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July 7, 2013

FIT FOR LIFE: Top reasons you may not be seeing progress

The past 13 years of experience have taught me the following reasons are the most likely culprits of stalled or non-existent progress.

• You fail to make a conscious decision to start. I tell my clients that in 3 months, 90 days will have passed, regardless of whether you have lost weight, gotten stronger or improved your level of conditioning.

Your diet and weight routine doesnt have to “start next Monday.”

• You are unsure of your goals. You may want to increase your squat by 15 pounds for two weeks, then change your goals to lose 30 pounds within 30 days or never eat ice cream again. Pick a realistic, specific goal and devote six to 10 weeks of focusing on it.

* You dont make your goal a priority. Most people blame lack of time as their reason for not exercising. It all comes down to what you value. If you value unhealthy eating habits, having less energy, being uncomfortable in your clothes, versus being more productive during the day, setting a good example for your friends/family and a reduction in stress, then continue to avoid making a healthy(ier) lifestyle a priority.

• Lack of accountability. Human psychology is great. New clients would rather disappoint themselves than myself or staff of trainers. After a long day of work, some gym goers might ditch that workout for the couch or drive thru. If they had a scheduled appointment with a friend or trainer, more often than not, the workout would not be skipped. 

For new clients, I’m not concerned with their initial reasons for coming to the gym. After a few weeks of using proven exercise and nutrition tactics, progress happens much quicker (or for the first time) and motivation levels increase. Most individuals do not like doing things they arent good or successful at. Working with a fitness professional will keep you accountable and motivated until progress sets in and new, healthier habits are formed.

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