Every New Year sees their fare share of newbies in gyms who does almost anything they can think of to get in shape, since getting in shape and eat well is ‘’easy’’.
All you have to do is train every day and do what your friends and acquaintances told you to do since what they have done obviously worked for them.
My friends, this is the most common mistake in New Years resolutions.
It also is the main reason why most will give up after only a few weeks into their newly found health habit like if it was a hot potato.
Following your friend advice is bound for failure. A program or diet that worked for them will rarely work for you. It can also have bad consequences on your health.
My mommy always told me (and I’m sure your mom did too); if your friends jump off a bridge, would you jump too?
Even if they had professional help of one of the best trainer, there is no way in hell that the same program would replicate the same results on you. Even twins can’t have the same results with the same programs.
I realize that it is costly. The thing is that they see it as an investment, you see it as a expense and this is where the difference lies. They know for a fact that they will have a return on their investment, you on the other end, are not so sure about that. Not because of the professional giving you the protocol and program to follow, but you just don’t know if you are ready to commit and put your money where your mouth is, which is the necessary effort and time to reap the results and reward. You just don’t know if you want the cookies more than you want your abs.
Does not make you a bad person, but before you point fingers, a little introspection is in order.
Following tip #1, you finally decide to take the big step that is to hire the personal trainer of your friend. Great decision, but before you go, I must advise you to be very clear with your goals. Goals like;
- I want to lose weight.
…Can you be more vague. Everyone wants to lose weight but once the first 5 pounds is off and the reality of the other 15 pounds to lose and the effort it will take settles in, people tend to lower their goals to fit their lack of commitment or the fear of not achieving them. Your trainer should be able to fix realistic goals and give you a run down of how he plans to achieve them.
- I want the same shape as her. (Cue the Mission Impossible intro)
Comparison and envy is making our society sick. You all want to look like ‘’her’’ but If only you would see the real story, the real ‘’her’’. Pictures, magazines, profile pics are only a snapshot of the best days, not the process and struggle behind it, far from what happens every single day. Even if the abs and perfect glutes are all there every single day, are you willing to do what they did for the past few months, sometimes years to get the perfect shape?
- I want to lose the 5 pounds I gained in the holidays.
Let’s be realistic. Only 5 pounds? Starting a new plan et reaching optimal health is not a question of a few weeks. My best advice is to do it intelligently and progressively. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Those are habits you need to do every single day, not just conveniently, and most importantly, year round.
For those who still think that they can do it on their own, here is the most common mistake that you do, and redo, every single year.
The freakin’ treadmill and infinite cardio sessions.
First and foremost, the treadmill dictates the speed, not you. You are just following the speed of the belt, so the perception is there, but the effort is less than if you went for a REAL walk outside where you have to propel yourself or push yourself forward. Don’t believe me? Go for a jog on a treadmill for 10 minutes and go for a jog around the block. Let me know what happens.
No, treadmills are not god’s given gift to fatloss. Eating less crap is. The average person walks about 6000 steps a day so walking more may make you burn calories, but calories are not the answer. Maybe for a true beginner, but still, muscles make your heart pump, not just walking. Research has shown that those who do weight lifting AND cardio in the same program will get more results than those who just do cardio. Their metabolism is just more active with the DUAL approach than those who only walk. Gaining 5 pounds of muscle with a little weight lifting plan can make you burn an additional 250 calories a day, and that’s before you even get up in the morning. You will get more results and have a greater return on your investment.
You want an even greater return on your investment? Contact me and let’s get started ASAP.