By Naomi Rabon, NW Fitness Team Trainer
There’s an old saying that was first the title of a wildly popular Beatles song released in 1964, then was the title of a 1987 cult movie classic: Can’t Buy Me Love.
In other words, while money can buy material possessions that may make you temporarily happy and possibly feel love, joy, happiness, appreciation and adoration, money can’t buy a truly loving relationship between two people.
HARD WORK TRUMPS EXPENSIVE FITNESS PROGRAMS
This theory not only applies to love, but also to health and fitness. Someone can have a successful financial portfolio, healthy consistent income, high quality material possessions, and be capable of purchasing just about anything they want, but still succumb to health and fitness challenges.
If you don’t believe me, just think of all the people who hire a personal trainer or coach, or people who buy expensive gym memberships or equipment and don’t use them. Just because someone has the means to purchase all organic produce and meats, and hire a personal trainer and nutrition coach, have access to the best equipment and exercise programs, doesn’t mean they are necessarily going to be successful if they don’t:
1. Follow the foods and beverages listed on the nutrition program.
2. Not deviate from the nutrition program by indulging in cheats and treats.
3. Be diligent about the strength training and cardio workouts in their fitness program.
MAKING THE MOST WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
On the flip side, if someone doesn’t have money to spend on a personal trainer or coach, shop at upscale health food markets, or buy an expensive gym membership and have access to top-of-the-line equipment, that doesn’t mean they won’t be successful at reaching their goals.
In both scenarios, what it all comes down to is hard work. I have seen people make comments about some celebrities’ fit, sculpted, lean bodies and how it’s not surprising because celebrities can afford the best trainers, personal chefs and cosmetic surgery. That may be true, but they still have to put in the hard work and apply self-discipline with their nutrition. There are some things that no amount of cosmetic surgery can achieve when it comes to someone’s physique.
GRIT DON’T COST A THING
One such celebrity is Jennifer Lopez, who is wealthy enough to afford any options with regard to her fitness program. I recently saw some clips of her working out on her InstaStory, and she was doing cable biceps curls, seated lateral raises and other exercises with good form and technique, and obviously from the look on her face she was working hard. While she can afford the best fitness options, she puts in the hard work and discipline to get her results.
On the other hand, we all know of celebrities who can afford the best trainers and personal chefs but still constantly struggle with their weight, their health, fitness, body image, relationship with food and other similar challenges. Some are even so famous for their weight fluctuations and struggles that they are spokespersons for diet companies.
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO YOU
The bottom line is that no matter how much or how little money you have, how much opportunity or “advantage” you have, we are all human and we all have struggles and challenges. We also all have opportunities and good fortunes, and we all have the ability to make excuses for why we aren’t putting in the hard work and discipline.
Whatever your struggles and challenges look like, and whatever your opportunities and good fortunes look like, experiencing success and reaching your goals still all boil down to putting in the sweat, the grit, the time and the discipline it takes to reach those goals. Period.
ABOUT NAOMI RABON
One of the trainers on Nicole’s elite NW Fitness Training Team, Naomi is a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is a NPC Figure competitor who has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 12 years.