Strength from Struggle

Strength from Struggle 150 150 sydbarron@gmail.com

Welcome to blog post #1…

I am new to blogging so enjoy my first attempt and please feel free to give me feedback.

The other day I was told by a friend that I was an inspiration. I was very flattered and humbled by the comment. It just happen to make my day. I also reciprocated the inspirational comment back to her. In the past year I have had so many people who have been the motivation and inspiration to why I am at this point in my journey.

I have encountered some difficult obstacles( ha-ha) in the last year. Most of my close friends and acquaintances know the story…I am sure they have heard it too many times. So I am not going to go into detail. Short version, Tough Mudder, broken leg, rehab, and recovery. All that endurance training and planning for so many more events(races) was done. At the time I was just overwhelmed and thinking will I ever get to run again? I was an active person. Thank goodness for my personal trainer/gym and my physiotherapist. They helped me stay active when I thought I would really lose my motivation.

Fast forward a year. What a year it has been!

A new career, launching my own personal trainer business to motivate and inspire people. Not just for physical fitness but for feeling good about themselves as a person while improving their health.

Starting from scratch, so many of my physical gains were lost and I am still working on them. Mentally accepting new challenges. An injury is hard yes, but the emotional part of it was so much harder.

Just last week I was in Banff, Alberta to run my 10th half marathon. As we were driving out from Calgary  I was in awe of the mountains and the beauty of Banff once again. The air was clear and crisp and the sun was shining. Such a contrast to what the summer had dealt us….extreme heat, severe forest fires, choking smoke and so much land devastation. Yet here was just pure raw Majesty. 

So many people struggled with the poor air quality and the heat and it made for bad training for so many.. Yes I agree it was definitely a distraction.

The most important thing I have learned this past year is sometimes adversity is not our choice, sometimes we may bring it upon ourselves. Whatever the case YOU can and will get through it, if you want to. So many times I have almost thrown in the towel, but I look how far I have come….I am not quitting. I am assured that life will give me more roots on the trail. The roots may make me stumble, but I will recover and keep moving on..

Everyday get up, Smile, be grateful, and go get em. Be AWESOME, cause that is who you are.

Coached by a Trainer..

Coached by a Trainer.. 150 150 sydbarron@gmail.com

When I became a personal trainer, just over 2 yrs ago, I did so for a couple of reasons.

Mostly to help others gain a healthier well being, in mind and body.

But the other reason was for self confidence.

When I started personal training myself over 4yrs ago, I had almost no self confidence.

I was always living to what peoples expectations were of me. I could never say no.

So many of us are always giving so much that we never look at our true selves to see how we are doing?

How are you doing by the way?

I get asked all the time why I continue going to a Coach when I am now a coach myself.

Easy answer: Confidence.

I have someone who kicks my butt, holds me accountable and pushes me far beyond what I could do myself (or am motivated to do.)

My trainer and the gym where I go, were the whole reason I decided to be a Coach in the first place. I saw people change and for the good.  I saw a positive non judgemental environment that I enjoyed going to.

Don’t get me wrong. Not everyone succeeds in the same way, we all have different passions and strive for other goals. But it comes down to having confidence to do what you need to do for you..

I look forward to the days I have my gym time and the days I am privileged enough to coach others.

No matter where you are (beginning or not) the coach has to build your confidence and in turn you will gain it yourself. When you feel that confidence and strength inside, it will glow on the outside too.

I am not a perfect coach, I have so much more to learn, I love sweet stuff and struggle with food ( have improved a lot) and my coach is always correcting my form. Haha.

But I am real. I want people to be comfortable and enjoy their training. I want to see people gain confidence and feel great when they leave..( even if they don’t like me during the workout.)

This is why I have a Coach.