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You Do NOT Exist to Serve Your Fitness Plan

You Do NOT Exist to Serve Your Fitness Plan

Your fitness plan exists to serve you, you don’t exist to serve your fitness plan.

This is something people in the fitness industry often get backwards. I know because I see it all the time. And I know because I’ve been there.

It’s one thing to make some sacrifices in order to reach your fitness goals. This is good.

It’s a completely different thing to sacrifice everything at the altar of fitness. This is bad.

Fitness is a great tool. And a terrible god.

Remember that. Don’t forget it. And use your fitness plan to reach your goals. Don’t let it use you!

The key to getting great results from your fitness plan is to consistently follow a good plan over a long period of time.

Notice I didn’t say PERFECTLY follow a plan, and I didn’t say follow the BEST plan.

I said CONSISTENTLY follow a GOOD plan.

Consistency isn’t perfection. But it’s maybe 80-90%. A good plan is the best plan FOR YOU!

So what are the criteria for a good plan?

  1. Practical

  2. Enjoyable

  3. Effective


Before anything else your plan needs to be practical. If it’s not practical, you won’t follow it.

You need to get really honest about all the responsibilities you have. Maybe you have a job, you’re married, have kids, are involved in church, have a social life, like to travel, etc.

Be honest about how much you have on your plate. Then make a decision about how much you can do when it comes to working out and nutrition. Maybe you can train 3-4x per week. Maybe it’s 2x per week.

Maybe you can do cardio 2-3x per week. Or maybe you can’t do any cardio so you’ll be focusing on walking only.

Maybe you can meal prep for the whole week and make big changes. Or maybe you can only make small tweaks to each meal.

The truth is, you want to do the best you can with what you have.

Choose a practical plan and get to work!

Don’t beat yourself up for not following the “best” plan. Be proud of yourself for moving in the right direction!


This one is really simple.

You have to enjoy the exercise and nutrition plans you’re following. If you don’t you won’t stick to them.

Yes, you need to make a commitment and follow through even when you don’t feel like it. But you should at least commit to something you like so that when things get tough you’ll stick through it!

Even if you have a job you like, like me (I absolutely LOVE what I do), some days will still feel like work. You’d rather lay around all day and do ZERO work. These are the moments you have to suck it up and do the work anyway because you know it’s good for you.

But if you don’t like your job and you’re feeling this way every day, you probably won’t keep that job long.

Your fitness plan should be the same. You should enjoy it!!

Luckily for us, most people (even people who have never worked out) really like Strength Training.

BUT if you just can’t stand strength training or some other form of exercise…no worries! There are so many options to choose from. Choose the one you like!


Don’t forget the point of starting a fitness plan is to get results! Those results might be for health, feeling better physically or mentally, getting stronger, looking better, losing weight, or athletic performance.

Regardless of the goal, don’t forget it! Keep the goal in mind and make sure you’re progressing toward the goal!

A huge reason I see people abandon their fitness plans is because the plan either isn’t working OR they aren’t confident it will work.

It’s key to find a plan that you know will work! Then work the plan!

In summary, it’s important to remember your fitness plan exists to serve you. Not the other way around.

And the way to get great results over the long-haul is to consistently follow a plan that’s practical, enjoyable, and effective.

Our plans are all very practical, enjoyable, and effective. If you’re ready to walk away from plans that don’t fit your life, plans you don’t enjoy, and plans that aren’t getting you results…we’d love to help!

CLICK HERE and fill out the form. I’ll reach out within 24 hours to see if we’re a good fit to work together!

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