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You Can Suck – and Still Succeed

I apologize in advance for using such an informal edgy title, but “stink” didn’t cut it – and it didn’t rhyme with success. LOL

louis-armstrongAs I was searching for synonyms for “suck”, I discovered where the word came from. Jazz musicians would compliment a horn player by saying “wow, he can really blow!” Since I play trumpet, I can totally relate. It takes a lot of power and control to move air through the horn to reach those high notes. However, if they were really bad, they’d say they were “sucking” on the horn (opposite blowing).

Of course my blog is not about music, it’s about fitness and the reason I chose this title is because I believe there are way too many people who feel like a failure when it comes to fitness, so they quit – or worse, they don’t even try.

I am here to tell you that you do NOT have to be a rockstar in the gym. You do not even have to be in perfect health. I have seen many people struggle through every single workout, put in half the effort as their workout partners, work with physical limitations, have horrible form and even do the bare minimum asked of them – and I’ve seen them still succeed and reach their goals despite their poor performance.

fitness failureI believe people have a tendency to put too much pressure on themselves to perform well. They compare themselves to other people around them and they let their pride get in the way of their potential.

I’m here to tell you that you have to throw this thinking out the window. Even if you are the weakest person in the gym, even if you are the heaviest person in class, even if you don’t really know what you are doing, you are moving and can be improving!

You don’t have to kill yourself in the gym. Many people are putting themselves through horrendous workouts only because they have a horrendous diet. You don’t need to beat yourself up like that.

My runs are slow as Moses sometimes. On some days, I swear there are some people who could walk faster than I run. There are also plenty of times I want to just leave in the middle of kickboxing class because I feel like I’m dying and failing every single jab, cross, kick and jump. But I leave proud because I didn’t quit no matter how ugly it was.

What matters is that we decide to move and you keep moving. It’s all about consistency and just doing OUR best. As we keep moving, we keep improving.

Don’t let the perfection in you get in the way of your potential. Just focus on progress – one step at a time. :)

move and improve

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  1. Kyle Mikami

    This is so nice to hear. When I go to my classes I am easily the most out of shape there and I feel like such a loser having to take breaks. I know that I have to work my way up so that is what I’ll do!

  2. Hamenopi

    You don’t have to be great to start but you do have to start to be great. Imperfect your way to better than good.

  3. Julie Mezzatesta

    Thanks Bonnie! I absolutely needed to hear this! I’m 43 years-old, very healthy & at a healthy weight. However, during the 8-week boot camp I have been participating in through my gym, I SUCK at sprinting! Seriously, I feel like everyone else could lap me during a sprint. I keep showing up and working hard, but get discouraged coming in last all the time. Really appreciate the reminder in your blog today that I really don’t have to compare myself to others.

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      If it makes you feel better, when Steve was doing our boot camp (after he gained the weight for the TV show), he came in dead last pretty much on everything. The struggle was real – but he stuck with it, left his pride at home and reached his goals! And you can too!!

  4. jessica gunn

    you are the best! needed to hear this today especially when my run this morning was pathetic but it was still complete! thanks!.

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      my runs have been horrible lately – but I’m still doing them!!

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