Separating the men from the boys

by Gina Paulhus, Owner of Home Bodies

It’s not hard to show up for a workout now and then. The difference between those who really get in shape and those who flounder has to do with who has the correct plan, and who executes that plan in the face of obstacles. Sounds simple and obvious, but let’s take a look at how this works in the real world.

Step one: The Plan. No matter how dedicated and committed you are to your workouts, it will all be for naught if your plan isn’t the best one for your goals. This is where having a trainer or coach can really help. Many people think the value in the trainer is in the motivation—and that is certainly true. But more than anything, what you are really paying for is the plan—because the plan holds the key to whether or not you will get the results you are after.

Every single time you work out, your workout can be 100% effective in bringing you to your goals--or if you are like the average person who haphazardly works out…maybe only 25% effective. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that it will take the person with the inferior plan much longer to get the results he or she is after—or perhaps it will never happen at all.

Step two: The Execution. If you have a workout plan that calls for three sessions or cardio a week and three sessions of weight training, you will tell people that you work out three times (or six times, if you do cardio and weights in separate sessions) a week. But, looking back over the past month, how many times did you really work out three times a week? How many days were you sick, how many days did something else come up, how many days did you cut your three mile run short, and how many days did you ‘skip’ part of your weight routine?

Of course things come up. I suggest scheduling your workouts into your calendar just like other appointments—and be sure to leave a day where you can ‘make up’ workouts you missed. For example, plan your workout week that everything is completed by Saturday, and if you miss any time, then Sunday you can make up what you missed.

The results from working out are not linear—doing 80% of the work usually doesn’t get you 80% of the results. You need to do 100%, or at least 90%, of the work week in and week out to see big changes. So get organized, and get serious about your fitness!

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