One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when offering fitness advice online is that you rarely, if ever, meet the person you’re giving advice to. If you do meet them, it’s usually only a casual encounter, and seldom in a training environment.
In these situations you’re taking everything they tell you at face value, compiling that information, and giving your best assessment as to what will help them reach their goals.
I was speaking with Melany (who is in training for her first 5k) and of course the subject of her training came up. During the talk I explained the need to set additional future goals and that without them within two months of her finishing the 5k, she would be back to where she is now.
“Only one goal at a time” I was told. “I know what works for me”. I tried to explain that she should at least be looking for a future goal, and I was shut down. Since my argument was going nowhere, I tried another tactic. An explanation of my Fitness Personality Profile and where she fit into it soon followed.
Have you ever been at a point in your life when you’ve used all your resources and knowledge, and things just aren’t working as you’ve envisioned? Sure, we all have. It’s at this point that we make a concerted effort to either look for help, seek additional knowledge to assist in our endeavors, or continue down our own path, which usually leads nowhere.