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So lets say you’re up early, it’s 7am and you’re off to work, 8 hours to go. Finish at 5 and there’s decision to make, gym or comfy sofa? This is where your commitment to the gym is really called into question, all those excuses start rushing into your head, “I need to go shopping and then there’s the ironing”, “I’ve had a hard day I deserve a rest”,  “I trained a couple of days ago, I’ve done enough for this week”, “It’s ages till my holiday, i’ll start on Monday instead”.

Whatever your excuse might be, it generally is just that, an excuse. Exercising regularly needs to have a high a priority in your life and you should be making changes to your routine to fit it in. So how do you change that excuse into a regular exercise regime.

My first tip would be to do some goal setting. Creating a goal specific to you rather then not really knowing why you’re in the gym can really help your motivation to sticking to regular gym visits rather than one every once in awhile. Make a S.M.A.R.T goal, this is a great way of focussing on what you really want from the gym. Your goal should follow these S.M.A.R.T guidelines. They should be,


S = Specific

What exactly do you want to achieve?

M = Measurable

Can you measure your progress?

A = Attainable

Can you realistically expect to achieve your goal?

R = Relevant

Is the goal genuinely relevant to what you need/want?

T = Time Bound

When do you need/want to have achieved the goal by?

To give you an example of how that would change your goal, it would go from something like,

“I want to lose some weight”.


“I want to lose 10% body fat in the next 12 weeks”


Many people follow advice that suits somebody elses goals, advice that therefore may be irrelevant, if you know exactly what it is you’re trying to achieve you’re more likely to stick to a program. Describing a goal in this manner will also make your personal trainers job a lot easier

Make regularly trips to the gym on the same days at the same time week after week, after a few weeks not going to the gym on these days will seem very strange. What was once seen as being an inconvenience is now a habit. A great way to do this would be to schedule in a regular personal training session. Even if it’s only one session a week, use it as a motivation to go to the gym the rest of the week so you feel like you’re ready for the weekly session where you can be pushed that bit harder. See if you can get a good deal by block booking sessions, having paid in advance you’re more likely to keep coming back.

Oh and by the way, next time you want to moan about not having time to train because you’re too tired, I’d like to introduce Maria she’s my client of 3 years who trains with me 3 times per week and also does her own gym sessions, she’s also 68 years young and cares for her older brother who needs constant care and her husband who has his own medical needs. Her commitment to staying active is inspiring and if she can find the time to train regularly anyone can.



If you’re interested in creating some S.M.A.R.T goals and getting committed to your training contact me, David Ball on 07919353614, bally26@msn.com or twitter @ballavont



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