We all grow up and look for a career. Now, that being said, this article is not focusing on how to have a successful career in the fitness industry. No, rather it is about how you can have a successful career in fitness, working out, exercising. You see, one definition of a career is “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress”.
Isn’t fitness something that we want to do for a large part of our lives and progress continually?
Consistency is key when it comes to longevity in our fitness career. So let’s discuss a few things to keep in mind when it comes to our work.
Don’t Outgrow the Basics
Fitness is a science however it is not astrophysics. A good training program in your first year or tenth year of training must contain the same elements; pushing, pulling, carrying, squatting, and hinging are all movements that must be continually done. A lot of the time, people feel like they need to be constantly creating new exercises and combination moves to promote new growth. However, a big principle about seeing progress and results in the gym is progressive overload, week to week, year to year.
On your way to reaching your goals in the gym, your overall volume should be increasing. Keep track of your sets, reps, and weights to see your progress and perform “quarterly reviews” to assess your progress on scales bigger than a week to week.
A successful career typically is a lengthy one, marked by many achievements. Here’s to building a lengthy fitness career marked by being able to live an active life inside and outside the gym.
Pursue Consistency over Greatness. We all have seen the motivational videos, statements, and energy that creeps into our social media feeds and our lives around January 1st each year. People build up excitement and set lofty goals for the new year because it is their year. However, many times, those goals are not realized. In our careers we can not afford to not reach our goals, that would mean were out of a job. The same must be made true of our fitness career.
How can you show up consistently for yourself the same way you do for a job?
By creating or seeing the value in it. We go to work consistently because we understand the value of going and the cost of not going. Going to work means money which does numerous things like providing food, shelter, the basic necessities but also recreation. We need to take time to see the value of going to the gym. Make sure the reasons we go are for things that we value personally. Our reasons might differ from person to person but at the end of the day, consistent effort is given to valuable things.