Why are you even here?

Before you run off, please pause. This is not another ‘find your purpose, find your place’ piece. Its not even a ‘go and buy this book’ post, although you probably should. By the end of this article I just want you thinking. Sitting for a moment and really drilling down into why the hell you want to be fit and healthy in the first place.

Without this practice, you’re going to fail. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not even this year. But if the path back to the barbell is not one you want to walk daily – you’re done.

Wrestling with a client’s motivation level this morning I ran out of patience. Call it the eye-opening change that a new baby gives you, or maybe just the accompanying sleep deprivation. Either way, I called her on it.

“Sara, why the hell are you even here?” its cold outside, we are two of only five people in the gym at this ungodly hour. What’s the reason?”

I’m not going to lie, it did not look to be going well from the outside. She was quite, avoiding all eye contact. I actually thought I had lost a client.

Then she smiled.

“I want to feel strong and fit, I want to be happy for my boys. That’s why I’m here.”

That was it. That was all the clarification we needed. Those two beautiful boys of hers was the reason she was here.

The next 20 minutes of her session easily eclipsed the work output of the previous 40. That mum of two punished the remainder of our workout and literally flopped down in a sweaty heap

Guys, you need to know why you are going to the gym. You need to know WHY you are putting that heavy ass bar on your back and going up/down.


Bonus points for reading (or listening) to Simon Sinek’s – Start With Why.