What type of client are you and what can you expect from YOUR fitness goals!
Let’s fill you in on what to expect of yourself if you are seeking certain goals in health and fitness. There are 4 types of people in general:
Athletes or Performance focused: professionals or amateurs looking to become professional, your goals are fierce. Unmatched behavior that can only be understood by other high achievers. You will do whatever it takes to achieve your highest level of performance. The thought of alcohol, high inflammatory foods or other such things that don’t align with your goal of becoming the best in your field, don’t even cross your mind. Also what doesn’t matter in this category, is having a six-pack. You must know that food fuels your performance and if you’re that worried about your abs, then you should move on to the next category. On a scale of one to ten, you sit at 10!
Aesthetics: Your physical goals are above all other goals, even if it sacrifices how you perform in the gym. Most are some type of bodybuilding competitor or fitness model, but your six-pack is more important than any sip of alcohol or food you could put into your body. You want to be the best in your chosen field and understand that sacrifices must be made, no excuses here. When you put your physical aesthetics first, you know that you are solely going for the look. On a scale of 1 to 10, you also sit at a 10!
Lastly is lifestyle: You want to make the best of your life, you want to feel great and look YOUR best too. You have no desire to “get on stage” or go to the Crossfit Games, because hey, date night and cocktails with friends are more important than that 6 pack. On a scale of 1-10, you could range anywhere from 4-9, but will not ever be a 10, because other things are more important than how you perform or how you look. This will be most of you, realize you may become YOUR best, but it won’t be the 6 pack and you won’t outperform an athlete, but you’re ok with that. You want to “have your cake and eat it too”.
Clinical patients: Maybe you’ve had a wake-up call that due to your genetics or lifestyle, you now have a medical condition that has you realizing you need to get your health in order. If you’ve been diagnosed clinically by a physician as having a medical issue that can be improved by diet and exercise, or if you’re overweight to the point that it is detrimental to your health. Seeking the help of a registered dietitian may be necessary for most clinical patients. Not to be confused with sub-clinical issues, these are less than optimal, but not quite in need of medical intervention.
Remind yourself of what your goals are, don’t impose someone else’s goals onto yourself, and realize that if your goal is not a 10, to not put those expectations on your lifestyle.