One of the questions I’ve been asked before, and have asked myself, is why don’t I write about fitness more? The Hustle Planet brand was started as a hub for fitness, business, and motivational ideas. The three pillars of ‘Hustle’ in my mind. Well the short answer is this: I don’t have a lot to say about it. The longer answer needs some explanation.
You see, to me fitness is a very personal, customizable thing. Everyone has different goals and wants different results. To get different results, you will need to do different things. And that’s not even including your body type and how much time/effort you’re willing to put in. Fitness is a journey that you embark on, whether by yourself or with others. For myself it’s always been a ‘me vs. myself’ type scenario. I go to the gym, put on my headphones, and get down to business. That’s really all there is to it.
At the same time, if I wanted to write down everything I know about fitness, it would take a long time. I know more than the average Joe but probably not as much as a personal trainer. But that’s also the beauty of it. You don’t have to know a whole lot, just enough so you don’t hurt yourself and have decent technique. Know what you want to work on and get it done.
For example, one of my main goals is to put on muscle mass. To do this I workout 3-4 times per week. I target 2 muscle groups each day. Usually chest and back on Monday, arms and legs on Wednesday, then shoulders and whatever I feel like doing on Friday. If I go on Saturday or Sunday, I take it easy by doing more cardio than usual and an ab workout. I go for 3 sets of 4 different exercises each time, trying to do the max weight I can for 8-10 reps. I do slow reps with proper technique. I also make sure to stretch before and after the workout. I have a protein shake when I get home along with dinner, something high in protein, carbs, and calories, but nothing too unhealthy. I’m hungry a lot and have a high metabolism, so I try to eat large portions of healthy foods.
See how much information that is? Now if you have a low metabolism and are trying to lose weight then I could outline another fitness plan, but 90% of it would be different. That was just to reinforce my point: fitness is personal and highly customizable. What works for me might not work for you and visa-versa.
Now do I always follow my fitness plan with monk-like focus and never veer off or have lazy days? Of course not. I’m not a robot and people only have so much willpower and determination to use as fuel. Some days I’m too tired from work, have a headache, etc. and skip my workout. That’s when the motivation comes into play.
The motivational aspect is the more interesting part. That is what I can write about all day. And not just for fitness, for everything. We all need motivation at times, whether it’s an inspirational story or something to get you pumped up. I write about People Who Inspire Me for that reason. Their stories helped shape who I am in small ways, and there’s a chance they will do the same for you. Every article I write is something that I believe will motivate or help you out. It is something important enough that I want to share it with whoever wants to take the time to read it.
I know too many people that are lost. They’re basically dead inside. They work 40+ hours a week at a job they hate, get drunk with their friends on the weekends, binge watch Netflix and scroll through Facebook. Same shit playing in a never-ending loop. I don’t want that for myself and I hope you don’t want to get stuck in that either. You can start to awaken your spirit and get on the right path through fitness and finding that crucial motivation when you need it the most, during those times when we feel sad, angry, or lost.
Fitness and motivation go hand in hand. They strengthen and feed off each other. I hope my articles inspire you to go to the gym and have a killer workout. Or start a business idea you’ve been nervous about. Or start pursuing whatever you want in life. That’s what this is all about. At the end of the day that’s the top priority: to live your life the best way you can and make your dreams a reality. That is the real hustle.