Deep in the thralls of exertion, what do you do? Do you succumb to fear and back off? Or, do you summon irrational strength and push even harder?

The idea of heart harkens back to the warrior cultures of old. Facing off against an enemy, severely outnumbered, out-sized, or outgunned a warrior with heart fights on. After getting injured or knocked down, he (or she) gets back up and keeps going.

Chances are that the time you spend in the gym isn't life or death, but showing heart during your training will make all the difference when it comes to results. The process isn't pretty and it will be painful, accept that and you can move on.

Many times I've seen people who are o.k. with "going through the motions" and I believe that it's a waste of time and energy for everyone involved. I would rather that someone acknowledge that they aren't ready physically, emotionally, or spiritually than to give lip service to their so-called goals. Parlaying such deception into a workout fools no one, least of all yourself.

I can assure you that there are times when I have shown a severe lack of heart and I will never forget those moments. Taking the easy way out and giving up rather than going the distance is a habit that I have had to make a conscious decision to break.

When you find yourself on that razor's edge deep within your heart, you have to decide whether to stand, fall, or get back up.
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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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