So I started Soldierfit about 12 weeks ago and it was the best decision of my life. I’ve learned a ton of valuable lessons from it and the people associated with it. These are some of them:
1.) You’re not sweating…you’re leaking awesome and your fat is crying…good job.
2.) The duck face has no place in The Fort…or anywhere for that matter…just stop with it, you look like an idiot.
3.) It’s completely fine to only be able to count to 10…after that you hold your legs out at 6 inches for a few seconds and then start again.
4.) If someone says “1, 2, 3, 4” you don’t answer with “5” you answer with “1”.
5.) Your legs will be sore, your arms will be sore, you abs will be sore, your butt will be sore, hell even your hair will be sore…take a hot shower, eat some protein, get over it, and keep going. That soreness means you accomplished something.
6.) True love is real. It conquers all. No matter who you think your are or what your past is, there is someone out there who will love you and not only push you to achieve your dreams but will fight your battles with you and share in everything that makes you happy. Thank you Jen and Danny for proving that to me, especially when I was in the midst of a bad break up and really needed to see that love is fo’real.
7.) Don’t blabber on and on about your workout to your friends that don’t workout, they’ll get really annoyed about it…instead bring them to a class and show them how awesome it is…they’ll understand immediately.
8.) There is a HUGE difference between pride and ego…if you don’t know what that is, come to a Soldierfit class and you’ll see first hand.
9.) Yes, you do look and smell like shit…all of us do…if that’s really a concern for you while you’re working out, your priorities at the gym are really messed up…fix yourself.
10.) Working out isn’t a race, it’s a challenge…focus on form, push yourself, and do it right….unless of course you’re a runner, then it usually is a race….
11.) “Drop it like a Nelly video” if you want to save your lower back during most exercises.
12.) If you’re competing with the person you were yesterday, you’re doing it right…if you’re competing with the person next to you, go home and re-prioritize your life.
13.) Encourage those around you, especially your battle buddy…there will be a time when you need that encouragement back.
14.) Ladies, unless you are taking testosterone or steroids, lifting will not make you look bulky and manly…it will tone you and stop you from jiggling, that is sexy, not manly…start lifting.
15.) Beer, pizza, and cupcakes are great…having a flat stomach/6 pack is better.
16.) The answer to “How many reps are we doing?” is and always will be “do it until it hurts, and then do some more”
17.) The phrase “you can do anything you put your mind to” is a crock of you know what…it should be “you can do anything you put your heart into”…your mind (and body for that matter) are useless if your heart is not in it.
18.) Excuses are lame, stop making them.
19.) Your body can do some pretty incredible things and it’s stronger than you think…don’t let your mind get in the way. Stop thinking and just do.
20.) Walt Disney was right…your dreams, aspirations, and goals do come true….but only if you’re willing to put in the work to making them happen. Nothing great is given, it is earned. If you got something right off the bat, chances are it’s not actually that great, stop kidding yourself.********
21.) Pull ups are the single hardest exercise one can do…don’t stop working until you can do them. Yes it will hurt and you will get blisters but nothing compares to the feeling you get when you get your chin above that bar.
22.) Burpees suck…do them anyways.
23.) Sit ups, V-ups, In and outs, leg lifts, and flutter kicks also suck…not having a flat stomach/6 pack sucks more…keep going.
24.) It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through in life, walking around with a chip on your shoulder and entitlement in your heart isn’t going to get you anywhere…get off your ass and work for what you want.
25.) It doesn’t matter what your starting point is, it only matters that you’re STARTING. And if you’re judging someone for where they’re starting, you should be ashamed of yourself, you were there once too…don’t be a butthead, encourage them to keep coming back.
26.) Even if you don’t think you can do it, there are over 3,000 other people that KNOW you can do it…Soldierfit is a family, your goal is everyone’s goal and we are all fighting this battle together.
27.) The Black Hats and Yellow hats are some of the most incredible and inspirational people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting…learn from them, don’t argue with them. They are trying to challenge you to be better, don’t take this for granted.
29.) When squat jumping onto the big box…don’t miss…it sucks…
30.) There is no such thing as a prodigy…even Bryce Harper has to train and work hard every single day
31.) If you push yourself today, you’ll thank yourself tomorrow.
32.) Never underestimate the power of endorphins that working out gives you…some of my happiest moments are just driving home from Soldierfit (seriously….I’m legit in my car, windows down, music up, white girl dancing….if you see me, feel free to join in)
33.) We wear a uniform for a reason..we are one unit, one company, one family
34.) Beyonce doesn’t have a thigh gap so stop stressing about trying to get one for yourself. If Queen B don’t need it, we sure as hell don’t need it.
35.) There are countless men and women who have laid down their lives for our freedom…respect them and honor them; and above all else, don’t let their sacrifice be in vain. Be a contributing member of society, work hard, and leave this country in better shape than the way you entered it.
*****DISCLAIMER: This is true unless your goal is to be able to fly or own a pet unicorn…working towards that will only lead to a broken body and utter disappointment.
Thank you Soldierfit for all you do for me.
PRIDE not EGO.
YOU ARE. WE ARE. I AM.