There exists a certain “gym conscience”. An obese, lazy, Jiminy cricket in reverse with dumpy buns – we’ve all experienced his gentle whisper and his shouting obviousness. He speaks to us at times of great suffering or burning self-doubt; generally the same moment the unmistakable taste of Airdyne-induced lung blood makes its presence known. His energy draining mutterings cause instantaneous justifications for relent, and excuses for weakening ones once strong and firmly anchored resolve. There are, however, ways of quieting this disheartening chirping from earshot while at Vitality.

1) Make coming to the gym less than a mundane task. Prioritizing the gym to the top of your list may seem unreasonable given the amount of tasks any one of us is presented with in the course of an average business day, but doing so attributes a higher gravity into being present. Having made a sacrifice to exercise diminishes the desire to “waste” the sacrifice made. Realize also that your trainer is not afforded the luxury of shrugging off his responsibility to you.

2) Consider your diet an extension of the effort put forth while in the gym. Eating poorly is not a benefit of the caloric inferno created at Vitality. Eat for the results you want to achieve and consider the sacrifice of the things you “want,” which is no different from your sacrifice of prioritizing time for exercise. Meeting food goals can be just as satisfying as a huge personal record in the gym.

3) Smash Jiminy. Your brain will scream quit, your heart will pound out false alarms and your muscles will seem to be tearing themselves apart. Ignore them and move on. You will not die and you will find out your most miraculous tendencies if you push past your own self-imposed limits. The idea that someone is working harder than you, someone at a mega gym without the aid of a brilliant, experienced trainer whose eyes are set on your success should leave an ego inconsolable.

4) You are not he sum of your physique. Notice the lack of mirrors at Vitality. The only way to truly see yourself is to work so hard that you learn something invisible about yourself. A good physique is a positive byproduct of hard work and good diet. YOUR good physique is determined by your genes.

5) Leave the gym knowing you could have done no more. If you leave feeling like you received a “good” workout do not accept this. Question your effort at each task given and examine your level of intensity, output and willingness to suffer to the point of failure.

You are Vitality. Realize that tears have been cast, blood scattered, and emotional catharsis of self-awareness have tied us to this gym and have made it more than just a place to exercise. Take this with you and be proud to belong, but realize you owe a debt to the tears, blood, and growth, which built this place. Your daily actions and decisions determine your level of commitment to the Vital way of life we have chosen.