Working Out For Health vs. A Job

Gym Near WylieWorking out for a job vs. working out for health is different.

The majority of the people we train at RTC are those in their 30’s-50’s who want to make total body transformations.

Like some of the ones you see HERE <==

But there are occasions where we will take on a person who is not just trying to transform their body but also training/working out to get ready for a job.

It’s an entirely different mindset.

Let me give you a few examples and what you can learn from this type of thinking.

Three that come to mind in the past year we have worked with:
-Athletes that are college-bound
-Military and some civil services (think police officers)

Each of these people we’ve talked that you’re not just training for vanity reasons but your training to land a job. The “job” being on a college team, landing a role on stage or in a movie, or trying to get into the military or a higher position in a police department (think SWAT).

Your mindset is different; you no longer feel like you’re being deprived; you no longer feel like you “have to work out.” Instead, you look at things with the mindset of…

…”what else can I do?” They are always looking for more to do, ways to get better, ways to be more productive.

They look for more things to do to get them closer to their goal… the job.

One of the best examples of this was a book by David Goggins You Can’t Hurt Me <== fantastic book by the way, well worth the read.

In the book, he talked about how he got out of the military and gained a lot of weight, about 100lbs. But he hated his life. He decided that we wanted to be a Navy Seal, but he was in no shape for it.

He was 100lbs over the weight limit, let alone couldn’t do hardly any of the physical requirements they had.

No recruiter would take him except one. He said you have to lose 100lbs by this time (3 months), and you could get into Seal Training, but if not… you won’t be able to get back in.

So David did just that; he lost over 100lbs in 3 months by working out for up to 8 hours a day and only eat less than 1000 cals a day.

Radically extreme, right?

Well, in passing, someone had made a comment that what he did wasn’t healthy, and he commented that he “didn’t do this for health, that he was doing this to get a job.”

Think about that for a second; he did extreme workouts and an extreme diet to land a job.

Very different mindset. Right?

I understand this is an extreme example.


Now, what can you learn from this type of thinking?

Sometimes you have to get in the mindset of treating your goals like it’s a job.

You have to do it. There is no complaining or looking for an easier way but instead looking at your job (your goal) with the mindset of getting the work done and look for ways to do better next time.

If your GOAL is to lose 40lbs, change the word ‘goal’ to ‘job’ and think about that for a second.

If it’s now your JOB to lose 40lbs… what in your mind changes?

How do you feel about food?
How do you feel about workouts?
Stress levels?

Many things change.

Now I’m not saying you have to think this way forever, but for a period of time, if you flip the roles up and treat your goal like you’re trying to land a job…

…well, you might get to your goal much faster.



In Health and Awesomeness,
Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, (and other letters behind the name) is the Owner of Rowlett Transformation Center in Rowlett, TX.

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