I think we’d all agree to get in shape you need to work out more and eat less, right? We all have good intentions, “I’m gonna do cardio, lift some weights, and eat healthy.” Well, that’s a great start and a good plan, but we need to be a lot more specific than that.
Working out on a regular basis is easier said than done and for some people it seems to come easy. I think the biggest difference between people who are in shape, compared to those who are not is they have the discipline to work the calories off.
If you ask any local trainer if they eat pizza, any occasional cheeseburger, or drink a few alcoholic beverages and they should tell you YES! If they say no, they’re lying. I’ve been a trainer for a number of years and have had 75-100 trainers work for me over the years and believe me; we over eat once in a while.
The difference is, these types of personalities will work twice as hard to burn those calories off. Thinking about these people states above, there are two words that come to mind.
These are the keys to transforming your body! I have a little motto I like to tell my client’s, “Don’t think about it, just do it!”
I know it sounds a bit like a Nike commercial, but it works. When you’re about to work out and start your body transformation and don’t want to, there’s hundreds of excuses you’ll sit there and come up with. But, if you just get up and go, you’ll be a lot better off. It’s kind of like waking up in the morning. If you keep hitting snooze, you’ll keep falling asleep. If you just get up, it’s much easier to get your day started.
It takes Discipline to prepare for your workout and to complete it.
What I mean by this is, first, you need to remember your workout gear before you go to work. You need to plan the time you’ll be working out, setting time aside for you and only you. You also need to plan your actual workout, or what you’re doing to do (cardio or weight training). Finally, it takes discipline to complete the whole workout. The above items listed are great for getting results, but only get you so far.
I think Consistency is actually the most important concept to focus on and here’s why. Any good trainer could compose a “perfect workout” for you and the goals you’d like to obtain. But, if you only do it once a week, you’re not going to get much in terms of results. I’d almost rather have you take a mediocre plan and stick with it 5-6 days per week. You’d get much better results if you just stay consistent. Believe it or not, once you get past the first 4-6 weeks, your body will actually start to look forward to working out, sweating, and burning calories. It becomes a feeling of accomplishment and you’ll really start noticing a difference in your body and how it feels.
One thing to remember is this: Be patient with your body! Not all of us were high school or college athletes. It takes time for your body to bounce back for lack of a better term. I see numerous gym members try it for a week or two, not see much progress, and then just give up. Well, we all know that’s not going to get you were you want to be.
I’ve also seen many examples of people trying a new workout program or a new fad diet. They try it for a few weeks and possibly get marginal results. Next thing I hear is, “well that doesn’t work for me”. I think it may have worked if they had just been patient, stayed consistent and had the discipline to stick with it for longer than 14 to 30 days.
It’s going to take many weeks or maybe many months to reach your final goal. Trust the fact that all your hard work and the proper eating habits will get you that rocking body.
Don’t get frustrated, stay consistent and it will happen. Don’t give up on yourself and remember no one else is going to burn the calories for you. You have the opportunity and the ability to do it, now lets get it done!
“Don’t think about it, just do it!”
Todd Bassler, Certified Personal Trainer, Premier Fitness Camp
Todd was born and raised in Vermont and grew up playing competitive ice hockey which he continued through college. Prior to joining Premier Fitness, he was the Fitness Manager of six 24-Hour Fitness locations. Todd holds the NASM certification, a B.S. In Psychology and a Minor in Athletic Coaching. Todd lives in Carlsbad with his wife and 2 children.