Friday, February 13, 2015

This quote, posted by fellow fitness lover Kayla Itsines earlier today, inspired me to write this post. 

Confidence is about trust. Trusting yourself, trusting your coach, trusting God, etc. Confidence is not about being "better" than someone else. Unfortunately, this is the definition we think of most often, and also what we see being portrayed. 

Confidence is so important for so many reasons. And it is something that so many of us lack. Maybe that's because we don't have the correct definition. 

When I looked up the definition of "confidence" in the old Websters Dictionary, one definition stood out to me: "belief in ones own abilities".

This is the reason why I want to be a personal trainer. I want to give you the feeling of confidence, I want you to surprise yourself, challenge yourself, I want you to BELIEVE in yourself. I want to help you become your best self.

We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. I know, I know, so much easier said than done. But if we all just take a step back, and look around, we'd realize just how different we all are. For example, I know that I will NEVER look like Kayla Itsines. I would be kidding myself if I thought my legs could ever be that skinny! She looks great, but there are too many girls out there who are comparing themselves to her, who has been on her fitness journey for years and years. She has worked long and hard to become her best self! We cannot get discouraged when we have been going to the gym for a few months are don't see these results. 

And this brings me to another rant. I am so sick of people judging others (or, comparing themselves to others) while at the gym. I've seen one too many "sneaky" snapshots of "overweight" people at the gym with captions bashing them.

Thank you @WorkoutHumor for sticking up for this man.

 What makes you think you can "stick your nose in the air and think you're better" than that person? Are we not all there for the same reason? We all want to be our best self. Emphasis on the SELF. Because we are all different! We all have different goals. Who are you to judge others? Confidence is not gained by disrespecting and making fun of others, it is gained by believing in yourself and your abilities.

I am proud of every single person that walks into the gym. No matter if they're body builders, moms trying to lose baby weight, or just your average person trying to live a healthy life, I admire them. 

Next time you go to the gym and see someone who is overweight, think twice about judging them. You don't know what they went through to step through those doors. Have some respect! Admire them for having that dedication and wanting to change. Not many people have taken that step, that HUGE step! 

So go to the gym with a smile on your face, throw everyone off! Give someone a compliment, help someone out, MAKE FRIENDS! The gym is an intimidating place, lets make it more comfortable, and full of self confidence. Surprise yourself, set new goals and most importantly, believe in yourself. 


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