What Are You Afraid Of?

Last weekend I had the opportunity to learn from one of the most intelligent fitness minds in the industry.  Aside from learning an abundant amount of information on advanced training techniques, the instructor, Peter Chiasson, made this statement that brings a tremendous amount of truth explaining why people attempt to exercise and diet: “People exercise because of FEAR!”

Think about it for a second.  Why do you exercise? Regardless of what your goals are, or past experiences, there is a driving force within you causing some type of action to take place.  As human beings we are hard-wired to ALWAYS move away from pain and head in the direction of pleasure.  Fear and pain can be thought of as the same thing, and after hearing Peter Chiasson make that statement last weekend, I began to analyze all the fear-based emotions people have that are tied into exercise and diet.  Analyze the reasons why you workout and I can assure you that either fear, or moving away from pain, is what drives you.

·      Fear of not being able to fit into a pair of jeans.

·      Fear of not looking your best on your wedding day.

·      Fear of not being able to run around and play with your kids.

·      Fear of never finding someone to share your life with.

·      Fear of feeling insignificant.

These are just a few of the driving forces that influence people to engage in some type of exercise on a regular basis.  Sadly,  just as many people fail at exercise and diets because of this same emotion.  FEAR OF FAILURE is what kills progress every time.  Many people are so terrified of failing, they never even commit 100% to a program in the first place, or they self-sabotage by doubting what they’re actually capable of accomplishing.

A client and good friend, Anthony Canon was 75 pounds overweight. You can see in these pictures he wasn’t what we would typically classify as living a healthy lifestyle.  Anthony could have continued on this path for the next 40 years (which is common in society today) and continue to tell himself these common excuses;

·      ”It’s my genetics.”

·      ”I have a slow metabolism.”

·      ”I’ve just accepted this is how I’m going to be.”

·     “Being 40 pounds overweight is okay because 75% of the population is overweight.”

Anthony chose the opposite and ended up being driven by fear.  Anthony had a goal of completing an adventure race with his 65-year-old father, and was FEARFUL that his old-man was going to beat him in the race.  Five months (20 weeks) later Anthony lost 70 pounds of fat and decreased his body fat by 20%.  I’m not going to bullshit you and tell you that it was accomplished in 1-2 months but I am going to give you the secret to his success.  HARD WORK & DEDICATION! He didn’t take a fat burner or appetite suppressant pill, there was no magic cream we rubbed on his gut each training session to drop inches from his waist, and he didn’t starve himself on a 1,200-calorie diet each day.  He ate healthy 90% of the time and literally worked his ass off!

Think about it for a second.  Have you ever accomplished anything GREAT in your own life without hard work and dedication?  I sure haven’t experienced that and of all the extremely successful people I know haven’t either.  It takes hard work and dedication to break detrimental behavioral patterns, ensure ongoing progress and most importantly keep the changes made permanent.  Nobody is impressed if you’ve lost weight only to put all of it back on within 1-2 years of your weight loss.

If you’re relying on diet pills, exercise gimmicks, and the current fad diet to achieve long-term weight loss success, I can assure you that you’re only setting yourself up for failure.  Develop a mindset of hard work and dedication and you’ll be amazed at the permanent changes you can create in your own life.  In the right context, fear can be an amazing motivator that will get you to places you never thought possible.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” -Mark Twain

So I’ll ask you one last time……“What are you afraid of?”

This is a guest post from Bryan Francis at StupiGymShit.com


  1. great blog post!! Your right-so many people want that quick fix and don’t want to put in what it takes!!

    1. Thanks Jessica, long-term health & vitality is a lifelong journey that should be enjoyable and MAINTAINABLE. This will always produce great results and lasting change. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Awesome post! So true. Facing your fears, challenging yourself is what it’s all about. Courage and challenge create lasting change. Thanks for the great article.

    1. Thanks for the comment Daphne, and you obviously realize what it takes to create LASTING change. Thanks again :-)

  3. Bryan, what an awesome article. I enjoyed reading this. People think that they can get a quick fix, but it takes determination and time.

    1. Hey Rita, nothing in life comes easy, and most things that are simply handed over to you typically don’t last that long. Determination and time are definitely two factors that influence your long term success. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sweet!!! I’m on the slow carb diet from 4HB and am seeing results.
    What’s amazing and beautiful to me is, that moment, that decision
    where the mind commits to change. Something powerful there.

    1. Ryan, that is such an awesome thought: “……that decision where the mind commits to change.” That is extremely powerful and what always determines whether you make the full commitment or not. Sadly, many people never experience that transition and miss out on the amazing opportunities that lay ahead. Great comment and thanks for sharing that thought!!

  5. Great post B-Francis! Hard work and consistent focus on the goal is always the way to go.

    1. Thanks Billy, and having a goal is probably one of the most important components of achieving any type of success. You can’t really start anything or remain on track if you don’t have a clear understanding of what exactly it is you want to achieve. Goals are a MUST :-)

  6. Great post B-Francis! So true! My favorite line……. Fear of failure is what kills progress every time! I wont have FEAR when you make me do those pullups lol

  7. Thanks Michelle, and you’re going to be a Pull-Up Pro in no time ;-)

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