Boot camp workouts and Personal Training, like many things in life, are greatly impacted by Psychology. People who have been unfit or overweight all their lives come to accept it and take it as a fact of life.
It is important that you realise this is not the case. As soon as people begin to increase their confidence and get a change in mindset, then big things start to happen.
Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maybe you have been doing the same thing for the last 10, 20 or even 30 years and think there is no other way.
It is never too late to change your habits and start with a new approach.
The biggest problem with fitness is the getting started part. One of the toughest things in life is getting fit but one of the easiest things in life is staying fit.
Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by the thoughts of going to a class or Personal Training session. I find that there are 2 major reasons for this.
First, they think the trainer is going to be a GI Joe shouting in their face.
Second is the fact that people think they will not be fit for it and it will will be to much.
I think this is not helped by program’s such as The Biggest Loser where contestant’s are pretty much pushed until they are throwing up and getting roared and shouted at.
Any trainer I know will always let people go at their own pace and allow you to build up your fitness week to week. So it is vital that you persevere through the first 2- 3 weeks so that you can get to the rewards at the end.
This is where the “why” becomes very important. Generally young people (early 20’s) who are thin and don’t really care too much, will give up rather easily.
However, people in their 30’s or above who have really had enough of being unfit/ overweight are more inclined to have that real determination.
It is this determination that really makes people succeed. When people have this determination and a single minded focus to make it happen, everything becomes much easier.
“It’s not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it’s too low and we reach it”
Michaelangelo – The painter not the Ninja turtle ; )
Generally people set very low expectations for themselves and love to compare themselves to the lowest common denominator. As obesity levels soar and out health continuously gets worse you really need to be avoiding this mentality.
You want to be setting higher standards for yourself. An easy way to do this is to have a workout buddy who is fitter and stronger than you. This will help you to keep pushing and striving for that next level and make sure you don’t get complacent.
So make sure to change your mindset and start believing in yourself, it will not be massive change straight away, but take one small step today and everyday, to get you closer to your ultimate goal.