6 Steps to Define Your Personal "Fit"
by Kathrine Bright @KatFit
Fitness is deeper than skin and muscles. Fitness is about challenging yourself mentally and physically to be the strongest person you can be.
You see it everywhere: another advertisement marketing a new workout or meal plan to obtain your bikini body or flat abs, and quickly! This is part of my industry I cannot get onboard with. It is negative and perpetuates the notion you are not perfect. I made a promise to myself when I entered into this industry I would be a beacon of change, a personal trainer and a nutritionist who helps to build her clients up to reach their goals. I often joke by saying, “anyone can teach someone to pick up a dumbbell and put it back down.” However, not every trainer can help someone articulate their ideal “fit.”
In my opinion, fitness is very personal. Every client who enters my studio or who I work with virtually has a different purpose for choosing a fitness routine.
Debunk the Myths
1. There is no perfect or right way to be “fit”
Unfortunately, in the fitness industry there is a saturation of Before & After photos. Yes, these can act as, or at least appear to be, “proof” programs work. However, they continue to perpetuate the myth that fitness only looks one way. The message sent damages self-esteem and body image for some. It continues to build on the fat bias in our culture. Pro Tip: When you are defining your “fit,” establish performance-based goals. An example of a performance-based goal would be complete 10 push-ups or run a mile under 10 minutes.
2. Body bashing is never okaY
You will never reach your ideal “fit” if you have a constant dialogue with yourself or your friends bashing your body. It is tough to stop bashing your body, but when you feel the need to do so, dig deeper. Ask yourself, “why.” Pro Tip: There will be times you feel as though you will not achieve your goals, but reaffirming goals will help you continue on the right path. For instance, instead of “My legs are gross” say this instead: “My legs are getting stronger with each workout.”
3. Your goals are your goals, my goals are my goalS
It is important to not impose your goals on someone else. I would be a horrible trainer if I assumed every client who walked through my studio door wanted a six-pack or wished to train for a marathon. Pro Tip: Have a clear goal for yourself. When working with a friend, share your goals so you can equally support each other in your goals.
How to define your “fit”
Step 1: Establish why you want to work out. This can range from building strength, losing weight, training for a sports team/competition, or maintaining your current health.
Step 2: What resources do you have available to you? Do you have a fully stocked gym or an open space, or somewhere in between? This will help with program design.
Step 3: What do you LOVE doing? If I have a client who hates running, I will not develop workouts that revolve around running. Working out should be something you look forward to and not dread.
Step 4: How much time do you have to commit to this goal? Often goals and the time allotted to achieve goals do not mesh. This does not mean the goals are unattainable, it simply means the time allotted to achieve the goal needs to be adjusted.
Step 5: Let go. Let go of anything that does not coincide with your goal or the direction you are going in. If your goal is to become stronger, then let go of the negative feelings or thoughts surrounding your current strength, and focus on the ultimate goal.
Step 6: Fix Your Environment. Surround yourself with individuals, whether on social media or in person, who resonate your fitness and nutrition goals. For instance, do not follow a person on social media whose goals or mission are about being a bodybuilder if that is not your goal.
I want to leave you with this final point: thin/skinny does not equal healthy. Thin/skinny does not equate to happiness. Fitness is deeper than skin and muscles. Fitness is about challenging yourself mentally and physically to be the strongest person you possibly can. Each person’s desired level of fitness is intimate and personal. Your level can change based on what stage you are going through in your life or what you are deciding to train for. Your “fit” needs no explanation because it is for you.