Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's not complicated - It's consistency

When I train a new client I am extremely optimistic that they will reach their fitness goals.  I honestly don't think a trainer should demonstrate anything but a positive attitude and try to instill a success driven mindset for a client when beginning a personal training program.

Some clients standout and demonstrate amazing potential during the first few sessions. If these clients are consistent in their approach to achieving their fitness goals great things will happen.

People who will be successful with getting stronger-leaner-and in better shape will continue to put fourth maximum effort for any improvement in regards to fitness, no matter how challenging the training session or how strict of an eating plan they are following. 

Sometimes you can visibly see the motivation and the "hard working" mentality of a client slowly start slipping away.   As far as I'm concerned, my job as a trainer or coach is to educate, inspire, and motivate my clients.  If my clients aren't motivated have I done my job?  If they aren't inspired, have I failed?

That's a tough question to answer.  I feel that some people are driven for success and others let distractions and excuses derail them from the body they want to achieve.  The one's who are driven don't need someone there to be a "cheerleader" to get them through that extra rep or last set of an exercise, they push hard when no one is around.

People that I see have the most success in the areas of fitness and body transformation are consistently doing the right things,  no matter the circumstances.  They make time for exercise.  They don't make excuses like "There was nothing healthy to eat". They know it's about what THEY do, and the stuff that is going on around them is no excuse to throw in the towel. 

Here's a newsflash- Everyone can improve in the areas of health and fitness.

You can gain strength.

You can get lean.

You can gain muscle.

You can improve endurance.

You can improve flexibility and balance.

You can improve mobility and stability.

Whatever your fitness and health related goals are, they can be achieved if you are willing to put fourth the time and effort. You can go in this journey alone, with a friend, or hire someone to help pave the way.  It doesn't matter. Of course there are many advantages when working with a trainer or coach  (accountability, proper form/technique, exercise selection, programming).  But the key is consistency.

Being consistent with diet and exercise is nothing new and exciting.  It's sure as hell is not "ground breaking" research.  To some it's boring, to others it's a necessity to achieve the body they desire.

There is really nothing complicated about it, no fancy machines, no sophisticated eating approach- just plain consistency.   Of course you have to exercise and eat nutritious foods, but that seems pretty simple.

Workout at least 4 times a week.  Cardio or Strength Training?  How about both.  What type of resistance training?  Push, Pull, Squat.  What type of cardio? Move.

Is it really that simple?  Yes, but for some reason some people like to complicate or over analyze things.  Is there a more detailed and specific plan?  Of course, but until you are consistent with the basics - don't worry about  carb cycling, HIT, Supersets, Plyometrics, etc.  Just exercise 4 times a week and eat better. 

Don't have time to go to the gym?  Well I'm sure you have 15 minutes to spare, try this workout at home:
Perform 10 squats, 10 jumping jacks, 10 push-ups, 10 lunges (each leg), and one minute of the plank with no rest.  Set a timer, when 15 minutes is up - you're done.

If its seems too easy, perform jump squats or "clap" push-ups.  If it seems too hard, take some rest or decrease the number of reps. 

As far as eating, step 1 is to keep a food journal.  Review what you eat everyday, it's pretty easy to determine if your diet is filled with garbage or quality nutrients.  Step 2- reduce garbage, increase nutritious foods.  Step 3- keep doing step 1 and 2 everyday.  After the first week make better food choices and reduce the garbage calories from the previous week.

Keep consistent.  If you want to learn or memorize something you use the repetition method.  If you repeatedly read a series of facts you should have it memorized.  If you consistently eat healthy, lifts weights, and just freakin' move more - you will start achieving your fitness goals. 

Now that I just informed you of the obvious, take the steps necessary to look better, feel better, and move better. It's really not that complicated. 

Just be consistent.

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