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Exercise mistake #1: not willing to be challenged

As a personal trainer, my job is to make sure clients are getting what they pay me, which is to get results. These can come in multiple ways: losing weight, gaining lean muscle, improving athletic performance, strengthening core, getting more flexible, or improving quality of life. In order to achieve these results, one must put in the work.

The first thing I try to assess is the willingness of a client to achieve their goals. “I want to lose 10 pounds in a month.” Its possible, but the amount of work required is a lot. Anybody can say what they want, but the work it takes is different. I call it “sacrifice,” because that’s what it is. Cutting calories, making time to exercise, and choosing better options rather than the ones that you are used to.

As a personal trainer, we get clients uncomfortable. Either pressing, carrying, pulling weights they would have never imagined using. When people exercise, they use weights that they are comfortable and don’t push beyond what they are capable of. And that is exactly what we do, push people beyond their limits. However, if you are not willing to be challenged, you will not see progress.

Ultimately, to see progress you have to challenge the body. Either using weights that are heavier, less rest times, increasing the amount of repetition, etc. But the challenge wouldn’t start unless you are willing to.

This is a great quote and a constant reminder for all of us. Most importantly, trust what you are doing. Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog. Stay tuned for more next Wed………..Kei

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