Last year, our training team at Healthplex Fitness Center had the great honor of attending the Perform Better Functional Training Summit in Providence. About 30 of the World’s most brilliant minds in the fitness industry were there discussing fat loss, nutrition, athletic conditioning, corrective exercise, and building a successful career. The highlight for me came on Friday night at the group social. While I was talking with a colleague of mine, I turn to my right and see a very recognizable man walking toward me. He saw the RKC instructor logo on my shirt, stuck his hand out and said “Hi, Dan John, its great to meet you. Congrats on your RKC.”
As a young RKC instructor, meeting Dan John was like a musician meeting the Beatles in the 60′s. He is the best of the best in the strength world. His book, “Never Let Go”, is a must read for anyone with any interest in the world of fitness (I read it twice). After talking with him for a little while, I asked him after all his years of experience, is there anything that you consider good advice for EVERYONE!
“Do what you say you’re going to do!”
In the spirit of the new year, everyone take’s a moment to analyze the past and plan for the future. One of the first thoughts that comes to most mind’s is “I want to be in better shape.” Great, you made your choice! You are getting back in shape…but how? What’s the first step? What do you do after that?
In this age, we are blessed (and cursed) with new information about fitness every day. This has caused people to develop exercise A.D.D. We want to achieve everything all at once, so we create a vague, one-size-fits-all training program and lose focus of what the goal initially was.
“Do what you say you’re going to do” is a program where you… DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU’RE GOING TO DO.” It would be great to lose fat, gain strength, increase endurance, add muscle, get better posture, and eliminate that pain in your hip, back, or neck in one program. The fact is, unless you are a fitness mutant, it doesn’t work that way.
Here is any easy way to start your new program…
1. Write down your goal.
2. Track your progress consistently.
3. State your goal to yourself everyday.
4. Tell yourself you can do it everyday.
5. Keep the goal the goal until it is accomplished.
Set next goal. Repeat 1-4.
If your goal is fat loss, focus on fat loss. If your goal is to get stronger, focus on getting stronger. If you want to learn kettlebells or TRX, do it. The key is staying consistent to one plan and giving it everything you got until you demolish it, leaving no room for questions.
Remember, the fastest way to reaching the goals you set is…DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU’RE GOING TO DO!
Good luck to everyone on their new fitness goals and have a very happy and healthy New Year!
By Michael Kurkowski, RKC,CK- FMS, NASM-CPT
HealthPlex Fitness: The Functional Movement Experts.