You will always find my clients and I hash-tagging a simple phrase in some of our fitness posts.
What does that even mean? I can remember about 2 years ago when I was discussing this with a few clients of mine. One convo that really sticks out in my mind is a conversation with Sam (a client that has been busting her ass in and outside the Jungle for almost 5 years now). She always talks about a phrase that I once blurted on in a boot camp.
“Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it.”
Never did I think just a simple reality would have turned into a motto that has changed my life forever, and hopefully some of my clients.
Now, I’m not going to bullshit you on the meaning of #beproudbutneversatisfied.
It literally comes down to the fact of, do it for you and only you.
You could be lifting weights. Running a marathon. Building a business from scratch. Making pottery. Building your Pez dispenser collection. It doesn’t matter. The term is so broad, yet powerful, that it can align with anything in life.
What does it mean to me?
It means that I can walk through the doors of any gym or any venue and not care how people look at me. My arms may not be big enough. My hang clean may not have the correct form. My tactics may be flawed. But I give it my all and I know why I am training, and no one else critiquing me does. The critics can gander, and wonder, and ponder, but in the end, I’m there for me.
It means that you can post something on Facebook without having to worry about if people think you are annoying in how much you love the feeling of sweat dripping off your nose or picking up something really heavy for the first time. It means that you are PROUD of what you accomplish, big or small, and that your satisfaction will not match anyone else’s satisfaction in the gym or in the galaxy of Pez dispensers.
It means that you always have something to train for because you are never happy with just one moment. You are addicted to many moments of satisfaction. It’s the drive that keeps you chugging along.
It means that ‘perfect’ is not a word in your vocabulary, and there is not a single book written out there that describes what perfect should be like. The fact that you don’t have a standard above your head of perfection gives you much more motivation that you can be the best your body will allow.
It means that if you’re reading this, you are one step closer to becoming a better you and one step further away from ever hating your body ever again.
Being proud but never satisfied means that you are constantly amped for new avenues of getting fit, ripped, jacked, thin, athletic, fast, rich, happy, successful or stress-free. You’ll never stop.
That is what Jungle Gym stands for. It’s about not letting anyone tell you what you stand for and what you should train for. It’s about being you, and loving every inch of yourself. Not hating it.
This is where your body changes,