“You are in charge of creating success for your clients”. That was something that, while it wasn’t said directly to me, has stuck with me ever since I heard it. Which, for my face to face clients, is easier than to you, my reader, whom I can’t see. So, I got to thinking that it’s time to teach you how to be successful in the gym.
That being said, it really can’t be covered all in one post. Hence this blog of 150+ posts.
But, let’s start with the basics, shall we?
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times – “My workouts are boring and I’m seeing NO results. What am I doing wrong?”
“I tried this workout that I saw on Instagram, and I’m not sure I did it right because it kind of hurt when I did it.”
There are about a million possible answers to those questions and that is because each and every person is different.
So where do you start? What does it take?
It’s actually much simpler than you might think, so let’s start chatting.
How To Be Successful In The Gym Tip #1 – Understand Your Body Type
First thing is to understand your body type and to understand if you are one that will put on muscle really easily or if it will take some targeted work to do so.
There are 3 body types:
Understanding which one you are and how to eat and what kind of training to focus on will set you up for success.
I wrote an entire piece on this that you can go check out here.
How To Be Successful in the Gym Tip #2 – Understanding Your Level of Fitness
As a mama, there’s a 9 out of 10 chance that your body is in a different place fitness wise than it was before you had your kiddos. You know what? That’s totally okay.
A lot of mamas after they have their babies feel completely disconnected with their bodies and they simply feel out of touch. I know I did right after I had my Joshua!
This will mean that your fitness level will be ‘off’ and you will probably not be able to do things that you did before you had your little love.
Guess what? That’s okay.
I am a huge fan of compound/complex movements in the gym, but sometimes, our fitness levels don’t allow us to do those complex movements well enough to not hurt ourselves, which means we have to work up to them.
This means you can use machines or modify your compound movements. Create success. If one way doesn’t work, try another.
Example. Let’s look at a pushup.
Take a look at the below graphic. There are all different ways to do pushups and this graphic only shows a few. You can pushup into the wall, into a bench, from your knees into the floor, a full plank pushup, or elevated feet pushup.
Find what works and you can do solidly, then work your way up. You can totally do this.
How To Be Successful In The Gym Tip #3 – Don’t Be Afraid Of the Free Weights
The free weight room is NOT just for the meat heads. It just isn’t. Don’t be afraid to be in the free weight room with those meat heads.
You paid your dues to the gym and you have every single right to be there just like they do.
Go in there and show them how strong a mama is. Oh yeah. Go show them up. 😊
How To Be Successful In The Gym Tip #4 – Grab a Plan
For the love of dumbbells, stop doing workouts that are these random pins you see on Pinterest.
The person who created that could be some schlub in their mama’s basement who hasn’t seen the light of day in 15 years.
Quite literally anyone can create a “workout plan” but do they know what they’re doing?
If they claim it’s “for weight loss” how do they know? Do they have the training to know that?
Bottom line? Get rid of that free workout plan.
Grab a workout plan by somebody that knows what they’re doing and has the schooling, training, success, and certifications/licenses to back it up.
This is your health we are talking about. Don’t be afraid to invest in it.
I have 30 day instant downloadable plans here and you can rest assured that they were created by someone who knows what they’re doing. 😉
I’ll give you an example of how I like to create workout plans for my girls that are looking to lose weight:
- Warm up
- Circuit that involves weights – Example: 3 Rounds for Time of 15 Kettle Bell Swings, 12 Barbell Thrusters, 10 Step Ups, and 25 Happy Feet.
- Strength – DB Workout 4×8 of Lateral arm raises, Front Raises, Arnold Press, Bent Reverse Fly, Bent BB Row
- Cool Down
Bottom line? You are in charge of your success and reaching your goals.
This will mean that you may have to do a bit of research, but you can totally do it. Stick with me and I will help keep the guess work out of your success.
Stop trying the same boring workouts over and over again hoping for different results, mama.
You deserve better than that don’t you think? I sure think so.
I’ll give you one last example and then I’ll close this out…
Recently, I had a lady come to me telling me she had lost some weight but she had majorly plateaued. I asked her some probing questions to try to find out more and come to find out she was doing the exact same workout everytime she went to the gym PLUS almost an hour on the treadmill. An HOUR on the treadmill every time she was in the gym!
I told her she was an absolute saint for being on the treadmill that long! I’d absolutely die of boredom. God love her, I felt bad that she believed she had to spent that much time on a rotating belt.
So! I had a great conversation with her and the conversation consisted of everything we just talked about.
Moral of the story?
Stop doing the same boring thing over and over expecting different results. You’re in charge of your results, so make them good ones!
I believe in you!