When doing physical training, we sometimes need to take a step back to see how far we’ve progressed and assess how much we’ve been able to take a step closer toward achieving our fitness goals. This is where exercise coaches come in. Exercise coaches do more than simply put you through a workout every time you hit the gym–coaches give you accountability and steer you toward the right direction in order to help you achieve your gym goals quickly and properly.
However, not everyone can afford the services of coaches, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from coaching. There are several coaching methods you can apply to your own fitness journey to motivate yourself to succeed. Here are some of these coaching techniques you should always be using to keep on going.
Keep in mind that fitness is a personal journey.
Why did you decide to go to the gym? Different people have different reasons: to get stronger, to build muscle, to prepare for a competition, to improve flexibility or stamina, to lose weight and whatnot. No matter which one it is, or which combination it is, the common thing among gym-goers is that they all want to get fit.
However, not everyone is on the same skill level, and this is the first thing you should accept. Fitness is a personal journey, so avoid comparing yourself to others. What may be an easy routine for one may not be for another, so focus on your own goals and what you need to do to achieve them.
Master the basics.
It’s tempting to try out several things in the gym at once just to see how strong or competent you are, but remember that for a routine to be effective, you need to focus on three aspects: strength, lifting skill and quality of movement. Only if you have gained competency on fundamental lifts will you be able to move to more difficult challenges, so don’t skip the basics. Start with a weight that’s light enough to let you perform a lift in perfect form so you can gain mastery of the movement before upping the ante.
Do what is appropriate for your goals and fitness level.
As mentioned, training is a personal journey so if you’re training for a marathon, avoid doing exercises your body-building buddy is doing. Make sure you plan your fitness programme according to your goals and stick to routines that are necessary. Some exercises really aren’t required for you to do depending on your goal. You should also check whether the workout you’re doing is appropriate for your skill level, as there are reps that may be appropriate for powerlifters but will hinder your progress as a beginner.
Train to get better, not tired.
Take things slowly and keep in mind that you don’t have to overwork your body to get the results you need. Train smartly and with the proper form. Beginners, for example, can benefit from easy workouts because they will be able to recover more quickly and therefore train more often. A regular routine will help the body adapt more easily when the more difficult and physical challenges come.
Prioritise important corrections to form.
Everyone makes mistakes in the gym, especially when it comes to form. If you’ve been doing a particular movement for years with your home workouts, you may be shocked to learn you’re not doing it properly once you hit the gym and talk to a personal trainer. It’s not easy to fix everything all at once, so make the most important corrections in small increments. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed and let you focus on mastering one movement at a time as well as keeping you motivated to improve.
Keep a record of your progress.
Many coaches recommend taking a video of yourself while performing exercises to help you assess whether you’re doing a movement correctly and to see where you can improve. Save your videos and compare these to future ones to document your progress. Seeing results this way will help you get the push you need to keep on going.