The Scenario

You’ve decided it’s time to make a change, and to lose the inches that have slowly made your pants tighter over the last couple of years. You’ve rid your kitchen of processed foods and have filled your fridge with chicken breast and broccoli. You know what to do and have found a meal plan online. You’re even going to start working out 6x per week.

Fast forward, it’s now Wednesday, week 3 and you’ve already skipped Tuesday and Monday’s workouts due to a lasting weekend hangover which you’ve nursed with pizza and more tasty indulgences. By the end of the week, your healthy lifestyle is only but a distant memory.

If this sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone. If you’ve ever tried to adopt a health lifestyle, you know how frustrating it can be when it doesn’t go the way you planned. It seems that “life” gets in the way of staying on track. Is it your fault? Not exactly…

So what can you do to reach your goals and not just for the short-term but also the long-term as well. We spoke to Fitmo Coach, Mark van der Vecht about the importance of finding a strategy that works for you. Read the short interview below…

Stay on Track with Fitness Goals Personal Trainers Advice:

  1. What is the secret to success? What does your ideal client know, that others don’t?

My ideal client is a person that understands that it requires a serious step to try to change your health and lifestyle. First, you don’t completely overhaul your life but start doing the right things in the right moments. Many people know what to do but just don’t succeed by themselves or they have no idea where to start. This can be frustrating. You have to take it step by step, be committed to your goal, be realistic and go for a long term approach. In my coaching, I take time to understand where somebody comes from instead of just presenting a random program. It’s about building an effective relationship between client and trainer. I’m not the coach for people looking for a quick fix, magic pills, or a perfect workout, instead I’m the trainer for people really committed to making long lasting and effective changes.

Many people know what to do but just don’t succeed by themselves or they have no idea where to start. This can be frustrating. You have to take it step by step, be committed to your goal, be realistic and go for a long term approach.

2. What is your particular coaching style?

I don’t have one coaching style, like I don’t have one (secret success) program. It’s all tailor-made by combining the right building blocks. I like to invest my time in getting to know the type of client I am working with. This defines my whole approach. Are you a person who is focussed on detail, with a more introverted character? Or maybe more flexible, last minute, extroverted type? This can make a big difference in what kind of routine I create for you. Therefore, I’m interested in knowing more than just your level of fitness, but also your personal situation, training history, medicine use, and knowledge about nutrition. These answers will make all the difference in the route we choose and how I coach.

3. What does your own fitness routine look like? 

Cycling is a passion but in training I definitely like circuit training the most, short in duration yet big in effect. These types of workouts suit me the best, because of my busy work and family life. I combine functional weight training with cardio in a week schedule to build my strength and my endurance and I try to vary my workouts every 4-weeks: 3-weeks hard and 1-week easy going. My favourite exercise is the handstand walk, and I am continuing to master this.

Conclusion:

Albert Einstein once said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results”. If you find yourself approaching your health the same way over and over again, yet never succeeding for longer than 1-2 weeks or over the long-term, it might be time to look at your strategy.  There is no one size fits all approach to your health and that’s why working with a personal trainer and/or health coach can be a great way to discover your strengths and your weaknesses and to start looking at your health from a new perspective.  It also means creating a road map that will set you up to win. Just remember, no one said it would be easy, not even the experts, they just said it would be worth it and that they could help.

Just remember, no one said it would be easy, not even the experts, they just said it would be worth it and that they could help.

Would you like to start working with Mark? You can work with him online via the Fitmo App. The first 7-days are absolutely free! If you have any questions about finding the perfect coach for you based on your health or fitness goals feel free to email us at support@fitmo.com. 

As always, we’d love to get your feedback. Did you like this article? What’s been holding you back from reaching your goals? Let us know, we’d love to see your comments below.