I’ve been in this game (and on the bench sometimes) for two decades, including time spent as a professional. A lot of my peers seem to be outspoken about how passionate they are about the field, hoping to imply, I think, that their passion will transfer to their clients and yield results. Maybe it works sometimes.
But me? Nope. Not at all. It took a while to actually admit it to myself, but for me this health and fitness stuff is merely a necessary means to an end. Standard workouts are mostly a repetitive chore. Slogging through scientific research and papers, though sometimes necessary, is painfully boring. Basic health and fitness is mostly solved anyway. I really don’t care about a rep structure that could improve my bench press by 2.6 percent.
I guess I’m a blasphemer but it’s the truth – I’m not passionate about this field at all, in fact there’s a lot about this field that I straight up don’t like and think is toxic.
You’re probably thinking “why should I listen to a guy who isn’t passionate about health and fitness?” But here’s the thing: for a lot of you, that is exactly why you should listen to me.
Who do you think is going to make doing all this stuff easier? as easy as possible? The person who’s passionate? or the person who wants to make something they don’t really like doing as painless as possible?
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” – Bill Gates
One thing I am passionate about is empathizing with and helping people who are in pain. Because this health and fitness stuff has caused me a lot of pain over the years and I know how much it sucks. And when I eventually realized that this stuff can actually be so, so much easier than most people realize, that’s when I felt compelled to put myself out there in this world.