What Was Your Plan, Again?

You made a resolution for a new lifestyle, and you did your part by getting up and making the commitment to join a gym and now you need to fulfill that resolution. You see all the free apps regarding workouts and nutrition, and you can’t believe the luxury you just fell into. You get literally thousands of different workouts, nutritional plans, and recipes, all without paying extra for a trainer, which means you just outsmarted the world! You really believe you have a leg up on everyone else, especially when it comes to finances, because these programs downloaded onto your little app seem to be very legit and very soon you even begin talking to the actual paying clients about how you found these workout and nutritional plans online without all the financial investment. Yet, for some odd reason these paying clients enjoy dishing out money and they gladly continue to play for training, something you think is merely not necessary these days due to all the cheaper and more cost-effective information out there.

Two months go by, you see your results begin to stagnate, and finally come to a screeching halt, while two paying clients you became friends with earlier in the year come up to you and excitedly let you in on how they reached yet another milestone and they’ve been training for over six months. Meanwhile, you’ve seen less and less change over the last two weeks. Furthermore, you haven’t been to the gym as often as you’d have liked because you were invited to a hockey game five nights ago and went, and then you were planning on coming in the next night but you were just too tired after a ten hour work day, so you planned on holding off until the weekend when a few other things came up and finally, it’s Monday, so tonight is your night. So here you are, back in the gym, only your energy has been severely lacking for some odd reason, but your nutritional app has you eating 1,500 calories per day and it said that was sufficient enough for your bodyweight, lifestyle, and goals. Not only that, you’ve noticed quite the energy decrease starting roughly a few weeks ago, but you figured this was just part of the overall scope of adjusting to the new diet, since you ate roughly two-thousand, two-hundred calories per day before that, but it caused weight gain. You look in the mirror and see your body hasn’t even changed. In fact, your arms look a little skinnier, but your stomach hasn’t changed at all, and your primary goal was fat loss around the mid-section.

You and two of the clients you became friends with start talking, and you vent about your lack of progress over the past few weeks. The clients immediately recommend talking to their trainer, who may be able to help you out. But you don’t want the financial burden of hiring someone to simply hand you workouts and send you on your way, like trainers have done in every single gym you’ve ever been a member of. The clients stress not only their trainer, but the entire team of trainers at this particular club are different. For one, they actually preach nutrition more than anything else, meaning they place much heavier emphasis on overall lifestyle. They also keep in contact with their trainer every other day at the least, if not every single day. If they have any questions regarding what they should be doing, they’re getting in contact with their trainer, and each workout they plan on doing that week is already pre-scripted for them by their trainer, and they’re held accountable to that plan, because somehow, the trainer knows if they’ve been coming in to actually do the workouts assigned to them. The clients assure you that you won’t be paying for simply workouts, but you’re paying for attention to lifestyle, to the finest detail.

You still believe it’s outrageous these people are paying a borderline car payment each and every month for this, but these clients still say it’s worth it, because for one, if they weren’t paying for this, they’d be paying for something else. One of the clients used to smoke a pack of cigarettes per day, but have since quit and have re-invested their hard-earned money into a healthy lifestyle. Another client ate fast food at least once, sometimes twice per day, spending up to ten dollars per day on unhealthy food. They found that if they cut that out entirely, they could afford to train two days per week. The clients preach the value, and you admit you like to go to sporting events at least four times per month, be it football, baseball, or hockey, depending on the sports season. You go to two football games in the fall, at least twenty baseball games, and about fifteen hockey games. You add up the cost not only for the tickets, but for the parking, the junk food you shouldn’t be eating, the alcohol you could be better off not consuming, going out to eat before the game, and then going out and drinking more after the game. You’re astounded to see this is an annual cost of nearly four-thousand dollars per year! Not only that, but on Friday nights, you’re likely found to be at the local casinos in town, with you and your friends hitting at least one up, if not two, sometimes gambling your money away until two in the morning. You take note you lost nearly one-thousand dollars over the last year in gambling.

However, you love saving money and will do whatever it takes in order to do so. You go to the dollar store in order to buy cleaning supplies. You use unleaded fuel each time you’re at the pump. You shop at the more cost-effective grocery stores. You’d fall down your stairs before turning on a light at home. You limit your showers to five minutes and you brush your teeth while you’re in there to save on water. You take your evening shower at the gym, which has shower rooms, so you can cut your water bill almost in half. You buy the cheapest shoes at Payless, so you don’t have to spend the crazy amounts of money on shoes that many gym members swear by, and in order to further save on water, you only wash your dishes one time per week. Oh, and you tend to do most of your internet surfing after work or even during if your work is caught up and you refuse to buy internet for your home because that’s another thirty dollars per month you’re saving.

Not only that, you have a nice source of pride that says you don’t need someone else telling you what you need to be doing. You know what you need to be doing, and all this trainer is going to do is regurgitate what you already know. Sure, you’ve been thinking about getting back into the same shape you were in while you attended college nearly twenty years ago, but you think all you need to do is get exactly back into that routine and you’ll be fine. So, despite the fact your initial results have really slowed after the first few weeks, you aren’t worried, and after talking to these clients you hold back the temptation to tell them how important it is to save every single penny you make because one day you’re going to retire and need that money later on in life. And for you, it’s just so valuable to hold as much money in the bank as possible, and spending it on a luxury is only a waste.

So, what’s your plan? Because what you’re currently doing right now isn’t working, because your results are severely stagnating at the moment. Your app only helps for so long because it’s generalized due to typing in stats and giving you an identical program everyone else is doing. Furthermore, this app doesn’t know the way your body responds to certain nutritional strategies, and it clearly doesn’t hold you accountable. The app, from a nutritional standpoint is killing your metabolism, which will only cause health problems down the road. Your body is actually in survival mode due to the lack of calories, which also means lack of fuel for your body. This causes muscle atrophy in the limbs and fat storage in the stomach. Is this really what you’re looking for? But then you stress the whole eat less, lose weight myth. That’s right, eat less, lose weight is a myth, the biggest myth since Thomas Edison took credit for all those fancy inventions in the nineteenth century (research Nikola Tesla). Right now, what you’re doing isn’t working, and all that weight you did lose was lost in the wrong areas and it was likely muscle and not body fat. But isn’t weight, just that? People always talk of losing weight, not body fat, so what you’re doing is right, or so you think, or better yet, attempt to justify in your own mind.

But nonetheless, the initial consultation is free, and you attend it anyway. You tell the trainer your current lifestyle and you’re astounded at the fact the trainer practically critiques every aspect of it. You thought it was the right thing not to snack between meals, as Dr. Now tells his people not to do on My 600lb Life so they can lose weight, so you didn’t snack between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your nutritional app told you to never go beyond one-thousand, five-hundred calories per day, and to continue cutting them out as you lost weight or else you’d see weight gain. But the trainer says you’ve been in fat storage mode, and should be eating no fewer than two-thousand calories just to maintain a base metabolic rate, and due to your overall energy expenditure, you need to eat closer to two-thousand, five-hundred calories. You didn’t want to look too much like a bodybuilder, just be in shape and look decent so you limited your use of the free weights, but the trainer tells you only one in one-hundred thousand are capable of looking like a bodybuilder even if they lift heavy weights all the time and of that one-hundred thousand, only those who fully dedicate themselves to bodybuilding will succeed, so in reality, one in one-million will end up looking that way. You’re also stunned the trainer told you that following a short movement assessment that you were lacking function, because we actually have three types of muscle fibers in our body: Type I, Type IIa, and Type IIx, each one needing trained differently in order to fulfill a specific purpose and you need to train all three fibers weekly, only you had no idea there were different ways of training different muscle fibers. You thought you would simply do higher reps with resistance training in order to “tone” your muscles, but the trainer tells you high rep training is actually endurance training and nothing else, and that it’ll never burn fat if done all the time. Finally, the trainer tells you if you’re really serious about seeing results, you have to be in the gym at least four days per week for roughly one hour but what really matters is what you do for the twenty-three hours (and twenty-four or more if on a rest day), you aren’t in the gym, which means no more binges when going to sporting events, limiting alcohol intake when attending them and just overall, and getting adequate sleep before a workout, so that limits your casino outings.

Now you understand what separates this training department from the others. Not only are the trainers caring of what you do when you aren’t with them, but they also literally take over your lifestyle, but it’s for your own good because they want you to succeed. They also tell you they aren’t interested in just taking your money, so if you aren’t one-hundred percent committed and focused on this, don’t be a waste of their time. They sell the fitness lifestyle, not just thirty minute workouts, not only the two, three, four, or five times you meet them per month. They tell you this is a lifestyle change and if you’re not one-hundred percent in this, it won’t happen. You have to be in it one-hundred percent.

You do let them know you’re interested in saving as much money as you can, because you look at everything from a pricing perspective and you dislike spending large amounts of money, yet when they bring up your outings, they tell you what you’ve already found out, only they’ve found that you spend even more money than you thought. This is because you had hidden some costs, such as the cost of parking and buying new gear from the team shop for your rec room downstairs, which means you literally spent more one month’s worth of training in three short hours. The trainer also challenge you about what your plans are and you simply tell them you’ll incorporate what they told you. The trainer tells you it won’t happen, not because they don’t believe in you but because no one is holding you accountable to break your already bad habits, and the possibility of you doing so on your own is slim to none. You still want to try it on your own, even though the trainer told you straight up it isn’t going to happen on your own, again it’s not because they don’t believe in you, it’s because everyone who has ever turned them down has always proven them right, as in when they say it’s going to be done on their own or they like doing their own thing, they always fall off the wagon, or they do the same things over and over again and never see the results they’re looking for and they never will without proper guidance. They stress to you that accountability is a game changer and without it, you could have the best exercise and nutritional program on the planet and still fail because no one is holding you accountable for your actions or telling you to use the gym when you don’t feel like coming in and doing so.

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