Check out the pipes on my 48 year old client! This is a woman who came to me three months ago with very little muscle tone. She was and is a very lean individual who was unable to define her muscles despite her good intentions and best efforts. In three short months and a lot of hard work, she has increased her lean muscle mass, sculpted her shoulders, lifted her glutes, toned her beautiful legs, and strengthened her core and upper body like you wouldn’t believe! Clean eating, consistent exercise, a positive attitude, and determination is what got her where she is today…strong, toned, and extremely happy with her progress!
Can YOU do it to? ABSOLUTELY!!
It IS possible to change your body composition, regardless of whether you are a hard gainer or someone who struggles to lose weight. Establish your goal, set your mind, commit to your plan, and put the work in!
One rep at a time…
Understanding the “WHY” is “HOW” you will get there!!
I get asked all the time “How do I get started and keep going with my fitness program?”. The reality is that it’s much easier to get started than it is to keep going. Most often people who engage in a new fitness program start out full of enthusiasm and energy then before long lose their momentum and ultimately abandon their good intentions. The average time frame for this is about three months. The reason, as far as I can see is simple…you’ve either failed to set goals and plan or you haven’t thought it through far enough before you got started.
The key to success when you embark upon a lifestyle change is understanding WHY you are doing it to begin with. Exploring WHY it’s important or WHY it’s necessary to make a change is key! When you do you’ll be better equipped to stay-the-course and maintain the momentum and motivation necessary to reach your goals. Skipping this important step can set you up for failure before you even get your program off the ground.
Here are the questions I ask all my new clients:
What is/are your main goal(s)?
What is your long term goal…where do you see yourself in 12 months?
What is your short term goal…what do you expect to accomplish in the next three months?
WHY… are you here to see me? …are you doing this? …is this important to you? …is it necessary?
I challenge my clients and force them to dig deep to answer the “WHY”. I want them to understand clearly WHY they are wanting to make a change and WHY their goal is important to them. THEN we talk about how they will get there. THEN we break their goals down into manageable bite size pieces or baby steps. This strategy helps my clients keep their eye on the end game, it helps them keep their head in the game, and more importantly…it keeps them motivated to WIN THE GAME!
Understand “WHY” before deciding “HOW”
Yours in fitness and health,
Sometimes my life is like a movie…it can be a comedy, a horror show, a romantic love story, a tragedy… Whatever the case may be, my life is busy! And sometimes I find it necessary to push “pause” so I can RE-SET and move forward with passion, intention, and purpose. Finding balance is something I always strive for but is not easy to achieve. The fitness and nutrition industry is thriving and keeps me moving at a fast pace. It can be very challenging at times to meet the needs of my clients and maintain the high level of energy they deserve…it’s not easy to be always “ON”. I’m grateful that the summer months are quiet in my business. It gives me time to rest, recover, and re-charge. This week-end I was fortunate enough to carve out some time for ME as I attended the CanFitPro Conference in Toronto, with 15,000 fitness professionals from all over. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have spent three days with my industry peers and friends, and to workout with some very well known and respected leaders in my field. For three days I soaked up every bit of vibrancy and energy that I was immersed in, I learned some new skills, made some new friends, and had a lot of fun! I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be living the life I love, and loving the life I live. Every day I work with people, helping them to make lifestyle changes so they may become happier and healthier people and hopefully loving the life they live as well. It’s a privilege to share in the personal journey of another person and very rewarding to celebrate their successes along the way. Lucky me!
I’ve returned from this experience with new tools and ideas to share with my clients and renewed energy and enthusiasm to bring to every class I teach and client I train. Game on! I’m ready…are you!?
It’s important to push the “pause” button every once in a while…take time for yourself to RE-SET your mind and body so you can be the best you can be and give the most you can give every day. You are no good to anyone else if you are not good to yourself. Go ahead…push “pause”…you’re worth it!
Have a happy, healthy day!