‘Are you ready for summer?’ – How many times have you seen this phrase each and every year when the summer months start approaching? Everywhere you look; the internet, television, magazines. All you hear about is getting your ‘summer body’ ready! A lot of gyms and personal trainers promote an easy and fast way to lose fat and tone up for summer. Well, if you ask me, all this is just a waste of time! I know this might not sound very encouraging to those who are still hoping to achieve their fitness goals in two months’ time, but it’s the truth. Believing that you can change your body and become fitter in such a short time frame is not realistic at all and this is what often leads to people giving up when they realise that they cannot achieve their goals. Things aren’t as simple as attaining a ‘summer body’ in a couple of months. There are a number of factors which one must take into consideration, such as; What is your current fat level? What is your current muscle maturity? What type of physique are you aiming for? You must know where you are starting from and where you want to get to.
Do you plan to get in shape for just the summer months and then let all your time and effort go to waste once winter sets in? Most people will answer that they would not want to throw their hard work away and that is why instead of aiming for a ‘quick fix’ one must aim for a more sustainable approach which requires consistency over a longer period of time.
The first step in working towards having the body you want is to envision your goals and then start following a tailor-made package which includes both a training programme and nutrition plan. The package should provide you with a realistic approach to reaching your goals. My clients each follow a programme which is suited to their own personal needs. Every four weeks their weight is monitored as well as their fat, muscle and water level. In this way we can monitor their progress and tweak the programme accordingly.
So my advice to you would be to forget about cramming your change in lifestyle into a couple of weeks, as the chances of you being successful are slim. Instead opt for a long-term change which will not only have you attain a ‘summer body’ but a body which you feel more comfortable in all year long! This is what my packages are aimed at and what my clients are working towards!