In high school, I had the absolute pleasure to study under a great power lifter, and even better man named Jason Visny (we called him Mr. Viz for short). He was never my teacher, nor was he my coach. Every morning when I would work out at 5:30am, Mr. Viz would be there working out as well. As my senior year came to an end, our relationship had just begun.

Mr. Viz single-handedly took me under his wing day in and day out. He showed me proper form, technique, how to set up programs to gain strength and size, gave me advice on what to eat and what not to eat, and, most importantly, how to look adversity in the eyes and not crumble beneath the stress of it.

As I left to begin college, he sent me a picture of the sign that he has in his garage. He told me it was an old quote that he used to live by when he played football:

The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment
— Napoléon Bonaparte

At first, I really didn’t understand the meaning. I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s a sweet quote!” I put it as the background on my phone thinking that just looking at it was enough. However, that was not the case. I needed to live by it and that didn’t resonate in my life until earlier this year.

I’ve been faced with my fair share of hardships in recent years, and I’ve really been fortunate to have quotes like this to cling on to. When times have become overwhelmingly challenging, I’ve thought about these quotes and the people who have spent the time to talk to me, help me, motivate me, and watch me break through the thresholds of adversity and succeed.

A shout out to the classes from last week for pushing yourselves and fighting through those last few tough reps. Keep it up everyone!

So, TFW Dupage Familia, I ask you this: is what you want at this very moment going to help or hinder what you want most? Is that extra slice of pizza at dinner going to help you lose those 5 pounds you’ve been trying to shed? Is skipping a few reps because you’re tired going to help get you into the shape you so eagerly desire?

Today, I want all of you to think about someone who has motivated you and reach out to them. Thank them for that extra push they gave you when you needed it.  It doesn’t have to be a trainer or coach. It could be your siblings, parents, or friends. I want it to be anyone who has motivated you to better yourself in or out of the gym.

I’m forever grateful for the numerous people who have instilled an endless amount of motivation in my life. If it wasn’t for them I would have never obtained the mindset that drives me to be better every day.  

Mr. Viz's original sign that motivated me so much

Mr. Viz's original sign that motivated me so much

Your Coach,


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