Are you looking for the problem or are you looking for the solution?
We’ve been doing Personal Training and Corporate Wellness programs in Vancouver since 2001.
If you have ever said ‘I just don’t have the time right now’, you NEED to read this…
I had an email exchange with someone whose co-workers completed a Corporate Wellness Fitness Challenge with us.
It was a great success for the majority of the participants, however, as with anything in life, you only get out of it what you put into it.
The program really never got off the ground for this one employee. So when the program had wrapped up, I extended an offer to do an individual program just for him. At Peak, we always want to give everyone the greatest chance for success and over-deliver on our service.
My offer was simple. A fitness consultation, a customized written program, unlimited email coaching for 6 weeks with some other services thrown in. (Keep in mind this is AFTER the program had already wrapped up for this company and he had the same opportunity everyone else had). I’m sure there are several of you out there reading this right now that would trade your eye teeth to have an opportunity like that with a fitness professional.
Here was the response:
“Hi Cord. I very much appreciate the offer. I would like to take you up on this, but will have to find the time. I started with the best intentions and, as usual, work keeps getting in the way.”
His response, while polite and also one that many of us have, is simply an excuse.
I make no apologies for calling it like I see it.
Now here’s some feedback from someone in the same company that really took the ball and ran with it:
Attached is my food and exercise journal for the 6 weeks.
The first 3 weeks started out really good, and I definitely felt my fitness improving dramatically.
The last 3 weeks however weren’t so flash. I kind of got stuck at work, doing about 60 hrs a week which is unusually busy for me, but getting back to normal now so I can get back into it. I think though, that having done the fitness in the first 3 weeks and really concentrating on what I am eating really helped in the last 3 weeks when I was busy and under a lot of stress, much more so than if I hadn’t been doing the fitness.
I have also maintained and put on weight which is good [editor’s note: this client has a difficult digestion condition where gaining and maintaining weight is a huge accomplishment]. I feel stronger as well and I can definitely feel this with my kayaking, especially last week after hiking in 5km with my kayak and gear (about 30kg) to paddle a river, which would have been a real struggle if I hadn’t been doing this program.
I enjoyed the boot camp sessions. I think it’s easier when you have someone to push you along and is planning the session for you. In terms of the whole program, I think it would be good to have another one or two group fitness sessions thrown in there as well in say the latter weeks to keep the whole group challenge feel to it.
I think the biggest thing for me now is motivating myself to get back into the rhythm of doing exercise most nights. I do know that with all the squats and lunges I’ve been doing I am actually going to enjoy the start of telemark (ski) season.
I still have one boot camp session left so I will come out to one of the North Van sessions in September.
Same company but a different person with a different outlook.
We had similar feedback from many of the participants. Some had unexpected guests in from out of town, others also had an increase in work hours, others were working around injuries.
Some find excuses, some find solutions.
Consistency in an exercise program will never be perfect. Life will always throw you off track for some reason. The key to success is how quickly you get back into the rhythm.
Take advantage of all the times where your only excuse is ‘but the couch is so much more comfortable right now’ because when you plan to do it tomorrow, something else will always come up.
Have a program that you try to stick to, but also have a contingency plan.
Don’t have time to get to the gym that day?
No problem, do 15-20 minutes of bodyweight exercises at home.
Can’t get your 45-minute run in?
Try 15 minutes of interval sprinting
Intensity and consistency are the keys to success.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Perhaps that’s one of those statements that are a bit cliché, but it’s a cliché because it’s true.
So the next time it looks like your program is about to get derailed because of the ‘time excuse’, ask yourself, “am I looking for the problem or the solution”.
Yours in health,