For much of my young life, I wasn’t the average sized kid. I was taller, heavier, and unknowingly stronger too. Even more so when I hit puberty, a lot earlier than most. When I used to play junior AFL parents from the opposition team would always comment on my stockiness. Most notably, and I’ll never forget these exact words, “Oh, f*** off, he’s a freak! He’s got a foot on every other kid AND facial hair. He’s NOT f***ing 11 years old”.
An 11 year old “freak”… Maybe there was something wrong with me?
Side note: Shout out to my Ma, who found which kid belong to that parent and told me at quarter time so I could spend the rest of the game roughing him up. If I remember correctly I broke his ribs and concussed him with a genuine spear tackle, hopefully they read this too J.
Over the remainder of my teenage years, I started to just accept that I was clearly some sort of giant misfit. Taller, heavier, hairier, deeper voiced, and generally more mature. I didn’t really learn to love it until I was around 18-19 and joined a local gym with my best mate who had been training for a year. It was small and had that meathead kind of vibe about it too. Big and strong blokes doing big and strong things. That’s what I wanted to do and now that’s what I do. I started training to look good like everyone else does, but I figured out I was also quite strong, and so I focused on that too. The gym is where being a “freak” really resonated with me.
No one cares who or what you are in the gym, you’re all in there for the same purpose.
I guess to summarize the above: I got in to weight training because it taught me to embrace being a “freak” and it taught me to embrace being myself.
I think it was Socrates that said “It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable”.
Now this obviously applies to women too, more so than ever before.
I became a personal trainer because I wanted to help anyone, who was curious enough, see what they could achieve within their own frame. That could be with any goal, to be better prepared for a sport, to get stronger than they ever thought was possible, to lean down and put on some muscle or even just to feel better on a day to day basis. It’s what we are designed for.
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”
But I love being at Enterprise because it doesn’t feel like a job.
The family atmosphere, the completely decked out gym, the ongoing world class education, to the smile on my client’s faces at the end of their sessions. What’s not to love?
My current training goals are to become a lot more mobile and injury free than I am. I spent most of 2016 pushing through little niggles and it’s finally dawning on me that I’m not as invincible as I thought I was.
So this year I want to bullet proof myself, get stronger than ever before, feel and look good doing it too.