How soon will I see results?
This is one of the first questions I ask when in a strategy session with a new gym client.
This gives myself and the future client a chance to better understand what their mindset and expectations are around how long they think it should take to get their body to where they want it.
I find that most people have somewhat unrealistic expectations around the final goal –maintenance level and are more realistic about how long it will take to start losing inches, feeling better, and feel more confident in the gym.
After working with hundreds of clients over the past 17 years I have found that each transformation is unique to the client but has similar traits and results based on a timeline.
The fact that they are sitting in a strategy session with me is already showing a start to seeing results. It is the first step…
I know that when a person has taken the time to schedule a meeting with me and raise their hand for help in fitness that something has changed in them.
They have usually been thinking daily that they want to lose weight, feel better in their clothes, and gain confidence in fitness and beyond for months or even years before they take action on it.
I remember meeting one of my clients Mindy. She was a beautiful woman in her 30’s with an amazing singing voice and a desire to be signed with a record label. She sat in the consultation and told me she expected to have toned arms, abs, and lose 30 lbs within 3 months. She was currently eating a low restrictive calorie diet and doing an hour of cardiovascular exercise a day. She hated the regimen but thought that it was the only way to get to where she wanted to go.
After we broke it down into a short- term goal of feeling better, enjoying workouts, and losing inches she was able to take the focus off of the long-term.
She then became unstoppable. As she saw the short term happen she was able to stick with it to get the long -term results of a tight—toned body. That journey is still taking place 3 years later.
It is important to take a moment when you are starting a fitness journey to figure out what key things are important to you.
What type of results do you want to see in the short and long-term?
Short term could look like:
- Being consistent in my workouts weekly.
- Losing inches.
- Having more energy.
- Clothes fitting better.
Long term could look like:
- Gain strength.
- Increase metabolism with muscle.
- Look forward to workouts.
- See muscle tone and definition.
- Fit in my ideal size again.
- Workouts and eating healthy are a part of who I am.
I believe that the first 21 days is one of the most crucial times in a fitness journey.
It is the time where you are setting a precedence, habit, and expectation for yourself.
“Set the precedence, habit, and expectation and let the “How long does it take”, come naturally – we’re talking a lifetime of change and feeling good…’
I am passionate mom of 5, author, motivational speaker and a business owner. My passion is in helping people find their more authentic self. If you would like to connect in a strategy meeting send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org