You can see the seconds ticking down, you begin feeling a premature sense of relief knowing that your workout is about to be completed. Your shirt is drenched and you have the familiar taste of sweat as it drips from your forehead reaching your lips.
Given the amount of information that’s available at your finger tips, I find that having a few reliable sources makes things a lot easy to stay up-to-date and digest. Especially when it comes to some of the nuanced things in the fitness realm like exercise programming, nutrition, and even staying motivated to keep moving forward towards your goals.
Just the other day I was listening to Simon Sinek tell a story about him and a friend finishing a run. At the end of this run there were large tables set up with free bagels to those that were finishing the run. As he continued, he detailed the layout of these tables with the bagels and all of the people that were there grouped around them making it difficult to get to the bagels.
With the huge amount of information that’s out there, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. So I’ve decided to review books that have been written by leaders in this industry and then give my two cents on their work. Overall, this will be a fun experience and should be fairly informational as I know most people are always searching for the next best read to help them move forward in their health and fitness journey.
Over the last decade that I have been active in the health and fitness industry, I have seen social media explode with new personal trainers and coaches come forward. I’ve never been one to see others as competition, as I believe that this benefits everyone involved. However, what I have seen along with this growth and exposure, are some of the negative attitudes towards helping people. Let me give you an example of this.
If you're like me, the quest to be in shape and manage weight feels overwhelming at times. And, as if the quest to be fit isn't hard enough, there's often other obstacles to overcome: health issues, time management, mustering up courage or energy. Even if you've been exercising for a long time, there's always new barriers to be broken.
So, how do you put all of this into perspective?
So I've been in this industry for along time and it never ceases to amaze me at how many people view themselves or others, as fitness experts. There are times when I question even the most qualified people on their motives and whether or not they really are a guru of fitness. Heck, I don’t even consider myself a guru (although I don’t market myself that way either), even though I have the experience and education to validate the statement.
I have a question for you. Are you missing something in your training?
Think about this really hard. I bet you are.
Having spent a considerable amount of my life in gyms and fitness centers, I always find myself watching people working out.
I know, I know. That's a little creepy right?
Let me explain though (because that makes it any less creepy?).
One of the most frustrating things is to bust your ass in the gym only have weeks pass you by and not see any results. And if you do see any results, there no were near what you had expected.
So I sat down and took another look at what I was doing from day to day and take notes. I was extremely surprised at what I found myself doing. After doing this for about a week, I analyzed it to find out how I could optimize it and extract the most from my notes. Here is what I came up with to help everyone else attain their goals a little easier!