One of the most common questions that competitors or serious fitness conscious people hear is, “How do you find time to accomplish as much as you do?!” The majority of us work 40+ hours a week, train for at least 90 minutes a day, and prep/pack our meals and supplements for the day, in addition to many “normal” life obligations like commuting, running errands, paying bills, cleaning our home, and most importantly maintaining our relationships and families. The answer is simple, and the age-old saying is true:
You don’t find time, you make time.
Any individual that is committed to their fitness goals will likely give you that same answer, or some variation of it. Plain and simple, their goals are a top priority to them, and they’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen. Their day is not complete without Crushing It in the gym and hitting their macros on the number, and they approach it as if there is no other choice.
It’s easy to make it happen when things go according to plan, but what happens when something gets in the way? What happens when your favorite NFL team plays late on Sunday, but you usually train at 6am? Or maybe you’re a late-night trainer and your boss schedules an all-office happy hour for tomorrow? Or when your family decides on an outing for this Saturday, which is your big leg day?!
The answers are simple - you go to bed and watch the replay on ESPN the next morning. You get up early and train before work so that you can go to happy hour with the office. And you move your leg day to Sunday and spend Saturday with the ones you love.
The TRUE champion is the person that’s able to accomplish their goals without neglecting those other non-fitness aspects of life. How rewarding will it be if you finish your diet jacked and shredded, only to find yourself alone, behind at work, and your life a mess? After all, bodybuilding is meant to enhance our lives. It improves our overall health and well-being. It brings us joy and strengthens the mind and body.
So treat it as such, and find a way to make it work with your life. Place it towards the top of your priorities list and a necessary item on your schedule. The time and means of accomplishing your goals are there – you just need to make it happen!