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!