Motivation is probably one of the MOST talked about topics on social media and any health and wellness blogs out there today. Why? Because motivation to accomplish your goals is THAT important.
Although most people recognize the value of motivation and see those that are highly motivated as successful in life (see ANY personal trainer selling online training with a picture of their ripped body on the ad), they don’t have a clue how to get there themselves.
So the $100,000 question: why aren’t you ripped, tan and smiling like that trainer in the Facebook Ad staring back at you day after day? Well for one, you didn’t diet down prior to a photo shoot, you didn’t go and get spray tanned 2-6x before the shoot and you haven’t been whitening your teeth for the last 12 weeks.
But all that superficial stuff didn’t get that trainer as strong and muscular as they are either. Hard work, a dedicated training regimen and healthy habits did. And THAT seems like a helluva lot of change to get the body you are after.
And really, why should you be able to achieve that?
That trainer eats, sleeps, and breathes strength. They LIVE in the gym, they only eat chicken, rice and broccoli and they drink a gallon jug of water everyday.
They have what we call INTRINSIC motivation.
It’s fun for them to be in the gym 2+ hours a day, 4-5 days a week. They get pleasure out of recovering so well their next workout is dominant – it’s WHO they are.
You probably don’t have INTRINSIC motivation. And the truth of the matter, there was a time where that trainer didn’t either.
It is something that can be developed and improved over time.
Now let’s get back to talking about you….
When you sit down for your first interaction with our Coaches at FIT, we will discuss your goals in depth because we want to help you figure out what REALLY motivates you to determine the level you are currently at.
Once we know where your motivation stands, we can help improve your desire to make strength training and healthy habits part of who YOU are.
And I can say after going through thousands of goal setting sessions with a broad array of adults, it’s rare the goal that was listed by our new Athlete (see OUR definition of Athlete) was actually the goal we set out to achieve.
What we find is something deeper and more meaningful. It’s their ‘why’, the inherent reason behind the goal, that helps them achieve it. The fat loss they were after, the strength they wanted and the body image they desired all become welcome by-products of achieving what really mattered to them.
As the guide on your FIT journey, allow me to share some of the goals our FIT Athletes achieve on a regular basis.
Turn back the clock
This is a fun one for us. Athletes coming back to us saying:
“I’m off of 3 of my 5 medications and I can’t remember feeling so good!”
“I’ve never been able to touch my toes, I always thought my hamstrings were too tight. Now, I’m able to do that and my back pain is all but gone!”
“Strength training was something I knew I needed but never did. I thought I would get too big and bulky. Now, not only am I strong enough to deadlift my bodyweight but I have lost inches on my waist!”
“I thought my arms weren’t ever going to be able to straighten again after years of benching heavy. Now, after less than 6 months, my joints feel better than they have in 15 years and I am gaining strength I never thought I would be able to achieve again!”
A body that feels and moves better means more energy, better stress management capacity and the perception that you are actually YOUNGER than you were when you started at FIT.
Life being fun again
Most everyone I have come across over the years has a hobby. Some of the hobbies are active, some not. Some of the hobbies require travel, some can be done in the basement.
But the reality of all hobbies is that they most likely occur outside of work, gym and possibly social or family time. So it requires a certain amount of excess energy to really enjoy the pursuit of something fun.
We expect our FIT Athletes to train with us at least 2x/week and ideally 3x/week. Training at this frequency allows for 3 things to happen:
- Train often enough to learn/relearn quality movement patterns that enhance performance in the sport of life and reduce or potentially eliminate risk of injury
- Allow adequate recovery and regeneration time between sessions so each time they come to FIT, they are prepared to CRUSH their workout?
- Enough time to pursue other activities of enjoyment, whatever they may be. Most of our Athletes train to be better mothers, fathers, friends, sons, daughters, grandparents. And doing so means they need time to do that where they don’t feel obligated to be in the gym or risk the loss of their gains.
The end result: our Coaches get to hear stories during training sessions of all the cool things our Athletes did over the weekend with their family and friends. Which, of course, leads to a more energetic training session full of motivated people just having fun.
Physical changes that AREN’T fat loss or weight loss
I want to start off by saying, we DON’T encounter this one until a level of deep trust has been developed between Coach and Athlete.
Almost every adult that has walked into FIT has had an injury, a nagging ache/pain or some restriction they have just “dealt” with over the years.
During our initial Success Session, most new Athletes tell us about many of their physical issues and limitations. Or we recognize them during our movement evaluation that every new Athlete goes through. Identifying these issues sets up a new Athlete for the best path to success as possible.
Often times, some of those nagging issues don’t creep up again until the Athlete has been consistently training for a few months. Or the injury occurred 20 years ago and they forgot to put it on the evaluation forms.
But, it does exist and we get the question: “Hey Coach, my shoulder is bugging me a bit. I injured it years ago playing softball and now I feel it when we do push ups and bench pressing.”
It takes courage for the Athlete to do that. The “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” mentality is prevalent with both male and female Athletes. And they have probably hidden the issue from other coaches/trainers in the past. Unfortunately, It’s pretty common for Athletes to train with pain. Like I said above, it takes time to develop a level of deep trust between Coach and Athlete.
It also gives us a chance as Coaches to flex our mental muscles (yes we like to flex those too!).
We take these sorts of issues and the wellbeing of our Athletes seriously. That’s why we provide modifications, stretching/rolling techniques, and refer out to our preferred practitioners if needed. We’ll help our Athletes determine whatever is needed to help relieve and eliminate the pain for the short term and facilitate it never coming back.
Imagine if you woke up every morning and the low back pain you always dealt with wasn’t there…
Or, when you go to reach for that milk jug way back in the fridge and don’t get that little shot of pain/weakness in your shoulder…
Training intelligently, working around current limitations and addressing them with well-documented exercises and mobilizations are all things we focus on as Coaches at FIT.
When our Athletes wake up with no pain in the morning after a workout (soreness and pain are VERY different things), motivation levels SOAR and the more consistently they train, the further we get from that nagging issue.
A pain-free Athlete is a happy, motivated Athlete!
What can you do to engage with YOUR own unique motivation level?
- Figure out what your goal for training is. What is it that 1 year of training 3x/week (156 workouts) will accomplish for you?
- Why will that accomplishment, the one that doesn’t directly relate to your physical appearance, be important for you?
- How can you strive to improve your ability to achieve your answer to #2 outside of your gym sessions?
We are FIT Strong!