Exercising and seeing results at the gym can be tricky. This goes for all types of exercise, whether you’re on your own, doing a group class, or 1 on 1 personal training. There is a common factor that all of them have. You only spend a certain amount of time inside the gym. This amount of time is different for everyone but unless you work at a gym you just can’t be there forever.
The clients we have at our facility spend anywhere between 30 minutes to 5 hours at the gym working out a week. That is really not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things. Especially when there are 168 hours in a week. Why is this important? Well remember my first line, seeing results at the gym can be tricky.
Results aren’t made at the gym. The results are made from the other 163 to 167.5 hours in the week. Yes, the gym is a necessary part of the results but if your goal is to build muscle and you aren’t eating enough protein, getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water your progress is going to be extremely slow.
If your goal is to lose weight and you burn 2000 calories a day and you consume 2500 calories no amount of working out and gym time is going to help you lose weight. Getting your diet in check and eating less than what you’re burning is how you are going to lose weight. Going to the gym will help boost your metabolism and allow you to burn calories but you can only do so much at the gym.
If your goal is to improve your mobility/stability and you see your trainer 1 time a week for 30 minutes to help you improve it. Then you do nothing to improve your mobility for the other 167.5 hours in a week. Do you think your mobility will improve? Doing the trainer prescribed exercises will help you improve.
The first people that get blamed are the trainers, the group instructors, or the gym doesn’t have the right equipment. Why? It’s really easy to blame the person or place that touts their client’s success. Why did client x see results and I didn’t?
This might seem like a soap box and it’s a woah is me, I am losing clients and I want to complain via our blog. That’s not what this is about. Sure I have lost clients and have been blamed for not seeing results. Yes, that is my fault. But not for the reason you think. It’s my fault that I didn’t educate that you aren’t going to see the results you want by doing more than training with a trainer for 3 hours a week. I didn’t educate them that there are 168 hours in a week and you see me for 3 of them.
What you do as soon as you leave our gym I have no control over. I don’t know what you are eating or drinking. I don’t know the crappy parts of your life and what you are going through mentally and physically. This is why exercising and seeing results at the gym can be tricky.
This is why I am writing this blog. To educate you that your results come from everything you do in your week. Your coaches will guide you through your fitness journey. But, I can’t force you to eat the proper amount of protein or lower your calories to lose weight or do your mobility exercises. You have to want to do it. I can guarantee your trainer cares a lot about getting you results. They will think about you and how they can help you better to get you the progress you want while you’re not even thinking about the gym. You don’t have to be thinking about the gym but you have to be mindful of yourself and what you are doing.
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