Change – what a powerful word. The mere utter of the word “change” can provoke feelings of excitement, anticipation, fear, or anxiety. However, “change” is in many ways at the center of the fitness industry.
People come to health clubs, group classes, and personal trainers, all with the desire to “change” something – their pants/dress size, the way they feel, their health, their habits, their nutrition – some even come with hopes to change their entire life. One could say that in the fitness industry, we are in the business of “change”.
Think about it – when it comes to health, wellness, and fitness, positive change is the biggest motivator. When you step on the scale and see change in the right direction – you are more motivated to stay on track. When you go to your doctor and the results of your diagnostics have changed for the better – you smile and celebrate the sacrifices you made. When you see the hard work is paying off, it is easier to continue to do it.
But why talk about “change” now? Isn’t that typically reserved for the “New Year” in regards to fitness? Perhaps. But now that the weather is getting cooler and bulky clothes will soon be our daily garb, it is easy to continue to go through the motions at the gym. Opportunity for change is at the gym everywhere! It can be as simple as:
- Adding 2 more reps to every set
- Sliding the pin on the weight stack down one more notch
- Adding one small plate weight to the bar on each side
- Trying one new machine on the floor
- Sprint for an extra 20 seconds
All the small things can add up to big results. These results can be what keeps you and your clients motivated to continue to train with a purpose in the fall and winter months.
Change doesn’t have to be a struggle. When you are headed in the wrong direction or walking in circles, small steps in a positive direction can be all the change you need. No matter if you have been in the gym for one year or for one day – you can always make small changes to start to achieve something greater.