Consistency - the key to unlocking your fitness potential

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Want to know the secret to achieving your fitness goals?

One word , CONSISTENCY.

Today was weigh-in day for one of my long-term clients. He has been training with me for 2 years so we dug out his first weigh-in to see  just how much he has progressed.

He has lost a modest  1/2 stone of total weight. BUT, he's dropped from 27.1% body fat to 18.5% and his visceral fat is down by almost 4%, so you can imagine the inches he has lost around his waist, not to mention the smile on his face. He has gone from a bit over-weight and very unfit to positively healthy.  His bone density has increased, he is burning 200 more calories a day (even at rest) gained  a stone of muscle mass and his metabolic age has gone from 59 to 32!! (he is  47). And these are just the boring numbers. More importantly,  when we started he could not do a single press-up and needed a break after the warm up. Now he can sprint, smash out continuous press-ups, burpies, squats, kettlebell swings,  you name it...you get the idea! It's not just about the numbers on the scale but they are a good visual guide to make sure things are going in the right direction.

Obviously my client is more than pleased with himself but sadly not everyone achieves this.  Why? What has he done differently? In a word, consistency! Yes there have been holidays, Christmas, festivals , 'entertaining and socialising' but he has always been as consistent as possible, turning up and giving it his best shot every week and if he was going to miss his regular time , he re-schedules and made up for it by getting into the gym and doing what he could. I have loved watching him progress, getting fitter, stronger, faster and even sorting out his ridiculously tight hamstrings.

So to be completely honest, you don't have to have a fitness programme made by an Olympic gold medallist to achieve your goals. In fact,  even if you do but are missing the single most important ingredient of consistency, no amount of money can buy you health and a body you are happy with.

Yes, your programme needs to be tailored to your ability, enjoyable and consist of the right type of training specific to your goals but without you actually showing up every time and doing the workouts with 100% effort and eating the right food there will be very little progress, a loss of motivation, a slump in confidence and ultimately a waste of time and your hard earned money.

This is why gym memberships soar in January but my March the gym is half empty and the only ones remaining are the people who have been there consistently, getting results.

We understand this is easier said than done. That is why we dedicate ourselves to helping you be consistent, achieving your goals and feeling  epic for doing it! With over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry Inergise Training understand that the single most important ingredient requires some support, know-how and lots of encouragement and holding you to account.

So, if you want results and need a progressive programme that interesting, enjoyable and keeps you coming back for more,  give us a call or send us an email.

 

Top tips for motivating yourself to exercise

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Despite being fitness professionals, we do know how hard it can be to motivate yourself both to do a workout and to do it properly! We have struggled to put our trainers on and get down to the gym, often snowed under by a pile of work that seems more imortant than our health and wellbeing. Here are our top tips for keeping yourself motivated to exercise:

Have a goal: without a goal, it can seem like there isn't any point. Whether it's to beat your personal best at running 5km, lifting a heavier weight or running a marathon, from long term goals to short term ones, keeping your eye on the prize definitely helps to get you in the training zone. 

Have a routine: Although it is important to mix up your workouts so that your body doesn't plateau, it's also beneficial to have some structure to the days you workout - what you do during those workouts is a different matter. Whether you go to the gym every Tuesday evening, head out for a jog every Thursday lunchtime or go to a yoga class every Saturday, sticking to a routine can help to keep you on track, especially when you feel like curling up under the duvet. 

Remember that exercise releases endorphins: Those wonderful hormones that get us buzzing are easy to produce. All you need to do is move your body! Sometimes we avoid exercise because we feel tired, and there are times when it is really important to listen to our bodies and respect this. However  often at the end of a long day, especially if we have a sedentary job, we feel tired because our bodies have gone into a mini-hibernation. Waking ourselves up with a bit of exercise can give us a new lease of life at 6pm. Rememeber this when you feel like avoiding the gym! 

Know your bodyclock and your priorities: Some people are wide awake first thing in the moring (me) and others and sloth-like until lunchtime (Ross)!! Know yourself and when is the best time for you to workout. Personally, whilst I find that I am alert in the mornings this is the best time for me to do admin, answer emails and get myself sorted for the day ahead. If I have time once I've done this I will do some exercise, but I find it easier to dedicate the time at the end of the day when I have tied up work and can relax. We are all different - work out what works for you, and try to stick to it. 

Have a training buddy: Whether a best friend or a personal trainer, having someone there to keep you motivated when you are exercising can be crucial to helping you stay motivated. Plus they tend to make things more fun! 

Join a class: Exercise classes can be a great way to keep you motivated. If you have commited to a course it will make it a little harder for you to skip sessions, which in the end is what you want. Having some flexibility is great, but we see all too often people making a start and then letting life get in the way before the habit of exercise has taken hold. When we exercise in groups we are also spurred on by the others, encouraged to push ourselves that tiny bit further... and it's these moments that make all the difference. 

If you feel like you need some extra motivation to get you started or keep you on the fitness wagon why not join one of our group fitness classes, or get a proper kick-start with personal training?!