The Inside Work:A Perspective on Progress

Right now, I go to a a pretty small gym at my apartment complex, but I do miss the membership gyms like LA Fitness. Being in there helped me to be motivated to do the work out that I want to conquer.

You have the many kinds of machines and free weights at your grasp. You have so many people adding energy into the atmosphere that matches your desire to get fit. There is the availability to join a fitness class with like-minded individuals.

The ambiance is usually electric and fast-paced, the way I like it.

Then there are the negatives. If you allow yourself, you can be wasting so much time wishing that you were as fit as that woman on the treadmill over there or as strong as that man on the bench press, lifting 420 lbs. You’re susceptible to wish you were leaner, thinner or thicker. Either way, it can be a mental battlefield for you.

But there is one component that is neither negative or positive about the gym. It all depends on how you use it.

The mirror.

It’s already enough that we deal with our bathroom mirrors at home that serve as a medium to judge our appearance, but the mirrors in a gym are typically larger, giving us a more broader scope of our physical selves.

When we look at the mirror, it is so easy to focus on what is happening outwardly. We can see how far we are from our ideal goals and become discouraged that we are not there yet. Then we let that judgment overshadow what is happening on the inside. We forget that all the work we have put in ignites the transformation from the inside, not the outside.

When we look ourselves in the mirror, we don’t see the micro tears of our muscles reforming to become stronger and more durable. We don’t see the ounces of fat melting away. We see our sweat but we don’t see the immediate impact that happens after the toxins leave our bodies, causing our organs to function more healthily for the near future.

The progress always starts on the inside, then it manifests on the outside. This is important to remember throughout your fitness journey.

The principle can apply to other areas of life. You may not see what you want to see, when you want to see it but hard work and persistence pays off ALWAYS.

In fact, one of the most memorable guests that I have checked into my hotel said it best to me:

Patience. Persistence. Perseverance.

This came from an architect,with whom I found out after meeting him, has finished work all over the world.

I think he knows what he is talking about.

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I am a 32 year-old central floridian. I work at a 4-Diamond hotel in Florida. I live with a roommate who is so different than me, it's insane, but we make it work. Also, I am a 6'3" tall, 240 lb black, straight man who wants to blog about self-care!

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