" I exercise all the time"
"I have been exercising for years but just cannot get any (insert here - faster / fitter / stronger"
The question must be asked, are you getting the most out of your training? Really think about this and answer honestly and then ask yourself how you can change this.
Movement is great, any movement is great BUT training is different and requires a different approach to simply movement. More so, if you have a goal in mind then we must move into the headspace of training over just exercising.
How exactly do we do that? Read on...
1. Set a goal - set a training goal, whether that be to get stronger in a lift, do a pull up, run 1km faster, beat your last time on a metcon. Set a goal that you can work toward, a goal you can dissect, a goal for which you can train for and most of all, a goal that is still going to challenge you. Make it personal - very personal because without this element it just won't stick.
2. Recruit your team - we aren't all experts in everything so recruit where you need to. If you want to improve your olympic lifts, find a trainer that specialises in olympic lifting. If you want to improve your running, find a coach that can assist you with that and can keep in mind and factor in the strength components around this. Want to improve your swimming? Hire a swimming coach.
3. Stick to the plan - stick to the plan, trust the process. Understand that change and progress takes time and while the plan may need some adjustment - you won't see huge results within a week. Far too many times, we become so impatient and want that instant gratification, understand that if you are truly invested in your goal you must give yourself time to get there. Take your time learning how your body moves, likes and dislikes, learning form and what that feels like - we are all different beings and not everyone will reach their goal following the same pathway.
4. TRAIN - If you have a goal, train for it. Enough with the checking your social media at the end of every set. Keep rest breaks to what your body actually needs to be able to carry on the next set without poor form rather than resting until you've finished watching that 12-part instagram story. Be present in your training, eliminate the background noise, focus, and do what you came to do. A quality training session will ALWAYS win over a 50% training session that goes on for double as long. Know the expected outcomes of your session and work toward them every single session and don't ignore accessory work, if you fail don't disregard it, evaluate your sessions and always leave a session proud that you gave 100% for that day.
Know when the right time is to progress, staying at a weight that is too light but comfortable is not going to improve your strength. Similarly, working at a weight that is too heavy and ignoring the accessory work and proper progression toward a heavier weight will just heighten the chance of injury.
5. Don't forget the (not so) small stuff - Training is just one component of the big picture. Are you recovering? Are you sleeping? What is your water intake like? Do you stretch / foam roll? Is your nutrition sustaining and beneficial for your training? Yes, these are all important factors to consider and should be implemented and evaluated as much as your physical training itself.
Not everyday will be a good day and you are kidding yourself if you think that will be the case - however, set yourself up each day with the mindset of working toward your goal and be consistent with your thoughts and actions.
6. Celebrate and repeat - when you reach a goal, be proud and then repeat the entire process because there is always something you can be working on... ALWAYS.
About Daniella, Owner / Head Coach of The Fit Collective
With an undergraduate degree in Behavioural Science (Psychology) and post graduate studies in International Security Studies (Counter Terrorism), Daniella found her passion for fitness and empowering others during her early 20's, which has led her on a very different career pathway to what she could have imagined.
Working part-time within the fitness industry whilst continuing to work full-time within workplace rehabilitation, Daniella made the decision in 2017 to open the doors of The Fit Collective. A space that aims to challenge, encourage and empower clients to achieve what they may think at the time is impossible. Using her skills in assessing, understanding and eliciting change of behaviours has enabled Daniella to work with clients to encourage overcoming challenges and initiating change within a supportive environment.
"I have such a huge drive to support people in always working toward their goals, I always want to know their why and most importantly to continuously be re-evaluating this why and resulting actions. We are forever changing beings and this is a pretty incredible thing, so the opportunity to work with clients over a period of time and watch them develop is something that will always drive me to be the best I can be." - D
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