Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

Ben Hessel graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science while earning his personal training certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2011, he began his own personal training business. Want to train with Ben? We can hook you up.

These days resolutions have such a widely accepted failure rate that you could practically use them to fill open mic night at your local comedy club.

But don’t let this discourage you from more valiant attempts.

Any time can be a good time to start a new journey – a resolution – as long as you understand what could go wrong (this post will help make sure nothing does).

Now, my interest isn’t in creating more resolutions – no one needs more.

What is important is capitalizing on the ones we already have.

I know myself and all the coaches here on Fito want to help each of you be part of the 8% who succeed, not the 92% who fail.

Since the resolutions we do set obviously mean something to us, let’s start there…

Typically, resolutions fail along the same patterns that any other fitness plan can fail.  On New Years there’s just a much larger scale of resolutions being made, and even more are made “just because it’s New Years.”

When we understand our weaknesses, we’re most ready for success.

Problem 1 – Relying on Motivation

As we all know, motivation will take us through January and possibly into the latter parts of February.  By then, since most people go in without a strategic plan and guidance, the 92% begins to fill up fast just like every year.

For those who hold on a little longer, there’s often a roller coaster ride of ups and downs followed by a drought at the end of the year.

But all of the lows could have been easily avoided if the focus was on building an actual skill set.

Why Your Skill Set Is Essential

Any high school basketball player can get hot and hit a few shots in a row.  Heck, you or I could get lucky and hit a few shots in a row.

We all understand generally how to get the ball to the hoop, but whether we can make a shot consistently or not is a whole other story.

When you’re beginning in fitness, your first step in the gym is like your first shot on the court.

You might might make a few shots, you may hit a few great workouts, but eventually you’re more likely to keep missing than make many more.  Likewise, a blind fitness approach is a quick recipe for your performance to plateau.

Then, bye bye motivation – what now?

If you take the time to develop your skills, it won’t matter if you’re a little less motivated one day, or a little short on sleep – you’ll still be able to get the ball in the hoop, and you’ll still be able to get your workout in.

Problem 2 – Unrealistic Goals

As I wrote about here (and drew to perfection), managing expectations is significant.

If you’ve been steadily gaining weight for the past decade or two, do you really expect yourself to lose 50lbs by March?

I’m not saying that to discourage anyone, and in certain conditions it could be done.

But sometimes we throw numbers out there and focus in on those artificial end-points instead of doing the things that will actually get us the results – your workouts, your nutrition, and good sleep.

Be ready for the bumps – yes, expect them – and hire a coach or join a group to make sure they stay small bumps and don’t turn into monstrous hills.

But sometimes we throw numbers out there and focus in on those artificial end-points instead of doing the things that will actually get us the results – your workouts, your nutrition, and good sleep.

Be ready for the bumps – yes, expect them – and hire a coach or join a group to make sure they stay small bumps and don’t turn into monstrous hills.

Problem 3 – Relying on Other People

The great part about fitness is that it’s really all about you.  You’re in control of your own destiny, and that’s empowering.

When we make resolutions, a lot of times we do it with friends.  The problem is that then you and your friend are relying on each other, and while it may be motivating to pair up with someone, remember that neither your motivation or theirs will last forever.

No one wants to play with two ticking time bombs when you’ve already got one.

This, year do it for you.

To help combat the resolution crowd, I want to help everyone form a REVOLUTION – a way to escape the expected and transform your life for the better.

Our New Years Revolution program isn’t about a “nice idea to lose weight,” this is about learning your triggers, transforming your habits and creating a comprehensive approach to adding fitness as a sustainable part of your own life.

WARNING: If you’re looking for a Six Weeks to Skinny Pill, this isn’t for you. If you are looking to make a permanent change, come on over.

Featured image courtesy of Stuart Moreton.

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