As a professional trainer I constantly shock people when I say that certain personality traits have to do with the success of a fitness program more than lifting weights and nutrition. You see the fact is that lifting weights, nutrition, and behavior change only go so far. If the person isn’t open to trying new things and filled with plenty of self motivation the success of the program is limited.
I am always honest and up front with new potential clients and trainees when they approach me for my services. They have heard of how hard hitting kettlebell training is and they tell themselves that they want to do it right away, however when they actually start doing it they realize that true fitness comes at a price! If you don’t have the mental fortitude to allow the molding process of your body to take place you will never succeed. There is no quick fix, miracle pill, or fad diet to bail you out of your fitness woes. Your body must go through physical hell in order to come out stronger on the other side. True fitness and strength training programs succeed only because of the dedication, commitment, consistency, and open mindedness of the participant. Personality trait is everything. The fact is that I have had to tell people that they were uncoachable. Thats right, most people simply don’t have what it takes to be truly fit.
Now I don’t want to sound arrogant saying that, but the numbers don’t lie. The fact is that most gym memberships are only used by about 15-17% of the people that signed up for those memberships. Of those 15-17% that actually attempt to embark on a fitness and strength program only about a half a percent actually know what they are doing. Despite the billions of dollars rolling into the health club industry here in the U.S. this country is still the fattest country in the world. People are not only soft physically, but they are soft mentally. The latter is the real culprit. Diet and workout plans have to be attacked head on. Its all about lifestyle.
So before you decide to embark on your successful journey make sure that you “convince yourself” that it is going to be a success before you start. When you do don’t ever give a half effort. Give a full effort. Remember that anyone can train hard temporarily, but only the best train hard and smart indefinitely!