Finding Your Support Group

mkHave you ever just lost motivation in your workouts or nutrition plan? Have you ever thought of just quitting? Well what keeps you motivated and pushing ahead? Is it your own personal desire? Maybe it could be the people you affiliate yourself with. Of course there are some of us out there that can do anything they put their mind to, but some of us need that extra support. Where do you get that support? The truth is, it’s all around you. You just need to open your eyes a little.

Support can be found everywhere. It can range anywhere from family members, close friends, co-workers, gym-buddies, and any other group of people you may come across. The main focus with support groups is that they should do exactly what their name describes. These groups should give you the proper support and encouragement that you need to carry on and reach your goals and fulfill your potential. Sometimes a person needs to take a step back and analyze their current support group and break it down to whether or not this group is helping them become their best. Just like everything else in life, we sometimes become complacent with our everyday associations, and might be cheating ourselves without even knowing it. So go ahead and think about who and whom you consider your supporting cast. Hopefully they meet all of your own requirements and characteristics, and you can continue to keep them close to you. If you have decided that your supporting crew doesn’t fully have your best interest at heart, you can do one of two things. You can either find a new crew, or become much stronger mentally and stay with that current crew, but not let their negativity bring you down and hold you back. We have all been there, where we have friends and family members that bring us down, but we have to fight to make constant strides and still make improvements for ourselves.

We need to always take care of ourselves first, before we can worry about others. What good are you if you cannot take care of yourself? If I was an overweight and out of shape firefighter how would I be able to help you or rescue you? Say I had to run up twenty flights of stairs to get to you. If I am out of shape, it is definitely going to take a lot out of me just to reach you. Then I have to muster up enough strength to hopefully clear your way of danger and get you to somewhere it is safe. Am I going to be able to run down those stairs again in a fast enough manner? What do I do if I have to carry you down with me? This could put us both in a world of hurt. One of us or both of us could possibly lose our life. The point here is, you have to be prepared at all times, and being physically fit is one fight all of us should win, without even thinking about it. I just used a firefighter as an example here. What if this situation arose if you were a policeman, or someone in the Armed Forces? It’s a lot to think about. Become that positive and supportive person, so that others may feed off of you and stay motivated. Become that driving force that gives them the will to keep trying to reach their goals and dreams. Be there for them whenever you can. A positive support group can go a long way!

mk2My own support like many other’s, stems from my wife. She is the rock that I lean on all the time. Without her constant support, I wouldn’t be where I am today. She helps with the caring of our children, the household chores, the cooking, the writing of bills, and any other duty we need to make our schedules run smooth. She does all of this with me and still continues to find time for herself. She still works out and still pushes me to do my best in the gym. I currently just won my bodybuilding competition and she was one of the main reasons I was able to bring home a trophy. She pulled more than her share of responsibilities while I had to throw in another posing session, or cardio workout. She helped prep, separate and weigh our food, so that I could sleep in a little longer. She was always the person I could turn to for encouragement when I was feeling like I wasn’t good enough to step out on stage. She kept my drive alive, and gave my confidence the boost it needed.

Once again, proper support can definitely make the difference between pushing yourself to the max, or just going through the motions. I would like to think that we all have that support group to turn to whenever we want, but I know for a fact that there are people out there doing all of this on their own. I can tell you this though. We at Labrada Nutrition are ALWAYS here for you, and will bend over backwards to help motivate, push, and encourage you. Now there is no excuse for someone to say they do not have a positive support group. Labrada Nation is going help you achieve all of your goals, and will never turn its back on you! We are here to make sure you succeed! Until next time…

…Stay Strong, Stay True.

About the Author

Michael Klamut was the 2011 Lean Body Challenge Grand Champion. Mike is a United States Air Force veteran  (1997-2001) who works as a Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Tech) during the day, and is a busy husband and father of two during the night. Mike entered his first bodybuilding competition and took 1st place in his Novice weight class (Middleweight) and Novice Overall. He takes great pride in helping others with their fitness goals and hopes to inspire and motivate everyone he comes into contact with. Mike is looking forward to helping all Labrada Nutrition fans reach their personal goal(s) and hopes to help them conquer any obstacle(s) that stands in their way. You can visit Mike Klamut’s website at: