Guest Blog: Why We Train

Melissa Urban, a.k.a., the Moxy-Boss, over at Whole 9 Life wrote a wholly endearing and thought-provoking essay a few days ago about a) why we workout and b) her mad ice skating skillz. Go read it; I’ll wait.

Dave got to it before I did that morning, and on the way to work, out of the blue, he listed the reasons he thinks it’s important to workout. I told him he was required to share his ideas with Moxy-Boss’s readers AND convinced him to let me publish his comments here, too.

Dave, on why we train:

It feels good. Okay, maybe not *right* at the moment that you’re trying to haul your post-Christmas ass up in the air, but on either side, there’s a definite sense of accomplishment and pride, not to mention the rush of all those beautiful chemicals. You train because you are here, and you know you’re doing what’s right.

You meet some great people. I’m a reformed computer geek, with little background in athletics. When my wife talked me into going to the gym, I expected to meet a bunch of ego-driven lunkheads who were dedicated solely to looking their best. Wow, was I wrong. The people who are committed to working out hard also tend to be committed to other ideas and people in their lives just as fiercely. Men and women who will get up and stand in the cold at five in the morning to do squats will also go out of their way to do other important things. Your workout partners are likely to be beautiful and strong inside and out. You train because you meet some great people at the bottom of a pushup.

You train so you’re not fat now. If you’re in the United States, you’ve seen what a morbidly obese population looks like. It’s not pretty, and it’s not the best that we can be. You train because you can avoid the ill effects of carrying additional weight, so that you can be closer to the best version of yourself, and so that you can lead by example.

You train so you’re not dead later. In our house, the race is not the next benchmark, or the next marathon, it’s to old age. I want and expect to live a full, long life, and I don’t want the end of it to be dragged down by my own fat ass. If I keep moving now, I’ll have an easier time later. You train because growing old is not for sissies.

Finally, you might train because every moment has a price, and a value. You train because every second you’re alive and in working order is worth the sweat you pay. You train because the cost of a good life might include, in part, getting up at some ungodly hour, standing next to people who have made the same smart, dedicated choice, and moving.

Why do YOU train? What makes you haul your ass out of a warm bed to do pullups on a frozen bar? Do you get more from your training than a tight core? Cough it up in the comments.

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  • Ames says:

    Love this! Well said… and motivating.

  • Barbara says:

    Great post!

    I train because it keeps my mind sane(as much as possible), my body fit and makes me slappy happy. I have SO much respect for my other morning Cf'ers, coaches, and other fitness friends. We are all out there sweating, freezing and striving to better ourselves. It's freaking beautiful!

  • Aaron says:

    "You train because you meet some great people at the bottom of a pushup."

    Outstanding. And spot on! Great post!

  • anna k says:

    awesome post!! totally think about this constantly. Strong people are harder to kill, and those people make better friends.

  • Cindy says:

    I train to keep up with my 3-year-old and because I want to be around for him for a really long time.

  • Lisa says:

    So, I read this during lunch and this line has been in my head since then:

    "Men and women who will get up and stand in the cold at five in the morning to do squats will also go out of their way to do other important things."

    I am incredibly thankful to work out with an amazing group of early morning crossfitters. The cold weather this week only made me more aware of how awesome they all are.

  • Mochamajesty says:

    I may not train in the freezing cold, but I do wake up at the crack of dawn to train six days a week.

    I train because I can. I am so grateful that my body is able to jump, squat, run, etc. Even if it doesn't run as fast or lift as much as I like.

    I train because I'm worth it. I went from 227 to 154 through heavy weights and clean eating. It's hard, but so is living life as a fat person.

    The next time I am tempted to stay in bed, I will think of you guys freezing your buns off.

    You guys rock.

  • Melissa Urban says:

    Gorgeous. We consider ourselves lucky to have such "premium" people as you and Dave contributing to our little community over at the Whole9. Mel, your blog is the Real Deal, which is why you're listed as one of the few resources we like and trust. Keep the good information rolling.

    Love from Melissa & Dallas!