Eclectic Shades Magazine July 2019 - Page 53

What’s r e M A R K a b l y F.I.T.T.?

Frequency. Intensity. Time. Type.

What’s the number one rule of thumb when it comes to the successful outcome of any goal or project? If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Right? Right.

R e M A R K a b l y F.I.T.T. is about making precision decisions on your F.I.T.T.-ness journey; avoiding detours, dead ends, traffic jams, and any unforeseen unappealing scenic routes. You wouldn’t just head out blindly on an uncharted vacation destination trip without a trust-worthy navigation system and expect to arrive in a timely manner, if you even arrive at all. Without mapping out your route step-by-step, knowing exactly when and where to turn and arriving safely to your destination of choice without incident requires planning efficiently and appropriately.

The same holds true when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. This explains why year after year the number one New Year’s Resolution showing up on most people’s goals is something along the lines of getting fit, toning up, or shedding some pounds. The problem is that it appears on top of the list every year. The goal is being set, the destination imagined vividly in the minds of the well-meaning potential “go-getters,” yet few seem to actually follow through and arrive to meet their goal, through no fault of their own.

The fitness industry, throbbing with trends and fads which has the tendency to promise everything yet deliver nothing; photo-shopped to perfection advertisements and cookie-cutter fitness programs not designed to meet the individual needs of each person and their unique body type. The corporate commodity; too much information, bloated with high-brow, special-effect and hardly obtainable goals are manufactured to increase their bottom line while the innocent bystander continues to watch his or her bottom line and waist line continue to expand with their profits. While this isn’t the case in some isolated, rare, authentic “meet you where you are” establishments, big-box gyms, although they do serve their place in this world and are a sanctuary for like-minded “tribe” are ideal for some people, but not too many. Here’s why.

Almost 3-decades in the fitness industry working a certified Personal Trainer, Group Ex Instructor, and as a Practical Lab Instructor for students seeking a Personal Training Certification at the University of Texas in Austin, TX, I’ve seen and /or experienced almost every type of fitness program, training method, fitness fad, out-of-the-box techniques, and of course inside the “big box” (commercial establishments) approach to providing their members with “what they need to improve,” or “meet their specific goal.” Outside of hiring a highly reputable personal trainer, ultimately each individual will either “fall off” the fitness wagon before the third week of January even arrives, or attend the gym sporadically until they eventually just wait for their high-end contract to expire, and never return because not only did he or she not experience the enthusiasm or instruction they originally had imagined, now they are out of shape AND broke; worst case scenario.

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