I’ve made quite a bit of content about the importance of tracking macros and calories and how beneficial learning how to track can be for your long-term health. It’s just a valuable skill. But I’ve also made content that focuses on nutritional strategies that have nothing to do with tracking calories and macros. The reason being is I’ve had success with both and I tailor my coaching to what works for each client.
I’ve been looking forward to this article for a while mostly because I love fitness, am a fitness professional, and enjoy using IG both for personal and professional reasons. Instagram and Fitness sit at this interesting cross-section of a social media platform centered around imagery and an industry primarily focused on visual appearance. It’s like they were made for one another. And while there is a lot of good that comes from this pairing it has also allowed some of the worst parts of the fitness industry to thrive and excel.
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.