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What's in your gym bag this week? - Ideas for success

If you've ever forgotten to take your protein shaker out to wash, opened it later, and whoa - then you know, it's important to go through your bag frequently to keep it organized, and tight.

This week:

That little engine...

From time to time we all have one of those "I think I can, I think I can" moments. Before we step up at a meeting, a speech or presentation, or any number of areas in life, we reassure ourselves with - "I got this." Self-pep talks are good:

"I do it as therapy; I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline." - Jack Lalanne

The man lived to be 96.

Just do it

Kick ass personal trainers, class instructors, and gym partners are there, and should be, constantly encouraging each other to push through, pump up, and help out with those last reps. (Although, the over zealous "yellers" do get annoying.) Gyms' continue to be communities, microcosims if you will, made up of all walks of life all with a common goal - that of self improvement. A place to refine and strengthen not only the body, but hopefully the mind. I've met some pretty amazing people in gyms.

Getting there, for some, can be the challenge. Yes, these environments can appear intimidating (albiet at first) with their loads of seemingly complicated equipment, stack slammers, and seasoned gym rats. But then again, would you rather be in a cubicle all day cold-calling people for sales leads? (I tried that once and - yeah, no.)

I'd rather be lifting.

Bird's of a feather

Truth: Exercising releases endorphins. Those chemicals the produces that stimulate receptors in the brain boosting confidence. 
"Runner's high" is real, and so is what I call "Lifter's high." i.e. the need for one more set. When you feel good, you look good. When you feel and look good you attract like minded people. And who doesn't want that? 

In a day and age where, instantly, we can read or view something negative, it is imperitive to clear the haze of hatefuness and blah, push reset, and surround ourselves with positivety. Exercise is therapy. 

Make time for your therapy session. Walk, run, lift, do what you need to do to get the endorphins going. Each step, lap, and rep gets you one step closer to the prize.