The Brutal Truth About Fitness

The Chaotic Creative
4 min readOct 20, 2020

Sometimes you’re not stronger than the day before

Photo by Arthur Edelman on Unsplash

Here in America, gyms are finally starting to reopen back up. Whether you have your reservations about returning or are already back pumping iron with a mask and additional protective measures (like me), the fact of the matter is this (read in the voice of a frat boy wearing a backwards cap):

“Gains season is back upon us boys.”

What does this mean, you might ask?

  • Your irritating friends will be back at it with the cringey social media posts (myself included)
  • Online gym bro forums about proper protein intake and natty debates will soon swamp the internet again en masse
  • You may begin to wonder if this is finally THE year you’ll figure all of your fitness and health stuff out
  • There’ll be 10,000 new conflicting articles and “expert” conclusions about the “best” diet or exercise routine to follow (because, y’know, “science”)

Most importantly though, it means there’ll be a massive spike of initial inspiration and subsequent giving up.

It means New Years is coming early this year. Resolutions will be made and broken. Excuses will be made. Some legitimate, some not. Some will build new routines or continue old ones successfully. Others will fall off the wagon immediately after boarding.

But why? Why does this happen so much?

Simply put, achieving a genuinely “fit lifestyle” is damn hard. Fitness transcends working out and looking good. It’s also about your overall state, mental clarity, and diet.

And no, I’m not just going to ramble off about how hard it is to eat broccoli everyday, because we all know that already. We all have vices we’d be far better off without. You already know that drinking those few beers everyday is terrible for you, despite the fact you might do it. I already know that buying processed food is toxic for my body, but I’ll still purchase it sometimes.

It’s a game of discipline. Specifically, it’s about having discipline when things aren’t going well. It’s easy to seamlessly enter the…