Motivation in Fitness Training

We all have a case of can’t be bothered from time to time. Especially if you’re allergic to cold weather like me and switch into hibernation mode as soon as it drops below 10 degrees…eat, sleep,  (train), repeat. We’re human, not machines.

Some people are naturally more driven than others.  Even the most motivated people have days when they just need a kick up the backside.  That’s why everyone benefits from having a trainer or mentor to go to when they need a little push in the right direction.

Even trainers need trainers!

Motivation in Fitness Training

You can push yourself so far but having an outside perspective will always benefit  towards improving yourself physically.  This doesn’t mean having someone scream and shout at you down your ear while you gasp for breath. There is a time and a place for this. It depends very much on the individual.

For example, I personally do respond to this type of ‘motivation’,   that’s what I want from a trainer, to be pushed to my absolute limit. But that’s just me.  In my experience, this is exactly what the majority of people don’t want from a trainer! One size doesn’t fit all…hence the name, Ollie Lawrence Personal  Training. Training that is specifically tailored to the client’s needs and ability.  Coaching, support and encouragement both in and away from the gym generate more long term changes than just screaming down someone’s ear for an hour.

The most difficult part is taking the initial step in deciding you need a hand with getting to where you want to be and booking in your first session.  From then on, results usually perpetuate the motivation to keep pushing forward. For many people it really is a lifestyle change, which for me, is the most rewarding part of being a coach. 

Two things on particular motivated me this week.

 Although it’s cold, wet  and dark outside (I’m really not a fan of winter at all) I giddily leaped out of bed this morning, excited to today’s training session. This is because I’m recently seeing progress in myself as well as my clients. Consistency, it works!!!

Secondly, my Sister who suffers from (not really a fitting term, as she doesn’t let it beat her….she kicks its ass!) Dermatomyositis, an inflammatory muscle disease (Google it) informed me, in her words “ I CAN SQUAT!”  For the first time in years. Brilliant! For someone who has always enjoyed training hard, losing mobility of your own body and watching it degenerate must be unimaginably frustrating to say the least. Mentally as well as physically.

So you see,progress is progress. It’s all relative to the individual.

That’s enough sitting around waffling to you guys… I’m off to knock some deadlifts out.  Remember, if you are fortunate enough to be able bodied, keep moving and improving!!



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