Tom Cheeseman, Personal Trainer shares his fitness and nutritional advice. Through his personal training guidance, clients have successfully pushed boundaries and achieved life changing goals - from dramatic weight loss right through to top class physical performance.
Tom believes that we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Practicing what you preach..
Just after completing their third set of swapover lunges, my client looked at me with a mixture of pain yet determination in their eyes when they asked me 'do you put yourself through this torture?!' After my first reaction which was a slight chuckle, I responded with an honest answer which was plain and simply 'yes.'
It's like a chef that doesn't try their own food. A BMW salesman driving a Volvo, a dentist with a mouth full of fillings, I think you get the idea.. but at the end of the day, I'm selling myself. The advert for my own business is me. When you enter room, how important are first impressions?! I would say the MOST important factor when meeting someone for the first time.
Appearance is huge. Especially in my industry. Of course, I can improve like everyone else. I have my floors. I could improve my body composition. I have a dangerous sweet tooth, my tolerance to carbs is pretty low and who doesn't enjoy the occasional pint of Somerset cider with some mates?
Now this blog isn't a rant about me, me and more me. I just want you to know that I understand what my clients go through day in and day out when they have a desired goal that they so desperately want to reach. It's too easy to give-in. It's too easy to pick up a microwave meal when you have arrived late back from work. It's too easy skip the gym when it's cold and raining outside, It's those situations when you have to apply the attitude of 'just get it done.' The mind is such a powerful mechanism and it likes to test your conscience every now and again.
Vision and imagery are components that are used widely in professional sport. A great example of where imagery is performed with great success is Jonny Wilkinson and 'Doris.' With every penalty kick or conversion, Jonny visualises 'Doris' sitting in the stand behind the post and his objective is to get the ball onto Doris' lap with each kick. Being one of the best goal-kickers in the history of the game, I think you could say that it's proved a pretty successful strategy.
Find your strategy and motivation, whether it's the beach body for the summer holiday, or the impending London Marathon, or a PB with a certain lift and don't stop until you have reached that end point, be relentless.
Of course, people 'fall off the wagon' that's ok, it happens! Don't beat yourself up about it, and the attitude I see quite a lot is 'Oh I've been bad Monday and Tuesday so I might aswell start next week.' That's the soft option. That attitude of accepting defeat won't help with anything in life.
I'm far from the motivational speaker, I'll leave that to the people that write books and the daily motivational tweets that fly around, but just take a moment and think, you're only here for one life. Why not make the most of it?!
Now put down your Krispy Kreme doughnut and reach for a mug of green tea!
Ps. I'm pretty excited with my new holding page for my website: