Not seeings results is a very common thing you hear in the fitness field, mainly because people aren’t s
ure, or educated enough on the body, to get to where they want to be.
During a training session I noticed one of my hardest working clients was looking a little frazzled; although we had upped most of the weight on his exercises, and had him losing weight fairly quickly, he didn’t seem to be in too good of a mood like usual. I asked him and he told me something a lot of people hear and say in the beginning of fitness journeys.
“I feel like I’m not seeing results.”
This is something Personal Trainers dread to hear, and raises a couple questions.
Is it me? Could I be doing something more for him and his goals?
Is it him? Is he not doing all that he can on those days off to be reaching his goals?
Personal Trainers want to see you succeed. They want you to feel good about yourself. And to hear (and clearly see) that my client was not happy made me not happy. We were making great progress, and yet he wasn’t happy. Heck, I was so proud of how much progress he was making, but he wasn’t. Why is he not seeing results?
And that’s when a light bulb went off in my head. He was focusing on the end goal, and not looking at how much progress he was making. He just wanted to get the results–get that lean, muscular body in less time than it was taking. And that’s why he wasn’t happy.
When we talked, we discussed how we had lost x amount of weight (which was awesome for how long we had been training together!) and how he was getting stronger every week, and he realized what I had beforehand. After that, the workout went a lot smoother, and became more fun 🙂
Ladies and gents, your fitness journey is a life journey.
This isn’t always the case, though–sometimes, you aren’t progressing, and you don’t know why. So, let’s break it down some more and look at some reasons why you may not be seeing the results you want:
You’re not seeing results because..
You’re not consistent
Some people come to a gym whenever they feel like it, and this spontaneity is something that will cost you. If you only come to the gym when you feel like it, what are you looking to get out of it? The people who get the results they want are the ones that work hard at them. There are days after a full schedule of clients where I don’t want to workout, but I do, because I know that it will only make me feel better (workouts become therapy after a while). You can’t cheat yourself if you want to change your life for the better. Try working on a fitness schedule, and plan days you go to the gym. Commit. Make yourself accountable.
You’re not adding weight
3 sets of chest presses at 20 lbs. Same thing for three months? You’re not going to see that progress you did in the beginning. That’s because our bodies adapt to the weight we put on it, and once it adjusts, we need to add more weight. You have to get creative, too. When I started working out, I couldn’t deadlift a 45 lb barbell. It was humiliating, but a challenge that I set my eyes on. I started on a 30 lb barbell and worked my way up. I knew I had to keep adding weight in order to continue seeing results. When people see workout programs and it only gives them one weight to use, that’s all they use. And they expect it to provide results every time. Please, add weight when exercises begin to get too easy.
Training was always the easy half for me. Nutrition, on the other hand, was not. I love my ice cream, cookies, chips, fried chicken, and more of that good greasy food, but I know that I cannot get my best results by eating those foods. Eat more protein, veggies, and fruits. I know that it’s hard to give up food, especially if it’s a crutch for you, but good food can be there for you as well, and it’ll make you feel better, too 🙂 I honestly do not diet, and allow myself to have these “bad” foods so long as I eat healthy most of time; you can check out my eating habits here!
It’s your choice whether or not you want to push yourself–a LOT of people don’t like pushing their limits. But, if you want something, you’ll do what you have to. 🙂