What Motivates You?

To be successful in the fitness industry, a basic knowledge of psychology is required, specifically when it comes to motivating clients. Every one of us has different motivators…for instance, one of my male clients has 2 young daughters, and when his motivation in the gym is lagging, I remind him, “Pushing yourself harder on this exercises, will most likely improve your odds of surviving a heart attack…which will save your wife the trouble of finding someone else to walk your daughters down the aisle on their wedding day.” See, I’m a master motivator! But you know what? It works. Motivating women however, requires a different tactic. Usually, visual aids are required…and when one of my female clients is needing a motivational boost, I give her a copy of the following article. Now, if you’re easily offended, then do not read any further. However, if your will power and motivation in the gym is waning, they print the following article and carry a copy in your gym bag, or tape it to your refrigerator.

5. A Turkey Sandwich
According to an emergency room doctor: “A morbidly obese man with a large abdominal pannus (stomach overhang) came in exhibiting red, irritated skin around the abdomen.It looked like a routine skin infection. But what was the cause? During the exam, I lifted the pannus and a turkey sandwich fell from between his folds. The man said it was about a month old, which the smell confirmed.”

4. Loose Change
According to an RN: “We got a lady who was admitted because her many decubiti needed debriding (aka, her bedsores needed to be treated). She had several of them, and was so fat, she was as wide as she was tall. I took all of her clothes off and prepared to dress and document all of her wounds.Part of her abdomen and one of her breasts were greenish; I thought she had a fungus or something. I started wiping it off and followed it up to a skin fold, where I found . . . a quarter, a dime, and a penny–that was oxidizing and was turning her skin green. There were perfectly round sores underneath each coin. The smell was lovely too.”

3. A Packet of Duck Sauce, other stuff.
According to a hospital worker: “A 600+ lb woman comes in. It takes 8 people to transfer her from the ambulance stretcher to the bed. When removing said patient’s clothing from her, in the folds of her abdomen, we find: a paperclip, a plastic fork and a package of duck sauce.”

2. A Couch (Yes, a couch)
According to a Stuart, Florida news station: “Gayle Laverne Grinds, 40, died Wednesday, after a failed six-hour effort to dislodge her from the couch in her home. Workers say the home was filthy, and Grinds was too large to get up from the couch to even use the bathroom.Everyone going inside the home had to wear protective gear. The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air. Emergency workers had to remove some sliding glass doors and lift the couch, with Grinds still on it, to a trailer behind a pickup truck. Removing her from the couch would be too painful, since her body was grafted to the fabric. After six years of staying put, her skin had literally become one with the sofa and had to be surgically removed. She died at Martin Memorial Hospital South, still attached to the couch.”

1. Pot
According to a Jacksonville, Florida (it’s always Florida) news station: “Officers said Cedric Webb, 25, was at the Montgomery Correctional Center on the Northside on Friday night when officers searching for contraband told him to lift his shirt.According to the police report, when Webb raised his shirt, the officer saw two bags of marijuana and tobacco tucked into his stomach fat. Investigators said the drugs then fell to the ground.The report said Webb would not explain how he got the banned substances into the facility. The arrest report describes Webb as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 290 pounds and his build as ‘heavy.’”

Props to HolyTaco.com for the story
  1. ffdwg55
    November 3, 2008 at 13:13

    Here are some urls to videos that motivate me:1.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znUEwqEMcxw2.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nywRwqBVc0c3.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55BZ2gSsSmY4.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlXRengzZocAnyone have anyothers?

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