How to prioritise you, your health and create more time for results
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.
“But you work in a gym” I hear you say. Shouldn’t I be leading by example? If I can’t find time to train, then how can my clients break free from that attitude? The thing is, work gets in the way. Personal training is built around a commitment. Financial commitment, as well as a personal commitment to your coach. You’ve scheduled an appointment.
Sometimes work is so busy that you can’t make those appointments, and sometimes your dedicated hour gets shifted down the priority ladder. I train at a local gym. I deliberately travel to it outside of work so that it meets my demands for stress reduction and in turn, meets the criteria for ‘me time’.
So a ‘something over nothing’ approach fits in when your frequency isn’t so hot, and you kick yourself for not making progress. Well actually you are; progress is when you can focus on the process and accept that there’ll be times when your nutrition isn’t there. Your frequency isn’t there. Your motivation isn’t there.
A coach will be able to get you exercising safely, and effectively. A coach should also be able to help you improve your attitude towards exercise and as well as this, your relationship with progress and results.
Personal training often lasts an hour. That’s enough time to get out of work mode, and get into training mode. It’s enough time to warm up, get all systems firing, and address any unplanned niggles from all the driving you’ve been doing this week.
40 minutes would be ok. So would 30 minutes. That would be ok if you’d had a huge project come into work that week and cancelled your session with me – that would be ok if it meant you’d improved your exercise confidence on your own and you sussed out that tricky kettlebell movement. I was talking to someone the other day about how they choose what exercise to do on their own.
How do you choose what to do? Do you follow a programme? My training with clients is more intuitive or instinctive. In this sense I’ll ask clients to do what they’re most confident in. If running is more accessible to you, then run – likewise you might have access to kit at home. I’ve asked clients to practice the barbell clean and press. I’ve asked clients to practice mobility movements. Usually it’s a concept we’ve covered in studio, to give frequency to in their own time.
BULLET POINTS TO HELP BUSY PEOPLE:
- Something is better than nothing
- Make sure your time is spent efficiently in exercise
- Let exercise be instinctive outside of the studio
Personal training is often about discussing strategy and tactics. A fitness coach could show you how to squat. A Personal trainer might be able to help you stick to a schedule.
Exercise can be a part of your life but not all of it, so it’s important to acknowledge when you’re making progress even if you feel like you’ve slowed down.