Hey guys, please read and tell me what you think. If you want, you can tell me why you guys train too.
"Before I start this essay, I would like to make a statement: Training is hard. If it wasnít hard, everyone would be training, be great at their sport and be in great shape. Itís difficult to find the time, itís a physically difficult activity, and the most mentally challenging pursuit Iíve ever encountered.
Of course, there is an upside, and in this case, the upside far outweighs the downside. Training is the way to get better at your sport, it boosts your self esteem, and helps you get into great shape.
Often enough, I keep asking myself, why am I training, why am I doing this to myself? The answer is quite simple. I love it. I love to hit the bag, I love to punch and kick the air, and I love to hit people and be hit by people. I love it. If I love something that much, sure enough Iíll train, whether itís at 6 am, or 9 pm, Iíll do it. I will make time.
I look around myself and I see unmotivated, out of shape suckers who donít bother to take care of themselves. Now, I understand not everyone likes to train, or even work out from time to time, but as sad as it is, looking at these shlubs helps meÖ When looking at them, I see exactly what I donít want to become. I see people who drink and smoke and party all the time, who donít study, who donít train, who donít like anything. All these people want to do is enjoy themselves, and when your goal is as general as that, itís almost impossible to reach.
But when I go to a kickboxing gym, itís completely different. I see motivated, hard working people. These people have a goal, and are doing all they can to achieve this goal by training.
I have a short list of people I do not want to end up like, and people I do want to end up like, in terms of motivation and work ethic. The former would be my brother, who never worked a day in his life, and countless other youth who laze around doing nothing. The latter would consist of Maz, my coach, John and Alex, my trainers, because the three of them always have set out their goals and did all they could to accomplish them.
Another reason why I train is because itís the only way to get ahead. My science teacher once told me, ĎWhenever youíre not training, someone else is.í When Iím sleeping, when Iím watching television, when Iím eating, someone is out there training. Scary thought, eh?
To sum this up, the reasons I train are: because it gives me that feeling of accomplishment, it gets me ahead of the game in terms of competition, and most importantly, it makes me happy. Iíve never been happier during or after a tough training session."