If you’re a coach or trainer, you’re often asked the question: What is the most important thing I need to do to achieve (insert goal here)? Most people who have some sort of fitness goal, like losing weight, fitting into an old pair of pants, lifting heavier weight, or running faster, want to know the most efficient and effective way to get there. At worst, they want the “magic pill” — if I just take this one supplement or do this one exercise, I’ll get what I want. At best, they are looking for the magic program that has the minimal impact on their current lifestyle.
It’s never that simple.
Real transformation takes hard work, commitment, sacrifice, guidance, patience and goal setting. If you’re a very specific type of person, one with incredible internal drive, will-power, and perseverance, you MAY be able to do this on your own. Most people would not fall into that category though — they need some help.
When people have asked me this question before, I’ve had different answers. I think nutrition is really important. I think frequency and consistency of effort is really important. I think a good plan is important. But the one thing that ties all of this together is ACCOUNTABILITY.
Build accountability into your fitness approach! People often start an exercise program internally motivated to make big changes. The problem isn’t getting started, it’s sticking with it for long enough to reap the reward. Regardless of the program, most people don’t make it to the finish line. Life gets in the way, and the obstacles will be endless.
The problem isn’t getting started, it’s sticking with it for long enough to reap the reward.
Only a very small percentage of people have the ability to do this on their own. There is nothing to be ashamed of by saying that you need help. It’s incredibly easy to get sidetracked and lose motivation. Make these accountability strategies a critical part of your plan!
See how Athlete of the Year candidate Amy Surasky achieved her fitness goals through Iron Tribe Fitness: