There are tons of positives about working out in your home. No membership dues, convenient location, showers and towel service - the list goes on and on.
When it comes to your exercise selection, you can be pretty limited if you don't have any equipment at home.
Here's the wish list of home gym essentials so you aren't limited to the same dozen bodyweight exercises indefinitely.
They truly don't do it on purpose. However, some of the people who love you the most will be the same people who tempt you to abandon your goals.
It's grandmas who "know this pie is your favorite so I made it just for you." It's friends who tell you "you're not in bad shape, don't worry about it." Or, "we never see you anymore. You spend too much time at the gym."
They want to do nice things for you, spend time with you, and make you feel good about yourself. It's wonderful to know that you are loved, fun, and should feel amazing about who you are. In addition to all that, you can still have goals.
Here's how to manage your friends and family as they inadvertently try to sabotage your progress with all that love.
You're too busy. Traffic is awful. You got stuck at the office. Your kid's game went into overtime. The line to see Santa at the mall was 2.5 hours (felt like days) longer than you'd hoped. These can be unavoidable circumstances out of your control.
Whatever the reason, now you can't make it to the gym today. That's ok. Don't waste your time feeling guilty about it. There is a simple solution that can keep you on track. You'll resume your usual exercise program with your next workout.
For today, it's time to call an audible. Head straight home and do this workout instead.
How many times have you set a goal and failed? How often have you set a goal and quit because you couldn't tell if you were making progress? How many times have you not know for sure whether you reached your goal?
All of these cases are common. I hear them from new clients every day. The good news is: you are not the problem. The problem is the way you set goals. Chances are you're not being SMART about them.
Let's take a look at how to effectively challenge yourself through well defined goals with clear progress markers.
If you ask a personal trainer why they chose their profession they will undoubtedly say "to help people." They mean it too. Their goal is to get you to reach your goals and hopefully have fun doing it.
In spite of the best intentions, a huge chunk of the coaches in the fitness industry inadvertently sets their clients up for failure due to unreasonable training expectations.
This isn't for lack of trying on the trainer's part. It's due to the lack of effective coach training in the industry. There are several fundamental problems with how new coaches are taught to evaluate and program for their clients.
Over my years of helping an incredibly wide array of clients meet their goals, I now understand why mainstream fitness coaching is broken - and how to fix it.
Young trainers, this is a good post for you to read too.
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