The importance of mindset or your head being in the right place for weight loss or improved fitness...HUGE!!
Myself and my partner Viki have just came back of holiday and now resemble Wayne & Waynette slob. We did train three times during our 7 day break, which wasnt ideal and not enough, but we ate & drank our body weight in alcohol and food (amazing fillet steaks & chatuebriande) to mention a few. This is where mindset comes in, because we dont feel bad we had an amazing time, but now we will start the hard but enjoyable fitness & nutrition work again.
Some peoples negative habits ruin health such as.... having a food slip up, beating themselves up badly and getting into a cycle of binge comfort eating and no exercise. A better habit would be to forgive themselves & immediately laugh it off and then work even harder. If you follow the second habit YOU WILL ACHIEVE good health & if you follow the first habit YOU WILL HAVE POOR HEALTH & SHORTENED LIFE.
Its crazy because using mindset work is simple to do which helps with healthy habits & strategies, but most (nearly all) personal Trainers don’t know the first thing about it.
We all say nutrition first (80%)
Secondly exercise (20%)
Good nutrition for most of my clients is 100% impossible unless we change their mindset. So forget about how good the nutrition plan or routine is if the client is in the wrong place in their head...
Clients will often:
1. Secretly eating without their family knowing
2. Blame their personal life situation for comfort eating
3. Things in their past effecting how they eat
4. Social events and alcohol ruining the habit and leading to eating crap/ket/junk
5. Treating themselves after a workout
6. Unable to stop a bad eating habit
7. Stuck in a poor strategy leading to eating the wrong stuff
8. Addiction to sugar, fizzy drinks etc
9. Feeling inadequate or bullied at work leading to comfort eating
10. Constantly in adrenal stress leading to eating and drinking the wrong stuff
11. Wrongly believing alcohol, a glass of wine is a de-stress after a long hard day(not)
12. Peer group pressure leading to eating the wrong stuff
13. Being in the wrong social circle, if you hang with weight loss failures you will be sabotaged by them(definately)
I wouldn't say I am an expert in anything, however I know a load more about mindset than most of the modern PTs, I personally think most disregard mindset as something that's not very important, and having motivation quotes is all very well " sweat is just fat crying" etc. These quotes work amazingly well for motivated people and do the exact opposite for individuals that have difficulty with motivation.
Some things that can work like dynamite for a client that lacks self belief, stuck in a negative place, poor habits, problem foods etc...
All personal Trainers can learn this stuff as it's not secret.
A) removing problem food/drinks : in our minds eye things we hate and love are in different places, and have different sub-modalities. By swapping them over you can help a client remove a problem food by making them hate it!!!! Boom
B) self belief, without it a client will never achieve full potential. We can change a belief system and improve self belief in minutes and long term.
C) difficult situations, If a client fails at a certain situation each week. For example goes for the cookie jar at the same time each Saturday night, they will only be using a fraction of their assets and resources. By reminding them of all of their internal assets the problem behaviour can be removed.
D) if like me just a bit of a cloud and I am miserable all day! we can understand this, advice on using UVB sunbed, or normal sunbed use, take our clients outside often especially when the sun provides the most vitamin D. Take in nature and ground or earth our selves on the grass. A bit hippy I know, but this works for a lot of people.
E) it's often our subconscious and really bad lifestyle strategies that ruin our health using trance work including the Milton model, we can talk to a clients subconscious and at least understand and realise about our bad strategies. Which helps change them.
F) push and pull motivation, most people have a great push motivation: E.G. , lose this massive spare tyre around my waist. This isn't often the best type of motivator.
Look at athletes and mr Olympias they have immense pull motivators ... a future image of themselves winning gold or winning mr Olympia playing over and over again in their heads. Your brain can't distinguish between imagination and real, so if you picture it enough your brain thinks it has happened and will give you all the motivation and everything else you need to achieve your goal. So everyone should spend time working on their future selves "so important"
G) Diary work, using positive words displayed each day on your diary.. they will influence how you feel. Each day write down something positive you have done, this will allow your brain to become less negative. At the end of each week review how positive your week has been. (There is no unlucky or lucky it's just how we perceive stuff- we can change this)
A positive personal diary statement or affirmation said daily whilst tapping the thymus gives us deep down confidence and improves our mindstate massively. Just try it.
H) choosing how you want to feel whenever you want, anchoring. This is used widely even in politics, if you would like to feel energetic, relaxed, motivated, enthusiastic, calm or confident using your memory and mental imagery we can elicit any mood to suit your situation. This can be used for example rubbing our body before training (proprio-stim) can bring back feelings of energy and motivation, wouldn't that be handy for your training session?
I) re-pattern exercise, if something is messing up your nutrition or exercise we can link an mental image of future failure and more importantly replace with an image of future health. What this will do is, the next time you try and do your negative strategy your brain will automatically think of the future implications which helps direct you to better decisions.
Mindset is massive and also being coached and not being instructed....
I have met some good instructors along the way, some of them think they are amazing coaches! On one particular S&C course these personal trainers where just over coaching, they never shut up... this is annoying and can put you off. In fact on lady who was getting all this feedback complained, and later having a coffee they all ridiculed her behind her back including the course instructor.
"Unprofessional instructor behaviour"
Her technique got worse by the autocratic style they used... so they where ineffective coaches and actually just became instructors.
A coach ... he or she coaches the person and not the activity. They will improve the clients technique but will be mindful of their learning preference, mood, energy, time of month, emotions and history... and everything else.
I wrongly mentioned a political statement to a client and she went physically weak and tired(bad coach!)
A coach... has big eyes and ears and a small mouth. This means they pay great attention to technique, detail and personal feedback and provide as little feedback to achieve maximum results. If they never shut up... they are instructors.
if you or any friend would like a little bit of help get in touch.....
I promise I won't shout at you or instruct you!!
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