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Posted by Barry on May 18, 2011

It’s All About The Support

As I continue on my fitness journey I am amazed and impressed by the number of people willing to take control of their own health and to try and get in the best shape of their lives.  Even if you start out to “just lose a few pounds” the incredible feeling of getting stronger and feeling better takes a hold of all of us and puts us in the cycle of always wanting more.  “If I feel this good after losing 10 pounds imagine how I will look and feel when I have lost 20” or “I just want to be able to do one push up” which turns into doing 20 or more.  The self confidence and personal gratification that comes with getting healthy and in shape is something that just cannot be bought, it has to be earned.

But how do you stay self motivated all the time?  The answer is you don’t which is why you have to have help.  This is not to suggest that you are weak or lacking in some way but if you are to succeed and enjoy eating healthy and working out then it needs to be fun and something you want to do not something you have to do.  This is where the support comes in.

As I see more people transforming on my own team and succeeding, I also can see what the successful people are doing and I of course integrate that into my world if it is not already there as I want to not only succeed, but want to have the most fun I can along the way and one of the common threads on all the people who are succeeding is that they have some form of support to help and encourage them.  So let’s go over some of the types of support so that you can also add them to your world as well.

COACH: The most obvious resource you can use for support is your coach.  If you are using a Beachbody product then you have been assigned a coach who is there to help you with questions, frustrations, and to help motivate you and keep you accountable.  This resource is extremely valuable as it is someone who has been where you are and has done the work and has decided they want to help other out of a sense of “giving back”.  Coaches don’t get paid they are helping because they believe in what they are doing and are passionate about getting healthy.  If you are not happy with your current coach or have never even heard from them (it does happen as with anything in life you have to find what is right for you) you can easily change it as Beachbody wants you to be happy with their systems.  (You can go to my website at this link to learn how to change coaches if you are interested (

TEAM: You also are part of a team of people all working out that you can communicate with either at your assigned teams website, the WOWY gym at Beachbody, or even at your teams private Facebook page.  This is a group of people at all different phases, starting points, levels of fitness, and levels of experience all grouped together to help one another.  You can ask any question, voice any opinion, or even just brag about what is going on in your life and you will get support from your teammates.  You will be surprised how many people are either struggling just like you, progressing just like you, succeeding just like you, or just happy to be getting stronger just like you.  It is a great tool and once you get into the habit of talking to others with like interest you will be amazed at how it helps you to stay “tuned” in to  working out.

FAMILY and FRIENDS: I know for myself one of the main reasons I succeed and continue to succeed is my family.  My son and I have been working out together for over a year now and on the days you just don’t feel like it I can always count on him to encourage me and “rag” on me until we go work out.  It also works the other way when he is not in the mood as we do not want to let one another down so we keep each other accountable and that little extra push is all it usually takes.   My wife and daughters have adopted the healthy eating and working out as well and this of course can make all the difference.  If your whole family is working out together (most times we cannot sync all our schedules together except on the weekends) even if it is not all at the same time it lets you know that “no one wants to get left behind” so we all find times that work for us and make it happen.  Sometimes we are all together and sometimes it is only 2 or 3 of us.  However the workout is only part of it as the healthy diet is just as important and could just as easily not work if one or more of the family wanted to keep eating “junk” food and not what the rest of the family is eating.  This is not to say that you cannot overcome the “bad habits” of your family or friends it is just easier if you all work together.  So work with what you have.  If you are single then try to get a friend to commit to working out with you or plan to lean on your “teammates on the web”.  If you are a single parent then get your kid to work out with you (chances are your kid will want to try anyway as that is what happened to me).  If you have a big family like mine then try and recruit as many as you can and the others will eventually follow as they see you having fun and feeling great.  We even have one of our dogs that loves to be in the room with us which just goes to prove that if “something is going on, everyone wants in on it”.

FIT CLUBS: Find a local fit club in your area and make a point to go once a week.  If I learned anything with my recent teaching of P90X at the local gym it is that people love social interaction.  Even if you are not drawn to it you will be surprised how much more you are enjoying working out when you “step out of your comfort zone” and work out with people who feel and think just like you do.  That is why I am currently setting up my own fit club so that I can continue to “give” back and to be honest it helps me to stay focus and determined on my own goals.

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