Jeromy Bryk – @Bryk_Squuaadd
What does it mean to “get your money’s worth” from your training? Well first, it’s a phrase I first heard while I was a Freshman football player at Cuyahoga Heights High School almost a decade ago. My football and track coach, John Shafer, said this often during our difficult conditioning sessions as a way of encouraging us to put forth maximum effort in our workouts, rather than coast through, in order to achieve maximum results. Of all the memorable wisdom and quotes I got from my coaches during my four years at Cuyahoga Heights High School, “get your money’s worth” is one that has stuck with me to this day. Ever since then it is a mentality I take to my workout every day!
In the gym, and in life, consistency is key no doubt. But it’s far too easy to get complacent and believe that just showing up to the gym each day will help you reach your goals. Just showing up alone is not enough to get you to where you want to be. It takes a next level focus and commitment to the process to see next level results and that can only be accomplished by fully investing.
In training, there will be a handful of days when everything is firing on all cylinders. You know, the days where we can’t wait to get our hands on some heavy weight, our focus is on point, we have an easy time finding the mind to muscle connection and there are no signs of tiredness or aches and pains in our muscles. On days like this one, we leave the gym feeling like a rockstar. These days are the days where it is easy to buy in and get the most out of our workouts, but obviously most of days aren’t going to be this stellar. On days where the motivation isn’t there, we’re sore, didn’t have enough to eat before the gym, or are dealing with job or relationship stresses, it is important to challenge ourselves to apply maximum effort to the task at hand rather than be content just going through the motions. These are the days that I find it most important to remind myself to “get my money’s worth” and dig a little deeper knowing that the effort I apply today will be a positive step towards reaching my next goal.
If we look at our training for what it is, an investment of our time and energy in our goals, then it only makes sense to want to get the most out of each workout. After all, we are taking the time out of our day to go to the gym and take our body’s past the limit of discomfort in hopes of reaching a greater goal. To ”get your money’s worth” each day means to get 100% out of the investment were making, taking full advantage of the opportunity afforded to us rather than just going through the motions. It’s up to you to be honest with yourself, and know when you’re holding back and have more to give. Make the choice to do more than just show up, make the choice to apply maximum effort to your goals and get the most out of your investment. As ET the Hip Hop Preacher once said: “You’re already in pain, you’re already hurt, you might as well get a reward from it.”
You made the choice to show up to the gym, get your money’s worth.
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