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Fitness Requires Discipline

It doesn’t matter whether you are a fitness beginner or a professional athlete. It’s the same when it comes to what it takes to achieve your goals. It takes discipline and there is going to be some level of discomfort when you practice discipline. There is no getting around it, you have to just go through it. The key is to make discipline your friend. I don’t know why people shy away from discipline rather than confronting it, and yes, even learning to like it. It’s a choice like everything else in life.

If you choose fitness, then you have to choose discipline if you want to get your money’s worth…its as simple as that.

Nick Saban is regarded as the greatest college football coach of all time. He is quoted as saying, “There are two pains in life. The pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, you'll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.

And, there it is…no pain, no gain. I am all for seeking out the tools to help with accelerating fitness results, and HOTWORX is an essential tool that can deliver more workout results in less time for people, but the work still has to be done, which requires discipline.

I’m not advocating risks of injury, and HOTWORX goes to great lengths to create workouts that deliver high results with low to zero impact, but there will still be some physical pain to get to the results you are looking for. For example, the buildup of lactic acid generates a brief but painful burn during sets of exercise. This can be minimized with the exposure to infrared during a workout.

Discipline causes some pain, but there is such a thing as good pain. The key with a fitness program is to go at your own best pace and manage through the situation while you are outside of your comfort zone.

Years ago, when I owned a small group training studio called GymMatrix, the magic phrase from myself as a trainer to my clients, and from beginner to intermediate to advanced fitness levels, was indeed, “Go at your own best pace!” What I learned from that small group training business was, the same workout in a group can accommodate all levels so long as the proper direction, or queuing for modifications, is given.

Find your DISCIPLINE, discover your INNER WARRIOR, and go at your own BEST PACE!


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Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer


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