I do not find it ironic at all that I am the most successful when I have a coach. I grew up playing sports and once my sports career was over, I realized that just because I wasn’t playing in an athletic sport anymore didn’t mean I didn’t need someone to help me with a plan to reach my goals, someone to motivate me and someone to hold me accountable. And that is what I kept in mind while creating the Drop A Size Fat Loss Program, my 5 week, at-home program, weights based program that will help anyone start, or restart, getting back into shape.
Back in 2001 my aunt let me join her in her personal training sessions for a summer with her trainer Jack. Jack was straight out of a bodybuilding magazine, with huge muscles and one of those revealing tank tops and short shorts. He took me through a traditional/bodybuilding workout. I loved it and I learned a lot.
That same year I headed off to college and for the next four years was introduced to the world of strength and conditioning and coach Matt. Box jumps, power cleans, agility ladders and some major ass kicking overall. I loved it and learned even more.
In 2007 I became a STOTT Pilates Instructor quickly followed by earning my NSCA-CPT. I transformed from the client and student, to the expert and teacher. And during this time I had a few years of mourning not having a coach but I made trips to the gym, continued yoga and focused a bit on running. It was decent enough to keep me coming back for more.
Over the past 4 or so years, I turned back to hiring a trainer, (as a trainer), joined a Crossfit gym for a year, and have finally made my way back to more personal training. I laugh at myself because currently I have 3 coaches right at this very moment. I have an in person, personal trainer, I am in the Best of You online coaching group with the ever so brilliant Jill Coleman and my strength coach from college who I consider my mentor from afar. I drop in for occasional workouts for myself and pick up some of the best and latest coaching and training tips.
While I put in the work, I attribute a lot of my success in maintenance of my physique in having a coach or trainer. Or even a workout partner. Just like in life, we can go at it alone, but having someone by your side helps you become better.
Here is how I see it.
Motivation and Accountability
Being a trainer myself, I am not unique to the fact that I don’t struggle with motivation. I struggle with motivation all the time. Yes I work at a gym but I have had days where I walk into the weight room, do a 5 to 10 minute warm-up, grab a pair of dumbbells, sit on the bench and then just put them back and walk out of the gym. Ha! I’m right there and I can’t do it. However this never happens when I have a trainer, or even a workout partner. Remember you don’t have to go at it alone. It is ok to struggle with motivation and it’s also ok to seek extra support. Consistency beats perfection in the gym.
How? What? Where? Why?
I have had days where I walk into a gym and wander around without a plan in mind and I can put together a pretty decent workout. It’s my job, it’s what I do. Although when I create my own training programs, and my clients, it lays out exactly what needs to be done based on exactly where you want to go. It saves time and energy and allows me to create a system to track progress and evaluate the results. How will you know if you are making progress in the beginning if you do not take note of it. Write them down, record your weights lifted or miles run and plan them in advance. If you are not sure, ask for help. It may be easy to put together a single workout but when you are trying to put together a plan over time, you will have a much better idea of where you are headed and how you are going to get there.
Pushes you out of your comfort zone.
As hard as I work on my own nothing matches that little extra push I get from someone else. When things get hard it life, we want to stop. When we feel discomfort in our workouts we want to stop too. But just like in life when we get through the struggles, we grow, learn and become better. When you finish that last set that you thought you could not do, you grow and you learn and you become better. If someone asked me if I thought working out could teach us a lot about how to be resilient in life my answer would be, hell yes! Maybe hiring a trainer is out of your comfort zone. Give it a shot. Maybe pushing yourself in your workouts is out of your comfort zone. It is only temporary and the mental and physical strength you will gain is incredible.
While having an in person trainer is awesome it is amazing what the support of an online group can contribute to your life. Just to be able to check in with others who have a similar experiences or can offer support and advice is crucial. Whether it is daily or weekly I love checking in and sharing my progress and over coming my struggles with like minded people in my coaching group. Sometimes it fitness and nutrition questions and sometimes it is an obstacle or issue I am struggling with. It is like all my best friends from a far.
Just like every thing else in life, when you need help you ask. Fitness and training are no exception. My Drop A Size program launches today and ends this Friday. It will not be back until 2015, so take advantage of this great opportunity to help put a plan in place and get the results you want.