How to Get Started with the Right Training Program
It’s the New Year once again! Hope your holidays were super special and you didn’t overdue it on the stuffing and gravy! The holidays are done and I’m back again for helping you find the right training program to take your body, health, nutrition and life to the next level.
Last year I focused on the things you need to look for when selecting a fitness program. But this year I wanted to focus mostly on the things that you need to do to make your 2014 start off awesome!
1. You can be great! But only if you start.
This applies to anything in life but especially a new fitness program. Even if you’ve been working out for a while now but you want to take it to the next level, you have to start. You can’t just talk about it. You have to do!
And you have to motivated! What is the reason you are doing this? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get in better shape? Be able to keep up and be a good role model for your kids?
Whatever the reason is — it has to be for YOU and there has to be a big enough WHY! Be specific about what you want and why you want it. Make it as emotional as possible. No emotion, not enough motivation, no change will occur.
2. Small steps lead to quantum leaps.
When starting anything especially a new fitness program you need to start off taking small steps. You can’t get a bachelor degree before graduating high school. You can’t run before you can crawl. You can’t do a burpee before you can squat (at least in our program).
If you haven’t been working out consistently (three or more intense workouts a week) for more then a year you are considered a beginner by our group training programs standards. You need to drop the ego. It doesn’t matter what you’ve been able to do in the past or how good an athlete you were in college or high school.
You do your best for that day. Doesn’t matter what others do or can do. You do YOUR best. Rest, recover, get stronger and better conditioned, then do it again.
You don’t skip the next workout because you are sore or any other excuse you can think of. You make it a priority. Practice makes perfect. Your workouts are your practice. You keep practicing until you got your perfect body. Then once you got that, then you need to set some new higher goals. Always be striving to become the better and best version of yourself. Because nobody cares about YOU as much as YOU!
3. The 3 P’s.
Patience – Please understand that creating a new you is going to take time. Whether it is 30 or more pounds to lose, you want to be able to do 10 perfect pullups, you want to quit smoking, you want to start a new business, you want to ____________(insert your goal here). Rome wasn’t built in a day and you didn’t get to where you are in life now in a day either! So don’t expect quick fixes. Anything worth doing requires time. It’s going to pass anyway so why not strive for something better then you are right now?!
Persistence – Everything works- for a while at least. Yes, There will be roadblocks in your journey to get your perfect body. They always come up. If you’ve ever been on a diet before you know it always starts off well and then you hit that plateau and all progress and weight loss stops. That’s why they call it a diet. Diets don’t work. Our program teaches lifestyle of eating.
But even then adopting to something new is going to have major hurdles. Now you can jump over them, go around them, or plain smash through them. But whatever you do, don’t stop and turn back around. That’s quitting! And we want 2014 to be the best year of your life. If you think that it’s hopeless I guarantee I can at least 10 other people who have done it and it was done with worst circumstances then what you are facing.
Successful people don’t worry about barriers, they’re too busy finding ways to go around, over, or through them. Unsuccessful people are too busy finding excuses as to why it can’t be done. Be the latter, be successful. Again, make it emotional to you and excuses will fall off you like water in a shower.
Play – Now I’m all about striving and going after what you want in life, but you got to let go sometimes and just enjoy the things that are out there. I always recommend the 90% rule. We always apply it to our fitness workouts and nutrition. But it really can be applied to any area of your life. Make it to 90% of your workouts or follow your nutrition plan 90% of the time and you will achieve your goals.
So that leaves 10%. I recommend having a treat meal. Enjoy anything you want. It always makes sticking to your nutrition goals a whole lot easier if you know your favorite treat is coming. Or it can be something to celebrate — like making it back to your skinny jeans size and going out and buying a new pair of jeans to show off that hard earned body.
Finally, let’s talk about the way you move. Especially when you are working out. If you are doing something incorrectly, I’m sure you would want to know about. I would. If you are performing exercises incorrectly you ARE NOT going to get results, and you are more then likely going to injure yourself. Your program should be correcting your form if you are doing it improperly. The very best will have a movement screen on or before your first day, because not everybody should be doing the same exercises. If they don’t leave the program. Your training program should follow the same rules listed here to help you bring out the best of you and help you achieve your goals.
With that said, here is to 2014 being the best year ever for you.
If you have any questions please email me at [email protected]. I’m happy to help!
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