Deciding to take your health and fitness seriously is ALWAYS a step in the right direction, but if you are going to smash through those health and fitness goals, you should start doing the work as soon as possible in order to give yourself the best possible chance for success. As a former NCAA track and field athlete, retired professional Muay Thai and MMA fighter, Muay Thai instructor and personal trainer, I have had the pleasure and honor of working with thousands of clients over the past fifteen years, and the pitfalls that they have all had to navigate through were the same when it came to adopting a fitness based lifestyle and making it stick!
The biggest obstacle to overcome in my humble opinion is always the same, and it’s YOU! Your old self is always one trigger away from sabotaging your goals and taking you back to square one, back to the old lifestyle and into the same loop that got you to where you are right now. Think about it, you are what you do, and if your actions have gotten you to the point where you now need to take remedial action and get back into a healthier fitter lifestyle, then those actions are going to need to change… Change however takes time and effort, and in today's city dwelling lifestyle, it can be much harder than you think. We are who we are right now because of our habits. There was a time when our habits and hobbies used to serve us well, but over time, if we don’t take the time to review the utility within these habits based on our current goals, we can find ourselves in a very precarious situation.
It takes an average of 6 - 8 weeks to form a new habit, and it is within those 6 - 8 weeks where most of us fail. Alone, it is an arduous undertaking to try and change your habits. Your habits have triggers, and when these triggers are pulled, they activate what is called a habit loop, and your body subconsciously executes the habit associated with the trigger. A trigger could be something as simple as a bad day at work, which leads to a couple of beers after work, 2 or three cigarettes, burger and a poutine, and voila, that diet you were trying to stick to is out the window, along with your self esteem and resilience to follow through on your goals. The answer to this riddle is actually quite simple, you need a support system in order to hold you accountable, and provide you with the guidance you need in order to successfully navigate the resetting of your habits, and on the way to adopting that fitness lifestyle you so eagerly crave. A good support system consists of three pivotal elements, a personal trainer or fitness coach, a certified nutritionist, and a recovery and maintenance specialist. This is where my team and I come in, we are here to give instant access to all three, or just one or two of those pillars (depending on what your specific needs are.) We deliver our services in 3 different ways, monthly subscription to our workout app, 1 on 1 training in person, or a structured 8 week program designed to help you build the requisite habits to meet and exceed those fitness goals!