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Pushing past your fitness barriers



I was in the gym having one of those workouts where you’re so in “the zone” and you’re just “killing it”.  I had my head phones on, listening to music that had me in my “training zone” which added to the intensity and power of my workout. 

After my workout was over, I was pumped, feeling great, endorphins were flowing and I shared how I was feeling with the following status update on my Facebook wall

“Had a killer workout today!!! Was in “The Zone” killing it on shoulders, biceps and triceps and jammin out to some Nine Inch Nails.”

Not only was the music a factor in my workout, I was bathed in sweat during the workout  achieving several personal bests.  To achieve this, I had to push myself  physically as well as mentally.  It was all about pushing past the barriers.

What’s in a word?
From a marketing perspective, some may say that how I describe and talk about my workouts, using words like “killer workout”  may intimidate “newbies” or women and I may want to tone down my language and use words such as “tone” and “sexy” in my verbiage. 

You know what.  I’m not going to do that.  I’m not going to “candy coat” or “tone down” my language when it comes to describing my workouts.  I’m going to keep it real and honest even if it does scare some people off.

It is that toned down verbiage that the main stream media uses with regard to fitness that is preventing so many men and women from reaching their health and fitness goals, including me.

When I was that “perpetual before picture”, it was words and phrases such as “tone”, “sleek and sexy”, “slim” that prevented me from becoming the “perpetual after picture” I have become. 

When it comes to fitness, words like “tone”, “slim”, “sleek and sexy”  are simply for mainstream marketing purposes and don’t exactly inspire you to push yourself. 

When it comes to fitness and working out in the gym, these words don’t exactly have you sweating, grunting and pushing yourself hard in the gym.  These words don’t encourage you to lift heavier weights that will help you achieve your fitness goal.

Truth be told, it’s all about MUSCLE and to have muscle, you’ve got to build it and to build it means grunting, sweating and pushing yourself.

I’ve said this many times and I will say this again.  Muscle is what gives the body shape.  Building muscle (along with proper nutrition) is what is going to get rid of the “flab” and firm your body.  In order to do this, you’ve got to use weights that will challenge you and you have got to push yourself in the gym. 

Pushing past the barrier
Far too often, I have had many clients tell me that if they were working out on their own they wouldn’t push out those last few reps where your muscles are burning and you have to dig deep to make it happen.  It’s those last few reps where you think you can’t do any more that build the body you want. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about this in the movie Pumping Iron.  He says that you have to work past the pain barrier.  It’s those last 2-3 reps you push out when there’s nothing left in you that makes the muscle grow and most people don’t have the guts to push past their barrier. 

I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that having a body that is healthy, fit and looks good doesn’t take discipline, commitment and effort.   It is a lifestyle and a way of life. 

The question you need to ask yourself is how far are you willing to push past the barriers that hold you back from having your best body and health, not only in the gym, but outside of the gym too.

If I allowed those barriers to stand in my way, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  I’d still be that frumpy, frustrated, perpetual “before” picture.

Kill it!
The next time you’re in the gym, be sure to hit it hard and leave there saying you’ve had a “killer” workout!  That’s what’s going to get you results!  That’s what’s going to help you push past your barriers.

I’m looking forward to another day of hitting the gym with my headphones, jamin’ out,  getting in that “training zone”,  hitting it hard and having another killer workout and feeling on top of the world afterwards.

My parting words to you
Pushing yourself past the pain barrier with your workouts helps you push past barriers in life.


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  1. 6 Comment(s)

  2. By Tom Parker | Reply

    Great post Shari. I do find that my performance in the gym does influence my motivation. Problems don’t affect me as much and I can battle through them much easier if I am in a good groove with my training.


  3. By sharifitness | Reply

    Glad you liked the post and thanks for commenting on it. Performance is great for motivation. It’s always great when you are in the “groove” with your training and everything is clicking on all cylinders!!! There’s nothing quite like it.

    I don’t know about you, but when I go through a period when I know my performance is not where it should be, it is then that I try to pinpoint what can improve my performance…. things such as rest (not enough can zap your energy), nutrition, changing things up in the gym, etc in order to get the max out of myself with every workout.

    What about you?

  4. By Bill Eppright | Reply

    Hi Shari.

    Thank you for arousing motivations, and stimulating thought.

    I guess I focus more on performances as a path and lifestyle, over one time performances in the gym, tennis court or “weigh ins” in the morning. I look at season over season, and month over month.

    I’m actually better on the court and scale. Clothes fit better than a month ago, last season and last year. Feels good. Time for the bathing suit.

    Someone asked me the other day, Hey Bill, How you doin’? I said, “better”. They were puzzled. 🙂

    How you doin’, Shari.

  5. By Nicholas L. Norfolk | Reply

    What a post! We know what we want, so we have to GO GET IT! It’s not going to come to us, so we TAKE IT! Sorry, I’m just a tad pumped. I want to go workout right now!

  6. By sharifitness | Reply

    Love it!!! Thank you Nicholas!!! Have a great workout and be sure to “Kill It”!!!

  7. By Mimi | Reply

    No candy-coating here! Thanks for the continued inspiration and motivation, Shari. Aside from the physical changes, the adrenalin rush and self-satisfaction are great rewards to a “Kill It!” workout!

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