HOW DAN GOT IT RIGHT! -
What makes you a successful training client?
לקרוא את הבלוג של ישראקטיב בעברית לחצו כאן
Be warned - this post is going to be a little blunt, but you should know that its coming from the heart. After many years coaching a whole host of clients each with their own plethora of goals and requirements I have experienced the same pattern occur with them all, categorising trainees into those that succeed, and those that don’t. So I wanted to share with you a few examples along with some guidelines that will help you put your head and approach to training in the best possible place for significant results at a sensible rate.
The guy that calls you before an initial consultation and has already decided that within 6 weeks he’s going to have the body/abilities that he desires.
WRONG! - You need to approach your training with an open mind. The purpose of an initial consultation is for your coach to assess your current abilities, and more importantly to assess your weaknesses and deficiencies in order to plan a program that will create the best version of you. It is important to remember that whilst it may be possible to rush to your goal, you may be setting yourself up for injury through instability or bad movement practices. Whilst “mini-goals” can be seen quickly along the way, be prepared for the long hall of consistent practice over the course of a few months (or even years) in order to embed the best habits and develop strength and efficient movement patterns for life.
The girl thats looking for the latest fitness fashion gimmick or magic exercise to get her into shape.
WRONG! - There are many fitness toys out there. TRX, Sandbags, Weights, Kettlebells, Machines, Surfset, Suples, Water SUP, (dare I say CROSSFIT) etc etc. The truth is with all the above and many more it is possible to achieve some or all of your goals. The right approach however is to use a combination of many techniques and accessories in order to build the right mental and physical foundations for effective workouts and movement abilities. When starting (or fixing) a training plan you should be focusing on improving your movement abilities (be it mobility, integrated strength and natural patterns) with any equipment and or even just your body weight. With this approach you’ll be sure to see improvement of your all round fitness as a bi-product of being able to move well and endure exertion.
The guy that doesn’t listen!
Can you believe it?! Yes its not a rare occurrence either. As a coach I work hard with each client to find the training method that works best for them. Of course this includes the best choice of exercises but even more importantly finding the right language and phrases to use in order for a client to execute the movement adjustments effectively. However it happens often that I’m following the eyes of my clients whilst giving them guidance and they are ploughing through a movement whilst focussing on something else (and as such not making any corrections or improvements!) If you’re that person that is easily distracted then make your best efforts to face away from stimulating views, avoid training in noisy places, and switch your phone onto silent! This is just as important when you are with your trainer as when you are working out on your own. Set up an environment conducive to focussed and effective work.
The Girl or Guy that thinks they know about nutrition but still isn’t losing weight.
Possibly the most important of all of the points in this piece. Our food is both our medicine and our nemesis and if you don’t get it right you can be hindering yourself or even regressing. As a trainer that focusses on human movement efficiency I don’t have much interest in promoting the aesthetics fitness culture. Having visible abs, a peachy back side or shirt busting biceps isn’t necessarily a sign of health or ability and with old school training methods you can risk injury or movement deficiency. Having said that a great looking athletic/lean physique can be a bi-product of an all-round healthy and able human being, so the connected elements should never be ignored. Therefore if you’ve got some weight to shift and it is not happening, take a referral to an experienced nutritionist - and follow his instructions to the letter. You may already think you’re eating less, or eating healthily, but usually a few simple mistakes or misunderstandings can prevent you from seeing any physical changes despite your best efforts.
And finally, I wanted to introduce Dan…. Dan came to me after previous successes with weight loss in a past life followed by a significant relapse. Adding in fears of a repeat injury along with concerns not to lose focus along the way, this time was the time for Dan to do it right.
With an open mind, a phone on silent, a lot of sweat, exertion and effort along with a regular appointments with a recommended nutritionist Dan has stuck to every element of his training plan and started seeing results immediately. Of course there were challenges with will power along with way, but focussing on how far he has come already always helped keep him on track for the next success and milestone.
In the picture Dan has lost 30kg (over 5-6 months), has improved posture, regained and embedded movement solid movement foundations, avoided injury, and has taken control with his diet to a level that can only be commended and admired. Since time of photographing, Dan has dropped another 5kg and continues to power towards his ideal weight.
So with the above tips in mind, (and some clear evidence that it works!), get out to the gym or call your coach, and make your training from now on the most effective and rewarding it can be.
Keep up the great work Dan!