Have you ever considered how important your environment is to your training? When I use the word “environment” I am not really talking about clean air, etc., i am talking about where you train and who you surround yourself with. These are things that most people fail to consider when attacking a training plan, but they have a large effect on your outcome. Have you considered any of the following?
About 8 months ago, I joined a new gym—Metroflex Long Beach. Before joining there I was a member of a large corporate gym, 24 Hour Fitness. Honestly, I’ve made more progress in 8 months than I had in the previous 5 years as a member of the corporate gym. The environment at Metroflex just inspires you to train harder and to get the job done. The owners know you and your story. They hold you accountable for getting great results. You want to work harder because everyone around you is training to their fullest abilities.
The gym you belong to makes a difference and not just due to the equipment that is available. Your gym is a big tool in your toolkit and it will motivate you on its own.
Those You Surround Yourself With
People come in many shapes, sizes and types. You want to surround yourself with people who support your goals. I workout early in the morning and am lucky enough to train at the same time as Brian Banks and Freddie Parish. These two guys have been so supportive of me. I, of course, return the favor. We push each other to new heights. That’s what you want when you train—people who are going to push you and hard.
My family, while I did not choose them, also push me hard. I don’t want to let them down, so I work even harder. They cheer me on in their own way. Sometimes they make fun of me posing in front of the mirror, but even that is showing support.
My friends all cheer me on as well. If they didn’t, I don’t think I could be friends with them any longer.
My trainer is another huge supporter. He calls me regularly to check up on my progress. He is vested in the process.
We have to make the right choices about who is in our corner and who is not in order to make massive changes.
The Thoughts in Your Head
This one is huge. Your mental attitude is either going to give you an edge or take you down. You have to be sure that you are always thinking positive thoughts about your program. Never tell yourself something is impossible or too hard. Always give yourself the positive vibe.
So tell me what things you might need to change in your environment to improve your training.