3 ‘Secrets’ For Staying On Track

Motivation – like time, it’s fleeting!

The most common (and honest) reason I’ve heard for people walking away from their fitness goals is lack of motivation. “I’m just not motivated anymore”…”I just CBF anymore” are common dropout lines.

But here’s the truth about motivation. It’ unrealistic to expect that you’ll feel motivated 100% of the time. Nobody does! I’ve been training for nearly fifteen years now and I can tell you I’ve had plenty of occasions during that time when I felt a complete lack of motivation. This is when the excuses can easily start to get between you and your goals. Between you and your ‘why’ and in the way of your initial motivation for getting started. It’s too cold. It’s too hot. I’m too busy. I’m too tired. And the list goes on. I’ve heard them all!

So here’s three ‘secrets’ for staying on track when motivation jump squats out the window;

  1. Your best training partner is a really strong ‘why’.  Your reason for better nutrition and exercise. Like passwords, they need to be strong. Your ‘why’ should fiercely resonate on an emotional level. Mine were based around longevity and my kids. I wanted to be a good example for my kids. And I wanted to be around for as long as I could for them. I also wanted to give myself the best chance at a longer, healthier life. Your ‘why’ should have the power to get you out of bed for that early morning sesh. It should have the power to push you out of your comfort zone. It should inspire you to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
  • Your training needs to become as non-negotiable event as regular showers. We don’t wait to be motivated to take a shower, even though it’s cold. Or because we just can’t be bothered. Not for long anyway! We just do it because we know it’s a non-negotiable to take care of our hygiene. So why would we consider that taking care of our health and fitness is negotiable?
  • Make your training sessions an unbreakable appointment for yourself! When I decided I was going to make a forever change to my health and fitness, my training times became unbreakable appointments. There had to be a dire emergency for me to break that appointment. This one may come with resistance from friends and family when you start being less available but my perspective on that is that nobody that truly cares about me and what I need would disrespect my desire to be a happier, healthier version of myself.

We’d love to hear what your ‘why’ is for your training! Tell us in the comments and inspire others to find that powerful ‘why’!

The Benefits Of Group Training

Generally at this time of year, you get a massive influx of new people wanting to train. This is fantastic, as who doesn’t want to train in the lovely weather that Australia has to offer in Spring?!?! For those of you that are still struggling though, I want you to pay extra special attention to what I have to say next.

Group training in an outdoors environment is the best way to get your life back on track. If it was never on track, then this is by all means the place where you want to start! Why Group Training you ask? Well, generally speaking, group training has the highest retention rates out of all training methods. Why? Because people don’t only use it as an opportunity to train, but to socialise with like-minded people.

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  1. Motivation – Catchy music, fast- paced moves and an instructor with a seemingly endless amount of energy. Having other people exercising alongside you can also give you the boost you need to keep moving.
  2. Accountability – Just like PT, group training sessions hold you accountable for turning up and putting 100% effort into your workout.
  3. Fun – Exposure to a fun and social environment is why many people prefer group training to a lone gym session.

Think about it though, you get the benefits of training as well as catching up with friends or even family….what’s not to like about it?! Message us now to book in a group session with RIM!

How To Gain Maximum Strength

A lot of people are currently doing stupid amounts of reps. They set out wanting to make themselves strong, but are they really doing it right? A lot sadly are not. And this is a shame as it means that the time that they spend in the gym is partially wasted. If you want strength, focus on the load that you’re lifting!

A safe and reliable concept for this type of training is the 5×5 method. 5 repetitions for 5 sets, seems pretty simple, right?

It is a very handy method when teaching your body deal with the stresses it must overcome to develop strength in your muscles. It may not seem like you’re doing much in terms of reps, but it gives you the chance to load your weights right up. In fact, when performing the 5×5 concept, you should be struggling to complete the last rep or two of each set. Make sure you’re also giving yourself plenty of rest in between sets too. If you want to make another serious push for the next set, the muscles being worked will need time to gain their energy back. Generally you want to give yourself at least a minute in between each set.

So next time you are in the gym, or smashing a boot camp session, try giving your body a real test. Ramp up the weight, turn on your kick-ass power track, and lift like you’ve never lifter before!!!