So what are the three traits I feel successful clients all have?
First, I say it is the TRUE desire to change. Whether it is fat loss, muscle gain or some other sport success goal, you must TRULY want it. You cannot come in and say, “Well I kind of want to lose some weight.” If you do, then don’t contact me. I have been training others for over 26 years now, but cannot change your mind set. This includes what I call the three main factors in fitness success. You must be willing to change your diet, train and have a passion for sticking to your goal. If you only plan on doing one of two of these main factors, you will spin your wheels. You will NOT get the desired results you want and will fail.
The second trait is the ability to push yourself. That means both physically and mentally. In the gym, you must try to do more than you did the last time. That can mean adding as little as a pound to your exercises on the next workout or forcing yourself to do one more rep. To grow and improve, we MUST continue to push ourselves. When it comes to this, I explain it this way. If we sit in the sun too long, we get sunburned. The body’s response is to produce more melanin to protect itself. Exercise works in much the same way. If I only do 10 reps of Curls with 10 lbs. for three sets I will never grow. Yet, when I start doing 3 sets of 10 reps with 12 lbs. my body realizes I have damaged myself and it will repair itself. Then it says I will grow a little more muscle, so next time there is no damage. Then once I jump to 15 lb. dumbbells, it repeats the process. This is how the body grows.
When it comes to diet, you must also be willing to make changes. Cutting back on carbs, or pop, or pasta or whatever is your nemesis. Now, as I have mentioned before, unless you are a competitive athlete I do suggest a cheat meal through the week. This can be something like pizza, wings or whatever you like that may not be the healthiest. If you and the boys and or girls go out for pizza and beer on Friday, DO IT! If you have been training hard and eating right all week, enjoy a cheat meal. We still have to live life. This keeps us on target and also SANE. If you know Friday you are cheating, stay on track the rest of the week. This is not too much to ask.
Finally, the last trait is simply being able to stick with the path you have chosen. So many decide that “I am going to get fit,” and start out with a healthy diet and exercise, but soon quickly fall off. This is particularly true after New Year’s day. If you go to a gym on January 2nd , it will be packed. In three months it is down to only a few. I blame this on trying to do too much too soon. Don’t over think fitness. Consistency is the key. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be consistent!
When I train my clients, I take baby steps. I don’t expect you to eat 100% healthy on day one as well as train perfectly and do your cardio on every scheduled day. Life is real, and it does get in the way. What is important is that you once again are consistent! Miss a meal, OK get the next one in. Did your kid get sick and you had to miss a training session? If so, as soon as they get better, get back on track. You get the point. If you do these three things you will see results. Fitness is about a better life. You do not have to be a professional Body Builder or Competitive Athlete to enjoy what fitness will give you. Do your best and enjoy life to its fullest.
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