By: Joe Kozma
January 18, 2018
Mindset for Beginning your Training Program
Beginning your personal training program with the right mindset is absolutely essential to your ultimate success in your fitness endeavor. I will make a declaration here and now; you must be prepared mentally to go much further in time and effort than people believe in our world of instantaneous gratification. Most training clients come to the personal trainer in their thirties and forties, drastically out of shape, radically underestimating the intensity and commitment level it takes to achieve visible and noticeable physical changes. In my competitive days as a bodybuilder, I had to diet perfectly with no breaks in discipline, for months to achieve my goal condition. I many times lost forty to fifty pounds in my preparation as a male in my twenties. It took monumental commitment. I vowed to myself I was going to achieve my goals (win) or die trying. This level of commitment, which I call a do or die commitment is utterly necessary for any middle-aged person to lose a major amount of weight…. let us say for example fifty pounds. Cardio twice a day six days a week for forty five minutes, no cop outs, no excuses. A consistent, rigid diet on controlled calories day in a day out for months.
When You Know
When the trainee has become utterly sick of themselves in their miserable overweight condition, this is when they finally develop the mind set for victory. Now the trainee needs to dedicate themselves to self-denial at a heroic level, for no compromise with the diet can be allowed. No breaks, no off days. Discipline must be utterly unrelenting, always having one eye on the prize which is a new fit and healthy self-identity. Getting optimally fit from being overweight is not easy. Follow the advice you read in this article as if it were the gospel, and you will succeed….. Nothing good comes without utter, unrelenting commitment.
How To Start
Now I will move on to some practical tips. Many will not want to hear what I am going to advise next. Set your daily calorie intake, or better yet let a quality fitness professional set your caloric intake goals. Keep your diet utterly consistent, yes I mean keep it the same every day. Only then will you know exactly what you are taking in. Don’t bitch about it being boring….this article is not written to entertain you, it is to teach you way to program success.Take vitamins and minerals, in a balanced way covering all the bases. Nutritional deficiencies can crop up when on a calorie reduced diet, some mineral combinations can significantly improve performance, but I will elaborate on that in another article. I cannot stress enough how important proper diet is, it is 75% of the game. I am always preaching to my clients the two secrets of my rapid fat loss program…. daily cardio, and rigid caloric control. Any trainer worth his salt will write his client’s diets himself, unless they have medical conditions which dictate special dietary requirements. Dedicate yourself to utterly consistent eating, it may not be exciting, but it will be monumentally effective! In this process we will put to death the scourges of self indulgence, and gluttony which takes away the health and happiness of so many in America. Say to yourself: “I am resolved to do this or die trying.” Do this and truly mean it, and nothing will be able to stop you from achieving your goal and feeling great while doing it!
Now’s the Hard Part
Ok, you have signed up on your program, now I will share with you what character trait you most surely must apply now for success, for the first three weeks you must cultivate total and complete mental commitment. If you establish your program properly from a psychological standpoint properly at the beginning you will be able to radically transform your body beyond your wildest dreams.
Your Training Program Will Be Hard
Uncompromising disposition, what do I mean by this, no alcohol, no carbs, no skipping workouts or cardio sessions. No giving in to your softer inclinations. Do you finally want to achieve transformation? No compromise. Did George Washington compromise with the British during our nation’s Revolution? No!!! Incredible adversities were suffered by our armies in the quest for victory.
You too will encounter adversity on this program . The first three weeks is when you must establish victory by never compromising with yourself, do you want to look and feel your best. Follow the program like clockwork without compromise. The first three weeks you will be sore as hell, your mind is a weapon, endure hardship, take joy in knowing soreness is a sign your muscles are getting fitter every minute, after the first three weeks the soreness will dissipate because your conditioning level will rise exponentially. Hunger pangs are to be meditated on with joy because when you are hungry you can be assured you are losing fat at a rate faster than you can believe.
Your soft side must be crushed, our mindset on the training program must be that of a revolutionary fighting a tyrant. The soft hedonistic mindset is the enemy, every time you even have the idea to cheat on the diet you are commanded right here and now to get on the treadmill, or walk outside at an uncomfortably fast clip for an hour.
We are going to attack the fundamental problem: a soft compromising mindset. Victory or defeat is found totally in one’s mental approach, we will give the body the exact opposite of what it desire, we are going to crush soft thinking right at the outset. Every time you even think of skipping a workout you are to do an hour of cardio.
Your Training Program Will Be Rewarding
I have repeatedly used this psychological technique I call the principle of opposite to bring myself to competitive victory in my bodybuilding days, we establish a revolutionary, uncompromising mindset from the beginning, victory will be assured, this mental approach can help you in all spheres of life, not just the physical. Now let us proceed to the inevitable victory which is your destiny from now on, in every sphere of life you chose to apply a revolutionary mindset.