Does it really matter if I can only make it to the gym 2 days a week? I get this questions all the time. There’s a lot to it but the answer is simple.
If I told you there was a pill you could take after every meal that would improve your insulin sensitivity, aid in digestion, burn a few calories, and all around make you feel better, would you take it? What about if I told you it was completely free! That’s right, 100% free, except you might want to invest in an umbrella, winter coat, and new pair of shoes.
Results are awesome. There’s nothing like seeing a direct correlation between the work you’ve been doing and the positive outcomes you’re experiencing.
What isn’t awesome however, is when even though you’re still putting in work, those results start to slow, sometimes to a screeching halt. For those of you new to a gym, you’ll likely see a big response to your efforts for about 3 months.
Here are 5 things you can change to break or prevent training plateaus
Instead, the people who have bodies that look fit and post a lot on social media, tell us all the time that “you can do it” and “there’s no day like today” (obviously I wouldn’t be a good motivational speaker). Multiply that voice by 1,000,000, add a call to action to buy a product and boom, you have the fitness industry.
What this does to every day people like you and I is it makes us think we have to be motivated all the time. We are bombarded with images of people that seem like they wake up, drink their bro-tein shake and spend all day itching to get to the gym. We then take on the notion that you have to be all jacked up 24/7 in order to live a fit and health life. That expectation we have of ourselves does a few things:
Every person has a list, and a big one at that, of individual discrepancies that will shape how you should be eating. Everything from underlying diseases and the status of your microbiome to what you like to eat or how often you like to eat. As a personal trainer, my job is to take in this complex equation with dozens of variables and produce an answer leading to the desired result.
While I can’t train every single one of you, I can give you some things to look for, to make the right choices for you, based on your goals. Here are 5 things you can do today to positively effect your fitness goals: