The seas of personal training can be treacherous. The winds of exercise and diet fads blow fiercely. Instead of being at the mercy of the wind…why not harness the power of controlling your own ship?
Are you ready to build your own ship?
Most programs tell you which tactics to follow to reach a short-term goal (e.g., “flat stomach in 90 days!”). Since the program controls the wind in your sails – your destination is predetermined.
At Mbody, we take a more thorough and methodical approach: we teach you principles, alongside tactics, allowing you to create lasting and sustainable change in the direction you would like to go.
In this article, we discuss how to create a framework for your ship so you can have long-term and sustainable results that last well after you are done working with a health coach at Mbody.
Long-term and Sustainable Results
A major concern in the world of health, wellness, and fitness is something that is called the “yo-yo” effect. Essentially what happens is that you start a diet or exercise program, reach your goal, and then relapse back to where you were when you started.
Then what happens? A new wave of determination hits you and you start another program, you reach your goal, and…yep, you know what comes next…you relapse back to where you were when you started.
We have all been there. Repeatedly.
Because for the duration of the exercise and or diet program you temporarily cater your life to fit the program. Then, when the program ends, you naturally fall back into your normal way of living – just like a yo-yo.
A common example of this phenomenon is with those trying to lose weight.
They may try a popular fad diet, join a diet challenge, or try out a “flat
stomach in 90 days” exercise program. The programs usually work. Th
individual may have reached his/her weight loss goal. But as soon as the
program is over, they didn’t learn anything. They no longer have the
program telling them what to do and how to eat, and they revert back to
their old habits and lifestyle, often gaining even more weight than they had
Mbody Human Performance focuses specifically on helping you develop the skills, tools, and resources necessary for you to take your health and wellness into your own hands – creating lasting fitness and performance while still maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
Your health. Your terms. No fads. No diets. Just you taking sustainable steps to help you reach your own potential. For life.
How is this achieved? We focus on principles, not just tactics, We focus on principles that you apply to anything – at any time in your life. Because our circumstances change, our goals and preferences change. We change.
How is this achieved? We focus on principles, not just tactics.
Building a Ship
There are multiple principles you can use to take your health and wellness into your own hands, ultimately stopping the yo-yo cycle. These principles act as a framework that you can apply to any goal. In order to visualize these principles, we use the
analogy of a ship.
Once you have your own ship well-built (i.e., you have mastered these principles),
you can sail to any port you would like (i.e., apply these principles to any goal you
- The port – the destination. This represents your goal(s). Seneca, an ancient philosopher once said, “If a man knows not which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” This will guide each and every step you take on your health and wellness journey.
- The hull – the hard and sturdy outside part of the ship. The hull is responsible for keeping water out, protects from the elements, and and reduces drag. The hull represents our mindset. Mindset refers to our thoughts and beliefs about our reality, which will ultimately determine our resiliency and attitude throughout the process, keeping the “water out” and “protecting ourselves from the elements.”
- The sails – what allows the ship to move. The sails of a ship catch wind, allowing
- the ship to move. This represents our motivation. Without it, the ship sits still.
- The Rudder/Steering Wheel – allows us to channel the wind, helping us move in the
- direction we want to go. This represents the methods and systems we use to help
- us reach our goals, such as nutritional and physical activity guidelines. This is what most programs focus on. The wrong methods will lead us to the wrong destination.
- Lookout Tower – allows us to see into the distance, helping us avoid obstacles.
- This represents our awareness. Without it, we are sailing aimlessly and do not
- know which way to turn.
- The map/navigator – allows us to navigate our way to our destination. This represents your coach, trainer, or mentor. Your coach will guide you on your journey, helping
- you pick the best path for your goals and situation and avoid potential pitfalls. Rarely does anybody have a coach forever. However, once the sailor (you) knows the waters well enough, he/she may only need to refer to the map every once in a while.
- The captain – ultimately determines everything that happens on the ship,
- including the destination and route. This represents you. You are the only one
- who can get you from point A to point B in a way that fits your unique needs and
- circumstances. No one else can do that for you.
So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to build your own ship that will take you where you want to be, allowing you to do the things you want to do in your life?
After all, a ship in its harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are meant for!