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Dekel Quant

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One of the mottos that guide me on my personal fitness journey and advice that I share with my clients early on in their journey, is to block out the noise. I consider “noise” to be any distraction, unsolicited opinion or element that stands in the way and creates unnecessary resistance between you and what you want to achieve.

When I started my fitness journey 14 years ago at the age of 14, shortly after losing my mom to breast cancer, I had so many people in my ear telling me things like “Be careful not to overdo it “and “You don’t want to get too bulky “and the famous “Be careful or you’ll start looking like a man”. If I listened to these people and stopped, or didn’t chase my passion, I wouldn’t be on the path that I’m on today. Thankfully, I had a strong mind and a strong support system within my family that encouraged me to excel in the fitness space, and appreciated that the start of my journey was rooted in the therapeutic relief that I got from working out, which got me through the hardest stages of my life after losing my mom.

I had so many people in my ear telling me things like “Be careful not to overdo it “and “You don’t want to get too bulky “and the famous “Be careful or you’ll start looking like a man”. If I listened to these people, and stopped, or didn’t chase my passion, I wouldn’t be on the path that I’m on today.

I think what upsets me most about all the “noise” that typically comes along with women deciding to embark on fitness journeys and begin strength training, is that the noise-makers don’t know these women’s “why”. I am a firm believer that we all reserve the right to do what makes us happy and chase what sets our souls on fire, and that looks different for everyone. I learned at that young age that it’s not our responsibility to make people understand our decisions but it is our responsibility to do what’s best for us. I knew fitness was going to be a part of my life forever, and that no one and nothing would change that.

Wherever you are on your fitness journey, blocking out the noise is so important. Learning to focus on your “why” staying the course, and surrounding yourself with people that support you is key. The noise never really goes away, to this day, 14 years after starting my journey the noise is still there, it sounds and looks different, but people still sometimes feel the need to share their unsolicited opinions and advice and project their insecurities. I’ve mastered the art of blocking it out and keeping it moving, and you should too. The more you do it, the more natural it becomes. I realize that a lot of the comments and words have very little to do with me personally and more to do with the battles that the commenter is fighting, so I learn to either not respond or to do so gracefully, and most times block and move on.

I hope you’ll continue to chase your dreams and block out the noise while you do what you feel is best for you. Keep your tribe and supporters close, stay the course and embrace the journey in its entirety. Someone is waiting to be inspired by your journey.

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As a fitness instructor and bodybuilder, the question comes up a lot, “ How do you stay motivated ?” and I always have the same answer, “ I don’t! “. Motivation is so temporary, and we have to see it as just that. We can’t lean on and depend on motivation to be the driving force for our fitness journey’s or for anything we are striving to achieve in life. Taking consistent action, developing healthy habits and routines, and learning to be disciplined is the foundation for success and longevity in your fitness journey.

The best way to ignite motivation again is to build momentum and you can only build momentum by moving and taking action.

Motivation is nice to have but not a need-to-have to get started or get back on track. Instead, focus on prioritizing the key elements and habits that will help to set you up for success on your health and fitness journey. Schedule your workouts, plan your meals, hydrate properly, get enough rest, and manage your stress. These are all habits that daily add up to creating a solid foundation to excel. Focusing on these habits won’t guarantee that you’ll always be motivated, or even always be disciplined but being intentional and working towards incorporating some of these habits and ones that are specific to your goals, will help you shift your mindset and create a routine and structure in your life, that will make it easier to push through and do what needs to be done, even on the days when motivation is low.

We hear the phrase a lot in the fitness space “ Motivation is what gets you started and discipline is what keeps you going” this is true, but I’d tweak that a bit and say that “Motivation gets you started and continuous action builds momentum”. I think the place where most people fall off in their fitness journey, is losing momentum not losing motivation. The lack of action, and lack of intention, bring them to a stand-still and it feels like motivation is lost because they feel like they’ve failed. The best way to ignite motivation again is to build momentum and you can only build momentum by moving and taking action.

Stop waiting for motivation, stop waiting for the right time, and start taking action, wherever you are, with what you have, be intentional and focus on building momentum and a solid foundation through healthy habits that align with your goals,  to help get you on track to smashing those goals and setting new ones.

You deserve to look and feel amazing, and I hope these tips help you set up the framework to do just that!

-Dekel “ Bowflex Barbie” Quant

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