“The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.”
Famous quote by seven-time Mr Olympia winner and Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Why is it so famous? Well, because it is true. Why would you want to be the same as everybody else? Why do you want to have the same abilities as everyone? Do you not like being unique?
In this blog, I’ll be shedding some home truths and reality in the health and fitness world about what are myths and the truth of how to become a better ‘YOU’ coming from the perspective of a Sport Scientist and Personal trainer.
We Are All Different
Look at everyone around you; whether it’s your parents, best friends, or even your siblings, you are all different body somatotypes. There are three types: Ectomorph (skinny), Endomorph (large) and Mesomorph (Muscular). There may be three mesomorphs in the room, but all are different, and the main cause of this is your metabolism. You either have a fast metabolism or a slow metabolism; if you have a fast metabolism you can burn calories quicker, if you have a slow metabolism (me) then you burn calories slower. Without getting too technical, these are the main reasons we are all different. Other mitigating factors are muscle size, glycogen production, blood pressure etc.
This is where the home truth comes into it. If you buy a fitness influencer‘s 6-week plan to get shredded for the summer off the internet… you will not look like them whatsoever. Hurts to read, but it’s the truth. That plan is tailored for them, how their muscles work, what exercises work for them, what diet works for them. Getting a 6-pack in 6-week programme will not work either. If you follow it step by step, I’m sorry (not sorry) to say that you will not look like them. You will, however, look a better version of yourself and that’s what matters. So do not get disheartened if you don’t look like your favourite GymShark athlete…because everyone is unique and different. You train to your capabilities and what your body will allow. Fitness is not about being better than other people, it‘s about being better than a previous self.
Have you been training so hard and not seeing any results? Then answer me these…how’s your lifestyle? When do you go to bed? When do you wake up? Do you drink water? Are you stressed? How is your DIET?!
The term 70:30 refers to the ratio of your goals, with 30% being your training and 70% is your diet and lifestyle. If you do not put any effort into your lifestyle then you’re not going to reach your goals. Have you just finished a HIIT session with Glo Up - Fitness With Alice? Amazing, you’re getting yourself active, moving, sweating, heart raised, it’s brilliant what these classes can do for you. Now what do you do in and around that? Do you sit around on your computer? Do you sleep late and wake up late? Are you running yourself dry? Are you eating too many calories? This is the 70% that is more important. Want to gain weight? Calorie Surplus (take in more calories than you burn). Want to maintain weight? Burn as many as you consume. Want to lose weight? Calorie deficit (take in less calories than you burn). It‘s all well that you go to the gym or do these online classes, but it’s everything else around it that you need to sort out.
Train to YOUR ability
Going back to the point above that if you buy an influencers programme that it’ll not work for you, I still stick by that. You can only train to what your body can handle, or in other words...don’t become Scrappy-Doo and think you can compete with anyone. For example, you and your friend are doing a Glo Up - Fitness with Alice HIIT workout; your friend can do 20 push-ups in 30 seconds but you can only manage 12. It is not the end of the world, that is what your body is capable of and this’ll lead to a target to hit next time. If you keep trying to beat them, your form will slip, you’ll be working harder than you need to and this will result in detrimental performances. To take from this, your body is capable of so much, the more you work at it week by week then you’ll hit the targets, otherwise known as Progressive Overload. Week 1 you can only do 10 push-ups in 30 seconds as part of a HIIT, next week you will go for 11, then 12 and so on and so forth. Don’t try and outclass everyone else, because they have worked hard to get to where they are today, and you will get there too if you become patient!
So, what can you take from this post? Well, I could have gone on all day, but I just want to let you readers realise some truths. This is not an industry where you can beat around the bush.
Those of you who are loyal customers to Glo Up - Fitness With Alice, absolutely amazing, keep doing what you are doing, exercising is the first step for everything. However, don’t expect results if you don’t commit just as much to your lifestyle. Alice does these great classes, and you cannot put the classes to waste, we are always here for advice if you need help!
You are different to every single person around you. You don’t look like your favourite fitness model? So what?! Like I said, you wont look like them as they follow a plan tailored for themselves, however, you can become a better version of yourself. Take fortnightly progress pictures and be confident in how you feel.
Your bodies have different abilities, work to your own. Who cares if your friend of the same age can lift more than you, lift as much as YOU can and then gradually become stronger. Not everything is a competition, but if it doesn’t challenge you then it’s not worth doing.
Thank you for listening. Keep coming to the classes, support small businesses and #GetSciFit