I have a no bullsh*t approach to fitness. That’s my philosophy when it comes to Health & Fitness. I am honest and I am realistic.
It's important to me that my clients enjoy the journey just as much as the destination and my approach is paramount to long term success, realistic lifestyle changes and not just a quick-fix solution. If you don’t enjoy it, you just wont sustain it.
Not everyone can afford super-foods or to work out with the latest equipment but that’s the best part about fitness, the fact that it doesn’t matter. Fitness can’t be bought. Fitness has to be earned. No matter what your status, it all boils down to one thing: Commitment & Hard work. The best trainer in the world won’t be able to get you results unless you make up your mind that you want it. Cleanses, teas, waist-trainers, abs in two weeks, creams that help you melt your belly fat don’t work. Rule number one: If it feels easy, you’re probably doing it wrong.
The best piece of advice I could give anyone who is considering changing their lifestyle is to accept that it’s going to be hard. Accept that you’re not always going to be motivated. Quite frankly, it’s easy to work out when you’re motivated. The real challenge is facing it when you’re not. If you’re always waiting to feel pumped, raring to go, super-charged for that workout, you’re never going to form a habit. You’re never going to give your body a chance to respond to the effects. Suck it up, especially at the beginning. Accept you’re going to have days where you quite literally hate everything. One day it won’t be a question of ‘Do I feel like working out?’ or ‘Should I eat healthy today?’ you will just go with it. Why? Because once you start feeling good you will always want to feel that way. Once a habit is created it’s easier to remember why you are doing it. Those days when you do lack motivation you’ll do it anyway because you’ll think beyond that moment, you’ll see the larger picture, and you’ll understand that this is your choice.
My second Health & Fitness ‘Philosophy’: Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. In the gym, in the studio, and outside in the real world. Push out of your comfort zone. We all love comfort, security and feeling safe, but feeling comfortable doesn’t always get us the results we’re after. Scare yourself a little and you’ll feel proud of yourself for it. Nothing incredible ever happens in your comfort zone.
Thirdly, don’t just show up. ‘Showing up’ doesn’t get results. Make every workout count and make it worth the time, worth the effort and worth the money. If it feels ‘OK’ make it difficult. You are the one in control and no one else can change that.
Finally, and probably the most important of them all, remember to train your biggest muscle: The Mind, your biggest asset in all this health & fitness malarkey. On days when you’re tired, when you’re slowly losing willpower, when you’re fed up, feeling impatient, just push your mind and the rest will follow.
Fitness is just a mental game. Believe in yourself and make yourself proud every damn day.