Here at Strive Fitness and Performance, we have made a huge impact in the Macomb County are in a very short time. In that time, we have worked with a variety of different clients. We’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work, common struggles, and as coaches, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our clients’ results.
We fit our programs around our clients instead of fitting the client around a specific program. We pride ourselves in treating people like people, not just another number, so we pay close attention to everything going on. We can see the signs, and we can usually tell in those first few weeks with someone new to the program whether it’s going to be smooth sailing, or if a new client needs to take a step back and take it little by little.
Your coach is always here to help, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have your own responsibilities. Your daily habits and actions dictate your results, and while we can give advice, support, and help along the way, the day to day execution is where the magic happens.
Looking at the common trends among our most successful clients, it’s pretty easy to tell within the first few weeks how well this is going to go. There are common habits and behaviors that let us know a client is probably going to see great success early and often.
Before we dive in, remember that you do NOT need to be perfect to see amazing results. Nobody is perfect, not even coaches, and we don’t expect perfection from our clients either. The best results don’t come from the people who hit their macros perfectly every day for 12 weeks; the best results come from those who build the proper habits and mindsets. After all, those habits are what help you keep your results for the rest of your life.
The following habits and actions are the things that are most successful clients do right away and often. Even if you are not currently accomplishing these actions, they are a stepping stone to reach for in the near future if you want to see success and results.
1. Successful Clients Own Their Mistakes
Any diet that expects perfection is simply setting you up to fail. You’re going to mess up, and that’s okay – success doesn’t require perfection.
What it DOES take are honesty and accountability. If you slip up and have a bad weekend, log it anyway and tell your coach what happened. Hiding it from us means we can’t help you.
If you leave a day blank or just decide not to log that piece of cake you ate from guilt or shame, while that may feel like a way to not confront what went on, it’s important to remember that’s not giving yourself, or your Coach, accurate information. Us as coaches, can only work with the information giving us. I mean, imagine going to the doctors and not giving all the symptoms or your medical background, they may give you the wrong prescription and hinder your progress rather than help it.
2. Successful Clients Ask Questions
We are an open book here at Strive Fitness. We education our clients every day with emails, facebook posts, videos and documents. There is so much information out there about nutrition and exercises, and the majority of it is wrong or misguided. This has led to the majority of the population following the wrong information and hurting their long term results.
We want our clients education and to ask questions so they understand. The more educated you are, the better results you will get. Happy clients, happy business….Make more of an impact 🙂
Eventually, you’ll reach a point where this is second nature, and you understand how to plan and track your macros. But in the beginning, as you’re still learning and building those habits, we expect you’ll have a lot of questions, struggles, concerns, victories – and we want to know about all of it.
3. Successful Clients Prioritize Whole Foods
Having flexibility in your food selections is a huge part of our NUTRITION PHILOSOPHY and why our program is sustainable. You should live your life 90/10, 90% whole foods and 10% stuff that you like. That does not mean that the stuff you like should be an all the time thing. Instead we should be consistent with whole foods and hitting our macros and using those “special” foods as treats.
We suggest using the 3-3-3 method for a reason: the simpler your diet is, the quicker you’ll build good habits and consistency with your numbers. Planning macros can be a little time consuming and stressful at first, and if you are always trying to find a way out of it, you will burn out very easily. Instead, we should focus on getting the right foods and becoming better at LIFESTYLE MODE. Once we mastered that and have control over our nutrition, we can start to learn how to fit other things into our nutrition.
4. Successful Clients Using Planning and Food Logs to Improve Each Week.
This needs no explanation. Every time you plan your day ahead of time, you’re going to have a much easier time hitting your macros, no exceptions. There’s no thinking, adjusting on the fly, or panicking when you realize you have 5 grams of fat left and still need 87 grams of protein. Even if these are the only habits you built, your chances of success will increase exponentially. When you food log, you hold yourself accountable and are mindful on what you are putting in your body. When you plan ahead, you know that if you accomplish your plan 100%, you will be spot on with your numbers and consistent. Going through a few weeks of learning and adjusting your plan you should be able to get to your perfect plan. We suggest MACRO PLANNING and putting in your macros ahead of time to fit your plan around your lifestyle so you can sustain it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unsuccessful clients do not adjust their plan when it is not perfect. Successful clients learn each week how to become better. Slow progress is still progress. Getting better every day will always results in success, as long as we are positive and actually change.
The “Other” Habits
So what about the habits that will no doubt make your progress stall?
These are the habits that will frustrate clients because they think they are working extra hard and end up not seeing the results they desire.
It’s easy to slip back into old habits, and we want to help you avoid that. Look at how you’re currently approaching things, and if any of these hit home, maybe it’s time to make some adjustments.
Clients who struggle to get the results they want usually have these common habits and practices of their own:
- Not planning their days ahead of time
- Not using their past weeks as a learning opportunity to improve
- Lying about their food intake
- Not using their coach out of shame, embarrassment, fear, or any other reason
- Mindlessly snacking
- Not logging alcohol
- Drinking alcohol more than 1-2x/week
- Eating out at restaurants more than 1-2x/week (doable, but very hard to be accurate)
- Weekends are a free-for-all on a regular basis
Set Yourself Up For Success
Whether you just joined us here at Strive, are on the fence, or have been with us for over a year, it’s never too late to take a step back and look at your daily habits and mindset. Even if you identified with some of the “other” habits and are ready for a small change, it is never too late to improve.
Nobody is perfect, not even your coach, and we’re here to help. If you think you need to make some changes to improve your results and adherence with this program, let us help you. Talk to your coach, start working on those success habits, and build yourself a strong foundation that will support good nutrition for the rest of your life.