Barbara Stancill is a personal trainer on Fyt, the nation’s largest personal training service that makes fitness under the expert guidance of an in-person (or virtual), certified fitness professional convenient and accessible for anyone.
Find your “Why”
In order to be successful, it’s important that your first step is finding your “WHY”. Understanding why you want to begin your fitness journey will help you set sail into initiating the first steps of beginning your fitness journey. For example, some people’s WHY are to keep up with their kids/grandkids, to look and feel great on their next vacation, to fit into their favorite outfit that just hasn’t felt right for a few years, etc. Without this first step you will likely struggle with your direction.
Find the Right Trainer
Once you have determined your why, the next step is to do your due diligence and find the right trainer for you. Not all trainers have the same experience or niche. It’s important to find a trainer compatible with you and will help increase your chance of sticking with the program. Look for a trainer that has client reviews, has been background checked, is certified by a reputable certification body, is fully insured, etc.
Now it’s time to set a few goals. Setting firm goals will help you visualize a timeframe to achieve certain milestones within your fitness journey. It is best to set SMART goals to maximize your chance of success. These will be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and have a time frame to reach (i.e. I want to lose 6 lbs in 6 weeks, do 10 pushups before Labor Day, hold a 60 second plank before the end of the year etc.)
Make it a Habit
Making fitness a habit is often difficult if you have never worked out. This step will require determining what days you can realistically devote to your exercise program and sticking to a specific time. The last thing you want to do is underestimate how much time this will take out of your day. This is why having a personal trainer can be so valuable. They will be your accountability partner. Put your workouts on your calendar and treat it like any other important meeting. If you are going to exercise after work, immediately change into workout clothes once work is over to minimize your chance of skipping out on the gym. Allowing yourself to first get into the groove of an exercise routine is the foundation for positive results.
Find Out Where You Want to Work Out
Personal training is a collaborative effort where the client and trainer are looking to achieve the client’s goals with the trainer’s expertise. It’s crucial that a client and trainer have an open conversation on location preferences to maximize the chance of consistency and success. With modern technologies, trainers come to you and workouts can be performed pretty much anywhere. This step is important because first and foremost, you want to be comfortable and enjoy your environment. Many individuals do not like going to a gym and would rather work out with a trainer at home, outdoors, at a local park, virtually, or in a group fitness studio.
Starting a new workout routine should be inspiring and fun. Buying new workout clothes – or even an outfit that you can wear once you hit your goal – can often motivate you to get started and keep going! Additionally, creating a playlist (or even a shared playlist between the client and trainer) can help create an inspiring ambience that can increase energy levels while performing a workout.
The most important part is to take initiative and reach out to a trainer to set up an appointment and get started! If personal training has been on your radar for some time, it’s worth booking an appointment to bridge the ‘what if’ thoughts with action. Although it can be intimidating, especially for those who haven’t done it in the past, personal training is a rewarding pursuit that can be beneficial for the body and mind.