Our members are always looking to improve their fitness and stay motivated until they successfully reach their fitness goals. The majority of our clients have weight loss as their primary goal, so getting all the way down to their target weight the first time and managing to keep it down can prove to be a big challenge because motivation inevitably rises and falls.
If someone has been out of shape for a long time, like years(!), when they start taking action and working toward their goal, the results that they seek can take a decently long time and can feel like hard work. This can test their ability to stay motivated to the limit. This is a big reason why people come to us as trainers, because in addition to the knowledge they can receive from a professional trainer, we can create weight loss workouts that are always fun and engaging as well as an atmosphere of support. This serves to keep the motivation high all the way to the finish line.
We have found as trainers that to keep a person really motivated all the way to their goal and target body weight, there is a need to set very clear and realistic guidelines as to what that goal is, so that the person working out be very excited about what reaching that goal can mean to them. If a member of our site wants to lose 20 pounds, we will discuss in detail what losing 20 pounds can do for their life and how they will feel and be different when they get there. This allows us come back to this reason over and over again during the period of working toward that goal.
In my career as a personal trainer both in the gyms and online with our members I have become certain that just having a goal about weight loss is almost always insufficient to keep a person motivated all the way to reaching their target weight. The biggest reason is that healthy weight loss can be a slow process. If a client had a great week of training and eating well, they still may not have moved much on the scale even though they did everything right. Some weeks, the scale simply doesn’t move. That can result in a feeling of being unsuccessful, even though they had a successful week and it will benefit them in the long run.
The answer is to get working out thinking like athletes, even if on a small scale. It doesn’t have to be as epic as the Olympic Games. We believe here at LIVE that all people have the ability to experience their athleticism on some level, even those that have been out of shape for some time. When this happens, they can get hooked on that experience and want more of it. They will see that working out itself feels good and can be fun on its own, and that it would be something they can enjoy for its own benefit, no JUST for weight loss. Once a person gets to this level, the irony is that they will lose all the weight they want anyway because they are actually at a point where they will stick with the exercise.
We use the term “inner athlete” to describe this process and we are confident in it. Rather than just a regular cardio workout, we may set a goal to have them do their first ever 5k road race in 3 months, and structure their cardio for that in addition to helping them lose weight. Or their kids are now playing sports for the first time and they want to be able to play with them, so we can prescribe sports type drills with them so they rebuild the skills a person at any age would benefit from. It ends up that these are the things that people like having as part of their workouts whether they are losing weight or not, and losing weight in the end makes it all the better.