This small thing makes a big difference
Since the start of the year I have given myself small achievable goals/tasks all based around fitness and the gym. I did this for a couple of reasons: firstly I wasn’t happy with the level of fitness that I was at so wanted to do something about it, and secondly I wanted to find out what it was like to be a member and what can be achieved by just doing the classes.
Like many people at the beginning of the year I said, “this year is going to be the year I work on my fitness.” Why did I decide this, and what did I do?
Many of you may think surely a gym owner doesn’t need to work their fitness or shouldn’t they already be really fit? For me, being an owner of a gym has given me so many opportunities but it has also restricted me in many ways as well.
Until a couple of months ago I also had a 9-5 job so after a day’s work I’d come to the gym coach classes, do admin work, follow up on things with members etc and before I know it I hadn’t given myself time to workout. For my own health and to make sure I got a level of progression, which was down to my control, I had to do something about it.
For me this is the big driving force as with a physical task I find it easy to just get on with it. By having this I knew I could develop a habit and then transfer the skill to other areas of life.
So I decided to set myself a goal, which was to be consistent and do 3 workouts a week. These could be anything but had to last longer than 15 mins. By setting this time I knew if it came to the end of the week and I hadn’t done the three sessions I could put my trainers and go for a run, do a bodyweight workout or go swimming.
For me I knew that consistency was going to have the biggest impact rather than trying to do everything all at once. This is why I decided to say each workout only had to be 15 mins long and 3 times a week. When setting this I could look at it and really believe that I could achieve this over a 3 month period.
It’s hard to have a complete change of lifestyle so whatever I set myself had to be doable within my current life.
Learning what it’s like to be part of a class was part of this too as in order to really understand where people are coming from you have to walk in their shoes.
This is why my workouts at the gym have consisted of just the classes or specific skill work before or after a class. I wanted to see the progressions that could be made by just doing the classes and if there were was enough of a stimulus to carry on developing.
As a result of setting myself these achievable goals I have been able to make sure that I have kept them going and that it can fit into my lifestyle, which for me is the most important thing as there is no point in making many large changes if you can only sustain them for a short period.
By doing this I have increased in strength, my ability to perform body weight movements and seen a dramatic improvement in cardiovascular adaptations. I am now able to say that I can back squat twice my bodyweight, consistently hit muscle ups, and HSPU and feel fit enough to do an endurance challenge (Coast to Coast) that I have coming up in September.
So what have I learnt?
- Small changes are more likely to be long lasting.
- Consistency is key.
- Have a clear goal.
- You’ll have ups and downs.
- Sometimes you just have to get on with it.
- There will always be people around to support and encourage you.