Finding Motivation - Nathan Cruz

We've all had it.

Those days when you just don't feel like it. You're tired, beat up from a tough week, got a ton of stuff to do around the house, financial stress, you name it but it's all resulted in one thing. Not a single scrap of motivation to get to the gym! I often find myself in that position.

Quite often my job as pro wrestler means that I spend a lot of time behind a wheel, getting in at early hours of the morning only to wake up early the next day to do it all again and that's not to mention all the bumps and knocks in the ring.

I'm a big collector. I collect a lot of things from the 90's, mostly old toys and power rangers memorabilia. However, one other thing I collect is old school Flex magazines. The reason being is that’s when I first found out about bodybuilding, when I was a young kid, my uncle was really into his fitness and weight training so naturally he would occasionally buy these magazines.

Of course as a kid I was a huge wrestling fan, but these guys made some of my favourite 90's wrestlers (who were much bigger then than today's superstars) look like average fellas! They were humongous and I had never seen anything like it before. I was fascinated and became a huge follower of Lou Ferrigno; he had just made his big come back at the time. I remember reading about how these guys would spend time in the gym, in the kitchen, what the latest supplements were and how they used them.

Weiders super mass 2000 was the big product at the time. It was all this that lead to me getting one of those plastic York weight sets one Birthday, complete with my own bench. Since then, that era has always been a time period I look at with very fond memories, as most do with their childhood. But the bodybuilders of that time are still what inspire me to this day. Sometimes when I lack that motivation and I'm looking for an escape from wrestling, those old school magazines are what drive me. I can pick one up from my collection and have a flick through, the old school raw mass coated in a bad fake tan, ripped denim jeans and Reebok high tops that don't cover the high sports socks.

It's somewhat comical but the sheer size of these giants still drives me to this day. Reading about their journeys to the olympias of their day.

Can you remember what it is that got you involved in fitness? What sparked that interest? Perhaps on the days that you are struggling to find that motivation, it's those fond memories you need to look to.

Maybe it's a YouTube video. A certain playlist or song. Someone you know who you could get to train with you that day. Whatever it is that can help you find that motivation, recognise it and use it to your advantage, for me it’s browsing through these 90’s magazines. For you, maybe it’s watching Pumping Iron!

Either way, use these sources of motivation and inspiration to be the best you can be, and not give up on your goals - we all need it from time to time.

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About the Author

Nathan is a WWE Pro Wrestler based in Hull. Obsessed by the sport as a youngster, at the tender age of 10 he became determined to succeed in the industry. He went pro at 19 and hasn’t looked back since. Committing to grueling workouts and diet regimes over the years has resulted in Nathan becoming a great source of knowledge and information on training.
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