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Last weekend I travelled out to Toronto to see the sights and sounds of the biggest city in Canada. I don’t think I could have packed more into this weekend, but one of the biggest standouts for me was visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Like most Canadian kids – I always dreamed of playing in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup, and eventually being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

While that childhood dream fizzled out in my early teenage years when I fell in love with basketball, I still loved hockey – even if I didn’t play it.

Being at the Hall of Fame was pretty surreal (I’d highly recommend people go check it out if given the chance), but I noticed there’s a few different lessons that people can take away from the Hall of Fame and implement them into their approach/mindset when it comes to their fitness goals.

Hear me out here…

Not Every Hall of Fame Inductee Won A Cup

Some of the greatest players of all-time never won a Stanley cup. They didn’t make it to the ultimate prize in the game, yet it’s hard to look at their career as a “failure” just for that one missing piece of the resume. They’re in the Hall Of Fame after all…

This is the same thing I see with clients when it comes to their results.

People will obsess over one aspect of their fitness – usually weight – but not see the awesome impact they are having on their health and wellness as a whole. Strength increases, body composition changes, and better health markers are all positive signs that can be life altering.

You don’t always need to be a certain weight, or a 6-pack, to be “successful” in your fitness career.

Not Everyone Who Sees Success, Maintains Success

If you’re unfamiliar with NHL Awards, every year the NHL presents the Calder Trophy to the best first year player in the league. This is usually a sign that these players are going on to have a long, successful career, but it doesn’t always work out that way. While players like Mario Lemieux and Martin Brodeur have won this award and went on to have Hall of Fame careers, there are also players like Barret Jackman or Steve Mason who went on to have solid yet unspectacular careers,

Early, quick success isn’t always a precursor to long term success.

A lot of people will see a big change in their body composition initially, but then either fall back into bad habits, or not make further changes to see the results they want to.

A great example of this is with crash dieting. You’ll cut all the “fun” out of your diet for a month, see some big weight drops, but then put it all back on once you’ve had ice cream again.

Building out a lifestyle, and having a game plan for your progress is the key to long term change when it comes to our fitness success. With that being said – one area I see people constantly struggle with is getting enough protein in on a daily basis. I want to help you out for FREE with a Protein Guide breaking down what protein is, why it’s important, and where you can get it from.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

One of the cool things I saw at the Hall, was the fact that it wasn’t just players who were enshrined – there were coaches, managers, media members, athletic trainers, and equipment managers represented as well. It goes to show that the best talent in the world need a grade A support system with them as well.

Which is an area that a lot of people on their fitness journey overlook.

Having a support system of people to help you along your fitness journey is invaluable. There are going to be days you want to just grab a pizza, skip a workout, say F**k it and not do your meal prep for the week.

That’s when it’s important to have a support system of friends, family, significant others, or a personal trainer (Hello) to help you through the process. Motivation is fleeting, so let others help you on your journey!

Somethings Get Overlooked

It’s pretty established that Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player of all time. However, did you know that Mark Messier has won 2 more Championships than Gretzky? And even though Gretzky won 9 Hart trophies for being the league MVP, Messier had 2 of his own. That’s a pretty stellar career if you ask me…

However, he tends to get overlooked as one of the greatest players of all-time, and his importance on those old Oilers teams.

Well, the same thing happens in fitness.

Doing flashy, high intensity workouts are fun, exciting, and can feel like they are doing the heavy lifting. However, what’s really doing the trick is being consistent, and nutritional adjustments we make along the way.

It’s a team effort, there is no arguing that, but don’t overlook some of smaller aspects of your health that will make a huge impact.

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

In 1905 a team from my home territory, The Yukon, called the Dawson Nuggets challenged the Stanley Cup champion Ottawa “Silver Seven”. The Nuggets, who had no experience against elite players, made the 4,000-mile journey to Ottawa over several weeks, travelling by dog sled, bicycle, foot, train, and ship for a best-of-three series with the winner claiming the Stanley Cup.

This would be a story worthy of Disney; however, the Nuggets lost the first game 9-2, and followed that up with a historic 23-2 loss.

Sometimes we just aren’t ready to tackle the big things. In fitness, we need to walk before we run, literally. Tackle the small, attainable tasks you know you can get done first and gradually challenge yourself as you make improvements.

I hope these lessons help you with your fitness journey. We can take away lessons from almost anything in life if we are looking in the right places.

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Choose To Live Your Life To The Fullest,

Rich, Owner & Personal Trainer – RK Athletics

2024 Impact Magazine Canada’s Top Fitness Trainer

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