I had this client — let’s call her Jane — who came to me with the desire to lose a significant amount of weight. From the initial consultation I discovered Jane wasn’t new to weight loss or the health and fitness scene. She had experimented with a lot of different diets and exercise routines in the past all with some amount of success, but nothing all that long lasting. Not an unusual story especially for female clients.
I still remember the first time I walked into a gym for my first workout flying solo. I was in 6th grade and about 11 years old. I had been begging my mom to let me go to the gym with her for a couple of months - mostly because I was self-conscious about my weight and thought it would make me a better athlete. Our agreement was that I could go to the gym with her, but I had to first meet with a personal trainer so she could feel comfortable that I would be safe while I was there and have some idea of what I was doing.
I’ve worked with a number of people over the last several years teaching them how to eat and exercise for their health goals. That experience has given the opportunity to experiment with a lot of different workout plans and schedules as each individual has a different lifestyle. However one common thing I’ve seen is that everyone has a really difficult time sticking to a set workout schedule.
Ever heard of the “diet cycle?” You know that thing that people - especially fitness professionals - start bashing every year right around New Year’s? Yeah that thing. . .Truth is I can’t be that critical of those who talk about the “diet cycle” in a negative light because I’m fairly confident I’ve made YouTube videos, blog posts, and countless social media posts about it too. But now I’m looking at it differently.
I’ve been working with people on improving their health and fitness for six years now. Compared to many fitness professionals this is a short amount of time, but compared to the industry average it’s nearly three times the length of a normal fitness professional’s career. And during this time I’ve seen a lot, heard a lot, and learned a lot.