Going to the gym is a commitment, not just to raise the bar (literally) but to go on a regular basis in order to focus on physical fitness. Perseverance along with some sweat and tears will get the job done, but there has to be a desire to want the results. Otherwise, the gym will end up being a code word for seeing a guy named Jim at your favorite fast-food drive-thru.

My bank just called about suspicious activity on my account. They didn’t believe I bought a gym membership.

That’s fair, though. Considering that I had several visits to McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Dairy Queen prior to that charge, I could see how they would be surprised.

Did you hear about the pants that just came back from the gym? They were ripped.

However, there comes a time when you realize you have to do something for yourself.

Push harder.

Go longer.

I can do it.

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Hopefully, I actually get my money’s worth out of the gym membership by going a few days a week.

Excuses Are Everything

When it comes to going to the gym, there’s the commitment to go for at least 30 to 60 minutes and stay active the whole time. Then, it has to be done the next day and the next day and even the next day after that.

It’s all about creating a routine.

I forgot to post on Facebook that I was going to the gym. Now, this whole workout was a waste of time.

How many people do you know that think like that? It’s either that or a completely new “gym outfit” has to be purchased before it’s possible to walk into the gym.

Everyone has their routine, no matter how flawed it may be.

“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” – – David Lee Roth

You don’t want to be this person: I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That’s seven years in a row.

What’s worse is if that person is paying for an annual gym membership, too. It’s a waste of money, and it’s not going to provide any kind of desirable results.

So, you can have excuses for not going to the gym or not giving it your all while you’re there. However, if you can muster up a bit of motivation throughout the week, you’ll have fewer excuses and more days at the gym.

If you are going to skip the gym, be sure that your excuse is really exceptional. For example, Ellen DeGeneres once said, “I really don’t need buns of steel. I’d be happier with buns of cinnamon.”

Same, Ellen. Same.

Put the Effort In

“It’s been six months since I joined the gym and still no progress! I’m going there in-person tomorrow to see what’s going on.”

Effort is hard. However, there’s a reward.

If you actually go to the gym, you can get into shape (not just a round one). You can also start to experience strength, flexibility, and chiseled abs. The more effort you put in, the greater the reward.

Of course, no one said you have to spend the money on a gym membership. We’ve found that many in Sherman Country outfit their pole barn with everything they need.

We’re talking treadmills and elliptical machines, barbells, medicine balls, and so much more.

While I was at the gym, I decided to hop on a treadmill. People started giving me weird looks, so I started jogging instead.

Cardio, strength, and more can be right on your own property. If you don’t have the space to create the gym you want (and we’re not talking about Jim, your next-door neighbor), then you can have a man cave, a she shed, or some other metal structure that you can call whatever you want.

At Sherman Pole Buildings, we’ll put in the effort to build the pole barn of your dreams as long as you promise to put the effort in once your building is complete.

Putting in the effort isn’t just for the gym, either. It’s for that promotion you want. It’s for raising your kids so that they’re better humans in society. It’s for creating a garden that will yield epic vegetables.

Whatever you want to do in life, put in the effort. Otherwise, you’ll just waste money and constantly be disappointed in the results.

Gym McDs

Believe in Yourself

We figured that a post about going to the gym and working out was fitting for this time of year. If you had “go to the gym” on your New Year’s Resolution list, you may have stopped going. So, this is our motivational reminder to re-commit.

Serena Williams said, “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.”

This is a reminder regardless of whether you want to go to the gym to focus on physical fitness or not. It’s a reminder to ensure you get through life while concentrating on your goals.

Make it happen. Focus on your goals so that they can be accomplished.

Someone busier than you is working out right now.

When we started building pole barns in Sherman Country, many told us that we would fail. Forty years and countless quality erections later, we have certainly proven the naysayers wrong. It’s because we believed in ourselves. We knew that steel buildings were capable of being anything and everything people wanted—including a she shed.

When you’re ready to stop making excuses, give us a call. We’ll erect the perfect building for you to start making your goals into a reality. Whether it’s a buff body or something else, we’ll help you with the venue. The motivation for it is still up to you, though.