Are you hardcore?
We live in a world of social media & technology. I now rely on this as much as the next person as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, & Instagram, rightly or wrongly, have become part of my daily routine.
Now obviously this world I’m talking about can be a POTENTIAL wealth of knowledge & information for any subject, & this is especially true for the fitness industry. If you want to know how many calories are in an almond (7 btw) or what foods are recommended for fat loss, then Google happily will tell you (perhaps not always accurately but the ease of information is available). Back in the day (I’m a ripe age of 36 now, only a number…) I had to rely on buying magazines or books to enhance my knowledge, & when the internet did arrive it was……..very……..slooooowwwwwwwwwww & limited at best.
Sadly of more recent times, I see some potential negativity rising through social media with many many trainers/trainees all appearing to be competing for who is the most ‘hardcore’. I’ve blogged about the ‘seriousness’ of the industry before, however I’d like to address what I believe is truly hardcore. Now whilst I totally understand how the teenage generation rise to this era, I personally don’t see how adults who succumb to the ‘hardcore’ mentality are actually helping achieve anything truly positive other than inflating their own ego/bravado.
Firstly let’s look at what being ‘hardcore’ ISNT (in my opinion):
-Posting a selfie DURING your workout.
-ANYTHING that uses the hashtag or description ‘#BEASTMODE’!
-Using descriptive words such as ‘killing’ or ‘destroying’ your workout. I’m willing to wager you have never actually (unless you are reading this inside) killed anything in your live & you are not as angry as your social media status would imply. You may train hard, but comparing it to killing & death is just too far, & frankly insensitive.
-Boasting about throwing up – this is simply stupid. NOBODY should encourage ANYONE to puke during a workout. Experiencing discomfort, & pushing individual boundaries is to be expected, but your workout should NEVER be about who can throw up the most! If you are continually throwing up, then you need to address your training, your nutrition, and your sanity!
-Only performing lifts/exercises you KNOW you are good at!
-Eating the EXACT same meals multiple times EVERY SINGLE DAY! Who does this appeal to?! Meal prepping takes time & should be part of your routine for consistency & results, but this robotic approach isn’t hardcore, it’s dull and boring. Chicken & broccoli x 4 every day, everyday, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, press snooze.
My biggest issue with all of this is that it does nothing but add to the already existing stereotype of regular gym goers being all about themselves & basically thick meatheads! This obviously isn’t the case but some of what goes on does nothing but add fuel to a fire that is already burning brightly.
The average person does not exercise, let alone train, if they do train its certainly not ‘insane’! So, as a trainer/PT who is your market &/or demographic? If it’s other P.T’s or fellow hardcore trainees then fair play BUT they are the ONLY people who can relate to or understand ‘BEASTMODE’. This makes for a very very niche market!
I am all for training hard & love to push myself, & others. I do believe that trainers should lead by example & not only ‘talk the talk’ but also ‘walk the walk’. I would also go as far as saying that most individuals/gym users are capable of doing more, but as ever it’s HOW we get an individual to get to the point where they feel confident enough in themselves to step out of their comfort zone.
The actual true lifters out there KNOW how strong they are, & KNOW what they are capable of doing, but don’t feel the need to address the world with it every time they hit the gym! The greatest lifters of all time, the most muscular & the strongest, most powerful athletes in the world are not stopping between every set to take a selfie!
Sharing workout information is great, if done positively, & without ego.
So what IS hardcore?
Hardcore is (in my opinion):
-The individual who has taken months to bottle up the courage to just walk into the gym, to be surrounded by others who know what they are doing (not always the case, but that’s another story!) & simply take their first step. That is hardcore, that is courage, & that is confidence.
-The individual who is NOT in the shape of their dreams but is trying on a consistent basis.
-The parent who is desperately trying to find the time to train despite having a family to support & job (s) to maintain, but manages to do so on a consistent basis. This is arguably more hardcore for all the single parents out there.
-The individual who despite being mocked, teased & even indirectly bullied by their ‘friends’ about the gym still maintains consistency towards their goals.
-The person who can say ‘no thanks’ when the rest of the office are indulging in donuts simply because ‘it’s Friday’ and that’s what the office does on Fridays.
-Anyone who still allows time for their friends, family & loved ones despite training, planning & preparing meals, having a full time job, along with all the other many stresses of life.
– Anyone who shares their own training advice to help others progress in positive manner.
-An individual who is attempting to perform exercises they know they are NOT very good at, rather than just doing what they know they ARE good at. Fellas: stop bench pressing!
-Anyone that uses the strength they find & build in the gym to help others become stronger both in AND out of the gym.
-Any individual who can laugh at themselves, both in & out of the gym.
-An individual who is strong enough to admit their own weaknesses, both in & out of the gym.
To summarise what I am saying is you can take your training & your approach to nutrition seriously, & the reality is you HAVE to if you want results, without taking YOURSELF seriously.
If you found this useful or helpful or you think it would help a friend/family member, please feel free to share and spread some positivity.
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