When it comes to fitness, a lot gets lost in translation.  Anyone new to working-out and the gym culture can quickly become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there regarding how to “get in shape.”  First-off, what the hell does that even mean?  Ripped abs, slabs of muscle and looking good for a photo shoot?

     Unless you’re a Hollywood actor, bodybuilder or runway model, I doubt these things are that important to you.  Sure, I’ll admit that I train partially for the aesthetic.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a fan of the results.  However, everything changed for me when I flipped the script regarding fitness.  

     It all changed for me when I entered the StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge.  After getting my feet wet with my first one, I was ready to kick ass in the gym and come back stronger.  My motivation to train soared as I anticipated the next competition in 6-months.  I dialed-in my training, hired a coach and put up some numbers I’m proud of.  Guess what happened as a result.  I “got in shape.”  My body fat percentage decreased, my arms got a little bigger and my wife noticed the abs/definition (my dog Nano didn’t care either way, she obviously loves me unconditionally).  Even more important, I HAD FUN.  I didn’t punish myself in the gym, earning the “right” to eat food while focusing on hitting some arbitrary number/measurement.   

     The point is this; the smaller waist, the increased muscular definition and the bigger biceps were all a byproduct of training hard for performance.  In addition, my confidence soared as I hit my goals while having a good time.  My challenge to you is this; focus less on the scale and measurements, find a fun competition to train for and see what happens.  I think you’ll find you have more fun and worry less about measurements.

Train your body.  Feed your mind.

-Demarco