I see a lot of different approaches to fitness, the approach you take will generally relate to how you perceive fitness, what it means to you and how you incorporate it into your lifestyle. Most coaches I know are all in it for the same reason, we want to help people, we love what we do so much we are willing to commit ourselves to a lifestyle of education, nutrition, developing movement patterns and testing different modalities of fitness however, as a consumer of the fitness world we can also be overwhelmed with different approaches to fitness, different expectations and we are told approach a) is better than approach b) and vice versa (how confusing!).
We can only speak for ourselves at The Fit Collective, but what I do know is that the approach we take is the ‘in it for the long run’ approach.
We know that a strong foundation can take years to build and we know that 12 weeks is simply a timeframe for us to hold our testing weeks, review progress and tweak and adjust where as we need.
We do expect our clients to work (and work hard) over this 12 week period because we want them to work for their goals and see progress. We are so accustomed to seeing progress as large leaps of change when really progress could be lifting an extra 5-10kgs on a lift, especially for an experienced trainee who also works a full-time job, has family commitments, social commitments and gets to the gym 3-4 x per week.
We talk a lot about consistency at The Fit Collective, because we believe that you can only control what you can control, you can control your consistency in the gym, with your nutrition, sleeping patterns. You can control how much effort you put into something and making sure it fits into your lifestyle so well that in years to come you are still working and investing in your health with the same consistency as before.
Our health is not a short term investment, and whilst kick-starters and challenges are great ways to get moving, introduce you to the gym, meet a community we need to ensure that what we learn from these challenges can be applied sustainably. Take these as an opportunity to learn what does and does not work for you, but always hold onto the mindset that sustainable results require work and always will.
I listened to a great podcast the other day in which the guest speaker discussed that every time we invest in ourselves we are adding to a cup and when we need to redraw from this cup (example; pushing ourselves during a particularly gruelling workout) we are able to do this because we have been adding to this cup through: diet, mindset, sleep, hydration and a good fitness foundation.
So I like to think of our programming as a long run where we are consistency filling and refilling our cup of energy so we can continuously develop in our pursuits.