Stop Giving up before Getting Started

The other day I was having a conversation with one of my personal training clients.  She was getting stronger, losing body fat and basically all the things that personal trainers typically put into the bullet points of the ad copy on their website and flyers.  She’s a hard worker, she works two jobs, she consistently comes in, she puts in the effort, and it’s paying off.  Do the right things, and the right things happen.  

When the right things happen, people start to notice. When people start to notice, they often give compliments and ask questions about “How?”

And when they hear how, they often give up before getting started. 

As she was explaining the training and the nutrition philosophy (slow carb diet, google it…but do it after you finish reading this) they might say things like “Oh I could never give up bread”….or pasta or insert whatever beloved food you enjoy eating that prevents you from reaching your health and fitness goals. And btw, she LOVES doughnuts but understands how delayed gratification will benefit her in the long run.

They are giving up, before getting started.  They are letting the perceived discomfort of what it takes to achieve the goal beat them into submission.  And it’s a shame because giving something up temporarily is not that difficult.  In the case of the slow carb diet, one day a week you can have anything you want, so in essence, you only have to save it for Saturday (the recommended go nuts day).


The thing is when you are committed, truly committed you don’t let anything stop you.  You come into it with the mentality of “I’m going to make this happen” and then simply do so.   As my first strongman mentor the late, great New Jersey’s Superman Greg Matonick used to say “Set your mind on what you’re doing.” and then simply do the things necessary to make what’s on your mind into a reality. My current strongman coach Hairculese Chris Rider would say the same thing.

My personal training studio is exclusive, it’s not because I’m some elitist type person on my high horse trying to put a metaphorical velvet rope to keep the peasants out.  It’s because, among other things, I ask people to rate their level of commitment on a scale from 1-10.  If it’s less than the number I’m looking for, it tells me they are not willing to do the things I ask, which is the actions it takes to make their goal a reality.  If they aren’t willing to do that, then they have no business being in my studio and distracting me from my other personal training clients.  It doesn’t matter how much money they are willing to spend if they are stingy with their sweat equity.

You’ve got to be willing to do the things that are in your best interest.  If you are committed but simply don’t know what those things are and are willing to be held accountable to your actions, I’d be happy to teach you. And the guidance, support and accountability I provide work…plain and simple.

Try it out yourself with the personal training trial membership in the small group supportive environment of my studio. Get started by texting me at 973 476 5328 to schedule your session.

Eric Moss is a world record holding professional strongman, author, speaker and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is in Boonton Township New Jersey with Lewandowski Chiropractic and is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.

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