“How bad do you want it?” – results that is. How important is it to you to reach your fitness goal? This, in all honesty, should be question number 1 when you embark on your fitness journey. Fitness is unique in the sense that importance really dictates commitment which dictates results. If it’s not important, you won’t commit and you won’t get results. Its a pretty simple formula.
Since March, I have been a part time fitness coach – the goal is to help people start and find success on their road to healthier lives. Recently, there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of people reaching out to me for information about my program and where to get started. This. Is. Awesome! BUT! The conversation usually goes like this:
Hey Tracy – I’d love some more information about your program, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money and I don’t have time to workout everyday.
Right there, those two caviates; money & time are precursor excuses to failure. That might sound harsh, but if you’re primary concerns are not spending money and not working out either every day, or for too long than your fitness goals are not that important to you.
Don’t get me wrong, I know people are on budgets and have limited time, but if those are your first two questions, which they often are, that tells me you’re looking for an easy fix. Well, newsflash, but fitness and health are not quick fixes, they are a lifelong commitment to change and progress.
The response I’d like to give looks something like this:
Thank you for your interest in my program, and congratulations on taking the first step to a healthier life.
Before I provide you additional information, I’d like to ask you a few questions;
1. Why did you reach out?
2. What is your fitness goal?
3. How important is it for you to reach that goal? If you have to workout every day for 25-45 minutes and you will need to make a financial investment, albeit, minimal, are you still interested in learning more?
Now, if I were to actually send this response I can gaurentee almost no one would respond. Want to know why? these are tough questions and people don’t like tough questions. The only people who would respond are the ones who have already asked themselves these questions – these are the people ready to commit and be successful.
Now, money and time are valid questions and I’m going to address them…right now.
Nothing worth having is free.
You get what you pay for.
Insert other cliche (yet accurate) line here.
While these are admittedly cliche, they are true AND they do apply to fitness and health. There is obviously going to be some sort of financial investment – it isn’t necessarily a huge investment, but you’re going to need to open up the wallet a bit.
I’m not advocating that you go spend thousands of dollars on a personal trainer – that’s not the only way to be fitter, plus not everyone who does that has success. There is a balance. But if you’re serious about getting healthier, money will be involved in small, or large ways. For example:
If you want to workout at home, you’ll need basic equipment (weights, resistance bands, workout wear, yoga mat, workout DVDs etc). If you want to do classes, or join a gym, you’ll need to pay for a gym membership. If you want/need to eat healthier, your grocery bill is going to be higher.
There are all kinds of ways to start your fitness journey (as I’ve outlined in previous posts), but none of them are free. The only nice part about fitness is that investment doesn’t dictate results. If you spend $50 on weights, and you do thorough and beneficial workouts at home, you can get the same results as someone who spends $2000/year on a personal trainer. This leads to caviate number 2;
Here is where the “you get what you pay for” rings true – except its more like “you get the results you work for”.
A lot of people seem to want to believe that you can workout twice a week and have remarkable results. Sure, that’s possible, over a long period of time. But, if you’re looking for quicker results, you need to step up your game.
Working out everyday isn’t for everyone, but if you want real results in a reasonable amount of time, you should be working out 4-5 times per week. P.S a workout doesn’t count if its a leisurely stroll – you need to be working up a sweat!
Here’s the point, if you come to me, or any other coach, or doctor, or trainer and you want results, do not then follow it up by telling them that you don’t want to workout everyday and you don’t want to spend money.
Think of it this way – you’re probably already not working out everyday and not spending money on working out. So if you don’t want to start to do either of those things, why do you think you’ll suddenly get different results simply because you asked a question?
(That was deep stuff, am I right?)
So, if you take the step to message someone about health/fitness, please know that taking that first step doesn’t change your life, its what you do with the information that does. Also, for the love of all that’s holy, please ask yourself how important this is to you and what you are willing to do for it BEFORE you send that message.
Every health/fitness coach, trainer, doctor, representative & avid workout-er alive 🙂