WORKOUT WITH THE DRILL SERGEANT – WHAT I LEARNT FROM THE MILITARY
Yes, I was a drill sergeant in the US army. And no, I don’t want to write about the negative aspects of military. Being in the army and then being a drill sergeant involved a lot of fitness and intense training – and this is what I want to write about.
I loved, loved, loved to be a drill sergeant. Somehow I think it was the best job in my life. I was young, I was a top performer, I was training and guiding recruits. Drill sergeants are selected – because they should set the standard in physical performance, discipline and expertise in the army. A drill sergeant demonstrates the kind of energy, drive and motivation that it takes to reach your ultimate goal.
Despite the usual stereotypes (I know you have seen films!), my job was not about screaming or verbally abusing people. It was about training and transforming people and it was all about motivation.
Maybe this is why I love my job as a fitness trainer at SYPC so much today – because it is all about training ladies and transforming their lives. I still apply my knowledge from military every single day.
Some of the lessons I took from military with me are:
-Motivation is everything. The body can do amazing things when the motivation is right.
-Discipline: all the motivation in the world is nothing without the discipline to hold it up. Discipline, discipline and discipline. Every single day.
-Develop habits: if you are used to a workout every day, you can no longer live without it. It is just that easy.
-Develop fitness in every area of your life, not only for your body: mental, physical and emotional fitness is of importance.
-Drink water. Yes, smile about it. But drink water. Fitness drinks and juices may taste good, but most are not healthy.
Well, I am no longer a drill sergeant, but I still thrive to be physically fit, disciplined and I am pushing my dream every single day. You can do that, too.
And even if you think during the class that I am just pain and that I make you go to your limits with everything that I can give. Think about the drill sergeant again.
During the workout it might be pain, but in the end it is just pure energy and inspiration.
Look to your motivation. Dive in all the way. Know your goal. 100% discipline, not less. And raise your expectations.
Now get MOVING!