Friday, January 27, 2017

Do it 3 x's and you have a winner!

The number three is a magical number. You will notice all through our lives, the number three plays out for good or bad things to happen. Third time's a charm, take 3 big breaths or even saying a word three times in hopes that something great will happen.
The number 3 is also a triangle of great things in the fitness world. When we talk about having a good plan, fitness, nutrition and cardiovascular activity are all working in unison with each other. Each and every one is important and related. You can't out train a bad diet, nor can you do cardio to lose all the fat. Strength training is great to build muscle but you need proper nutrition for your efforts to show. Do you see where I am going with this?
Each element needs to align with your overall goal. If you want to change your body composition, you better believe that diet and cardio are going to be major factors. If you want to get stronger, strength training will be at the top of your list. You need to figure out what your goal is then make a plan around that goal.
How do you know if your body is responding to a certain variable like diet, cardio or strength training if you war not being diligent to track it? Neglecting one of the three elements can really push your goals aside. If you want a SPECIFIC result you need a plan that will get you there!
Truth of the matter, I tell all of my clients to get a notebook and track what they are doing. I even take it a step further and tell them to tell me how they mentally feel. Maybe your having a really crappy day or maybe you didn't eat a lot of food. All of this affects your training and can be a huge factor in eliminating variables. Tracking your strength program, cardio and nutrition are tools to give you more success.
Why should you track everything? If I am your coach and you want to lose weight but are doing 1 hour cardio sessions a day, going in the weight room and not writing down your workouts, and you don't really know how many calories your eating, how can I help you without knowing what you are doing? A good coach will have you map out what you are currently doing to get a good idea of where you need to be. Setting up a plan is critical for your goal to be achieved.
If you want to have a successful fitness journey here are some ideas:
-Plan your goal
-Pick a timeline for 3 mini goals leading into your bigger goal.
-Learn to track your training, cardio and food.
-Assess your progress at your checkpoints of your mini goals.
-Adjust your plan as necessary to meet your goal!
If you need help or feel overwhelmed always reach out to me! I would be more than happy to get you on a plan to success !

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