A new study from The Bandana Training Journal of Derision and Bro-Science confirming that 107% of Americans would like to lose at least 5 lbs. That, my friends, is a staggering statistic. I’m not a mathematician, obviously, but I’m pretty sure that’s more than all of America. Holy lypolysis Batman.

Nobody is satisfied with their body anymore. Literally. Nobody. Okay, that’s not true. I’m
sure there are some people who are completely, whole-heartedly pleased with their reflection in the mirror. I’ve just never met them.   

You might think that supermodels, professional athletes, or really sexy people are the outliers. Wrong. Having trained all of them, I can attest that they are no exception, often emphatically disappointed and disillusioned with their appearance. Just look at Scarlet Johansson interview with Barbara Walters 3 weekends ago (I’ll give you a hint: “’It’s an okay body. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly remarkable though. I don’t like my thighs, my mid section,” Scarlett said.)

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And it’s not just girls. And it’s not just the overweight. We are all, to some degree, convinced that our body is underachieving. 

Now let’s not confuse the issue here: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the pursuit of “better”. Better is awesome. It’s well documented that progress is closely related to happiness; our general sense of well-being has a stronger relationship with our trajectory in life than our station. Makes sense, when you think about it: a homeless man sitting on the sidewalk is offered $500 – he is elated. A wall-street trader 50 stories above him loses a few mil – he jumps out of the window. Objectively, the wall-street trader is still in a much better place, sans a few million, than the homeless man with the 500 skrilla, but he’s heading in the wrong direction (namely, towards the sidewalk. Anyone? No? Dark.) Point being, it’s the direction that matters most. We need to make progress. We should make progress. Progress is delightful. 

But alas, therein lies the problem. We’re not making progress. Collectively, we’re in a perpetual state of over-weight purgatory. A representative sampling of New Year’s Resolutions from the past 4 years:

Jan 1st, 2013 – I will get my weight back down below 170 lbs.
Jan 1st, 2014 – I will get my weight back down below 190 lbs.  
Jan 1st, 2015 – I will not weight more than 200 lbs this year.
Jan 1st, 2016 – I will try to develop a more realistic attitude about my weight.

We are constantly, neurotically trying to lose weight. I suppose this begs the question: Fuckin’ eh.  

Shoot. That’s not a question. The real question: Why are we perpetually disappointed with how we look?

Perhaps it’s because we don’t all look like this:

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Hold the phone. How do they all have the EXACT same body??

PERFECTIONISM – When Beautiful Isn’t Beautiful Enough

Photoshop started as a PhD thesis in 1990 and hit critical mass when version 3.0 was released for both Mac and Windows and ’94. In celebration of the program’s 20-year anniversary, Adobe released a short documentary: “Startup Memories – The Beginning of Photoshop.”

You don’t have to watch the whole thing. The first 2 minutes perfectly summarize the wide spread misapplications of photo tampering. Author Fred Richin warns us of this possibility (mind you, this is from 1990):

“My concern is that if the media takes to doing what Russell is demonstrating now (dramatically false photoshop editing) that people, the public, will begin to disbelieve photographs generally and it won’t be as effective and powerful a document of social communication.”  

So optimistic, Fred was. But he isn’t quite prophetic. To paraphrase: “We’ll see through this,” Fred warns. “We won’t trust photos anymore.”

Not what happened. Photoshop has become too convincing, and we, the lovely trustworthy human beings that we are, have become bamboozled. We don’t doubt the photos, at least not when it comes to body image. Sure, the butts are always a little bubblier than ours and the pecs are always a little bit more chiseled, but their authenticity isn’t called into question. The only thing we’re left asking is, “Why don’t I look like that?” Or perhaps, more subliminally, “If I buy those underwear, will I look like that?” 

And so it works. Target expands their thigh-gap and their Q3 earnings follow suit. Thus begins a rather scary dance with the consumeristic devil. Photoshop keeps sexiness just out of reach, and we, collectively devour the dumfungle out of the product that the consumer-tested exaggeration tells us to buy. We’re constantly sold something we don’t need in order to become something we can’t realize. All the while, the glossy billboard images get more and more unrealistic and our own self-image gets more and more, well, un-photoshopped. 

The struggle is real.  

Realistic expectations become unrealistic when photos are more influenced by the graphic designer than by the photographer behind the camera or the model in front. The benchmark for beautiful has quite literally become impossible.

Okay. Let’s calm down for a second.

Because if we’re honest, this isn’t a war on photoshop, this isn’t a war on consumerism, and this isn’t a war on glossy magazine ads. Sure, mass media has a collective responsibility to be more honest with their portrayal and we, as consumers, have a collective responsibility to hold them accountable. BUT cultural “ideals” will always be plastered on billboards. That’s not going to change. Even in a non-photoshopped world, we’re never going to look like supermodels. They’re, you know, super. The perfect storm of genetics and training and nutrition and lighting and makeup and spray tanning and 8 weeks of broccoli goes into one Armani ad. 

It’s not about the ad. 

This battlefront is waged within each and every one of us, individually. At the end of the day, at the end of the commercial, at the end of the magazine, nobody can make us feel inferior about our body without our permission. The best way to change the ecosystem is to change our own psychology. We have the fundamental, inalienable right to look at a photoshopped god-like body and appreciate it while simultaneously cherishing our own body.

We don’t have to look like the manifestation of human perfection to be kind to ourselves.

This isn’t some optimistic mantra or some Fitspo meme. This is serious shit. As individual human beings in the pursuit of a successful life, we have a supreme responsibility to defend our own self-love. Nobody is going to do that for us. In fact, just the opposite. We will be told we’re not beautiful enough. That won’t change until it doesn’t work. The best way to protect all of humanity (read: our kids and our kids’ kids) from this consumer driven inferiority complex is to strip naked, stand in front of a mirror and remind ourself, on a daily basis, that we are beautiful human beings. WE ARE NOT INFERIOR. Whether our body fat is 6% or 26%, our body is a fucking genetic masterpiece. 

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And still, this really isn’t the whole story now is it? Because weight loss, for many of us, is a necessary, realistic, and worthwhile pursuit.

Losing 5 lbs is a perfectly reasonable goal for a lot of Americans.
Losing 30 lbs is a perfectly reasonable goal for a lot of Americans.
Losing 100 lbs is a lifesaving proposition for a lot of Americans. 

And we are perfectly capable. I am here to tell you with the utmost certainty that our weight loss goals are attainable. We’ve gotta stop wanting to lose weight and we’ve gotta start losing weight. And this has literally NOTHING to do with abs or fat or sexiness or Armani ads. This is not because the loss of 5 lbs will make many lives dramatically better (it will). This is not because there is a special flavor of happiness for those who revamp their life and lose 30 lbs (there is). This is not because the hands of Zeus himself will reach down from Mt. Olympus and stroke your rippling abs like the Demi-God you fashion yourself into (too far).

This is for the simplest of reasons: You told yourself you would therefore you must. I want to say that again because it might be the most important thing I’ve ever said: You told yourself you would therefore you must.

If you’ve committed to losing weight, it becomes an issue of grave consequence. 

VIRTUOUS AND NON-VIRTUOUS CYCLES

Every time you set a goal, you enter into a contract with yourself. Even the smallest of self-commitments are tallied:

I’m going to go the gym today.
I’m going to eat 5 servings of vegetables today.
I’m going to invest in my health today.

whats-inside-covers===> BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH IT <===

The scoreboard comes to define, in a large way, how we think about ourselves. If we say we’re going to do something and constantly disappoint ourselves, we come to think of ourselves as a loser. “I wanted to, but I didn’t.” 

If we say we’re going to do something and we constantly deliver, we come to think of ourselves as a winner. “I wanted to, AND I DID.”

The goal-setting / goal-achieving cycle is at the foundation of successful living. All of our choices make us either more or less confident in the courage of own convictions. This is the virtuous cycle. The story of winning:

I see.
I want.
I grind.
I get.

Or, if we’re being a little more realistic:

I see.
I want.
I grind.
I don’t get.
I grind again.
I fail again.
I fail better.
I don’t stop grinding.
I don’t stop smiling.
I get.

This cycle will come to define our legacy. The accomplishment of our health and fitness goals is quite literally the training ground for the accomplishment of our life goals.

Governor Schwarzenegger famously said:

Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

It almost feels silly in its simplicity. But there is a lot of wisdom in simplicity. It’s a very dangerous enterprise to set a goal we’re not willing to follow through on. If we want to lose 5 lbs, we better do it and we better do it with absolute conviction because, quite frankly, we don’t have the time or the inclination to disappoint ourselves. The success or foundering of our lives depend upon it. 

Bro-hugz,
Rob

P.S. – New Year’s Resolution Jan 1st, 2017 – learn how to play the guitar.

THIS ARTICLE IS AT THE VERY CORE OF WHAT I’M ALL ABOUT SO I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS. 

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  • Dane

    Awesome and deep post. My wife always makes fun of me for always wanting more. She seems to think that means I’m never happy with what I have or where I am. Fact is, though, I’m uber happy, and that’s what drives me for more. This year, my training resolution is to squat 400 lbs. I love strength training! My life goal is to read at least 3 more books this year (total of 5).

    • BandanaTraining

      It’s the yin and yang of life – the balance between appreciation and improvement. Keep fighting the good fight, Dane.

  • Philip Kastinger

    You emphasize the process over the product, which is great and you tell people, that they can succeed and will succeed if they act accordingly and that’s motivating stuff 🙂

    I think you should have emphasized the ‘self-loving without a condition’-part at the end a bit more again, because holding on to one’s/anyones dignity, seems to be the foundation for a life not destroyed by mislead perfectionism.

    Playing guitar is great, you should start right away 😉

  • Gina

    Thank you. Learning to love your body no matter where it is in the process, can be extraordinarily difficult, especially for women.
    The truth, is that our body’s are miracles. Good health is a gift.
    Not using your body every which way you can, not loving it, is wasting that gift.
    Thank you for the reminder

    • BandanaTraining

      Amen.

  • Meghan

    I shared this with all of my clients. You perfectly put into words what I sometimes struggle to express to them, and I honestly needed a healthy dose of this myself today. Thank you for this!

    • BandanaTraining

      So glad to hear that it resonated, Meghan. Thanks for sharing.

  • shannon_schierling

    Great post, inspiring and very true. *fist bump* thanks for the message!

    • BandanaTraining

      heck yea. happy new years Shannon.

  • regwalk1

    This hits home!!

    • BandanaTraining

      Good to hear. And thanks for reading. =)

  • Tyler Carney

    Another great article, Rob. You can never go wrong with an Arnold quote. “The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.” #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      BOOM goes the knowledge bomb.

  • David Barcai

    Love it Rob- keep up the good fight brother!
    #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Same to you brah. Thanks for reading. #BandanaArmy

  • Ragga Roja

    You’re amazing. Arnie is lucky to have you. #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      And I him (awwwwww). #BandanaArmy

  • Yoni

    100. Realist ish I’ve read in a while. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Why thank you Yoni.

  • Chuck

    Thanks for the article and inspiration, as always.
    Failure is not an option!

    • BandanaTraining

      The pleasure is all mine. Thanks for reading Chuck.

  • Jared Cross

    PPPPCCCCCCKKKKKKKSSSSSHHHHH….thats the sound of my mind being blown. Solid thoughts.

    • BandanaTraining

      Love that sound.

  • MReth

    As always, a great article. Thanks Rob! #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      *big smile* #BandanaArmy

  • Steve Shields

    as regwalk posted this totally hits home. Great read and keep on keeping on my brotha from anutha mutha!

    • BandanaTraining

      Thanks for reading Steve. #BandanaArmy

  • Sara Maria

    Perfectly stated, “You told yourself you would therefore you must” no one can do what you want for yourself, except yourself. It’s Your body, love it and nurture it to your own levels of badassery, not the medias. Thanks for the words of wisdom, Rob! #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      Amen, Sara.

  • Goose

    Great stuff, and something I learned really early in my fitness quest: The attitude HAS to be do-or-die. Not only will it make you tougher, people respect that too. #BandanaArmy

    Also, guitar isn’t that hard. Start with songs you love, and go from there. 🙂

    • BandanaTraining

      Roger that. #DoOrDie #ALLIN

  • Joshua Tibbetts

    It’s all about momentum and perspective. I think my favorite part is the reminder that I am a ghost riding a meat wagon. Hell of a way to overcome doubt. GAME ON #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Damn right you are. #BandanaArmy

  • PaulS

    Rob!! Great stuff as always!! I’ve been say for years that until you own your goals and they are truly for you and not for the rest of the world’s approval you will never achieve…. You nailed this…. When you do it for yourself, your health, and your family (so you can be round and actually be able to run with your kids) you’ll get it done…. I DID!! And you know what? That sexy mofo looking back at you in the mirror is the fringe benefit of it ALL! keep spewing the truth my friend!
    #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      so true Paul. Congrats on your success. Keep on rockin’.

  • Biren

    loved it Rob!
    Bro-hugzzzzzzzzzz

    • BandanaTraining

      Bro-hugz for ALLLLLLLL.

  • Harry Ford

    Hell yes! “I told myself I would, therefore, I must.” From this grateful ghost inside this beautiful meat covered skeleton, I’m gettin’ shredded. Because I told myself I would. You are a light. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      hell yea, Harry. Let’s DO this.

  • Kelsey Whittaker

    Um. Hell ya. This is fucking gold. Thanks, Rob!

    • BandanaTraining

      Thanks for checking it out, Kelsey.

  • Mercedes

    Amazing and powerful post. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Thank you Mercedes. Appreciate the read.

  • Brittney K

    This is great, Rob. Never before has my motto been put into the PERFECT sentence: “You told yourself you would therefore you must.” Pure gold.

    I have one of those bucket lists, filled with adventure, danger and excitement. And far too many people ask me why I follow through on the items that scare the liver out of me.

    It’s simple: I told myself I would, so I did.

    All that’s left is to apply the same principle to my training.

    • BandanaTraining

      Boom. I know you can make it happen Brittney. I’m sure of it. Keep me posted on your progress, will you?

  • Chapstickiss

    I appreciate the famous folks out there that do not allow their magazine covers and photo shoot pics to be photoshopped. My two boys…21 and 16 years old…both crazy shredded…have taught me through their example to not compare myself to anyone except who I was the day before. They push themselves and each other to improve and they set their goals based on their own strengths and weaknesses. Great article…be kind to yourself in thought and action…and push yourself past your comfort zone. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Great stuff Chapstickiss. Sounds like you’ve got two young studs on your hands. Watch out world. =) Thanks for reading. #BandanaArmy

  • Jesse

    Tried to set realistic expectations with clients for years. I love the analysis of the fight. Grinding doesn’t immediayely mean getting. Failing, resetting the grind and trying again. That’s the way to attack it. well done Rob. #bandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      So true. #RiseAndGrind

  • bman

    Nice one Rob, it’s liken I try to instill in inductees…keep it simple & dont expect miracles straight away… keep on grinding and you will get! Cheers! #bman #banfuckindanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Good stuff, bman. – #BanfuckindanaArmy

  • Tyler Durden

    Great post. A lot of this was also covered in the movie “Fight Club.”
    #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Tyler Durden!? Is it really you?

  • Alexa Fitch

    The Badassery is brought to a whole new level in this Rob! Speaking of Perfection, Arnold used the isotension principle after intense workouts, he introduced calisthenics in a different way to the world and that is OVERCOMING EVERYTHING! My favorite thing Rob ever said was “Squats, because the bubble but won’t hoist itself” Everything has reason and This Year *2015* There is no hidden intent, we can sleep when we’re dead. Time to Rise and Grind this year. Let your passion exceed the Logic! Great article Rob, I’ll pass it along! #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      Hell yea, Alexa. 2015 – best year yet.

  • Jessie Sherman

    You are spot on with this article. Very few people are satisfied with their body image and often set unrealistic expectations. They are destined to fail. I tell people to set SMART goals and they are more likely to reach their goals. #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      Great advice Jessie. Keep fighting the good fight.

  • Ryan

    Absolutely agree with this whole article. I believe our perception of ourselves can be completely based on what the media says is “hot.” We are seeking an impossibility and doing it for the wrong reasons (most of the times). For myself, goal setting and goal pursuing is more about the process of achieving that goal rather than reaching the goal itself. Don’t get me wrong, when I reach that goal, I’m gonna go throw a 65 lb kettlebell as far as I can out of pure joy and probably throw my back out. But, really, what makes the goal so amazing? It’s the fact that you busted your tail to get there. You built character, much less a better body. I’m never satisfied with myself because goal setting builds a better me on the inside as well as the exterior. Adversity builds you up under the skin much more than it will create mr universe biceps. So keep setting goals and persevere through the pain, and temptation to eat Krispy Kremes 5 nights a week and not only will you look better, but you will have created a better “You” so to speak. Soooo basically, great article Rob. You hit it dead on. You’re the man. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Well said Ryan. Also…please don’t throw your back out. =) #BandanaArmy

  • Wally

    Couldn’t agree more, Rob! As someone who is marrying the woman of their dreams this calendar year, I will be sharing this with her. She has kicked butt the last 12 months and looks fantastic. This article will only spur her to greater heights. Awesome as usual, Rob!

  • Colin Hurd

    Such a good read. Made me re-evaluate the goals I make and don’t keep…
    #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Boom. Mission accomplished.

  • Chelsea O’Connor

    This is one of the most inspiring articles I’ve ever read on body image that still encourages and supports my goals of weightloss. Thank you Rob for your humor and your candor. #BANDANAARMY #BANDANAFORVER

    • BandanaTraining

      Thank you for such kind words Ms. O’Connor. Te amo.

  • tdigyt

    Great article. Goal setting is key along with perseverance. BUT, and perhaps most importantly, you’re going to have moments where you feel like a failure and that’s ok…maybe even “good”. You’ll appreciate it even more when you’ve achieved your goal. And speaking of goal setting, the best thing I did was make them performance based…and not worry so much about how I looked or even how much weight I dropped. I felt GREAT when I finally got my 5k time under 22 mins (oh..and I lost weight and feel better about the way I look now too).

    • BandanaTraining

      Solid advice. Perform better ===> look better.

  • Anel Kadiric

    Now if we can only get the majority of my generation to read this before it’s too late for them, we might be able to break this ridiculous cycle of societal control.
    #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Spread the word.

  • Jamie

    Absolutely BRILLANT! Love it. And it’s so true. Let’s get healthy and fit America. Seriously. It can be done.
    #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      DO IT NOW!

  • Clyde

    Good speak – I will share this with my patients, as they can always use straight talk in making healthy change
    #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Lovely to hear. Thanks for reading Clyde.

  • Mim Davis

    Ha, that comment from the skeleton – so insanely true. Thanks for the real words about goals – time to write up a contract with myself and just do it? #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Love that. #JustDoIt

  • MaryAnn

    #BandanaArmy. Rob, you did it again. Like Shakespeare, you’ve put into words what my heart is feeling. I’ve been disappointing myself far too long, and this article told a truth that I must accept. Thank you for this.

    • BandanaTraining

      I’ve been called many things in my day, but never Shakespeare. I’m not sure I could be more flattered.

  • O Canada

    My new realistic 2015 goal – look like Rob. If that fails I will settle for beating you in a thumb wrestling match! Great article.

    • BandanaTraining

      I take thumb wrestling very seriously.

  • JP

    Love it!!
    The more you say “I’m gonna” and you do leads to you believing and daring to say “I’m gonna” and you do.
    The more you say “I’m gonna” and don’t.. well.. Forget that!
    #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      Exactly.

  • Big V

    Great post- makes people feel realistic about the journey!!!

    • BandanaTraining

      Exactomundo.

  • Rios

    That was a great article! I love the realistic approach to winning and it’s so true, you gotta grind over and over again even when you fail! Thanks for the great read! #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Boom-shaka-lacka. Thanks for reading Rios.

  • Paul M. Rogers

    Thanks for the encouragement. Lots of good material here. The photoshop piece is a bit of a digression but still cool. More importantly, this is a good reality check. Off to the gym-see you there! #BandanaArmy.

    • BandanaTraining

      Thanks for reading Paul.

  • JJames Whybrow

    Top stuff dude! People shouldn’t try to quantify it, they set unrealistic goals that fall by the wayside after the first failure.

    Push yourself, strive to be better, embrace the grind & you WILL achieve. Goals will come & go, personal records broken, just start the wheels turning #bandanaarmy #timetoshine #justdoit

    • BandanaTraining

      #TimeToShine – I’m digging that hashtag.

  • Cristy Zupancic

    Best read in a long time. Thanks for the perspective Rob. # BandannaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Why thank you Cristy. #BandanaArmy

  • Ethan Grimes

    I think whats most important is that we never lose sight of the fact that we are human, as long as we strive to continually better ourselves whether it be a massive goal, or a little one at a time we engage in a kickass mentality that cant be beat. I love this article #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Humans are awesome.

  • David Nicholas Salzl

    Just the kind of motivation needed after throwing it all out the window over Xmas break!
    #bandanaArmy.

    • BandanaTraining

      Back on track.

  • Alyson Casey

    Thanks for this Rob. I’ve been resolving to lose the weight I gained a decade ago every New Year since 2005. This year I have the same goal. Except this time, I’m not gonna weigh myself religiously. Eating well, fueling my body properly and being active are the most important parts of changing my bad habits. Obsessing over a number does me (personally) more harm than good. I will change my habits because I want to. I will enjoy the process. And because I enjoy the process, I will continue to progress. And by doing that, the weight will come off, but so will the guilt and the stress and all of the self-negativity that I’ve been so entrenched in for the last few years. This article reminded me that I made a commitment to myself and I owe myself the very best. Thanks. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      This makes me so happy Alyson. Keep me posted on your progress, will you?

      • Alyson Casey

        Definitely!! 🙂

        • BandanaTraining

          Congrats Alyson. You won the badass bandana giveaway. Drop me an email or note on FB with your mailing address so I can get one on your way. Stay strong. Stay awesome.

  • Ryan Churella

    Rob, you’re one of a kind. Love the article! It’s spot on. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Thank you Ryan. Appreciate the support, brotha.

  • Joe Byrne

    This is hands down one of the best articles written on weight lose! I myself lost 50 pounds a year ago by telling myself I had no choice!! By giving myself no choice but to lose weight or die i started doing mad amounts of research on proper nutrition and found that simple is king! I eat 90% fruit and veggies mixed in with some nuts and seeds and BAM!! As a side affect of eating the way my grandpa did I lost the 50 pounds i had promised myself. I never stoped eating this way and now work out to make my body feel even better and Ya know what the side affect of that was, yup, I look better too!
    Thanks rob your an inspiration, keep up the good work!
    #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Congrats on your success Joe. Sounds like you’ve found something that works well for you. Keep kicking ass.

  • Inspired as always. Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering! #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      That’s beautiful. They should put that quote in a movie.

  • Chris

    Great job. It seems like a never ending cycle when you get into this game. We should all just be present and love ourselves.

    • Chris

      Oh and enjoy the process. Long term success! #BandanaArmy #BroHugz

      • BandanaTraining

        Gotta play the long game. Thanks for reading Chris. Keep crushin’.

  • Josh Cantu

    Great article rob. Can’t wait to read more in the future. #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Thanks Josh. Appreciate the dedication. #BandanaArmy

  • Mark Hull

    Very well put. This is exactly what I told myself when I made my resolution this year. I can’t let myself down. I repeat it every morning as I get up two hours early so I can get to the gym before work. If I don’t get it from within, where will I go for it? #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Exactly Mark. Don’t let that voice fade.

  • Kyle

    At the end of the day it is about a change in lifestyle, slowly integrating changes. A lot of hypocrisy out there, people want to look great and hang out at the Club. 2 things that are seemingly incompatible. Nice article, I’m in! #BandanaArmy #Beachfit #BossFit

    • BandanaTraining

      All in, baby. #BandanaArmy

  • Grant

    Great article Rob! I’ll gladly trade guitar lessons for training! Keep it up man, killing shit!
    Grant

    • BandanaTraining

      Ha. Keep tickling those strings, Grant.

  • Makis

    dropped the hammer towards the end of the article. “You told yourself,” a quote everyone will be whispering to themselves at that moment. #Inspiration #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      #DroppingHammers #Thor Thanks for reading Makis.

  • I like the wonderful and learning tutorial. thanks.

    • BandanaTraining

      Why thank you Nelly.

  • BabyZ

    I freakin’ LOVE this approach! Quit being so damned hard on myself through this adventure, LOVE myself and the weight loss will come from within!

    • BandanaTraining

      Boom. Glad you enjoyed, BabyZ.

  • Mariano

    Really good article, thank you. When we set up our fitness goals based on the wrong
    reason, failure and disappointment are the most probable outcomes, get
    the motivation and inspiration right #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      So true. Build your temple on a strong foundation.

  • bart

    love this! most important thing is always getting yourself pointed in the right direction today.

    • BandanaTraining

      Follow the shredded brick road.

  • Kurt Anthony Lightfoot

    Fantastic article Rob. You covered all the angles well, with great tenacity and finesse I might add. Viva #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Why thank you Kurt. Stay strong.

  • lsuite

    the most powerful lines, for me are the ones referencing ‘i don’t get, i grind again, i fail again, I fail better…..I get.’ and the idea that fitness goals are the training ground for life goals. Fitness is awesome, chiseled abs are fine, but learning how to learn from failing is priceless.

    • BandanaTraining

      Awesome to hear. Get good at learning and you can conquer anything.

  • BandanaTraining

    Congratulations Alyson Casey on winning a badass bandana. Drop me an email (rob at bandanatraining dot com) with your mailing address and I’ll get one on your way ASAP.

  • Kelly Colgan

    Excellent article. Good history of how Photoshop has thrown us for a loop, too. It should be you vs you. Right?
    Also your writing style is pretty amusing. #bandanaarmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Why I appreciate that Kelly. #BandanaArmy

  • Candice Taylor

    AWESOMENESS!! ☺️

    • BandanaTraining

      I’m glad it hit home Candice. Welcome aboard.

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  • Annie Schueppert

    “At the end of the day, at the end of the commercial, at the end of the magazine, nobody can make us feel inferior about our body without our permission.”

    Good God. Will I ever embrace this? Perhaps after I kick this tiger’s ass. Thanks for the inspiration. Wish me luck. Not like I need it…

    • BandanaTraining

      Go crush that tiger, Annie. (and thanks for reading.)

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  • Gretchen

    Incredible article! Is there any way to add this to my Pinterest page? I’m not a huge fan of facebook.

  • Caroline

    This article is seriously the kick in the ass I’ve needed and I’m emailing it to my entire tennis team. I go to a college where type A perfectionism is a pre-rec for acceptance, and failure is just not an okay. I’ve been battling with hypothyroidism for the past two years and have been seriously frustrated with my progress. I’ve been experimenting, trying different diets and workouts and supplements and then I stumbled across this blog post and it’s incredibly inspiring. I love your simple but in your face style and I genuinely appreciate how straight forward you are about everything. Thank you so much for the support and your passion for sharing knowledge and bettering others! #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      What a lovely note. Glad the article resonated. Wishing you all the best, Caroline. #BandanaArmy

  • Brandon L Gross

    The bull shit media has everyone hating themselves with smokes and mirrors since the beginning of the big screen and magazines. BUT with publications like this people are getting their heads out of asses and into a gym.Bandana Training is one of millions of physical help Web sites, it’s just happens to be on of my favorites. I got diabetes 4 years ago, 270 plus outta shape, with a correct guidance form these Web sites, I’m medicine free and in great condition. KEEP IT UP BRO. We all need educated information to make lifestyle changes that work.

    • BandanaTraining

      how awesome Brandon. So wonderful to hear you’ve made such impressive progress. Keep crushing.

  • mitcoivanov

    Rob, I’m curious to ask you what’s your relationship with perfectionism? Are you perfectionist or you qualify yourself as a slacker. #BANDANAARMY

    • BandanaTraining

      Hmm. I’d say there’s a GINORMOUS chasm between “perfectionist” and “slacker” where we should all aim to land.

      • mitcoivanov

        Well said!

  • Excellent piece. Even more scary for young kids growing up. Seen 13 year old girls scared to step on a set of scales. Be your best version of you. When you truly don’t care what anyone thinks of you, you have reached a dangerously awesome level of freedom. Do your own sh!t and do that same sh!t your way.

    • BandanaTraining

      Well said Cosbie. Thanks for reading and keep spreading that awesomesauce.

  • Christa Povec

    Absolutely and simply the best article I have read on the topic of fitness that everyone everywhere with any interest in betterment or self-preservation should read. (In other words, a must read) The more I hang out with you the more I like you 🙂 Thanks for another awesome article! Christa Povec IBNFC CLC
    #BandanaArmy

    • BandanaTraining

      Wow. Christa. Very much appreciate the kind words. Glad the article had an impact. Stay rad, k? #BandanaArmy

  • Sido

    Drop the mic and walk off stage??????Awesome!!!!! Thank you for writing this!!!

    • BandanaTraining

      Thanks for reading Sido. Glad it resonated. Stay awesome.

  • Tom

    Maybe we can trade some fitness training for some guitar lessons.

  • It was a nice article.Thanks for the tutorial.

  • I really enjoyed the article so much.It’s so informative to me.Thanks