I’ve been training myself from the age of 12 and I have over 25 years of fitness instruction experience. In this article I want to share that experience and show you ways to get the most from your own training, and therefore help increase and improve your fitness results.
Are you a one gear wonder?
First things first. What kind of person are you? Have you got the right attitude?
A 'one gear wonder' is someone that never push themselves. Their sprinting is as slow as their jogging speed, their high intensity effort is no different to their lowest and so on. They’re the type of person that perhaps just doesn’t have it in them to do more. No desire to push or go beyond their comfort zone.
No matter how hard the training session gets they’ll tell you that they didn’t find it too bad, and that they’re not even out of breath. This is all while the fittest guys are on the floor in a snotty heap of exhaustion. If this sounds like you, then I’m sorry but you’re a one gear wonder, and perhaps that’s why you never see results. Never become stronger, and never increase your fitness level.
A one gear wonder will always stop when the going gets tough. They’ll choose to do the easiest version of an exercise and cut every fitness corner possible to get through their training session.
So, are you a one gear wonder? If you are, making the commitment to change this mind set will be one step closer to better fitness results.
I’m not here to insult you
Secondly, have you got the right instructor? Are they experienced with various training methods? All good questions.
Don’t get me wrong guys, I’m not here to insult you or treat you like a stereotypical Royal Marine recruit. There’s no ‘get down and give me 50’ if you’re under performing – I’m here to help you improve your ability and personal fitness performance.
No effort, no results
Thirdly, do you only get out what you put in?
It’s not rocket science to work out that the more effort a person can put in to their training then the more and better results they’ll get out. However sometimes this can be easier said than done. We all have bad days from time to time or even the Monday blues. Or you may just not be in the mood after a hard days work or after an argument with a family member.
All these stresses can have an emotional impact on your well-being and the last thing you may feel like doing is exercise and at best, exercise with little effort. – It happens to us all! So just roll with it, do what you can and keep pushing. Having said that always remember one thing - no one is going to come along and put the effort in or even do the exercises for you!
No such thing as a wasted session
And finally, no matter how bad your day’s been the most important and sometimes hardest thing to do is to still just turn up to your training session. You may have heard the saying that 80% of your results are gained just by turning up. I’m not too sure whether this percentage is factual but what’s true is that by turning up to your training you’re increasing your chance of results!
15 steps to keeping on track with your training
Follow my simple 15 step guide to help improve your training session experience and therefore your results:
- Do exactly what the instructor says to the best of your ability.
- Always practice good form and technique with full range of movement on all exercises. If you’re not sure, then ask your instructor.
- Always question your ability, speed and overall performance and give yourself exercise feedback.
- Keep asking yourself “can I do the exercise better?”.
- Stop being a one gear wonder and try to get yourself out of your comfort zone.
- Always listen to verbal instructions and pay attention to the physical demonstrations. This is very important for safety. If you talk all the way through your training session then you may cause yourself an injury should you get the exercise or fitness drill wrong.
- Be as committed and consistent with your fitness sessions as you possibly can. Do not skip your workouts!
- Whilst exercising try not to stop too soon or too early, teaching yourself bad exercise habits.
- Always attempt another repetition or running stride before you do stop, teaching yourself good exercise habits.
- Try to ignore the annoying voice in your head that keeps trying to talk you out of exercise.
- Other than holidays, try not to leave large gaps between your training sessions.
- Don’t worry about what others are doing around you. Some will be fitter and able to do more than you, whilst others may be doing less than you. Just do your own personal best.
- Always attempt the hardest version of an exercise or fitness drill. You can never fail by trying and you can always adjust the exercise if you need to later.
- Above all stay positive with positive thought patterns – ‘I can’, ‘I’ll try’, ‘I’ll give it my best’ are all better than the negatives ’I can’t do it’, ‘I’m not strong’,‘What's the point’ and ‘I’m going to give up’ etc. What we say and think we believe. You’ll be amazed at just how much more you can achieve from your training just by adopting a more positive attitude. This will lead to creating a stronger state of mind.
- And finally, when you feel like quitting try to remember why you started in the first place. Most of the other participants in your group will be there for the same reasons.
I hope you find this blog interesting and helpful. Let me know how you get on when applying these simple changes to your future training sessions.