Why Should I Listen To You . . .?

How many of us have been pelted with that particular question when trying to impart our perceived wisdom to someone else? 

See if this scenario rings a bell . . . 

You are trying to teach someone how to do something. They are disinterested in what you are saying, even though you possess knowledge or experience. They encounter someone else who stated exactly what you said verbatim, but that person is taken at face value although there are no outwardly signs that they possess any more knowledge than you do. 

I am an avid fitness enthusiast, but some would characterize my passion as maniacal. When I venture into any endeavor, merely doing it is not sufficient. Let me elaborate. When I got into bodybuilding, just doing an exercise was not enough. I needed to know all the aspect of what, why, and how the exercise would be of benefit. This meant breaking down each exercise to its anatomical level. 

This particular approach was useful as I studied osteology, arthrology, and myology.  Now here’s where things got interesting. Some individuals can quote verse and chapter all the intricacies that make up an exercise routine. One is simply overwhelmed with the inordinate amount of knowledge they possess, until the realization hits that their physique does not equal their exercise acumen. 

How could that be? Surely someone well-versed in the science of bodybuilding would look the part? On the other end of the spectrum, we find massively built individuals, who just exercise, but could not begin to breakdown how each muscles function. They just know how to move heavy amounts of weights. Sadly, and all too often the two roads do not meet. 

I provide this backdrop in hopes that what is to come next makes sense. My journey in bodybuilding started 10 years ago. I have chronicled it before and provide the following link for those not familiar with the story. “A Little Exercise Wouldn’t Hurt” 

What prompted this particular story is something my daughter said. “What would my body look like if I had been consistent for the past five years?” 

I then remembered something trainer, Mike Van Wyck said, “The longest road is consistency over time.” 

My daughter’s bodybuilding journey started, stopped, restarted, and stopped. We had great success in the beginning when I and another trainer worked in collaboration on her fitness goals. Where I believe we failed in helping her maintain her lean physique was not working on her mind as well. Namely her outlook on life, and how she viewed herself. 

I was determined not to make the same mistake again. So, as we sat in the car after one of our workout sessions, the genesis of what was to come began to form . . .