What motivates us to train? What is our incentive to train? I’ve been training people for years and the answer to these questions are as individual as each person.
Most want to look better to themselves in the mirror. Training people for body composition goals (what they look like to themselves) is the toughest task for me as a trainer because it requires so much commitment to the hours away from training sessions to accomplish. 90% of this is nutrition. For these people, if you limit the bad stuff (sugar, processed-grain carbs [bread, pasta], and dairy) to one day per week you’ll be OK. Give yourself time for transition. Gradually reduce these foods or you’ll crave and rebound and eat too much and get stuck again. Eat as many vegetables as possible, pair them with clean proteins and healthy fats. Try to maintain a 3:2:1 ratio each meal of complex carbohydrate:protein:fat.
Some clients have performance goals in sports such as golf, tennis, baseball, lifting weight, etc. Training for physical performance is much easier; the client has clearly established performance goals and by virtue of this fact there is little doubt about their commitment.
Very few people, I would estimate 25% of the population, are self-motivated to really push hard in training without a trainer or a partner, or a group.
There are 168 hours in 1 week. If a client trains with me for 1-3 hours per week they are left with 167-165 hours of lifestyle which must support their training goals, and the vast majority of my clients over these years do not do the “homework” which will enable them to achieve their training goals. Homework is clean, health-sustaining nutrition, rest/sleep, a daily habit of maintaining or developing mobility and a constant training mindset.
“Do you really want my help?” “Do you really want to accomplish whatever it is you’ve signed up for training with me to accomplish?” More times than I can count clients have said to me “you make it look so easy!” It is easy, because I am practicing perfect, consistent repetitions as I demonstrate them to you. You, the client, could do the same, if you were committed to daily practice.
Do some time introspectively to find what it truly is that motivates you, and once you’ve identified these things, make a commitment to your self and your training goals. Your goals should be S.M.A.R.T.- Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Realistic, Timely.
Let’s do an assessment to establish a baseline starting point and set a MINIMUM 90-day training period. 90 days is one-quarter of one year and the absolute minimum time required to truly realize progress (6 months, 180 days is better). At a minimum, be motivated and committed to following your path for 3 months.