At some point in our lives, almost all of us have fallen short of a goal we set for ourselves. Disappointment, embarrassment, and even a sense of shame can creep in and prevent us from trying again. At Training House in Baltimore, we hear stories like this all the time from our clients who are finally ready to give it another shot after one, or more, unsuccessful attempts. Our personal trainers believe that it’s not the end goal that matters as much as the willingness to get back on the horse and try again. With a sustained effort, you will find success.

In today’s blog, we will evaluate some of the common reasons that people are not successful when working to achieve their fitness goals — an appropriate topic as we approach the New Year. However, we want you to understand that this is not an accusatory blog — it is meant to help provide insight into what may have gone wrong, so you can avoid the same mistake(s) the next time around.

If you’re ready to take the next steps in your personal strength training, athletic training, or sports performance training journey, then the personal trainers at Training House can help. Contact us online or by phone today to discuss our approach and learn about our newly refurbished and remodeled gym.

You Didn’t Set Reasonable Goals

One of the biggest things that we find people struggle with is setting the right kinds of goals right out of the gate. Often times, people are over ambitious about getting started, or, they are focused on the final outcome versus the stepping stones along the way. For example, if your goal is to lose 40 pounds, you should start by focusing on the first 10 pounds. Not only does this allow you to reach a success point worth celebrating sooner, but it also recognizes that the way you will lose the first 10 pounds going to be different than how you attack the next 20 pounds, and the final, stubborn 10 pounds of your goal.

Getting help creating the right kind of goals is just one of the many benefits of using a personal trainer, or working with an expert team like the sports performance pros at Training House.

You Didn’t Have A Plan

Another common theme of unsuccessful fitness plans is the lack of a plan. Many times, people have a goal in mind that is attainable, but they don’t have a well-designed plan to help them get there in a reasonable amount of time. For instance, if your goal is to run a 6-minute mile, what is your plan? Lots of people just hit the treadmill and wait for the goal to come to them.

Instead, establish the goal of completing a 1-mile run without stopping for 10 straight workouts. Average your times, and make that your new baseline to beat. Then, alternate your workouts by running a better mile than your base time one session, and increasing your distance by a quarter mile a week every other session (to increase cardiovascular endurance). Average your new mile time every five sessions to create new baselines to beat.

This is just an example plan, but it gives you concrete steps to take that will allow you to see your success, arrive at the gym with a purpose, and execute on your plan as you head towards success.

You Didn’t Have A Personal Trainer

When it comes to setting the right goals, creating effective plans, and getting the right workout solutions for the most direct path to success, there is no better way to do it than with a personal trainer. Personal trainers are experts at helping individuals at any level begin to see the fruits of their labor. Whether you want to focus on strength training or are more interested in weight loss, our team of professional personal trainers can create the plans you need while providing motivation, encouragement, and education.

You Focused On The Wrong Things

The final thing that we see holding people back from achieving their fitness goals is that they are focusing on the wrong things. For example, hitting the gym 5 days a week while completely neglecting to make any meaningful changes in a less than healthy diet means you won’t see the results you are looking for. Your strength and endurance may increase, but you won’t shed the pounds that you want gone. Working with a team of personal trainers, physical therapists, and nutritionists like the team at Training House gives you the ability to make sure you are focusing on all the things that matter.

Training House Can Help

If you’re ready to learn from the mistakes of the past and start finding the success you are after, contact Training House online or by phone to talk with one of our personal trainers about how we can help. We work with people of all ages and ability levels and would love to teach you more about our gym, trainers, and our passion for helping people succeed in their personal goals.