If you ask 10 people you will get 10 different answers. Even though fitness is for everybody, fitness is not the same for everyone.
To me, (a certified personal trainer), fitness is a way of life. A journey. And most of the time, we unfortunately see people for whom it’s a journey that is taken without proper planning or direction. The best and most common response people will give me for not “working out” is that they don’t want to get too “muscular”. Trust me- this is not a fear you should have before considering the benefits of getting healthy. It’s as silly as saying you don’t want to run because you don’t want to get too fast. Fitness is only bodybuilding to bodybuilders, fitness is only yoga to yogis, fitness is only running to runners, and so on and so forth. No matter what your goals are, what you do has to align with them or you never reach them.


“I believe fitness is a combination of programs that cater to the individuals needs and wants, and as your body changes so does the routine.”

Let’s face it, the human body is amazing and needs to be studied long and hard to get a real understanding of all involved and how it moves. It’s about knowing what you don’t know and getting the right information and direction to do it right. So before you start with your routine, or copycatting someone else’s routine, do your body a favor and ask an expert.
Stay healthy, stay flexible, stay feeling great. When applied properly, you will be able to include fitness into your lifestyle and benefit from it for many years to come. There is no magic pill or fad diet that replaces hard work and dedication, don’t compare yourself to others, and be the best version of fitness you can be.

Dave Smith NASM CES/PES/FNS and Premier PTS, is a widely-recognized fitness coach specializing in corrective exercise and performance enhancement. He operates SmithBuilt Fitness in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he offers private coaching, personal training, corrective therapy and group fitness programs to individuals of all levels.