You know your goal, but are you missing the most important part?

Most people have a goal in mind when they start their fitness journey.

Some goals are super specific, others are more general, but you always have a target you want to reach.

However, what I see missing for a lot of people is a clear recognition of where they are starting from.

Let me explain with an analogy:  Continue reading “You know your goal, but are you missing the most important part?”

Your New Year Resolution Won’t Last! – Here’s why

Your New Year Resolution Won't Last, but that's ok!

It’s January. What that means for a TON of people is that their new year resolution has started.

It’s an exciting time with tons of visions, tons of motivation and tons of goals!

The next exciting time will be when you fail!

I say that failing is exciting because it really can be if you’ve set yourself up for success and planned for that failure. Most people fear the point of failure but guess what – it’s going to happen.

You are going to fail.

I guarantee it and it’s okay.

The point here is to help you realize it will happen and in fact it should! Instead of setting yourself up problems and struggle with failure by avoiding or denying that it will happen, don’t deny it, know it will and plan for it.

How many times have you started something and been perfect at it from the start? Ya, probably not many.

Also, how many times have you really grown or learned from something that was easy the whole time and didn’t push your limits? Ya, probably not many.

When I work with my clients, I always have a plan for when they fail.

It’s never been a matter of if they will fail, it’s when.

I’m constantly pushing them and challenging what they can handle. I’m actually trying to find that point where they’ll fail. From there, we re-work the plan, pick them back up and carry on our merry way.

Your New Year Resolution Won't Last!

So this year, if you’re working on a new year resolution, do yourself a favour and plan for your failure. As the old saying goes: “it’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up”.

If you truly want to make this a new YEAR resolution and not just a new JANUARY resolution, plan to pick yourself up. A lot.

Chad

Please don’t YouTube your exercises

Please don't YouTube your exercises

One of my least favourite texts from a client is: “don’t worry, I found it on YouTube”.

This usually comes shortly after the text of: “how do I do _____ exercise”.

I hate this text because there are a million exercise and how-to videos on YouTube. If you watch enough of them, you’re going to see dozens of variations or version of the same exercise.

So how do you know which one is right?

When I create a program for a client, I have a database of videos that I can send them. Most of them are of me doing the exercise as a demo, other times I’ve found one on YouTube myself. The key point is that I have a specific video for the specific exercise with a specific way I want it performed.

Please don't YouTube your exercises

What I mean by specific is that it’s done in a way that creates the desired effect I’m going after. An exercise isn’t just an exercise. The variations are there because they can create different results. Changing something simple like range of motion, angle of movement or tempo can make a huge difference in what the exercise will do for your body.

Every program I make, every workout I design, and every exercise I chose comes with a plan. My plan is based on education and experience to get you from your current fitness level to your goal fitness level in the most effective way possible. Because of this, how the exercise is performed is a key part of that plan.

This means doing a search on YouTube is unlikely going to get you the intended technique. It’s going to give you a random variation and if you do this for each exercise it changes the workout entirely.

Most importantly, it severely deviates you from the plan.

Throwing a bunch of exercises together randomly isn’t a plan. It’s also unlikely to get you the results you desire.

Next time you’re looking for a workout or exercise, please don’t just YouTube it. First you need to know what your goal is and how each exercise will get you there. If you’re not sure how the exercise will get you there then I suggest getting help. Find a knowledgeable friend, hit us up on Twitter or find yourself an incredible coach

But whatever you do, please don’t just YouTube it!

Chad

What’s your plan?

Ever heard the term “Planning is the key to success” or “Failing to plan is planning to fail”? I have. Probably a million times too! But do I always do it? Not always. Life’s too busy right?!?

In my experience, the sayings are true and planning can play a big role in your success. One thing I often recommend to my clients is that they plan out their meals in advance. Especially when it comes to whatever meal is the hardest for them to make. Mine is dinner.

Last week, my wife put together this little plan:

We’ve been eating out a lot so it’s time to get back on the horse. A big step for eating better is to make your own meals.

For me, I could eat meat and a vegetable as my meal and I’m good to go. For my wife however, she likes more than two ingredients in a meal and has a desire for things to actually taste good. (weird right) So, along came the plan.

From the plan, we went and did a grocery shop to make sure we had everything we needed. Since then, it’s been as easy as: look at the plan, grab the ingredients, cook them, and eat them. Simple, easy, and actually fun.

We’ve been making dinner together, eating at home and feeling way better. We’ve had to modify our plan a few times, but it was just a matter of switching out the days and re-arranging. In 1 week, our plan has proven extremely successful and it has made dinner a much more enjoyable meal.

Do you plan your meals? If so, how has it changed your life? If not, how would it change your life if you did? 🙂

Please share you your plan on my Facebook page. You can find the one I posted above right here.