What Stops People From Starting Now?

Napoleon Hill studied under the most successful men in the world. He learned from the minds and habits of titans like Henry Ford, to discover what makes a man successful. Hill’s wisdom is a credible source for those who wish to accomplish their goals.

So often, we use “waiting for the right time”, as an excuse to procrastinate. As a trainer, do you know how many times I’ve heard people tell me that they’d love to start training “as soon as…”, or “right after…”? It’s a lot. There always seems to be some obstacle that people are willing to let stop them. I’ll list a few of the most common excuses. Let’s see if you can relate:

“After the holidays”— Start before the holidays. Make healthier choices during the temptation of holiday gatherings, and save your New Years resolution for something new this year.

“When work calms down”— Life will always have stressors. Instead of giving in, start exercising now. Develop positive habits to cope with your stress more effectively, and prioritize your health. You can calm down, even if work doesn’t.

“When my back/knee/hip stops hurting”— There are definitely times where pain or injury should stop you from exercise. Your doctor can tell you when that is. Truthfully, though, fitness is going to help you reduce aches and pains 9/10 times. Inactivity hurts more than a healthy, active lifestyle. Learn to train properly, and use corrective exercise to build a pain free body.

When it comes to making healthy choices, working out, and eating right, “today” is always the best day to start. Don’t wait.

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Mental Fitness

Train your brain and your body will follow.  In this video we explore the minds of great world championships.  Are they physically superior?  Or do they just possess more mental strength?  How can we be more like them?

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Training Inspiration

Sometimes we over-complicate things.  We get caught up with the latest supplements.  We want to try so many new training techniques that we hop from program to program, and never stick with one plan long enough to get quality results.  Or, we think we’re smart enough to make up our own “new program” by adding elements of three proven plans together.

In many cases, it works best to stick best with what’s proven to work best.  Period.  Don’t get too fancy.  You’re not in the gym to impress anyone with how advanced your training program is, are you?  You’re there to get results.

Weekly Inspiration

Your food choices are important and worth a little bit of time.  Nothing worth having comes easily.  I know you work hard on your fitness.  I know you care about getting results.  That’s why you’re reading this, right?  If being healthy and fit is worth the hours you spend in the gym every week, and it’s worth the money you spend on your gym membership, isn’t it worth the extra 30 minutes it will take to prepare healthy food instead of eating that McDonald’s?  Aren’t your goals more important than the temporary satisfaction that you’d get from drinking that chocolate milkshake?

You always have the power to choose.  Apply your willpower and strong character (I know you have one) to your food just as you would to life’s other important choices.

Weekly Inspiration

Life is full of challenges.  Each day presents us with a new set of problems to solve and opportunities to seize.  It’s a trial by fire, and all you need to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other.  The small things will fade away, and the big things will work themselves out, if you just keep walking.

Are you having a hard time on your weight loss journey?  At work?  At home?  Step one is to take step one…

Weekly Inspiration

A lot of times, life spills into our training schedules.  It’s important to keep a holistic approach to self-improvement.  Your physical results leading to fitness goals or athletic improvement will follow your mental game directly.  I promise.

This week I spent a couple of days being anxious about something that I really could not control.  Before long, though, I realized how silly I was Read More

Weekly Inspiration

This quote applies to so many areas of life.  When it comes to your fitness or training goals, being flexible is key.  Life happens, and you might have to reschedule a training session or skip a meal.  You might get injured and need to adjust your training accordingly.  It’s best to have a plan, but you can’t crack if some changes have to be made on the fly. Read More

Weekly Inspiration

Did you have a great, productive, day yesterday?  Awesome!  Now, don’t stop for too long to pat yourself on the back.  Have another great day today.  Do it again tomorrow.  Those singular days of excellence will soon turn into a habit and make your whole life excellent!

Weekly Inspiration

Two heads are better than one.  It’s not even close, either.  Somehow, when like-thinking minds join together, their power is magnified exponentially.  Something special happens when people are united for a common purpose.  Many successful businesses are created and run by groups like this.  We call them Mastermind Groups.  Even Congress is, for all intents and purposes, a Mastermind Group in government.

If you have a goal, one of the best things you can do is put your head together with a group of people who can help.  Find people who have already achieved what you seek, as well as others seeking it along with you.  Discuss your goals regularly.  Ask questions.  Listen to feedback from multiple sources.   Read More

Weekly Inspiration

Just don’t give up.  It’s such a simple concept, but sometimes it can be so hard.  Thomas Edison, responsible for the quote above, is the perfect person to take that advice from.  When 10,000 of his attempts at creating the incandescent light bulb were unsuccessful, members of the press asked Edison how it felt to fail.  He replied that he had not failed, but only found 10,000 ways that wouldn’t work; ultimately on his way to success.

Have you tried getting in shape before, and failed?  Do you have fitness goals that seem unachievable?  Just don’t give up.

Weekly Inspiration

Vince Lombardi was one of the greatest winners of all time.  His words of wisdom, which were often centered around football, apply in all areas of life.  That’s what’s so great about sports and fitness; we build character and life skills on the practice field and in the weight room that will later become professional and personal tools for success.

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Weekly Inspiration: Goal Setting

Goal setting is step #1 in accomplishing most things. How can you reach your destination if you don’t know where you want to go? Let’s all use the last few days of 2014 to reflect on our successes and failures of the past year. Give yourself credit for your accomplishments, but don’t condemn yourself for the areas in which you’ve fallen short. Resolve to do even better in 2015. Read More

Weekly Inspiration

I had read and heard this saying before, but the first time I really READ it was on the wall of a gym in Savannah, GA.  D-1 Sports Training’s Savannah location is co-owned by Tim Tebow and Herschel Walker; two of my all-time favorite athletes.  These two men have been so successful and inspired millions for a reason.  A huge mural in their gym blasted this quote and a message of accountability. Read More

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Fact: You’ll never say “I can’t” about something you truly want.

If you’ve been putting off your fitness goals, because you’re afraid you’ll fail, stop now.  Online Personal Training at joetoproathlete.com is the “way” you’ve been looking for.  We’ll build a custom training program to help you achieve your goals.  Stop making excuses, and let’s work together to make some progress.

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Weekly Inspiration

If you know me, or if you’ve ever trained with me, then you might have heard this quote before.  You’ll probably hear it again too.  GSP is one of my favorite athletes, and this is one of my favorite quotes.

You can have, do, or be whatever you want.  Seriously.  If you set your mind to a thing, you can do it.  So often, though, we “set our minds” to something for only a short time before getting distracted.

If I’m not careful, it’s really easy for me to get sidetracked with 100 projects, 20 plans for social things, the television, or tons of other things.  I try to remember that to be truly successful, all of us have to take the advice of GSP here; FOCUS on your goal until you achieve it.

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Weekly Inspiration

Successful people don’t give up.  You might “fail” over and over again, but the only true failure is to stop trying.

Thomas Edison failed in over 10,000 attempts to create the incandescent light bulb, before he was successful just ONCE.

Is your weight not where you want it to be?  Keep missing that big lift?  No big deal.

Right now is just one more chance to try again.

Weekly Inspiration

You have to be obsessed.  You can’t think about fitness for the 1 hour per day that you’re working out, and then let life take over for the other 23 hours!

Do you have a fitness goal?  Great.  You should  be thinking about it as soon as you wake up, and setting a “to do” list for the day to keep you on track.  You should be thinking about your goal at every meal and snack time.  Your goal should be on your mind when you grocery shop.  Don’t forget about your goal when you get invited to that party on Friday night;  are you going to sacrifice good sleep, or drink too much alcohol if you go?

You can do anything you set your mind to.  The only question is, “how bad do you want it?”

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Weekly Inspiration

We all have days when going to the gym sounds like a chore.  We have days when it would be easier to cheat by eating fast food and sweets.  I WON’T LIE TO YOU:  working out, getting fit, and staying fit is not always easy.  Sometimes you have to make the hard choice.  When you do, it will all be worth while.  You will be rewarded with treasures that far outweigh that day off you could take, or the cookies you’re craving.  Suffer a little now, and live the rest of your life as a happy, healthy, and FIT champion of your own life and body.  Do you think Muhammad Ali ever regrets the hard work that he put in to be the champ?  Something tells me he’d do it all over again…

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Weekly Inspiration

Bruce Lee was one of the fittest and most athletic men ever.  How did he get that way?  He believed that anything was possible, and he had big dreams… but he knew that dreaming wasn’t enough.  Lee understood that by taking ACTION, you can accomplish anything you can dream of.

Take action now.  Become A Member to start your own custom online personal training program from a JoeToPro coach, and start building the body of your dreams today!

Weekly Inspiration

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

-Willie Nelson

It’s true.  These words of wisdom can apply to any part of life, but let’s talk fitness: Once you set your mind to your goals, and focus on them proactively, results won’t be far behind.  Stop blaming your genetics and saying, “I can’t lose weight.”  Replace those negative limitations that you’re placing on yourself with anticipation for the exciting change that’s about to happen!  Imagine how great it’s going to feel to reach your fitness goals!  Then start reaching them one small step at a time.

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