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The power of getting started

Getting started with a new project or activity can bring some unexpected challenges to our lives. One of those challenges arises when we say we want to get fitter and healthier. As a personal trainer I find that many trainees are often a bit scary at first. How much time and effort does it take to accomplish my new goals? What if I fail? What if I injure myself?

There are still many misconceptions and fears regarding fitness which in turn create barriers to getting started. My task as your fitness coach is to take away those barriers and fears over the next weeks. But how can you know what works and what doesn’t without trying first? There are many people who did not accomplished their exact fitness goals, but also many that did. What both groups have in common though, is that they got started.

The point I am trying to make is the power of getting started. It´s like a young child learning how to swim? Scary at first, but once you found out the water could actually carry you, the fear slowly subsided and made place for joy eventually. Whether you are an Olympic gold medallist or a lousy swimmer doesn’t matter. You both made the start.

So you made the decision to sign up for a fitness program. Now jump in and learn the traits while you are discovering your way to getting fitter and healthier. I am here to answer any question or doubt you might still have.

Kindest regards,


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How to stay motivated in the gym?

Here are some tips to help you stay motivated in the gym. This list features some tips you can use to keep yourself going to the gym long after most people have quit.

Break Goals Down:

Set weekly or monthly goals (lose .5 kg a week, gain .2kg in lean muscle mass a month etc.) rather than envisioning what you want to accomplish a year or two years from now.


Whereas music motivates some it distracts others. If you like music and it doesn’t bother you at all, then consider playing your favourite tunes to boost your workout or to amp you up when you don’t feel like working out. Music is a great motivator!

New Routines:

Changing routines regularly will keep you mentally fresh and your body challenged. If you do what you have always done, you get what you’ve always gotten. Change exercises or use different techniques, mix it up and keep the body guessing. Ideally change routines every 8-12 weeks.


Take pictures of yourself every two to four weeks and keep a picture diary to track progress. Pictures of other athletes can be very inspirational! Once you have the image in mind, you will start to take action to attain results

Find a Workout Buddy:

The best motivation comes from training with somebody else ideally with a similar fitness goal. Buddying up with someone might pull you along the days you are less motivated or help you to get that extra repetition out. A bit of competition won’t hurt you. It is great to achieve goals together. It also helps to build a friendship in case you move city or country.

Personal Trainer:

Everybody should have a worked out a short while with a personal trainer at some point. Apart from proper motivation you will learn new tricks, clean exercise forms, and effective training techniques.  Not all personal trainers are a good match, so be aware of what you need (based on your goals) and find somebody you like and trust. You can find tips on how to hire a personal trainer here.

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