As a personal trainer and competative bodybuilder for over 20 years, I have encountered and assisted a wide range of individuals and clients. Each with his or her own unique goals and circumstances. From the 10 year old girl whose parents wanted her to learn proper exercise techniques and habits, to the college football player searching for the extra edge to turn professional, to the 60 year old nursing home manager hoping to heal from shoulder surgery. They all shared one common aspect and goal. They all had the desire to improve themselves and become better than they currently were.
The human body is an incredible, adaptive machine. With the right diet and exercise stratagies being implemented consistently over a period of time, major progress and transformations can occure. Science and strategies are indeed important, but it is the human mind and willpower and determination along with consistency that make those methods produce results.
Each individual has deep inside themselves a reason or a cause that can generate motivation and improve the odds of being consistent with their fitness goals and habits. Whether it be injury rehabilitation or health condition, to become an elite athlete, or simply to fit into some old favorite clothes and look better for the summer. There are reasons and incentives that can make the difference to lessen the chance of skipping a workout or giving up on a diet.
The key is to identify your own individual motivations and incentives, and to remind yourself of them when your willpower is weak or inconvenient moments occur. True, steady, noticable progress will only occur when your best combination of reliable science and consistent hard work is implemented. The bottom line is that what you get out of a goal is what you put into it. It's not always easy or fun, but it definatley will be worth it.
By Larry Schweer
Certified Personal Trainer
National Level Competative Bodybuilder
Email Larry Questions at: Guru@Paramount-Supplements.com