Fitness & Wellness

Success Leaves Clues

Success leaves clues

Generally speaking I’m a pretty nice guy, but when I’m training, I’m not a nice guy.

Actually, that’s not true. I’m still nice, it just appears otherwise because I maintain a high level of focus and refuse to have it disrupted.

The natural order of things is disruption, distraction and chaos which most permit and some even welcome.

Find me someone who fiercely protects their time and attention and I’ll show you someone who has incredible results. It’s virtually impossible to defy.

Conversely, find me someone who’s passive about their time and attention, who would readily sacrifice it to ever buzz, and I’ll show you someone who struggles.

Michelangelo is quoted as saying, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

That’s instructive. Basically, work so hard that results don’t surprise you. Here’s a great example of that on a micro scale.

We recently got our Stairmaster up and running at Motivators and after climbing off, one client commented, “That’s brutal”.

In reply I said; “What do you think we bought it for?”

Success leaves clues and when you follow them, as Michelangelo said, “it wouldn’t seem so wonderful”

Here’s a simple method. Do things that turns heads. That could be level 20 on the stairmaster or it could be maintaining a level of focus where people mistake you for a jerk.

If it’s the latter, remember this sage piece of advice:

“You don’t have to go out of your way to be a prick, but you have to be okay with being thought of as one.”

Are you okay with that?

When you are, your results will show.

Daniel Aleksa

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Top 5 Training Mistakes To Avoid

Top 5 Biggest Training Mistakes To Avoid:

There are little mistakes that won’t be too costly for you but then there are the big ones that repeated enough will totally upend any and all progress. Here are the top 5 BIGGEST training mistakes you want to avoid.

5) Going about it on your own – when you attempt to piece together your own workout, what will inevitably happen is any one (or more) of the following:

1) you’ll get bored of doing the same routine. It’s either the program a trainer wrote you 2 years ago or it’s the home video which you can recite.

2) you’ll get injured having done exercises improperly

3) you’ll get frustrated from lack of results because you don’t know what you’re doing

I guarantee one of those 3 things will happen when you go at it on your own. When you seek out the help of a fitness professional, you are saving yourself time and money. The time factor is obvious enough but yes, you’re saving money too.

If you have to try every single program out there before you finally do it right, I guarantee the sum of all those programs is less than what you could have spent had you invested in a fitness professional to coach and guide you.

Everything I’ve ever been involved in and wanted to be better at, I’ve hired coaches. Here’s the thinking: you have what I want. Get me from where I am to where you are in as quick a manner as possible revealing all the mistakes I would make, but now won’t because I have you to tell me about them. That’s the Daniel Aleksa theory of coaching.

4) Not pushing yourself – You might be scared to push yourself, I understand that. You might not know what it means to push yourself, I understand that too. Frankly, you might also just put up adversity to hard work, which if that’s the case, you can’t be helped by me. You have to do your own soul searching on that one.

Whatever the reason, not pushing yourself is a big mistake. If you train for results, not pushing yourself is not an option. You gotta look deep inside and figure out what you’re made of.

Hard work – learn to love it and you’ll never be for want.

3) Not tracking progress – without measuring and tracking some set of numbers, you’re leaving your results up to chance. You measure your bank account monthly, weekly or daily to track your financial health, why not have some monthly measure of your fitness health?

2) No accountability measure – you need to have something or someone who’s explicit purpose is to keep you in line. We all get sidetracked, that much is expected, but it’s how you respond when you get sidetracked that matters.

Who or what is holding you to account? My recommendation is to have someone to answer to but don’t let it be yourself because you’re terrible at it!

Generally speaking, we’re terrible at holding ourselves accountable. I know this too be true and is why I have, on my desk in front of me, no less than 4 different items that hold me accountable to doing the things I said I would do.

I have to answer to them and that’s that. If you’re serious about your results, you should have to answer for them.

1) Inconsistency – this is far and away the biggest mistake you can make. You can have great form, great intensity, a method for tracking progress AND an accountability partner (who if you’re making this mistake is failing in their duty), but if you’re doing the start/stop thing, that’s a long and frustrating road.

Either be all in or be all out.

Once you decide you’re going to shed the pounds and get fit, just decide and be done with it. You don’t have to struggle making a renewed commitment each week, month or year. To be inconsistent is to be indecisive.

If you have a child, you probably decided early that you’re going to care for it. Once decided, you didn’t after 6 weeks say, “oh man, this is my busy season so this caring for my child thing is getting tough!”

That’s intentionally absurd to illustrate a point. Treat your fitness habit as such.

To start and stop is to decide one month to get in shape and be healthy, and then decide the next that, basically, that was a bad idea.

I don’t want to hear about your reasons why you stopped, I don’t care.

You do it and that’s it.

That’s all there is, you just do it.

Here’s a few Motivators for your Monday that decided only one time who they’re going to be and what they’re going to do:

My sister has 5 kids, oldest of 11. I can’t recall a time I ever heard her use her kids as a reason why she can’t exercise. She finds a way, and always has.

I got a client, in his 60’s, drives some 700 miles a week for his job. Does he call me saying “I’m tired and had a long week”? No, no he does not. He does the work.

The ultimate Motivator of them all, my wife, 7 months pregnant with twins. She will piss you off how much she’ll outwork and outpace you.

You want her to stop. You expect her to stop, to slow down, to take a breather.

But she does not.

She’s a motivator, as pure as they come.

Committed to your success,

Daniel Aleksa

P.S. You want to workout with her? She’s teaching tonight at 4:30pm and you can try it out FREE for you and a friend, just text FIT8 to 31996 and I’ll get you set up. Below is our summer schedule.

Fit Insights: Passing Thoughts On A Fitness Scene

Passing Thoughts On A Fitness Scene

Sweating and soreness are two common ways to evaluate the efficacy of a workout but a workout log crushes them both.

The terms “lean muscle” and “bulk muscle” don’t exist. In logical fallacies, they call that a distinction without a difference. There’s only muscle. “Lean” is just a sexier word so it’s used to make things appear different. “Lean” muscle, by virtue of its softened tone, is usually sought after by women while “bulk” muscle, the big, burly word it is, is sought after by men. Final analysis: there’s no difference, muscle is muscle. Build some.   

It’s a toss-up between what matters more in the recovery process, eating or sleeping. To think that some skip eating, at least in part, in the name of the results their after, is sad.

My brother was cooking eggs each morning on our trip to California. These were the best eggs I’ve ever tasted. I thought California just had better eggs. Maybe. Then I saw that he cooks them with 4 tablespoons of butter.

Doing yardwork on a hot day is just about as hard, if not harder than heavy barbell back squats.

Working out when you’re sore and fatigued is tantamount to continue drinking beers even though you vomited from your first few. Your body is sending you messages and you just ain’t listening.

Your behavior matters more than your feelings. Act happy and you will become happy. Act motivated and you will become motivated. If you’re awaiting internal change in your feelings before any external change in your behavior, you’ll wait a long time. And generally speaking, the only person concerned about your feelings is you.

The 11th commandment reads, “Thou shalt not wear sleeves while training arms.”

If you’re shaped like a pear and you lose weight, you will look like a smaller pear.

Powerlifting is cool, olympic lifting is too, but looking good doesn’t go out of style.

If you’re eating a crappy, burnt piece of steak, no amount of  seasonings or sauces is going to make it palatable. Attempts to “make fitness fun” are doing that very thing for people who don’t like exercise.

The history of fitness gadgets has been unified by one enduring, central theme: how to avoid hard work.

Committed To Your Success,

Daniel Aleksa

P.S. Here’s our schedule below. These are the times when people come get fit at Motivators. You should do it too, it’s cool. Text FIT8 to 31996 to test drive classes FREE.

Don’t take a vacation on your fitness

Don’t take a vacation on your fitness

Take a vacation from the stressors of everyday life but don’t take a vacation on your fitness.

If you’re going on vacation soon, my guess is you’re thinking most about the destination, the excursions and even the food and drink. My guess also is that you’re probably not thinking much about where, when and how you’ll find time to workout.

I’m here to tell you that if you really want to make for an amazing trip, you want to add it in time for it and here are 3 compelling reasons why you should.

Compelling reason number 1 to workout on vacation: It makes for a better trip.

Exercise is a stimulant and in the same way it clears the mind and invigorates the body in your day to day life, it delivers those same rewards on vacation too.

So now, you feel invigorated and energized and in all likelihood, you’re also in some beautiful destination. To me, that’s living the high life.

Compelling reason number 2 to workout on vacation. You can mitigate the damage.

You know you’re going to do plenty of eating and drinking, right? Probably more so than usual so why not at least mitigate the damage by getting a sweat in that day?

The fact is a few margaritas is not enough to undermine months of hard work in the gym but if you feel better mentally by “offsetting” one thing with the other, then I’m all for it.

The “damage” you’ll mitigate then is what you do inside your own head. You’ll feel better and therefore have a better time (see compelling reason number 1).

Compelling reason number 3 to workout on vacation. You will make yourself proud.

If you’re accustom to low activity-high consumption vacations, working out a few times will be a radical change from the norm.

You will feel so good about yourself having done something that’s hard (and maybe even unusual for you).

Sometimes you gotta take a broader view and look at that which is common, favored and easy, and then refuse it. Refuse it because you know that taking the path less traveled leads to uncommon results.

There’s pride in that decision.

Final thoughts and commentary on working out on vacation.

If the idea of working out on vacation is repugnant to you, I will now explain to you why you feel that way.

It is because you view it as a chore, not at all different than taking out the trash or getting groceries – things traditionally not done on vacation. Exercise is included in that list and gets similarly classified under “things not done on vacation”.

That said, just because you’re on a “getaway” doesn’t mean your health and fitness doesn’t come with. You don’t “get away” from it. Of course you can try, but it has a way of sneaking up and reminding you that you’ve gotten away for too long.

Your health is always there with you, packed inside the original “carry-on” that is your body.

Committed to your success,

Daniel Aleksa

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Max Results, Min Effort = The Ideal Fitness Formula!

Max Results, Min Effort = The Ideal Fitness Formula!

Max results, min effort = the ideal fitness formula!

This is not taken from the magazine headlines and this is not a late-night infomercial tag line. You read that right and here it is again restated.

The goal of your fitness routine should be to get the most results with the least amount of effort.  

But when you think of it, of course it is, that’s always the goal.

You use that same line of thinking when you cut your grass with a lawnmower as opposed to a pair of scissors. Both tools get the job done, one just gets the job done faster and with less effort.

So, why wouldn’t that be your goal when it came to your fitness routine?

The point is that everything works, some things just work better than other things.

Your cardio routine could be little more than taking LSD and running around flailing your arms in the air.

That will surely elevate your heart rate so by that criteria, it’s effective cardio, but is it efficient? Not quite.

Your strength routine could be that same LSD trip but this time with weights in your hand. Is it effective? I mean look, done enough times you might see some muscle tone build up, but again there is a better, more efficient way. Much of it starts with not taking LSD.

(If you’re curious, no, I have no personal experience. Colorful examples, pardon pun, help illustrate my point).

The reason you need good form, proper weight selection and great technique and the rest is so that you can get everything can you out of the time and energy you got.

For example, take you and an identical copy of you. You’re the exact same in every way and you both set out to achieve better fitness results.

You both spend 60 minutes in the gym. You have great exercise selection, great form, great technique and you push yourself.

Your copy, has poor exercise selection, crappy form, no technique and spends half the session scrolling their phone.

Your copy IS going to get results because again, everything works, but those results will be painfully slow because what your copy lacks is efficiency.

What you achieve in 1 visit is going to take your copy 10 visits. Not at all different from the guy cutting his grass with scissors.

Which would you prefer?

The saying goes, if you’re gonna be stupid, you gotta be tough.

Boy is that the true.

Your copy better have a lion heart to deal with the frustrations and setbacks of a highly INEFFICIENT fitness routine.

And for you, great job on being effective AND efficient. You’re well on your way to amazing results.

Committed to your success,

Daniel Aleksa

P.S. If your fitness routine is the equivalent of “cutting grass with scissors” and you want to test drive our fitness program at Motivators for FREE, text FIT8 to 31996. Try us FREE for a week and see what efficiency can do for your results this Summer!

Do you workout or do you train?

Here’s my gym routine from last week (don’t worry, it’s short and that’s very much the point).

2:35 – Walk in gym
2:39 – Look around, meander a bit, no plan
2:41 – Lean against a barbell, feel lazy
2:42 – Check phone, music isn’t working
2:43 – “Screw this shit”
2:45 – Walk out of gym

You might look at that and say

“What?! Motivator can’t motivate himself?!”

I certainly could not on that day and I’m glad didn’t because the following day I resumed a schedule I’m much more accustomed to, something more like this:

1:37 – walk in gym
3:12 – walk out of gym

The real lesson from this is that sometimes the best training you can do is to stay home, or more specifically, to suppress the urge to go do some “activity” because you feel like you “have to” or even, because you’re “scheduled to”.

There’s a big difference between activity and results and confusing the two could spell disaster for you.

Client success principle number 4 dictates that you “Commit to results, not activity”.

For me on that day, to attempt a training session when my body was tired and worn down would have been committing to activity; that is, doing something for the sake of doing it. I would not have progressed and in fact, would have only worn myself down further.

And alas, look what happened – a mere 24 hours later, having rested my mind and body, and I was “rewarded” with one of the best training sessions I’ve had in months – one that actually produced results.

Committed to your success,

Daniel “committed to my success too” Aleksa

P.S. Being results-oriented is highly intentional so if you’re results-oriented, you would know it. So, if you’re now only committed to activity (or what I would refer to as “random acts of exercise”) but you WANT to commit to results, then I invite you to test drive two classes at Motivators Personal Training. I need to warn you though, you won’t just be working out, you’ll be training. Those are very different things. Best of all, the classes are free and you can access them here.