What Makes An Athlete?
The dictionary says, an athlete is “a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport or exercise, or game requiring physical skill”.
FOR SURE. When I watch an elite athlete perform, I am AMAZED at their physical ability. Since becoming a personal trainer, Cirque Du Soleil is a whole new experience for me!
However, I believe this definition lacks some intangible aspects of what the admirable title of athlete conveys.
Beyond the work displayed by the body, it takes determination, dedication and will power to be an athlete. It takes someone who is willing to START. Who will give as much as they can from the very beginning. An athlete also recognizes the need for growth and is willing to get help when needed. An athlete is open to learning, recognizing that it will only make them better.
The amount of effort an athlete puts forth in order to not just do everything needed, but to do everything needed correctly and to the best of one’s ability is crucial. Stopping when you need to, but ALWAYS willing to start up again. Giving as much as you can each time, no matter what form of exercise.
An athlete has to want to improve and perform. Even on days where you would just rather go out and get some poutine.......you come to class.
Or maybe you can't get to class.....so you go for a walk. You take action.
The strength and drive it takes to come back to class after being away from it for awhile....AMAZING.
The steps you took to finally get to a class - that is your Inner Athlete at work.
Deciding to exercise, signing up and then showing up.
Once there: working as hard as you can, yet respecting your limitations and knowing that you will simply get better and better at what you do.
You all have an INNER ATHLETE.
Inner, because you are not professional athletes.
But, inside - that athlete is there. I've seen so many come out!
Never forget that.
I see your Inner Athlete at work.
I admire your Inner Athlete!!
(Never forget that, too.)
Your Inner Athete: Strong, Fabulous and Smiling