1. Our time together cannot undo a week of poor decisions. Are you willing to make health and fitness a lifestyle? A full-time commitment? If not, training is an expensive waste of time. Regardless of how hard you workout in the gym a few hours a week, it won't make up for the other 163 hours you spend eating, sleeping and living poorly throughout the week. A good trainer encourages you to make good decisions both in and outside of the gym.
2. "I don't like vegetables" stopped being an acceptable answer after age 5.
I mean, really? Have you tried all of them? And you hate every single one? …or do you just hate the idea of eating something green? Even if you do, part of being an adult is doing things not because we always enjoy them, but because we know we have to in order to get the results we want. Case and point: veggies. Try eating like a grownup and you just might be surprised at the outcome.
3. "More" doesn't always mean "better".
A wise man once said, "anyone can make you tired, not everyone can make you better". So those two-a-days, Crossfit workouts at lunch and training at night, and those of you who think rest days are for sissys…you couldn't be more wrong. Depending on your goals and exercise intensity, doing too many workouts can be counterproductive. Make sure your trainer knows how you're cross-training when you're outside the studio to ensure that every workout brings you closer to your goals.
4. Stop saying you don't have time.
Because I don't believe you. We are all blessed with 24 hours in each day, and it's up to us to decide how we spend that time. What you mean to say is that proper nutrition and exercise aren't priorities. And that's okay. That's your choice and I can't argue with that. But then perhaps it's time to re-evaluate what you think you're getting out of your half-assed training sessions. Be honest with yourself and be honest with me.
5. Working out while undernourished is counterproductive…and stupid.
Expecting to have a great workout when you're not hydrated or properly fuelled is absolutely absurd. You certainly wouldn't expect your car to get you very far if you hadn't filled the tank, so why should your well-oiled-machine-of-a-body be any different? As your fitness level and strength increase, so do your nutrition needs. When you come to a standstill in your training the answer is not always to restrict calories, but sometimes just the opposite. Keep a food log and review it with your trainer.
6. Stop making excuses.
Before you text/call me with why you can't make your workout, think about issuing your doctor the same excuse. "Sorry ma'am/sir, I won't make my appointment today - you know, the one encouraging a better quality of life, longevity and lasting motor control - because I…forgot my sneakers at home…slept in...have a headache…got stuck at work…" etc. Those things happen, yes, and there are days you just don't want to work out, but when you truly value what it is you're skipping out on, those excuses become teeny tiny obstacles that are easily squashed by a little motivation and determination.
7. Ladies, bend over and do the butt check.
Those workout leggings you love so much, put them on. Make sure the seam in the back is slightly off center (you'll see why). Find a mirror, turn around and bend over to touch your toes. Look behind you. Can you see Paris and France? If so, toss 'em. I've seen a lot of beautiful butts over the course of my career, but I've also seen a lot more than I've bargained for due to sheer spandex.
8. It doesn't matter where you're starting from.
Whether you are new to fitness altogether or you're just looking for a challenge. Maybe you have 100 pounds to lose, or maybe just a few…it doesn't matter. Don't let intimidation of the gym, equipment or other "super fit" people stop you from reaching your goals. We all struggle with weight gain, body image issues and emotional eating to some extent. A good trainer will never judge you for where you're starting from, because it just doesn't matter. Our only concern is where you want to be and how we can help get you there.
Ask yourself the following question, "Is what I'm doing working for me?" If yes, keep calm and carry on. If no, talk to your trainer about making some moves. Change begets change and all that.
Eat well. Live well. Be well.