Starting a new fitness regime should start with making a plan.
But what kinds of things should be in the plan and how do you go about starting to make one?
During our No Sweat Intro’s we sit down with our clients to listen to the things that they want. Some will say they want to lose 20kgs others will say they simply want a place they can exercise 3-5 days per week without having to think much.
Knowing exactly what you want is the best way to begin making a plan.
Start with the end result
You can’t hope to make a plan without establishing the end goal. If the end goal is 20kgs lighter, then we can think about a start, middle and end to that goal. It helps us to put some milestones in place so we can track our progress. You want to know if what we’ve planned together is working at each step in the journey. If after 4 weeks you we haven’t lost your first 2-3 kilos we know the plan isn’t working effectively, we can change and move forward. Starting with the end is key to starting to make a plan.
Don’t let others judge your goals to be unrealistic or unachievable, they’re YOUR goals. If you’re not honest about what you want either to yourself or a coach it’s all the more difficult to achieve it. You’ll waste time and money in pursing things that aren’t important to you, so from day 1 be honest with what you want and why you want it!
Establish stepping stones
As we said earlier, starting with an end result allows you to work backwards from your goal by establishing smaller goals. If you want to lose 20kgs you must first learn how to lose 1, then 2, then 5 then 10. If losing 10kgs takes you 3 months, you know how long it will take to hitting your big goal of 20 on your current plan. A coach can help you plot what is achievable on a timeline based on your method of training & nutrition. Some methods get you to go fast, others can be slower but longer lasting. You’ll be able to choose once you know the method.
Track your progress
You’’ll need to establish a way of measuring your progress. Some like the mirror, some like the scales and others like to track metrics such as strength numbers, resting heart rate or other various metrics. You should decide what is important to you and your goal. As a coach all metrics matter to us, but to you only some might matter. Decide which ones are relevant and start there.
How will you stay the course? Your plan should include some form of accountability. Have you thought about your go to method for when work asks you to stay late or commit to extra hours. Have you decided a go to when your family demand more time and energy from you? These things are important to you and so it’s no wonder that people move gyms to the bottom of the priority pile when things get tough at home, so how will you solve this problem? Will you meet with a mentor/coach once a week? Will you tell your family about your plan so they can get on board and understand your pursuit? Will you receive a text from a coach everyday to remind you that you need to stick to your plan? Whatever it is, get some accountability in place.
And that’s pretty much it. Make a plan. Get to it.