What is your mental approach to your training and does it have an impact on your results? There are people who think that hiring a coach will be the answer to all their fitness/physique goals. Well I hate to say it, but that is not correct. Even if you had private sessions with a professional five days a week, that time with them isn’t where the results happen. It’s what you do when you are not with your coach and it’s your mindset towards what you are doing that is going to have an even bigger impact.
Some people train religiously just to feel good, because simply keeping active is enough for them to feel good about themselves. For others, training is just as important as eating or breathing and they wouldn’t miss a session just because a training day fell on Christmas Day. There is no right or wrong, it depends completely on your goals but the common denominator for these people is that they schedule training into their lifestyle. The amount of effort you put into your training has a big impact on the changes you can make with your body. But if you don’t make the effort to schedule training into your day, if you tell yourself “oh I’ll just go to the gym if I feel like it later today” then chances are you won’t go and you are just wasting your money on a gym membership you don’t really need to have.
The people who have a good mindset towards their training, or life in general, are the people who get the most out of training, or life in general. If you have a sucky attitude then you are most likely going to have a sucky experience at whatever you’re doing. That applies to most things in life, not just training. We all have bad days or weeks but life goes on and most of the time something that seemed like the end of the world, you look back on and think “wow that was a bigger drama than it needed to be”. No matter how bad a day you are having, there is guaranteed to be someone, somewhere in the world that is far worse off than you. So don’t be a princess and make the people around you suffer. Get in the gym and give it your all and try to prove to yourself that you are worth the effort.
Not everyday in the gym is going to be a great day. You may not feel like training at all and there are days when maybe you legitimately shouldn’t train but don’t convince yourself that it’s ok to adopt that attitude all of the time. There are some days when you are tired, grumpy, emotional, irritable or just plain fed up and you really don’t want to be in the gym. And sometimes those are the days that your surprise yourself the most with your performance. Those are the days when you walk in ready to kill everyone in your line of site and walk out wanting to high five everyone because the endorphins did their job! So sometimes you just have to feel like sh*t and turn up! Just suck it up and turn up. Get the work done, put the effort in, sweat the bad stuff out and wait for the sense of accomplishment.
Life is all about choices. There are 24 hours in a day. No matter where you are in the world, this is a fact. Everyone has a different story, different challenges and different demands. But everyone has the right to make choices about how they want to live their life. Everyone’s time is limited. It is easy to abandon your training because you think that it’s lower on the priority list than it needs to be. But the reality is that your health is the one thing that is needed in order for you to achieve the success you deserve. You cannot put a price on your health and for a lot of people they realise this late in the game when they start paying (both financially and physically) for their illnesses.