Find YOUR role model; the RIGHT role model
I saw this video by Elliot Hulse (the strengthcamp youtube channel), and it brought that quote to mind.
In his video Elliot addresses the question, “why are crossfitters so jacked?” His main point is that crossfit athletes are jacked BECAUSE they’re crossfit athletes. He says (in different words) that comparing our bodies to other peoples bodies is really not an effective way of looking at physical fitness, because all things considered, our bodies are going to be built the way they were meant to be built.
And the sentiment is true…
It’s a useless endeavor to compare our bodies to the bodies of others; especially when we’re comparing ourselves to athletes or celebrities.
Looking at pictures of exactly the appearance you desire does more to remind you what you DON’T have rather than to motivate you to get it. Please, take those words in. Embrace them. REALIZE THEY ARE TRUE.
After watching Elliot’s video I went to the Fit4Review facebook page and posted a picture of Andrea Ager with this written as the caption:
Andrea Ager may not be YOUR fitness role model, but she’s really an inspiration, and if you don’t have a fitness role model I encourage you to find one. But not just someone who has the body you want, or who “looks really good.” Find someone who pursues fitness the way you want to; someone to look up to because of what they stand for and what they personify. THAT’S where the true motivation lies.”
Here, I’m going to build on that…
Andrea is definitely jacked, and while she doesn’t have a body I DON’T want, I admire her for so much more than her physical appearance.
If you spend even just 10 minutes looking at her pictures, watching her videos, creepin’ her facebook page(s… why there are multiple, I don’t know), you will see exactly why I admire her. She LIVES crossfit. She even dreams it. She has made her life revolve around her fitness, and she pursues it selflessly and wholeheartedly. These are things that I personally admire the hell out of. They exemplify my desire to lead my life more directly with fitness. Following that, her physique is a direct representation of her own dedication and motivation; something else I hugely admire.
But these things may not align with your personal values and beliefs, which is exactly why I urge you to go out and find your own fitness role model. Find someone who “does fitness” the way you want to, or the way you DO. Find someone who not only looks great to you, but who SAYS and DOES things that inspire you. Look past the photographs and the superficial. Dig a little deeper.
There is where you’ll find the true motivation.
We can change our habits much more readily than we can change our outward appearance, but either way, we need that push that role models provide. We need a reason to keep truckin’ along, and that comes in the form of discipline/motivation/determination/inspiration/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. Often times those things are very hard to come by internally, so finding someone/something that gives you the umph bears no shame. But the longest lasting umph will come from things you can actually obtain and control; looking exactly like someone else is not one of those things.