The Forge fitness manifesto can be summarised in one sentence;
Get strong and Stay strong, and I mean this in both physical and mental aspects of your life.
Master Basic Movements
I believe in using compound exercises to strengthen the body. The body was made for movement and can be strengthened with the simplest of movements. Please note, that by saying simple, I don’t mean easy. When performed correctly a simple press up, for example, has an a huge impact on numerous muscles. So I aim at giving each movement it’s full rights.
Don’t be discouraged when you start to feel uncomfortable, if you aren’t feeling anything then chances are you’re not doing the movement correctly. This is why I always encourage my Forge fitters to find their comfort zone and the leave it and to never, ever give up.
Be Quietly Confident In Yourself
You don’t need to be loud to show that you are strong. The example of people who I consider to be people of strength that have influenced me in my life, is that they all have modest and humble characters. Because of this I believe that the stronger you get the more humble you should become.
Don’t allow your strength to make you loud and overly boisterous, and never use your strength to impose yourself on other people. Hatred and anger harms only you.
Attaining strength of the body is also about attaining strength of character and morals!
Whatever I Do, I Do My Utmost Best
Live your life with passion! Focus on your goals and allow that passion that dwells deep inside you, to drive you there.
Remember; progression is the key, but it requires patience. You may not get the results you want, in the time frame you wanted. But keep moving forward!
If you cook more and eat out less, you will save money and enjoy a more wholesome diet that will only benefit you in the long run. In the same vein, cut back on the sodas and fruit juices and drink alot more water.
As part of my live simple motto, I believe in a minimal approach to exercise. So I focus mainly on bodyweight without the need for equipment. Although I do occasional use equipment such as a pull up bar or a sandbag. You will find that I keep my equipment minimal and us the type of equipment that can easily be replicated with household objects or by visiting a local park.
Think Good Thoughts
Something I come across alot when I start out with clients is that they allow they voice in the back of their heads to control them. So they start off an exercise program already feeling disheartened because they don’t believe they will be able to achieve their goals. This subconsciously gives them a half-hearted approach, which hinders their progress and then when they don’t see the changes they were expecting they give up easily. Don’t let fear control you! You control the outcome if you stick to the advice and guidelines that you trainer gives you.
And don’t let people put you off. People get used to how they see each other and can feel threatened if they see someone changing before their eyes. Don’t listen to negative comments, think for yourself and focus on what benefits you. As long as you aren’t infringing on anyone’s rights, you success is the main focus here.
And don’t expect results over night. Remember, something I even tell myself …