I work with people whose goal usually falls in one of the following categories:
- Lose fat
- Have more energy
- Reduce pain
- Have more confidence
They do their research and get to work. Yet too often they learn much about the wrong things and too little about the right things. They don’t research the professionals they are taking the info from. For example, I see people who just want to lose a few pounds doing stuff like box jumps until they can’t feel their legs or cutting out fruit because it has sugar.
After a few weeks, they’re frustrated. Maybe they’ve cut a pound or two, but they’re miserable and in pain. And after a few months they’re right back to their old habits. But is that their fault? No. The problem is they copied someone else’s success.
You need to focus on what you can still do, and do it to the best of YOUR ability, consistently. If not, YOU WILL lose it.
More importantly, you need someone to tell you this is ok. It’s ok to not be a supermodel! It’s ok to stop comparing yourself to someone’s highlights on Facebook.
It’s not ok, however, to just sit there and do nothing!
I am not lowering expectations. The problem is usually not the lack of going forward, but that you try something that lets you easily slip backward.
Professional athletes get paid to work out. Instagram models spend countless hours curating surreal images. Actors and actresses have entire teams built around creating “a look”. If you don’t have all of that time, money, and resources at your disposal to look a certain way, how can you expect to replicate those results?
So yeah, of course you get frustrated trying to copy someone else’s success. And you resign to doing nothing. Right now you are too busy with kids, helping parents, career, stress, all of it. I get it. Who has time to sort through functional strength training vs. “bodybuilding” or “crossfit” or fads?
Instead of copying popular results, consider some questions about what might be best for you:
- Group personal training or group class?
- Could I benefit from (self) myofascial release?
- How do I improve mobility and experience less pain?
- What’s the best cardiovascular work for me?
- What type of strength training do I need for quality of life?
- Could I use a coach for the other 23 hours I’m not in the gym?
You are old enough to realize you will wake up one morning and 15 years are gone. Fortunately, you’re in the perfect situation to do something about it. Because you’re also old enough to know people who don’t have an opportunity at a do over. Instead of copying someone else, make your own destiny. One that truly works for you.
Need a plan? A plan that is based around YOUR goals, schedule, fitness level, exercise history, injury history, budget, and lifestyle? That is the only way you will be able to maintain it! Email us or text 757 589 7028 to get started!