honest with yourself. Humans are aggressive and violent by nature it only makes since that we like sports that have that element to them), but the incredible psyche that these men have. I mean image a situation more intense or physically and psychologically demanding then being pounded on, out of breath, and knowing that your opponent wants to finish you. The kind of mental fortitude and determination these individual's have to push through those moments and in most cases excel in those situations is absolutely incredible. That is why whenever I think about the kind of mentality I want to have in both my own training and life, but also in my trainees I think about a fighter's mentality. I think of an attitude that is courageous, fearless, and determined beyond all else. I want this because I know that if I have this mentality and my trainees have this mentality nothing will ever stop me or them from succeeding in the gym and outside of it. If my trainee walks into the gym with a fighter's mentality then it doesn't matter what has happened during the day or how late they were up the night before or what piece of equipment is being used they will walk in and say "man I am really tire or man I really wanted to use that, but I don't care I am going to give this workout hell anyway". And like I said before if you think it will be so. Perhaps the french philosopher Rene Descartes said it best "I think, therefore I am".

So next time you walk into the gym and you are just thinking to yourself man I just really don't wanna be here or damn it was a long day at the office remember that fighter's mentality. Think about being strong mentally don't cave when you tired, no push harder because it's in those moment's when mental fortitude is built. Maybe another quote will put it better than I can this one's from the movie rocky balboa it was spoken by rocky's opponent's trainer. He said "...when that time comes and you find something standing in front of you, something that ain't running and ain't backing up and is hitting on you and you're too damn tired to breathe. You find that situation on you. That's good, 'cause that's baptism under fire! Oh, you get through that and you find the only kind of respect that matters in this damn world: self-respect."

Keep the faith brothas and if you are a lady reading this blog I understand this is probably more intense then you wanna get. It was more directed for the male aud

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