We are in such a fascinating time. More people than ever are having to workout at home. Some love it and some don’t. Either way, you don’t have to be at the gym to get fit, lose weight, or add muscle.
Look. I’ll be real here. I own a gym. Do I think going to the gym is better? Absolutely. Is your only option to go the gym or be unfit/unhealthy? Absolutely not.
Whether you’re going to workout at home for good, or just for the time being, here are my top 8 tips for getting fit ASF at home!
Decide to be the type of person that gets fit/stays fit!
This of course is the most important tip I can give anyone that wants to reach any type of fitness goal. Whether it’s to lose your first 10lbs or the last couple to reveal your abs, you have to decide everyday that you’re going to be the type of person that gets fit/stays fit. Deciding can be this easy: say,
“I’m the type of person that cares about my health and is going to get fit.” And then say it to yourself over and over and over.
Notice how I said “consistent” and not “perfect” or “super dedicated”. Follow the 80% rule – stick to your exercise program and diet plan 80% of the time. You will see results. You will get fit. What doesn’t work is telling yourself “I have to be 100% or I’m not doing anything.” That doesn’t work. Period.
Set realistic goals.
The first goals you set should be easy. Get a few wins under your belt. I get it – most people don’t want to work out, and many don’t want to workout at home. Give yourself a reason to continue. Set the goal to workout 2-3 days a week. When you get that down, do 3-4. By then you can really challenge yourself. Starting from not working out with a goal of “getting razor abs” by training “6-8 days per week” doesn’t work. Trust me. Start simple.
Have realistic expectations.
Getting fit is hard, that’s why so few people are fit, and so few people are fit at a high level. You’re probably not going to have your dream physique in 6 weeks or 90 days, or even 6 months. It will probably take years, and that’s ok. You set yourself up for failure when you expect the body of a goddess/god within 7 business days. Look – the next couple of years are going to go by anyway. Might as well take your time and get fit while you’re at it.
Tune out negativity.
This goes for negativity in your own head, and every where else. It is worth it. It doesn’t take that much time. It’s not as hard as you think. And yes, you CAN do it. Become sensitive to your negative thoughts so you can realize when you’re about to have them, and redirect them to something positive/productive.
Have a plan for your diet.
I’ve been in this game a long time, and I’ve seen 1000s of people work really hard and see NO improvement because their diet sucks. And about 90% of them think they know how to fix their diet they “just have to do it”, and it’s not true. They don’t know – if they did they wouldn’t be wasting their time. Your diet is going to determine 80% of your results. I’m going to say that again, your diet is going to determine 80% of your results. So many people train the right way, and it literally doesn’t matter because of their diet. You have to eat for your goals – you can do your research, experiment, ask a friend, or hire a service/coach.
Have a workout program that fits your goals.
I’m sorry to have to say this, but running will not make you lean or muscular. That’s the biggest myth I have to bust on a daily basis. Yet, I see 1000s of people trying to get abs or a booty… running. And there goals (no pun intended) are being stopped in their tracks. You have to have a program that is PROVEN to help you reach your goals. Find one, do some research, ask a friend, or hire a coach to help you.
Hire a coach.
This is the most important thing you can do to make progress – really anywhere in life, but especially when it comes to fitness. You literally have someone giving you advice with a proven track record of delivering results. Coaches save time, money, and self confidence by putting you in the best position to succeed. I’ll never get why people that struggle with their fitness keep trying to figure it out on their own because “coaches aren’t worth it”, like a professional can’t help you. If you need a lawyer, is it better to defend yourself, or hire a good lawyer? I’ve literally coached people to better results in 90 days than they got on their own trying for 6 years. Whether it’s me or another coach – most of us can GUARANTEE results. Can you guarantee them for yourself? Maybe I’m biased… but I think I’m just results oriented. Hire a coach!!
Thanks for reading!!
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