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SCHEELS Monthly: Don’t Let Stress Win

Collin Olson
SCHEELS Fitness Buyer

Collin Olson is not one to make excuses for himself. Whether it is helping the avid fitness crowd that frequents SCHEELS or his own personal life, he knows personal responsibility is key. That quality also leads into his health and fitness journey. An earlier riser, Olson using the mornings to challenge himself physically in the gym. Not only that, the early morning hours are always a mental hurdle to overcome too.

It is that mental toughness that helps Olson thrive in the gym and in his work at SCHEELS.

“Starting your day off early in the gym can be challenging. Waking up early can be difficult. Setting your alarm for 4:30 is the easy part, not hitting the snooze button is the challenging part,” Olson said. “But, start your day off right, it’s the first thing you have to do in the morning and you don’t want to start the day off procrastinating. Tell yourself a story, I’m the type of person that gets up at 4:30 to workout, I’m not the person who hits the snooze button 3 times.”

What I enjoy about the hurt or the pain in a workout is the after-effects of the workout. Knowing that once I’m through this I’ve done something really difficult, and knowing that this will make me better long term, maybe not in an hour, or a day or week, but in my mind I know that long term that the hurt in the moment was always worth it.

Collin Olson

Olson is also able to keep a perspective on health and fitness that can be hard to find. Knowing that he has goals to accomplish, Olson understands that his health goals will not be accomplished overnight. In some cases, he may not see a change for a month or two. However, that does not deter him from entering the gym every morning, looking for a way to grow.

The same can be said about Olson’s work at SCHEELS. It is not an overnight process, but when goals do become reality, it is that much more satisfying. For Collin Olson, it is more about the journey than the destination.

“What I enjoy about the hurt or the pain in a workout is the after-effects of the workout. Knowing that once I’m through this I’ve done something really difficult, and knowing that this will make me better long term, maybe not in an hour, or a day or week, but in my mind I know that long term that the hurt in the moment was always worth it,” he said. “And here’s the thing, if you want something bad, you have to realize how much hurt you are going to have to go through. But always keep the mindset that I’m going through this hurt now, for a better future.”

Nolan P. Schmidt

Written by Nolan P. Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. Schmidt is also the Editor of Spotlight Media's Bison Illustrated and Future Farmer publications. He is originally from Bismarck, N.D. and is a proud graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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