Posted by Troy | Wednesday, 16 September 2015
As a Personal Trainer I’m lucky to be able to see individuals transform physically and mentally over the course of weeks, months and years. The purpose of this blog is to outline the habits of my successful clients vs the habits of those who don’t last. So please enjoy the techniques I’ve outlined below and don’t be afraid to try something new.
Firstly, understand that the biggest battle you will have will be with yourself. Over time I have come to realise with almost every client I’ve trained the difficulty most have is not learning the exercises once at the gym, it’s getting there in the first place. So if you’re looking to get started, as silly as it sounds it doesn’t matter how long you go or what you do, just get to the gym!! Familiarising yourself with a new environment is crucial to your success as the more comfortable you are in the gym, the more likely you are to come back.
Another mental block I see almost daily is the stresses and insecurities of failure, accelerated by increasingly negative society we live in (thanks social media). My top five recommendations for stopping that voice of doubt in your head:
- Stop caring about what people think – This one is hard but the less you’re fearful of others judgment the quicker you can get out of your comfort zone.
- Find a network of support – Try to only surround yourself with people who have a positive influence on you, John Kuebler says ‘Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future’.
- Get a plan – Goal setting is crucial to any planning process, set goals both realistic and unrealistic… See what happens
- Take action – Direct action is the most fundamental force for change, take small steps and progress as you feel more comfortable
- Monitor Consistency and Progression – Track your progress with workout info and photos, the more you know about where you started the more you’ll recognise the results.
These five steps if done correctly will allow you to manage, monitor and progress your fitness journey in a stable and controlled way. It is also important to understand that failure is necessary to learn and grow, and when you do fail look for the good as a result and know that there will always be another opportunity for success not far away.
My clients don’t always succeed and I’m often humbled by the opportunity to help those that don’t straight away. But the distinction between those that have lost over 25kgs and those that have not is this… The people that really care keep coming back. So my final piece of advice is this: Establish an emotional connection when setting goals, really think about why you’re making a change and draw back to those emotions whenever you’re struggling for motivation. It’s also great to visualise your future self as the person you’re trying to become. Ask yourself, ‘How would the person I’d like to be, do the things I’m about to do?’ It sounds difficult and I guarantee it will be challenging, but it may also be the most rewarding thing you ever do. It is often said that doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will, the question is are you prepared to find out??
P.S. This is Limitless Fitness client Nathan Bulk will who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and 12 weeks ago was unable to lunge, squat or straighten his arms. He can now do all three, because he was crazy enough to believe he could!