Personal training is a truly inspirational way to help you lose weight and create a better quality of life. Personal trainers keep you on track, they hold you accountable, motivate you, all the while you create a concrete connection with someone who is a true support system…. but there’s one problem…. The investment may not be in your budget.
During warm summer months when your motivation is high it’s the perfect time to take charge of your very own fitness plan and become your own personal trainer. The price is right, it’s free!
As a long term professional in the industry (I’ve been a Personal Trainer in Mississauga and a Personal Trainer in Oakville for over 9 years) I wanted to share with you an easy to follow format to be your very own personal trainer and get you to your goals quickly and effectively. Here it is:
1. Set a Concrete Goal:
Whether it’s weight loss, increased energy or a better quality of life, you need to make a concrete goal that clarifies the vision of where you want to be.
Start by creating a goal that’s only 4 weeks away. While the long term vision is important, you can easily get discouraged when you see how far away it is. By creating smaller short term goals you see the end in sight and will find it much easier to achieve.
2. Create Your Fitness Plan:
One reason Personal Trainers are so highly valued is because they take 100% of the guess work out of your fitness plan. When you have so many other things to think about in a day, using your brain to concoct a program can become tiresome and draining.
By writing down the exact fitness plan you’re going to perform the second you’ve completed your goals you’ll be able to simply pull out your workout for the day, and follow your own instructions.
When creating your fitness plan make sure to include the exact days you plan on working out, the body parts and the fitness moves you’ll perform.
Take it one step further and specify the block of time you give yourself. After all, if you were with a Personal Trainer you’d have to finish everything within the hour you were allocated. You should recreate that experience too.
3. Get Connected with Social Media:
Goal setting is crucial so you know where you want to be and how long it will take to get you there but if you’re not sharing your goal with anyone, then there’s no pressure to make it happen.
One major reason personal trainers work so well is their ability to hold you accountable to the goals you set. Usually because you find it hard to muster up the willpower on your own.
Once you’ve found a facebook or twitter group post your goals for everyone to see. The feedback is usually very supportive. Continue to post updates on your progress. Don’t forget to comment on others’ progress too and share the love.
4. Track Your Progress Every 4 Weeks:
Pull out your schedule and set a reminder that every 4 weeks you’ll track your progress. Whether it’s through measurements, completing a fitness challenge or fitting into your old pair of pants, tracking is essential to understand what your next steps should be.
After you’ve assessed your progress give yourself a success report, then ask yourself:
- what went well
- what needs improvement
- what’s my course of action for the next 4 weeks
These questions will help guide your next 4 week action plan.
5. Log Your Nutrition
Every Personal Trainer you speak with will tell you that half of the fitness journey is what you eat.
Yet nutrition can be tricky. Most studies show that individuals underestimate the amount they eat. This makes it hard to hold yourself accountable because, in your eyes, you think you’re eating well.
The only way to understand what you’re eating is by recording it all and checking in. Electronic apps such as fitday.com or myfitnesspal give you the ability to log your exact portion sizes for every meal. The computer calculates your calories, fat, proteins, vitamins and minerals for you making it easy to know when you’ve eaten enough or when you’ve gone over.
Follow these 5 steps and you’ll have the major components of accountability, motivation and counselling that personal training provides.