How to Avoid (and Embrace) Fitness Failure

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Every day we all fail at something. Sometimes I fail to get to 10,000 steps, other days I fail to keep my cool with my kids. It happens. We are all human. I make typos (just ask my boss), I cook a bad meal (ask my wife), and I even fail clients.

One time I started training a friend, though it was more like distance coaching. I would send him workouts, grocery shopping lists and motivational text messages. We trained in person a few times and he seemed to enjoy it, he even lost a few pounds. He did the best when he logged all his meals on I would log on and check his meals and offer some suggestions.

It was tough getting him to commit to workouts, and tough getting him on the phone. Eventually I stopped reaching out. My thought process was if he wants this bad enough he'll reach out to me. That never happened. I failed him. He wanted someone to yell at him, bombard him with messages, and I did not do it adequately.

I learned a few things from this experience:

  1. Listen better to what clients want, and deliver
  2. Develop communication/workout expectations for the client and me
  3. Ask for help

Now the list goes on, but if I screw up I want to improve. I want to learn something. If you are not getting the fitness results you want, think about what you can do differently.

Here's a good checklist:

  • Are you moving enough?
  • What are you consuming? Amounts? Foods? Time of day?
  • Do you watch/play too much with electronics?
  • How can you change your workout?
  • Can you partner with someone (trainer or workout friend)?
  • Have you spoken to your doctor? (Sometimes thyroid or other conditions make it hard to lose weight.)

Without getting too self-help-y -- don't give up! I've had publishers tear apart my book ideas and numerous editors quit, but I'm still working on it. I realized I don't have to write a Pulitzer Prize-winner the first time out. Perfection is not the goal. The same can be said about health goals. Start off slowly with small steps and don't look back.  

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Ron Krit has been giving seminars, training clients, and writing about fitness for over 15 years! His philosophy centers on making fitness fun so that you look forward to working out and getting healthy. Ron has trained 4-year-olds up to 90-year-olds, of all a... Read More

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