There is no denying that I am passionate about training. I’m equally passionate about training my athletes. I love my time in the gym. I love the lifestyle. I live for the physical and mental challenge. I look forward to it every single day. I rarely take days off because I truly enjoy the grind. My best days are always those that start with a hard session in the gym. I’d be lost without it.
There’s more to my motivation than passion and enjoyment however. As a father, I continue to train hard because doing so allows me to be more active and involved with my kids. In many ways I’m just a big kid, but I still take my duty as a father quite seriously. The best gift you could ever give a child is time. There’s nothing more rewarding than playing alongside my kids as they smile from ear to ear.
Staying physically active allows me to keep up with my kids and their endless supply of energy. I’m able to play harder and longer. Unfortunately, doing so seems to be unusual these days. I see so many parents my age who are already reduced to sitting on the sidelines and watching. A day at the park rarely passes without someone commenting on how they are “too old” to keep up with the kids. I laugh to myself when these comments come from parents who are younger than me.
To each his own, but I take pride in having my kids look up to me. My kids think I’m Superman. In their eyes, I can do anything and I’ll do everything to prove them right. Regardless of what we set out to do, I strive to lead by example. I want my kids to believe that anything is possible if you work for it.
A few weeks ago we set up an outdoor pool. It didn’t take long for my son to start doing cannon balls off the ladder. I was working in the yard as I watched. He then looked up and said, “Imagine if you could cannon ball me from outside the pool?” He didn’t think it was possible. In an instant, I kicked off my shoes and jumped. The laugh that he had when I splashed him was priceless. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
If busting my ass in the gym means I can make my kids smile, it’s worth more than words could ever describe. Training hard helps me play hard and that’s something I plan to do for as long as I’m alive.
“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes