How Bad Do You Want It?

Probably one of the top 10 questions I get asked by new clients is,

“How long will it take before I start to see some results?”

Well, the answer to that question is a tough one, because a great deal of it relies on the client. It depends on:

  • How motivated you are to create changes in your body
  • How well you will adhere to nutritional and lifestyle changes
  • Your age
  • Your sex
  • The amount of stress you have in your life
  • Consistency
  • …and so on and so forth.

Now, assuming that you follow my instructions and advice reasonably well (you strength train consistently, you eat well for the most part, you get semi-adequate recovery), you can expect to see tangible results in about 4-6 weeks; maybe later if you aren’t particularly good with nutrition or if you miss workouts, etc.

Again, I have two words for every client current or new–”lifestyle change.” It has to be within you to change your lifestyle.  How much time do you really have? I can’t believe that one hour a day to take care of ”you” in some way can be too much.

It’s all about the choice my client is willing to make when they walk out my door from a session. I do wish I could be there to say don’t eat that and get up and do your cardio, but that choice has to be made on the true positive goal that each and every individual believes they can achieve. The truth is that we all have it in us. It’s how bad you want it!!

Sean Fahey, Personal Fitness & Golf Trainer

How many days a week do I need to exercise? How soon will I see results?

These are the two most common questions I hear during the first training session.   Unfortunately, almost no one likes my initial response…

Ideally you should exercise EVERYDAY!  A little exercise every day, along with a well-balanced diet will help you to lead a healthier, more energetic life.  This doesn’t mean you have to hit the weights or sprint on the treadmill for hours each day.  Find an outdoor activity you enjoy!  Everyday you can do something different.  One day you might choose to go for a walk outside.  If you’re feeling more ambitious, you might even try playing a sport.  Sports can be one of the best forms of exercise, mainly because you don’t have to think of it as an exercise.  You don’t have to worry about how many calories you’re burning an hour, or how many reps and sets you have to perform.  Just have some fun!

As for the next question: How soon will I see the results I am looking for?  Unfortunately there is no great answer for you.  Everyone is different and there are many factors that may affect one’s progress.  Just because one person reaches their goal in a set amount of time, does not mean the same will be true for you.  The best advice I can give is to KEEP WITH IT!  How long has your body taken to adjust to your current lifestyle?  So you can’t expect a change overnight.  This should, and can only be a lifestyle choice.  If you are having trouble getting started, one of the best things you can do is to seek out a certified professional.  They can put you on the right track and make sure you are not doing anything that may be harmful to your health.  After all, that is what is most important: your health!

Ian Finestein, NASM-CPT, Received his Certification from the National Academy of Sports  Medicine.