Why Isn’t My Training Working?

Let’s face it, exercising is not a new thing.  Back in my younger days, I remember aerobics was a new thing.  Complete with spandex g-string leotards, women (and a few men) hit the group fitness scene to exercise to music.

There were also those ‘gym’ guys.  A strange breed back then of mostly men that were working on building muscle in gyms equipped with pretty much just barbells and dumbbells.

Then there were those few that were into running.  Unlike these days where you see lots of people out and about walking and running, those hitting the pavement were in the minority and seeing one was pretty rare.

Nowadays, we all either exercise ourselves or have lots of friends and family who do.  Gyms, boot camps, CrossFit, step classes, aerobic classes, spin classes, triathlons, running.  You name it and we all know someone doing it.

But are all these people getting results?  Are you?

To be honest, most people fall into one of two camps.

There are those that just don’t train hard enough.  Pretty much as soon as it starts to hurt (or feels like it might soon) they stop.  A slight sweat may break and breathing may become heavier sometimes, but usually, they’re just not training hard enough often enough to see great results.

Then there are those that train really hard, which is great.  But not when you’re doing it day in, day out and not allowing enough recovery.  You’ve probably heard that you don’t get fitter or stronger during the workout, but in between when you recover.   The people in this group usually know this, but somehow feel that it doesn’t apply to them. They think they just need to do more, do it faster and do it harder all the time.  They believe that they’re not getting fitter because they’re not doing enough. Which is probably exactly the opposite of the real reason.

This graphic shows how your fitness level can decline when you don’t allow enough recovery time so that your fitness can improve

It shows how at point A, you do a workout and your performance or fitness level actually declines for a short period.  At point B, you make a decision (or your coach makes a decision) to train again or recover for longer.  If you haven’t recovered sufficiently at Point B and you train again, you head down the red line to over training.  If however you recover or rest long enough and then train gain, that green line heads up to a new level.

You can temporarily overtrain without too many issues, but if you do it week in, week out, your fitness and performance level will DECLINE, you’ll get sick and you may get injured more easily.

 

The thing with both these camps is that at first, results did happen.  You did get fitter. You felt stronger and things were feeling great.  But you hit that plateau where nothing seems to happen or you end up injured, sore and sick all the time.

 

This is why you need a fitness coach.

It is extremely hard to see from your own side, what is happening or not happening as the case may be.  Being objective is hard when it concerns your own body and your fitness.

Having a good fitness coach gives you the following:

-You will significantly reduce your risk of becoming injured or over/under trained

-Having a coach makes fitness fun again.  Instead of the same boring workouts over and over, a good coach will get your results while making training exciting again.

-You’ll save time and energy that you may otherwise spend researching training and nutrition programs.  A good coach will do this for you and help you work out what works best for you.  They can objectively plan towards the future without dwelling on the past. Something most people cannot do when it involves their own progress

-A good coach will push you harder than you’ll push yourself if you’re one of those in the first group above.  However,  a good coach will also be sensible about this and will know when you need to back off, have an easier session or even rest instead.

-A good coach will make sure you’re doing enough without doing too much and don’t end up in the second group either.

-A coach will help you get past those stumbling blocks.  These will inevitably occur – whether it’s that old excuse that keeps coming back or helping you to work around situations beyond your control

-A good coach will cheer on your successes and encourage you during your challenges.  They will help you to acknowledge and appreciate the small wins while simultaneously keeping the big wins in their focus.

-They will also ensure you reach your goals sooner than you would have on your own

-A good coach will not whine and winge about what went wrong.  But instead, they’ll help you to work out ways to fix it and move on

-They absolutely believe in continual self-=education and exploring new ideas that can help you win more often.

These are all great reasons to get a fitness coach and I highly advise you to get one.  Whether your goals are performance related (ie you’re training for an event or sport) or you wish to lose some body fat, get more energy to run around with your kids or improve your health a coach can help you to get there faster.

In Maryborough we have many different options for fitness training with something to suit everyone.  I even have my Get Fit Maryborough group which is the perfect solution for anyone who wants personal coaching but cannot join a gym for any reason.  Get Fit maryborough is a free service I provide via a Private Facebook group.

GFM  allows you to have your own personal coach (me) on call any time.   You can do your workouts at home at any time; when it is convenient for you.  Before your family gets up, after they’ve gone to bed, during nap time or before they get home from school.  It’s perfect for time-poor people that just can’t get to the gym because of work hours or family commitments.  You can achieve fantastic results with challenging workouts, nutrition planning and ongoing inspiration and motivation from myself and other participants.

Check out Get Fit maryborough here:  Get Fit Maryborough

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Alternatively, you can email me jo@fitterfaster.net.au or call/text me on 0429 612975