Friday, March 30, 2007

The Perfect Fitness Blog

Ironically, I’ve had a fantastic episode of writer’s block while trying to think of the “perfect” way to begin this, my first post. After all, this is a big deal, isn’t it? I’ve never done anything like this before, keeping a fitness blog, and I want to make sure that I do it right by creating the “Perfect First Post.”

I have many thoughts that I’d like to convey in this post, and I’ve had the hardest time trying to figure out the best way to do it...I want to express my honest and sincere appreciation to all of you that have chosen to visit my blog and to support me and what I do. It really is an honor for me and quite humbling that others would be interested enough to read the things that I write. I also want to offer a “sneak-preview” of the things that I hope to be able to achieve with this blog and what all of you can come to expect with Fassination: an original and unique blend of information, philosophy, motivational thoughts, humor, and of course my sincere attempt to entertain, educate, and add to the growing body of knowledge in the health and fitness field. Naturally, I would also want to tie all of this together and apply it to fitness…somehow, anyway.

Yet the more that I’ve deliberated over and dissected every thought, sentence, and word, the less that I’ve actually done. In the time that I’ve spent writing and erasing, second-guessing and doubting, I probably could have written five complete entries by now, and that raises an interesting but important point: not everything that we do needs to be perfect…it just needs to get done. After all, what truly motivates this never-ending pursuit of perfection: is it really an innate desire to do this in the best way that I can, or is it a fear of failure? Sometimes those lines really are far more blurred than we realize.

The same holds true with the gym, of course. For some people, this will mean having the courage to just perform an exercise and to stop overanalyzing and micromanaging every inch of movement in their deadlift or squat, for instance. For so many others, it will mean acknowledging that even though they may feel that if they can’t go to the gym 5-6x each week that it’s a failure, it’s still worth going whenever possible, even if it’s not an “optimal” amount. And for those who can never seem to find the “perfect” gym or the “perfect” time to get started with their membership, to recognize that there probably will never be a perfect time to get started and that these are simply excuses to avoid actually getting started in the first place.

I suppose I have been guilty of this myself. It’s always a scary process to do something for the first time, to dive into the unknown. Yet as important as it is to make sure that we do everything to the best of our abilities, safely and efficiently, using this as an excuse defeats the purpose. This is true for just about anything, whether it’s learning how to squat, joining your first gym, or even writing your first blog, eventually you've got to stop making excuses and just get on with it!


The bottom line: We need to stop making excuses and start making progress.

…And so here we are. I stopped analyzing and started writing. I took the plunge, and this is what I came up with. I don’t know if it’s perfect, but it’s finished. I was able to do everything that I had wanted to, and in the end that’s what’s important. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it…once I got past my fear and had the courage to begin, that is.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to proofread this post another 2-3 times and probably make a handful of changes and edits before I’m satisfied with it…hey, I never said that change was easy: we can’t all be perfect!


-Jonathan