If a client switches their mindset to focus on performance, for example getting stronger or faster, then they allow themselves to move forward on their weight-loss journey more so than if they focused on weight-loss itself. The logic behind this is that they become interested in nutrition that allows them to both recover and progress with a training programme.
Imagine a circle representing your life. Personal training falls into a certain category. This category is called self-care. Not much of that circle is dedicated to you when you’ve got a hectic work diary, a family to provide for and busy social life.
Use a something over nothing ethos. I've built my business on seeing busy people. I'll open with this. I work in a private studio. I could call it a gym, but I don't like that word. Ideally I would train 3 times a week, perhaps 4 if i've managed my work diary efficiently. Sometimes this doesn't happen, sometimes I don't train at all that week.
If you're thinking about making changes to your health next year, then I'm writing this for you. How good would it feel knowing someone was taking care of your weight-loss goals for the new year now?
12 weeks is usually the timeframe associated for a fitness transformation. This is a bodybuilders timeline and that's offseason to stage ready; 3 months is a long time for a client to commit to a strict diet plan and hard training routine while often adding pressure to family and partners.
What you wear when you exercise makes a big difference to how you feel. Checking those before photos a few months down the line is important because it reminds us of how we felt when we started.
Switch your focus to performance and allow yourself to move forward. Last week I shared an amazing article siting more than 60 studies examining the efficacy of exercise for weight loss. That relationship underpins the whole fitness industry and the most recognisable thought process is that if you train harder, you'll lose more weight.