3 Tips For What’s Best For You
The fitness industry is flooded with information. Try this diet, that diet, this protein powder is the best, that protein powder sucks, do this for cardio, do that for cardio, never do this, and definitely never do that. It’s overwhelming, and it can be downright frustrating. Even us fitness professionals find ourselves looking at every single thing that you can possibly do with your exercise routine and nutrition regimen and feel like there is no “Perfect way”, but that is the absolute beauty of it!
There is no perfect way because there is no perfect human and we are all not the same.
What someone promises will be the next best thing or the best diet to follow or the absolute best way to shed those last five stubborn pounds is probably what worked for them. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with those people sharing what worked for them and telling you to try it too. Heck, if it sounds interesting, fun, and plausible with your daily life, go ahead and give it a try! The journey we’re on is just that—a journey. You won’t find the perfect fix to all your problems without a lot of trial and error. While trial and error can get frustrating you have to take it one thing at a time and realize that the answer isn’t in one thing it’s in a lot of different things.
Let’s take for example the average middle aged woman—she wants to lose a couple pounds from the two kids she had, alleviate her lower back pain from her 9-5 desk job, and maybe accomplish some pretty cool athletic endeavor like, say, compete in her first weightlifting competition. All three things will not simultaneously happen at once. The weight won’t come off in a month, her back pain won’t go away after one trip to the gym and she won’t break any records—sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But you know what will happen? She’ll begin to build habits that will carry over for the rest of her life, she’ll have more energy throughout her day, and she’ll start to feel more confident in herself. But how?! Where does she start?
Here are the first three steps to figuring out what’s best for you:
1. Find something you enjoy doing
In the gym we have so many people doing so many different things and it is so fun to watch everyone be HAPPY with what they’re doing. We have Olympic weightlifters, bodybuilders, powerlifters, runners, people training and competing in Spartan races, gymnasts, people who want to be gymnasts, athletes from every sport imaginable, and just people who want to get a little more in shape. They all enjoy what they’re doing and if they try something they don’t like they have the freedom to do something different. When you are doing something that you enjoy there is far less resistance to it and it will be easier to stay consistent.
2. Stick with one method for a month
Ok, so you’ve found something you enjoy doing and now you want to get better at it. Our programs typically run for 4 weeks at a time and we have many different methods to help someone reach their goals but we start with one. We give it a try for 4 weeks, see what works and what doesn’t work, and then we re-evaluate. We don’t give everyone the same program because we treat each person like the unique, different and amazing individual they are. And as unique, different, and amazing individuals we all need something different. Even the people doing the same thing don’t get the same program because what one weightlifter might need isn’t the same as another or what one gymnast might need isn’t the same as another. Their end goal is the same but their methods are different and that’s OK. Trust what’s good for you and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.
3. If that doesn’t work, switch it up
So now you’ve stuck it out for 4 weeks using one method of training (this can also be applied to nutrition) you’ve seen what work and what doesn’t, and what you may like more and what you don’t like as much. For the next 4 weeks, we’ll keep the things you liked and switch up the things that didn’t work so well or that you absolutely hated. We’ll keep at this for as long as needed. It’s a constant game of plugging and chugging and seeing what works and what doesn’t. And where the frustration and disappointment comes from is when our eyes are set on the goal instead of enjoying this sometimes messy, sometimes frustrating, always fulfilling and always challenging journey. It’s in the little discoveries of finding something that really works or that really doesn’t where true progress comes from.
So, find something you enjoy doing, stick with one training method for a month, then switch it up. Keep working hard my friends, and if you need a little help in the process let us help you find what works and what doesn’t work. You know your body and what you want and we know the methods and how to get you to where you want to be—let us help.