Working towards your goals
With every client that I train there is a specific goal that is being worked towards, it can be as general as better health, strength and fitness or a specific weight loss or performance target. Whatever that goal I like to make sure that there is not a huge amount of focus on it whilst training, the focus whilst doing exercise is increasing performance and technique and the goal outside of the training is adhering to the dietary rules that we have set. It is very important not to focus to much on the end result as this usually creates a sense of panic and with that an urgency to push things a little to far with the diet or training, this will inevitably result in failure as most people when pushed to hard will revert back to their comfort zone and end up bingeing on food or alcohol or simply overtraining and getting ill. Basic rules about diet will be set by me and I am always monitoring what is going on with them and adjusting them towards the particular goal. As with every journey their will always be a few mishaps and moments where your break out of the routine and do something that you feel negatively effects your progression, the thing is though I feel that this has the opposite effect. If once in a while you break loose and sink a bottle of wine or two, or spend a weekend eating party food and thoroughly enjoy it, then great. I can assure you that on the following monday a whole new sense of motivation will present itself and the need for that burger or beer will be long gone, you will pick up your pace and tighten things up. I suppose you could call this “getting it out of your system” I just call it fun. There are times and places that you simply can’t avoid having that glass of wine or steak dinner, so you should celebrate them and work that little bit harder once you have. Usually if you look back to your diet and drinking habits before the new training regime you will see that you have greatly improved so that little dip in progression here and there is fine as long as you are looking at the bigger picture and see that you will never go back to only eating badly and drinking to much. Your desired goal might always feel like its slightly in the future, but thats because you are now constantly improving and your idea of how fit and healthy you can be will be changing constantly for the better. As you get fitter, healthier and better at managing your diet and lifestyle you will realize that the only goal is to constantly improve.
Personal Training for me goes a lot further that just shouting reps and making people lift stuff, the psychology of it plays a much larger role.