There are generally 3 reasons why people workout: to look better, to feel better, and to move better. Ultimately all of these reasons are to live better.
I have been training to improve my own fitness since I was in middle school. I would train on my own, with the football team after school, and with my speed and agility coach at a gym two towns away. I was motivated to move better as an athlete, and also to look better as developing young man coming into his prime. I believed that all of these would help me create a better life, and they did.
I ended up being recruited to play on multiple sports teams during high school. As many young football players do, I also had my sights set on playing professional football someday. Not surprisingly, that didn’t work out. However, due to my training regimen I was able to walk on and play football at the collegiate and semi-professional levels.
During my undergraduate and graduate education I studied to become a Physical Educator. While studying I learned in depth about exercise science, human movement, and psychology. In the back of my mind I was always tying this new knowledge into my exercise sessions, and was able to push myself in ways that I hadn’t before.
Since then I have coached multiple high school teams, and have been a personal trainer for several years. I still continue to train on my own, but my motivation has changed. Now my motivation is to be an example to those that I train as I pass on what I have learned.