In a world that is built on competition, it’s almost impossible to participate in group exercise without looking around the room at other participants and silently comparing ourselves to others.
We might ask ourselves questions like, “why is she able to hold the plank longer than me?” or “Why can’t I do a push up like her?”
It’s actually quite common to compare yourself to others in a group setting, but these comparisons can lead to discouragement and you giving up.
So to achieve lasting results, it’s imperative that you have a correct attitude when participating in group exercise.
What I've found that works for my clients is having a perspective that is grounded in patience.
When you start on a fitness journey for the 1st time or restart for the 100th time, you need to be patient with yourself and patient with results.
After all, a workout program should reduce your level of stress and anxiety not add to it.
In fact, a number of people use working out as a stress reliever and an escape from everyday stress.
That’s why I love FitRanX so much.
We have cultivated a non-intimidating, stress free group training environment where your only competition is you.
It’s for that reason our members stay motivated and see results.
Now I realize that a lot of reading this do not belong to a group as unique as FitRanX and you may find yourself in a situation where you are comparing yourself to others.
So I wanted to take a moment out and share what I've seen work for our members.
1)Stay Focused on Your Why-
You’ve heard me say it a thousand times before and you’ll probably here me say it another thousand times.
Focus on WHY you are working out.
Think about what you will gain from your time spent in the gym.
Think about the way you will look and feel when you reach your goals.
That should be more than enough to keep you focused.
2)Embrace your unique body type-
No two fingerprints are alike, correct?
Neither is your body like anyone else.
Your body is a one of a kind masterpiece perfect in its design.
Yea, you may need a little bit of work, but we all do.
So embrace your uniqueness, be thankful for the body that your creator has entrusted you with.
Feed it good whole nutrition and do your work!
Get with your trainer and get your goals on paper.
Have a definite starting point to reference and a time in which you will reach your goal.
Have bench marks to measure your progress.
Revisit goals no less than once per week to make sure you keep your goal fresh in your minds’ eye.
Allow your fitness coach or a friend to hold you accountable to your written goal.
Show up regularly, put your head down, and do the work. Your energy will greatly increase with consistency.
Your confidence will grow as you make small gains.
It may be something as simple as going from a power walk to a light jog.
Little victories on a daily basis will lead to a BIG victory at the end of 2 weeks or a month.
Avoid allowing your mind to wonder during sessions.
Think about the muscles that your using and focus on the movements.
Take the perspective of a student that wants to actually learn how to move better and more efficiently.
This will allow you to get more muscle groups involved with movements and burn more calories.
6)Share your journey-
Most of us decide to get fit because we see our friends or family lose a bunch of weight and think thought to ourselves “if they could do it, why can’t I?”
Share your struggles, rewards, and results with others and become an inspiration point for someone else.
Good luck on your journey and as always feel free to contact me if you have questions about health & fitness.
Have an active day!