So. Many of my clients are working towards weddings, summer beach bodies, big birthday parties, marathons and competitions which is GREAT. Having a goal and a time frame within which to reach it is KEY to getting results.
So what are YOUR fitness goals this year?
Whatever your focus, today I want to let you into some “secrets” to help you get there…
- Get Inspired
When I need a kick up the butt and a bit of motivation I look towards blogs and pictures of people who inspire me, and have been successful in their own fitness goals. Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are also BRILLIANT for this. It doesn’t just have to be the fitness pros that inspire you however. I find myself just as inspired by many of my clients and friends and their own personal journeys than those at the top of their game.
- Be Consistent
No exercise programme in the world will work without consistency. No matter what we do in life, we will not achieve the success we want unless we work at it day in day out, week in week out, month in month out. It really is the difference between those who make it and those who don’t. “Smashing it” in the gym one week then having a week of late nights, booze and junk food the next just won’t cut it I’m afraid.
- Set Realistic Goals
Big goals which really take you out of your comfort zone are GREAT. However, to keep focus and motivation high, I strongly believe in setting mini interim goals on route to the big one…
For example, my main goal this year is to stand on stage come May 10th and win my category. HOWEVER, I set “mini goals” monthly, weekly and sometimes even daily in order to keep me focused and motivation levels high. This may be something as simple as ensuring I drink 4 litres of water a day, or ensuring I stretch and foam roll a few times per week, but these small victories are what keep me going longer term.
If you’re not a gym bunny by nature, then PLEASE don’t set yourself a goal of hitting the gym 6 days a week. It’s just not going to work and you’re setting yourself up for failure. Aim for 3 times per week to start with and see anything more than this as a bonus.
*** THINK PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION ***
- Call In The Pros
So your New Year resolution is to start hitting the gym. That’s great! Question is…Do you know what you’re doing once you’re in there?
I remember the first time I went in the gym. I LITERALLY didn’t have a clue what I was meant to be doing. So, I ran on the treadmill for a bit, used the cross trainer for a bit, rowed for a bit and then had a go on every machine that was free regardless of what body part it was working. In fact, I probably couldn’t have even told you which body part I WAS working half the time…Sound familiar?
YOU MUST HAVE A PLAN. It’s no good just going from machine to machine and hoping for the best, it just doesn’t work like that.
If you don’t know how something works – ASK
If you don’t know if your form is correct – ASK
If you don’t know how to write a progressive workout plan – ASK
If you don’t know what the hell you’re meant to be doing – ASK
The guys and girls who work in the gym are there because (hopefully) they know what they are doing. Sign up for an introduction with one of them, or a couple of PT sessions in order to get you started, and don’t let the fear of the unknown put you off achieving your goals.
- Remember…Nobody Actually Cares About You
Sounds harsh? I mean it! SO MANY people worry about hitting the gym because of what others may think of them. Let me tell you this…They aren’t even LOOKING at you as they are too busy feeling self conscious themselves or checking themselves out in the mirror.
That ripped guy benching 100,000 kilos? Yeah, he’s worried that the guy next to him has bigger legs! That skinny girl on the cross trainer? Yeah, she wishes she had a little more muscle. That guy deadlifting practically all of the plates in the free weights section? Yeah, he’s worried that the girl next to him notices how much he’s sweating. That girl who’s training for a fitness competition? Yeah, she’s worried that she’s never going to look as good as the other girls.
Do you get my point?
Everyone is far too concerned with what they are doing and battling their own demons to concern themselves with YOU. So get in there and do your thing!
- Be Patient
This is the one that I personally struggle with the most. I’ll follow a nutrition plan for a day and then stand in the mirror that night wondering why the hell I can’t see my abs yet.
Results don’t happen overnight. There are no quick fixes. There will be highs, lows, victories and setbacks and you’ve got to learn to take the rough with the smooth. It may take weeks, months or even years to reach your ultimate goal, but you must be patient enough to progress though each step at a time.