Banner

Total Body Wellness: Believe it or Not

Total Body Wellness: Believe it or Not
One key factor separates those who are successful in the gym and those who are not. Our fitness expert reveals how you can take control of that surprising obstacle.


One single determining factor stands in your way to reaching your goals in the gym. And surprisingly enough, it's not your workout history, past injuries or body type. The one thing that will virtually guarantee success is a positive mental attitude.

 

I encourage my clients to set exceptionally high goals — get off medications that they don't want to have to take for the rest of their lives, have a neutral pH, be active on joints that have had previous surgeries or even as simple as getting into a pair of pants that haven't seen the light of day since the late '90s. Whatever it is, think big — bigger than you can imagine actually happening right now.

 

On day two in the gym, you'll do exponentially more than what you could do on day one. And week two is going to be bigger than week one. You'll continue to build, and eventually you'll be doing the exercises that you watched other people do on day one as your jaw dropped in amazement.

 

There's a theory in film written by Samuel Coleridge that is based on the willing suspension of disbelief. That means when you walk into a theater, you know that this isn't real life, really happening. But you're willing to watch the flick and, as long as the acting is decent, accept these characters into your life for an hour and a half. It's the reason why we've fallen love struck for Edward Cullen, we cried at the end of "The Notebook" and many years ago "Steel Magnolias" broke out hearts.

 

The next time you walk into a gym, I want you to willingly suspend your disbelief. Forget the weight you've tried unsuccessfully to lose, don't think about any crazy diets, and do not let a second of negative self-talk enter your mind. For the next 20 minutes, hour or however long you stay at the gym, give yourself a challenging workout, and coach yourself through it by thinking positively. You're in control of your own imagination, and there is no sense in being anything but wildly successful in your mind.

 

When Brad, the head trainer at my gym, was in kindergarten his teacher gave the class a simple exercise of drawing a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up. Amid the onslaught of ballerinas, firemen and even one President of the United States, Brad drew a picture of a tractor. (I know, kids are hilarious.)

 

His teacher tried carefully to explain that some things, like a tractor, you just can't be when you grow up. But Brad went on to compete in a sport called Strongman &mdsah; pulling trucks, flipping tires and hauling around huge stones. He took the title of Ohio as well as Michigan's Strongest Man in the 200-pound weight class. He had one of those "Ah ha" moments (thank you, Oprah) when he was competing at Nationals in Utah in 2008 and the ESPN announcer came over the loud speaker during their semi-truck pulling event and announced, "These guys are incredible. They are literally human tractors."

 

I'm willing to bet that most of us haven't been dreaming of turning into farm machinery since we were young. But I do believe that most of us have given up on one of our goals at some point because it just seemed impractical.

 

Today, I'm asking you to suspend your disbelief. Open up a Word document right now and write down five goals. Make them good. I'll wait. I want you to spend every day for the next week rereading those goals.

 

I'm lucky I get to go to work every day and see people achieve dreams that they never for one second imagined they could. So I've stopped believing in the impossible. If you knew with 100 percent certainty that you would accomplish every goal on that list you just wrote, how soon would you get to work?

Ashley Berlin -

Ashley Berlin is the health and fitness columnist for Cincy Chic and the owner of BEAT Personal Training in West Chester. Want more information about something you read here? Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Read More >>


More articles by this author

Total Body Wellness: Preventing Cancer
Total Body Wellness: Preventing Cancer Cancer is a disease that impacts...
Read More >>
Total Body Wellness: To Eat or Not To EatTotal Body Wellness: To Eat or Not To Eat
Total Body Wellness: To Eat or Not To Eat The reports...
Read More >>
 

subscribegraphic

eventsgraphic


Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner