Motivation is a funky, ever-evolving thing. It kinda feels like we need new and inspired sources to keep us on top of our game. I find that my motivations are deeply rooted in my own personal goals, but I’m also profoundly influenced (and often fueled) by the energy of the people I am surrounded by on the daily. To tell my story further, I partnered with TomTom Sports as they encapsulate many of my fitness philosophies:

  • Surround yourself with excellence.
  • A rising tide lifts all ships.
  • Figure out what inspires you. If that changes, be okay with it. Find something else that inspires you.
  • The gym is a workshop.
  • Athletes run. They also lift, box, ride, climb, and swim. Become an excellent mover. 
  • Variety is awesome. That said, too much variety is chaos and too little variety is boring. 
  • Follow through on your training. Hell, follow through on everything. If you say you’re going to do something, even if you only promise yourself, DO it and do it with absolute conviction.
  • Music = motivation
  • Technology is as valuable as we make it.
  • Keep it simple. Keep it fun.
  • The best and biggest goals are always long term projects. But even with long term projects, all we have is today. What we do today is all that matters.
  • One foot in front of the other.  
  • Tiny victories are worth celebrating.

As always, curious to hear whatcha think. But the BEST PART…TomTom and I are giving away a Spark 3 (the watch I’m sporting in all of my run photos.) 

To win, all you have to do is:

  1. Share a fitness philosophy that this video inspires in you. It can be anything that comes to mind, including any of the above.
  2. Comment below or on your social media channel of choice (Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter) using the hashtag #TomTomBandana.
  3. Make sure to tag me @BandanaTraining and @TomTomSportsNAM so we see your post.
  4. Follow us on Instagram.
  5. The more you post, the more you increase your odds of winning (up to 4 times.)
  6. The winner will be announced Wed July 26th (can only ship in the continental United States – sorry far off friends.)

Share your inspiration, win a watch. How rad is that?

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  • Caroline Kochelek

    Great video, Rob. A fitness philosophy that really keeps me going besides the ones that you talked about in your video and listed above is that I do my best to only compare myself to my past self. I am my own measuring stick. When I compared myself to others, I found myself discouraged because other people are completely out of my control, and it almost makes you want others to fail. Which is dumb. Plus other people generally show you what they want you to see, making your own progress or goals seem impossible to reach.

    However, once I started comparing myself to “past me” I could see all the progress I’d been making. If I’m lifting heavier, running farther, sleeping better, feeling happier etc. than I was a day, week, month or year ago then I know I’m excelling. This line of thinking, for me at least, promotes self-awareness, self-reflection and keeps me moving forward.
    Thanks for sharing your passion! #BandanaArmy #TomTomBandana

    • BandanaTraining

      That’s a truly powerful philosophy Caroline that I believe takes a good deal of wisdom to realize. You vs you. Keep fighting the good fight. #TomTomBandana

  • Lauren

    Good, better, best. Never let it rest, till your good is better and your better, best.

    • BandanaTraining

      You’re like the Dr. Seuss of fitness. Well said, Lauren.

      • Lauren

        Haha thanks! Wish I could take the credit for that one but it’s not mine. I try to apply it to all aspects of life though- we do everything the way we do one thing, right? Always strive for more…

        • BandanaTraining

          Ha. I just said that the other day in class – We do everything how we do anything. It’s like you’re inside my head. =)

          • Lauren

            Great minds 🙂

            I really need to get to your class one of these days. I’ve been dying to get back into boxing. It’s such an amazing total body workout plus it’s a ton of fun so that doesn’t hurt. Then I can officially call myself a part of the Bandana Army 😉

          • BandanaTraining

            heck yea. You’re in NYC? Let’s do it.

          • Lauren

            Queens actually- so like a hop, skip and a bridge/tunnel away.

  • Dane

    Love it! Resonates with my own philosophy to be and act like “an athlete” – meaning, run, jump, push, pull, etc. Do it all. #TomTomBandana @bandanatraining @tomtomsportsnam

    • BandanaTraining

      So true. Life is a multi demential sport – might as well train for it. Thanks for commenting Dane. I also saw your post on IG so that means you’re leading the pack.

      • Dane

        If I could find the twitter post, you’d see all 4 🙂

        • BandanaTraining

          CONGRATS DANE – YOU’RE THE BIG WINNER. Will you hit me up on Facebook or Instagram with your mailing address so I can get this watch off to you? Congrats my dude and thanks for playing along in the shenanigans.

          • Dane

            Awesome man! You’ll see my message in Instagram in a couple minutes!

  • Surya

    This video inspires me to get back to NYC soon! And that everyday in each moment I am offered a choice to do my very best in each and every action and interaction. I will repeatedly and with out hesitation choose to do my best in every asana and every rep and every mile. <3

    • BandanaTraining

      Heck yea. Go for it, ’cause why not?? Next time you visit, come say hello at Rumble, Surya. =)

  • jennaparks

    Constant improvement over “yesterday”. Seeing the progress when you look back keeps me moving forward.

    • BandanaTraining

      “Better than yesterday.” Thanks for dropping a comment, Jenna. Hope you’re well.

  • Joe Harris

    To me, “fitness” is not merely an accumulation of muscle or endurance; it’s an essential module in the endless forging of one’s best self.

    @[email protected]:disqus
    @TomTomSportsNAM

    • BandanaTraining

      Exactly right – fitness is the training grounds for getting better at things. If we learn how to get better in the gym, we can learn how to get better at anything. Thanks for sharing, Joe.

  • Jess Ex

    I’m new to making fitness a lifestyle so my philosophy surrounds my hurdles. At 51 yo with low sluggish hormone production, I’ve worked with an herbalist to use herbs, go pretty paleo and eliminate certain foods that were hindering me. The last bit was the discovery of exercise/resistance training spurring hormone production. I was always looking for motivation and one day it hit me. “Screw motivation, what you need is something that won’t wax and wane. Cultivate discipline. The alarm goes off, get that workout gear on and GO OFF!” My philosophy for where I am at right now is discipline and it’s working better than motivation! It’s working for me!
    #TomTomBandana
    @BandanaTraining
    @TomTomSportsNAM
    #LiveLoveLift
    #SanFrancisco
    #Werque

    • BandanaTraining

      Yo Jess. Great philosophy. I totally agree – motivation can be fickle but discipline is bulletproof. Sounds like you’re in a really great place. Keep up the good work.

  • jonsey

    Immediate feedback.

    It is an essential piece for the human animal. It is what provides us with what we need to know if things are working. Immediate feedback gives us something to measure against. So often the fitness journey is traveled without feedback. But feedback lets us know that something is working or not. Feedback helps us develop habits and the right habits make us better.
    @[email protected]#TomTomBandana

    • BandanaTraining

      Good call Jonsey. I think that’s part of the reason I’m so committed to my training logs – they’re a form of immediate feedback. Hope things are well on your end.

  • Bart Wyand

    love it! especially the steps of progress from right now. humans always underestimate how much can be accomplished given enough time, because of a desire for immediate feedback. something like this watch helps keep you on track! great work Rob.

    • BandanaTraining

      yo Bart. That’s right. With time and focus we can accomplish anything. Thanks for dropping a note my dude.

  • Brent Gates

    Loved the blog today. I liked the philosophy you used music=motivation. Without music, it’s pretty hard for me to do any physical fitness. I get bored without it. Another philosophy I use with my athletes on a daily basis is simply to “be better today than you were yesterday.” Improve somewhere, at something. Small improvements really build over time. Another one comes from a good buddy of mine who is a high school wrestling coach “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Challenges help you grow, both in fitness and in life. #bandanaarmy #tomtombandana #bandanatraining @tomtomsportsnam

    • BandanaTraining

      You Brent. Both powerful philosophies. Appreciate you sharing.

  • LisaCfromNC

    I’m new to fitness and the Bandana Nation, so motivation is a big part of the journey for me now. I think my favorite one is “Results or excuses- you can’t have both”.
    @BandanaTraining:disqus
    @TomTomSportsNAM

    • BandanaTraining

      Amen to that and welcome aboard. I like to say, “Excuses don’t build bubble butts.” Keep fighting the good fight, Lisa.

  • Hey Rob,

    Music is the thing that motivates me when I’m working out. I have a much deeper motivation, which is my 2 young daughters, but when I’m in the gym, it’s Slayer time! Those riffs and pounding beats push me to work harder and harder…

    • BandanaTraining

      Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah…nah nah nah nah nah nah nah..nah nah SLAYER TIME. Keep crushing it Steve.

  • John Fawkes

    If something is easy, either you’re not pushing yourself hard enough or you’ve reached the point of diminishing returns. If it’s hard, that’s all the more reason you need to work at it. Do the difficult thing.

    • BandanaTraining

      “The obstacle is the way,” as they say. Thanks for sharing, John.