As a Personal Trainer, there is only one thing that is more frustrating than when clients lie to you. What is it you ask? It’s when they make excuses.
You may be thinking, “Gosh. I would much rather hear an excuse than be lied to.” In any other scenario, I would agree with you. Yes, lying is definitely wrong and no one enjoys it when someone lies to them. But in my line of work, it’s much, much worse to make excuses. I’ll explain:
When you are a trainer, people seek you out. They seek you out to help them with a problem that they have. They need the knowledge you have in health and fitness because they themselves aren’t educated in those areas. Whether it be weight loss, weight gain, getting stronger or learning healthier eating habits, trainers like myself are hired to help people learn how to best achieve their health and fitness goals. So, when we spend the time putting together eating plans, workout routines and being emotionally available to our clients 24/7, it gets pretty frustrating when we hear excuses as to why they can’t work out or eat healthy.
It’s not only Personal Training clients that have a problem with giving excuses; it’s the majority of all people who want to see a change in themselves. It’s pretty bad to give an excuse to someone else as to why you can’t do something or didn’t do something, but in the grand scheme of things, who is it really affecting?
YOU. It’s affecting you.
By making up excuses, you are only defeating yourself. You can’t find a way to go to the gym? Alright, well, the gym is still there and you are still in a physical state you don’t want to be in. Who takes the bigger hit?
Again, the answer, is you.
Here are the most common excuses I have been presented with over the years. I’m very confident you are guilty of saying at least one of these excuses at one point or another. I sure hope you enjoyed using those excuses when you did.
WARNING: If you continue reading this article, you’re excuses will become obsolete and you will be forced to better yourself instead of recycling your old reasons for why you can’t succeed.
1. “I had family in town so I couldn’t get to the gym.”
I am all about family time. In fact, I support it completely. Family is important. You know what else is important? Being alive to be around your family. That may sound pretty forward, but I don’t take it back. If your family loves and supports you, then they will understand you going to the gym for an hour to keep your health in check. In fact, why not invite them to go to the gym with you? Working out with a partner is more fun anyway!
2. “My husband/wife won’t eat the healthy foods I need to eat, so I have to eat the bad foods.”
You have to, huh? So you are telling me that your spouse is so unsupportive of your decision to better yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, that they are literally forcing you to eat things to sabotage your success? I’m no marriage counselor, but I have to tell you, that is absolutely not o.k. and if that’s an actual reality you experience, it may be time to re-think that relationship.
If your spouse is so anti healthy food, that’s fine. There is 1 of 2 ways to approach this situation.
The first way is you cook/buy separate things for you both. What they want to eat and what you want to eat. “But my husband/wife won’t eat unless we eat the same thing and they never want to eat healthy.” This excuse (although ridiculous) is more common than you may think. That leads me to the second way to approach the situation: If your spouse is acting childish and won’t eat because you aren’t willing to eat badly, then they can fend for themselves. Do what is best for you and what you feel is right and stand your ground by eating healthy. Eventually, they’ll cave and eat if they are hungry enough.
3. “I couldn’t work out this week. I was too busy.”
I love this excuse. It genuinely excites me to hear it. You are telling me that out of the 7 days of this week, out of the 168 hours that occur during this week, that you couldn’t not find a spare 4-5 hours to work out? Wow. You sure must be a busy bee!
Let’s get real. You have the time. You may have kids, you may have 2 jobs and you may have other things that you are responsible for during your day, but you have the time. You may not be able to drive over to the gym, but you have other options. Do a home workout or walk the ball fields where your kid is practicing; there is always a way.
A favorite quote of mine is, “Your priorities are what you choose them to be.” Meaning that if something really, truly matters to you, you will make it happen and there won’t be an excuse big enough to get in the way. Stop the excuses and reach your goals! YOU are the only thing standing in the way of your own success!
If you want more tips on how to remain consistent in your healthy eating and fitness goals, come visit us at Gold’s Gym of West Cobb! We would love nothing more to help educate you on the best ways to keep yourself in the best health possible!
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