If you are reading this, I already know you are a women who wholeheartedly wants to get stronger, healthier, and maybe even wants to lose some weight. I’m not exactly sure how you got here; maybe you saw us on TV, heard us on the radio, or liked our page on facebook…
But, however you got here, you have arrived at what is, without question, one of the most valuable pieces of womens’ fitness content on the entire internet!
Having worked with over 500 women in person in our gym in addition to being mentored by some of the top fitness professionals in the country, I feel it is an obligation of mine to share some knowledge I’ve accumulated over the last 6 years of training.
1. You Must Set Proper Expectations
TV commercials will show you the top 1% of their before and afters. More times than not, the results they market aren’t achieved solely through the supplement, DVD , or equipment they are trying to sell you. Unfortunately, this is very misleading and can set you up for failure before you even get started. It’s easy to think that those results are the norm. This can lead to becoming discouraged, and ultimately stopping you after a week or two of not seeing the “mind blowing progress” that their paid models showcased.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who has been discouraged by this.
There is a way around this, and all you need to do is change your expectations!
Instead, understand that your progress is going to vary each week, so don’t get down if you gain a pound after week 1. What really matters is your progress in one month, three months, and one year. Instead of looking for a quick fix, I suggest finding a program that is setup for the long term. These types of programs normally don’t make big, short term claims. Rather, they will talk about improving your health over the long term, in more ways than just losing weight. (getting stronger, having more energy, etc.)
2. Improve your Nutrition AND Exercise – Not One or the Other
Many fitness professionals will often state that getting results in your fitness program is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. While there is some truth to that, I now believe that you can’t have one without the other. I’ve seen many women who have made amazing changes in their nutrition habits and have lost weight, but they end up losing muscle mass, have lower energy, and don’t feel good. Who wants to lose weight and have that happen?
On the flip side, I’ve seen women who have become very strong, have way more energy, and have boosted confidence in themselves from exercising – but don’t see the visual changes that they want because they neglected improving upon their nutrition.
Then, there are those who made strides in both their exercise and nutrition. They reap the benefits of both scenarios above!
That’s why I say you can’t have one without the other if you truly want to see results inside and out!
3. Set Achievable Habits Goals – Ignore Quick Fixes
Out of the 500+ people I’ve worked with in person, the ones who see the most success are the ones who set small, achievable daily goals. A few examples of this would be drinking 8 cups of water a day, or taking a multivitamin each day.
Adding these simple things to your routine may not seem like much, but they are very doable, don’t overwhelm you, and add up over time. They also build up the “snow ball effect”. When you do a few things good for yourself, it motivates you to do others – without even really having to try. I see it happen on a daily basis… so set up some small daily goals, and do your best to get them done every day!