Bit of a contradiction in that this is a two-month photo comparison for one of my clients. Truth is, he started with me in January and took some time before really seeing the aesthetic benefits of his training. We see bilboards and other adverts talking about this 60-day body transformation and my belief is that this is all a load of nonsense. When we search for aesthetic benefits to our training we look at celebrities and athletes, people who are naturally beautiful and fit who back it up with hard-work. Please tell me one person with an amazing body or an amazing level fitness who hasn’t been training for years. That is what it takes peeps. years yes years.
Of course, those who have been training since a young age and have the good genetics, they can get back into training and see quick results. These people hold a position on the opposite side of the spectrum. They can see results in weeks, yes weeks.
Luckily, people are now realising this and don’t get fooled by such ads because they know all about photoshop, instagram and bullshit advertising. I just want it to be known that ‘get results fast’ will not be a motto of mine. As part of CST I will try and uphhold more profound mantras like, longevity, ageless mobility and pain-free health with the promise that aesthetics will come as a bonus. I will not make people dependent on a personal trainer but keep my position as someone standing in the backgorund, monitoring your progress, keeping you interested through using varied methods of training.
I have been working in this one gym for over a year now and have seen three types of people.
1. The usual amazing looking regulars who keep coming to do the same old boring thing in fear of losing what they have. The only progress they monitor is, if anything, how much they are lifitng. There is no variety in what they do and any improvements in strength are likely to be just neuromuscular which is great if you are entering a powerlifitng competition.
2. Those that come for a few weeks then stop. Probably because they don’t see results. Then they see their bank balance and realise that they are still paying for their gym membership so quickly pick up their gym kit.
3. They keep coming and try to do the same as the first group but get nowhere, absolutely fuckin nowhere. They can’t accept that they don’t have the right genetics so need to train more intelligently. Worse still they just lift heavier and heavier each time but still look no better.
So for group 1 keep at it but don’t spend so long training. You have good genes, so shorten your sessions and go out and enjoy yourselves. However, as you get older you must think of an alternative way to train.
For the other two groups, read my motivations tips and start monitoring your progress and when you don’t see changes get a professional opinion. Maybe find a way to train which isn’t so boring. Join a Crossfit box or something.
Above all you need to make fitness for life. That could mean being a gym-rat but for me a holistic approach to fitness is better. In our CST training programme we have a tri-ring approach to fitness explained in the following page
Hence, there is always something to do. There is a way of working-in as well as working-out. This way we can take a break from weights now and then and work on our mobility. We can switch to circuit work or even adopting a sport or other outdoor pursuit, maybe even just walk the dog.