Why do you train? What are you training for? What is your ultimate goal? A lot of people buy gym memberships and train because they were pressured (either by family, friends or a suave looking gym salesperson), they were ordered (doctor or partner orders) or because they know that they’re supposed too.
But really, deep down inside, just can’t be bothered.
When working out becomes a chore, you’ve really got to wonder if you’re doing it for the right reasons.
Were you forced into this routine from an external source, or are you actually doing it because it’s something YOU want to do?
SO many people start their workouts backward. They join a gym, they start lifting weights, then they try to decide how they’ll train and what they’ll train for.
If you want to be successful, this is not the way to go. When looking for a career, you don’t randomly choose a job and then decide where you want to go from there. Most of us will sit down, decide what we want to do and then work to build up the skill sets for our required position.
So why would your training routine be any different?
You first need to decide what you’re training for:
– Weight Loss
– Sport-specific/competition training
– General Fitness
From there, you can decide how you’re going to train:
– High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
– Functional movement
And the list goes on!
If you’re unsure what direction to take, just like any other industry, there are professionals to consult. It doesn’t matter what synonym they choose to use (personal trainer, fitness coach, master trainer) they’re professionals in their field, they’ve done their study and are there to help.
If you’re looking for some specificity within your training then I’d suggest doing background research on your trainer. Make sure that they work within the niche that you’re trying to train in and that they have the appropriate qualifications to back it up.
Lastly, don’t feel like your training routine has to always be laborious. If you’re never looking forward to training and dread it when your next session comes around, then you’re doing it wrong.
Certainly, there are some sessions that you’ll have to endure and you definitely need to challenge your body in order for it to adapt and for you to see change.
But all in all, your sessions should be fun. You should come away from the session feeling like you worked hard, but that you also enjoyed doing so.
Find your reason. Find your trainer. Work hard. Don’t give up.
And most importantly, have fun!
Thanks all, see you soon!
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” – Ralph Waldo Emerson