It’s very easy to get caught up in the constant pursuit of PR’s and goals.  Trust me, I get it. I love pushing it to the limit in the gym and seeing what my body is capable of.  My trainer Sean and I are always eager to hit it hard, knowing that the time was spent well. What is often lost in translation is the deeper meaning behind strength training and development.  

I have personally seen and experienced how one’s life is dramatically transformed through the pursuit of strength.  The development and growth of one’s physical abilities transcends the gym and has a profound effect on the rest of one’s life.  The increased discipline creates a chain reaction of positive change that leads to a happier, healthier and more productive life.  StrongFirst has a wonderful motto: “Strength has a greater purpose.” As a future StrongFirst candidate, this message resonates with me deeply.  Getting stronger in the gym has had the following effect on my life:

  1. Increased self confidence and feelings of self worth:  As a kid who was bullied during elementary and middle school, building strength gave me a much better self-image.  This helped me overcome my social anxiety.
  2. Increased discipline:  Committing to a program to completion helped me not only reach my goals, but learn to stick with the process even when I got bored or it got challenging.  
  3. Community:  I’m now around like-minded individuals who push me to get better every day.  I’m constantly learning, improving and refining my processes. I can honestly say I’ve become a better man as a result of my team.  
  4. Mental health:  Consistent strength training has helped me calm (at least a little…) my anxious mind.  This has helped my performance in every aspect of life. I’m now in the right frame of mind to pursue one of my passions, helping others.   

I love helping my clients reach their health and fitness goals, but there’s so much more to it.  The process of putting in hard work to improve yourself will start a lifelong journey that will help you create the best version of yourself.  If you don’t believe me, pick up a few weights and see what happens. You won’t regret it!

To your lifelong health and success,

-Demarco Crum, CPT

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