At Rock Solid Fitness, we have noticed the same pattern of habits among our clients who achieve the greatest success. I want to share them with you here, and hope that you will incorporate them to help you get fit in 2019.
In 2009, I met a guy named Craig Ballantyne, who sold fitness programs on the internet. One cool thing he was doing for his members was running an annual 12-Week “Transformation Contest” for his members, and he would offer a cash prize to the winner. The participants had to send in before-and-after photos and measurements, and submit a short essay on how they had transformed their life.
After a few years of running the contest, Craig determined that the people who did well in these contests always did 5 things that made them successful.
Plan and prepare ahead of time.
By making your appointments ahead of time, all the crazy day-to-day stuff that inevitably happens will have to be fit in around your immovable workout appointment. Schedule in advance, and then treat that appointment like a dentist appointment when you have a toothache. You wouldn’t cancel that one, would you?
This is also a crucial factor in nutrition. You must plan and prepare your meals in advance so you can stick to a certain level of daily calories and nutrients. If you don’t do this, you will be more susceptible to temptation, and forced to eat whatever’s available, and that never ends well.
Surround yourself with support.
Having positive, encouraging people with similar goals around you goes a long way in getting you through the tough times. When you’re not progressing as quickly as you would like, or you experience a setback, your support network can pick you up and pull you along the path to success.
You may have a friend or family member who can do this with you, and it’s also pretty easy to accomplish online these days. There are plenty of fitness groups and forums you can join to find people like that, including Our Facebook Page.
Give yourself a meaningful incentive for achieving your goal.
Your “Why” for working out has to be personally meaningful to you on a deep level. Therefore, if you’re going to stick with it for the long haul, you need something that really resonates with you. Make it something so worth it that the thought of achieving it will steer you past temptation, bad choices and giving up. Take your time and figure out what that is for you.
Set a deadline.
Deadlines work really well for both the short and long term. In the short term, you can have a deadline of 1 week from today to complete 2 strength training workouts. In the long term, you might choose something like losing 5% body fat by July 1st. Use deadlines to your advantage whenever you can; without one, you will probably procrastinate indefinitely.
Get professional guidance and accountability from a coach.
This is where we come in! Rock Solid Fitness has an expert staff of college graduate Fitness Coaches standing by to set up your individualized workouts. We provide you with education on health and nutrition habits, and to hold you accountable to doing what you need to do and get fit in 2019!