Keeping yourself or your clients on track with their fitness goals is one of the most difficult aspects of personal training.
Some people struggle to keep up their momentum while others may set the bar (or their expectations) too high. Both can make you feel overwhelmingly discouraged when they can’t quite hit the mark.
Regardless of which pitfalls you find most common, experts agree that the most significant factor in staying on track with fitness goals – and crushing them – is your fitness mindset.
Working to develop the right fitness mindset could mean the difference between a satisfied long-term client and one that struggles. When people can’t maintain that mindset, they often leave the program you painstakingly developed for their success.
The best way to set yourself up for ultimate program success is to work on their or your mindset around fitness successes and failures.
The reality is – life happens. Setbacks occur. Sometimes it’s impossible to stay on track with the original plan. Prepping yourself and others to deal with setbacks through developing a positive fitness mindset will supply you and your clients up for success.
#1. Set SMART goals
Without having a clearly defined goal, it’s impossible to know when you’ve reached success. More than just identifying a clear goal, it’s important to manage expectations by creating one that is achievable and realistic.
It’s important to establish this mindset early on. You can get on the same page with your goals by writing them down and reviewing them.
SMART goals represent an acronym commonly used in goal setting: Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Timely
If you follow this general model, you can use mini goals to create momentum-building positivity. By setting small, short-term and attainable goals on the way to larger goals, you’ll begin to build up positivity and accountability.
#2. Build momentum
If you have a long-term fitness goal, such as running a marathon in six months, he or she can’t expect to go out on the date or the race and crush that goal. The best approach is to break down a training plan and set a series of smaller goals on the way to the overall objective.
Understand that this isn’t just strategic in the sense of building up endurance, fitness level and engagement on the way to the race.
Tapping into ‘feelings’ of success and pride on a very regular basis is a huge step towards a positive fitness mindset.
As this starts to become routine, resistance or struggles with large or small goals will begin to fall away. You’ve created a scenario where you can pick up speed and momentum, and things just seem to flow.
#3. Don’t sweat small setbacks
Inevitably, you will experience some small set backs every so often. Perhaps a particularly busy week or illness interrupts meeting all of your goals.
The key here is to establish an intention in order to better adopt a mindset that avoids looking at small setbacks as “failures” to dwell on.
Life gets in the way sometimes, and even if a setback was avoidable, nothing will be gained by dwelling on it.
No matter how many small setbacks or days you miss, it’s important to foster a “get back on the horse” fitness mindset on something like this: “I’m going to first take stock of how much progress I’ve made.
I’m going to acknowledge how much further it is than where I was or what it’s been in the past, and I’ll calculate how much that puts me off my goal. I’ll see if there’s a way I can make up the difference.”
Try to position setbacks as an opportunity to fuel your focus.
#5. Be your own cheerleader
Many of us are guilty of desiring outside validation, particularly when it comes to fitness goals. However, we tend to focus on rewarding the end result. It’s important to celebrate the whole journey, and all of the effort, focus, struggle, and commitment that’s a part of the process.
Encouraging your triumphs– big or small– is important to make them feel good about their investment.key to feeling good about all of the days of work they are investing on route to the goal.
It’s key to feeling good about all of the days of work they are investing on route to the goal.
#6. Celebrate successes
We live in an achievement-focused world, but often forget to pause and celebrate them.
More often than not, immediately after a win, we begin focusing on the next objective instead of slowing down and enjoying our achievement.
Invest in celebrating successes by recognizing them. This results in happiness, self-worth, validation and fulfillment.
The bottom line the right fitness mindset
Exercises like this will start to develop the mindset of trust in the process and encourage your clients to keep going.