‘I’m great at what I do, but I’m not that great’
A great quote once told to me by the head of fitness at Manchester City FC
And in fact one I like to recite now and again when meeting new team members at our success driven ‘training mecca/sanctuary’ in Solihull 🙂
And this matters to you, why?
Have you ever wanted something, thought you found the solution, but then realised you were getting nowhere and give up?
Maybe diet, weight loss/gain plan, supplement, course?
I remember vividly been pissed off when I was 16 and my month following a ‘Mens Health Workout’ hadn’t gave me ‘those abs’!
When I worked in professional sport the athletes had this issue too…
And we had ‘manage expectations’ from the outset
And this is what you have to do
(if you want genuine success in transforming how you look, feel and function)
This means from day one, you have an understanding of the true requirements for GENUINE results
Now don’t be scared, this won’t take over your life, for example…
On average our members train with us 2.5 times per week (90 mins of training)
That isn’t long for the huge benefits it reaps
But they appreciate, this needs to be accompanied by effort
And sound nutrition (not boozing most nights and chocolate Hob Knobs)
I’d love in the blink of an eye, to make you as quick a Usain Bolt, with the endurance of Mo F along with the body of a fitness model….
We’re great at what we do…but we’re not that great
(no one is, trust me, I’d know having spent so long with the guru’s, gods and experts)
Take Pete and Verity who both had big goals
They’ve have trained twice every week…
Made progress with their nutrition
And are continuing after 2-3 months to achieve sustained improvements in dropping body fat and improving strength and fitness
YET…they still have a way to go
Which is cool, as that’s the reality of what their goals require
They could have thrown their toys out the pram having not seen HUGE, unrealistic gains in 4 weeks
But in knowing it would require a journey and not a sprint…
They have continued to make fantastic gains towards their initial goal
This is what training success looks like, accept it
A journey, not a sprint
Dave ‘stay grounded’ Cripps