Last night I had an interesting discussion on fitness, & the person I was speaking with believes that I have very high standards. [Yes I have a personal trainer. I have tried to go to gym on my own, but I cheat. I need someone to push me for those extra reps & teach me new exercises.]
I choose gyms not based on reviews, but by whom they are owned by & who trains there. My old gym was owned by a former NFL trainer & several NFL players trained there. My new gym was partially owned by a current baseball player, & still has several pro athletes training there (I was training alongside a pro baseball player this morning).
I am not looking to keep up with the pros, but I am looking for their trainers to guide me with the pro style of training & help me reach my goals. I’m looking to be the most fit that I can be & still live the lifestyle I have the for the most part. Yes I did give up soda, but that was years ago. I moderate my diet & go on/off alcohol consumption - most of which is tied to certain sports which I play.
Personally you shouldn’t pigeonhole yourself to any standard, you should be the best that that you can be. My goal is strength, power & endurance, I want to be able to go longer than 98% of whomever I’m competing against. (I don’t care about how much weight I can lift/press or if I have sculpted muscles.)