If you don’t really want this, stop reading here. We need you to intrinsically want to be a better person physically and mentally. Aspire is for those that are willing to put in the effort to achieve the results they desire. This shit is hard, but if you want it, are open to change, and willing to put in the work, we will be here every step of the way to help.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Our Team and fellow Aspire athletes will be there for a high five, but ultimately, you need to hold yourself accountable to your actions, effort, and attendance. Take your fitness seriously by being on time to your workouts, listening to your coaches, doing mobility, and fueling with proper nutrition. Ask for help when you need it, but be the boss of yourself. You have one life – be in charge of it and reach your goals.
Do Intentional Activity Daily
You need to do some sort of intentional activity every day. That could be a workout at Aspire, 30 minute run, yoga session, or quick home workout. Don’t put this goal on a pedestal, it can be short and simple – it just needs to be intentional activity. A long walk with your dog, 2 minute plank between commercials, or walking up the stairs instead of the elevator counts.
Make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen. Take the time to schedule out your week and insert your workouts, go grocery shopping, and plan your meals. Don’t wait until lunch time to decide what you are going to eat for lunch, have it prepped already. Sign up for your workouts and hold yourself accountable to them. Stretch tight muscles before they become injured. The more you are able to plan ahead for, the less obstacles will get in your way.
Your journey to be the best athlete you can be will always be a team effort. Although a lot of it is up to you, the ancient African Proverb holds true, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We are a team to seek each other for help when we need it, an extra push when we feel tired, and a kick in the ass when we are slacking off. Yes, we want you to be accountable for yourself, but pick up others when they are down, recruit help when needed, spread knowledge when you can, and hold your team accountable to their best.
Diets suck because they will never last forever and don’t necessarily work for everyone. Eat real foods – vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and grass fed/free range meats. If you want to eat primarily vegetarian or vegan, go for it. But, abide by the 80/20 rule so whatever you do leads to a life of proper nutrition, not just a time frame. Eat 80% great stuff and splurge 20% of the time. This could be daily or on a weekly basis. PS – alcohol counts towards your 20%.
“It's so easy to be great nowadays, because everyone else is weak.” – David Goggins
There are no shortcuts to success and if people spent half the time trying to find hacks at actually working hard, they would be on the quickest path to succeeding at their goals. This shit ain’t easy and that’s the truth. If you are willing to put in the hard work and push yourself, your limitations are endless. But don’t think you are going to get there by keeping your hair dry and your cute lulu crop clean – results come in the form of pool of sweat and ripped calluses.
All the above habits don’t mean shit until you actually put them into action. If you want this, it can and will happen. We will be there to give you guidance, motivation, and encouragement, but we can only hold your hand for so long. It’s up to you to put these habits into place and we believe in you.
Sean Spire is the Head Coach of ASL. He was a competitive swimmer who discovered CrossFit and Ironman Triathlons. He has his BS in Exercise Science from Florida State University.