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    6 Core Fitness Lessons From Taylor Swift

     

    Last week, Taylor Swift she caused an internet frenzy with the simple flash of a belly button. It’s safe to say the internet/media loves Taylor Swift. But if you look closely, you’ll see Taylor Swift is a bona fide, marketing genius. Here are six fitness lessons we can learn from her.

     

    1. Only produce the highest quality product.

     

    Taylor Swift takes two years to produce a record. She spends countless hours writing, re-writing, experimenting and working on her craft to produce over fifty songs for each record. Come release time, she’s very selective in only picking the best 13 songs to share with the world.

     

    Fitness lesson: In the training room, your mind and your body are your product. What will you create? If your body just looks “good” in the mirror but can’t run a mile in less than 7:13 or you can’t pull-up your own bodyweight, you probably still have some work to do. And if you still hear, or worse, find yourself saying those dreaded words, “I can’t”, then your mind still has work to do. Further refinement and polishing are required. As Bruce Lee once said,“training your mind is a lifelong process.” Now that you know that, you might as well accept it and enjoy the process.

     

    2. Let early success breed more success.

     

    Taylor Swift could have taken it easy after her second album “Fearless” sold millions of copies and won the grammy for album of the year. Instead, she let that success challenge her to try new things. She toured the world relentlessly and spent more hours in the studio to try to her make next album even better. She pumped out three albums that were superb, with her most recent album “1989” shattered records across the itunes stores/music industry. She values improving yourself and creating new things for people’s enjoyment.

     

    Fitness lesson: In the gym, don’t stop when you reach your goal to “lose 10lbs of body fat.” You reached your first mountain top, what will you work towards now? What will motivate you to keep going? Look beyond the mirror. Can you learn advanced exercises? Can you run faster or with less injuries? Continued success in the gym will come when you accept that success is fleeting and doesn’t matter as much as the process. Enjoying to love the process is what will keep you coming back for more. The process will teach you that being fit is a lifestyle, not just something you do as a “New Years resolution”or only when beach season rolls around.

     

    3. Keep your ear to the ground.

     

    Taylor Swift makes is all about her fans. She follows them on social media, comments on their blogs and takes the time to chat with them on the streets. She actually cares about her fans. She’s taken caring to a new level that won’t be unmatched anytime soon.

     

    Fitness lesson: When you’re training, listen to your body. If you listen closely, you’ll notice it’s trying to tell you things. Having headaches every other day? That’s not normal. Constantly low on energy and can barely get out of bed? Something is up. Lower back killing you? Find out what’s going on! The clues are there if you look for them. Take two minutes prior to starting your training session to scan your body from head to toe. What do you notice? What do you feel?

     

    4. Abandon your comfort zone.

     

    Taylor Swift was dominating the country charts for six continuous years. She confidently left it to try something completely new and different in the form or a 100% pop album. She didn’t listen to the naysayers saying it was a mistake or she had no experience. No, she listened to her gut and trusted her skills.

     

    Fitness lesson: With your exercise and training plan, this is what will lead you far and wide: make it a point to do the thing you fear. Feel the fear and do it anyway. You’re human and being afraid is normal. But you have the power look fear in the eye and say, “You won’t stop me. I will live my dreams, not my fears.” Have faith in yourself and what you’re doing. Never lifted weighted before? Ask a friend you trust who lifts religiously, ask a qualified coach or start by reading this fantastic book, “Strength Training Anatomy.” If you live in your comfort zone, you’ll never get meaningful results. Worse yet, you’ll never inspire yourself to do and be more.

     

    5. Work harder than anyone else.

     

    Taylor Swift, without question, is one of the hardest working people in music and entertainment. She’s involved in all aspects of her brand – from composing the lyrics to her songs, to producing the albums, to the imagery, to hand picking the backup dancers, to mapping out the music videos and helping design the tour layouts. She’s the Gary Vaynerchuk of her industry.

     

    Fitness lesson: If you’re not getting results in the gym, 8 out of 10 times, it’s because you’re not working hard enough. It’s that simple. I don’t care how many Zumba classes per week you attend. It will NEVER get better strength & conditioning results than deadlifting, squatting, rowing, swimming or running uphill. Never. Take five minutes to honestly audit your training for the week. How many quality, moderate-to-high-intensity hours of work did you put in? Why you get quality results or don’t is found in your training history. Results from training are never an accident.

     

    6. Be driven by inner passion, not outward facades.

     

    It’s abundantly clear Taylor Swift loves every single thing about music, storytelling and people. She’s been working on her craft for years. If you think she just magically became the #1 pop star on the planet through a couple of music videos or #1 hits, I’m sorry, but you might want to study some Taylor Swift history. She worked hard for years with the hopes of connecting with people through music and storytelling. With so much passion oozing from her for so long, is it really any wonder she’s loved the world over? It’s called brand loyalty ala Apple.

     

    Fitness lesson: In the gym, passion doesn’t find you, you find it. You find it by showing up. You show up late. You show up early. You show up on your birthday. You show when no else is on the training floor.

     

    You don’t become a master of your craft by looking for infomercial results. They’ll only come when you accept that hard work is necessary to creating anything truly meaningful. Embracing the process of changing your body and mind will take some time. Whether it takes three months, one year, ten years is all on you. This is your life. This is your body. If you don’t care for it who will?

     

    Start loving the process today and soon enough, you too can become a master of your domain.

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