SHAPING UP: Three things successful people do when achieving their health goals​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

I’ve been in the fitness industry for 12 years now and I’ve helped hundreds of people achieve their fitness goals.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 12:00 am
Graham Low at Seaham Harbour Marina.

The three things my successful client always do is:

#1 THEY KNOW WHAT THEY REALLY WANT TO ACHIEVE

If you're in a car, driving somewhere you've never been before and you don't put the destination into your Sat Nav, it's going to be very difficult to reach your destination. The same rules apply when setting your health and fitness goals. Ask yourself now what you especially want to change about yourself. You need to have a clear target so that you can create an effective plan to get there.

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#2 HAVE A GOOD COACH

If you struggle with motivation and accountability, getting a coach is a game changer! They will put you on the correct path to achieve your goals so you're not left to try and figure it all out by yourself.

Working with a personal trainer gives you lots of accountability; whether you don't want to waste your investment or don't want to let them down, you're far more likely to show up and do the work.

A good trainer will also teach a variety of exercise methods. With my clients, no two sessions are the same. Between machines, body weight exercises, free weights, and other equipment there's no end to the combinations you could be working on.

An experienced personal trainer will also make the most of your workout time, which increases the efficiency of your exercise program. This is especially beneficial when you have a limited amount of time to exercise. They'll know how to optimise every minute you have available in the gym to achieve your target in the least amount of time.

#3 THEY DON'T SEE SLIP UPS AS "FAILURES"

Picture this scenario: you start your diet, and it's going well. But then you have a bad day a work; you're stressed out and need a release. You go into the kitchen cupboards and before you know it you've demolished a whole pack of Hobnobs and 3 bags of crisps. Now that's the not the problem here. That happens to everyone every now and then. The real issue is looking at the night and feeling that you've failed your whole diet so decide to sack the whole thing off.

You will slip up now and then; don't feel guilty. Enjoy it and move on forwards the next day.

Those are the 3 things that all of my successful clients do to achieve their fitness goals. If you are just starting out, or you’ve hit a plateau then make sure you get these 3 things in place to ensure your success.

Creamy Guacamole

SERVES: 6

TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes

CALORIES PER PORTION: 316

INGREDIENTS

3 ripe avocados, mashed

80g sour cream

1 lime, juiced

1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 tsp red chilli flakes

Large pinch sea salt flakes

1 packet corn chips

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by peeling and mashing the avocados in a medium- sized bowl.

Next, stir through the sour cream, lime juice and garlic.

Finally add chili flakes and a large pinch of sea salt flakes. Give it one final mix.

Serve with corn chips.

10-Minute Body Weight AMRAP

‘AMRAP’ stand for As Many Rounds As Possible. The aim of this workout is to complete as many rounds as possible of the following exercises within 10 minutes, with good technique.

It’s a great little workout if you’re pushed for time. It will raise your heart rate and target all parts of your body in just ten minutes.

10 SQUAT JACKS

10 LUNGES

10 PRESS UPS

10 PUSH BACKS

10 BURPEES

Before you start the workout go to the East Coast Fitness Facebook Page to watch the exercise demo video.