This month’s story of inspiration comes from my friend Trish. Trish is celebrating her birthday today so it couldn’t be a better time to inspire. I met Trish ten years ago on the job. With her mischievous smile, a twinkle in her baby blues and her ability to make me laugh until my stomach hurt, I knew we would become amigas. Like me, she loves all things beachy and tropical. We would often daydream about being in the Caribbean on a bitterly cold winter day. I also noticed that Trish looked like she was in very good shape and perhaps was a dancer, always walking with perfect posture, shoulders down and back. I was surprised when she told me that she was not in shape and never exercised. (Unless you counted dancing all night long.) That’s when I really was made aware that some folks are just born with it.
Genetics are unique. Genes are what make us who we are. Some people have slimmer hips, wider hips, bigger backsides, cellulite, flatter backsides, ample bosoms, or less than ample bosoms, have inherited grandpa Joe’s hairy back, or mom’s high cheekbones or whatever the case may be. For some it is hard to put on muscle and requires a lot more work in the kitchen and the gym, while for others their bodies respond quickly to strength training. This is a fact. Say for example you start working out with your friend (let’s call this friend Arnold.) Arnold and you are eating the same things, and doing the same weight training routine. You notice that Arnold’s arms are starting to bulk up, but yours are not. Trish just happens to be one of those lucky people. She’s like the female Arnold! She recently joined the gym where I workout and is aiming to get into shape. I showed her a few moves on the TRX suspension ropes at the gym a couple of months ago. Last week I saw Trish for a little gal time at her house, and she has made amazing gains in her physique. Girlfriend looks incredible! I asked her what she has been doing in the gym, and she said just some cardio on the machines as well as body weight exercises on the TRX suspension bands that I demonstrated for her before. All this progress from TRX a few times a week. The development in her lats took just a couple of months. Because she has a natural predisposition to add muscle to her frame, I am encouraging her to do more free weights in the gym. Her potential is already there and who knows where she will go if she embraced the lifestyle one hundred percent through diet and training. (I can be her agent of course.)
So my friends, the genetically blessed do not make me feel bitter (fine, maybe just a little.) They inspire me to be better, to work harder and give me the drive and ambition to keep going. Hence the reason Trish is my inspirational story this month. We will start training together in the summer, and I am certain once she starts pumping iron with me, she will take her already blessed frame to the next level. Gotta love those Arnolds.