Why ‘Listening to Your Body’ in Fitness is Complete B.S.
*If you have an injury or are sick, this blog is not for you*
Enough with the extremely degrading fitness advice! “Listening to your body” is being pushed by many people in the fitness industry, but let’s be real—it’s a load of utter crap. It’s a copout, it allows you to make excuses, and it’s going to be very hard to reach your goals if you continue with this mindset. If you’ve been led to believe that giving into your body’s whims is the key to achieving your fitness goals, I’m about to tell you it is time to toughen up.
Your Body is a Big Fat Liar!
First and foremost, your body is a master manipulator when it comes to fitness. It’s designed to preserve energy and avoid discomfort at all costs. So, guess what? It will often trick you into thinking you should stop exercising when you’re nowhere near your limits. Your muscles are burning? That’s your body alluding to “Please stop!”- But in fact it means you’re doing something right! If you want to get better, if you want to reach your fitness goals, you have to push through this. The reason why your muscles are burning is because you are tapping into the stored energy of that particular muscle. This is exactly what you need to get stronger. If you want to reach your fitness goals you’d better not “listen to your body” when this happens.
Comfort Zones Are Where Your Ambitions Die
Listening to your body encourages you to stay within your precious comfort zone. Strangely not enough progress happens there. If you want to transform your body, build muscle, lose weight, or achieve any significant fitness goal, you’ve got to break out of your cozy bubble and embrace discomfort. You think elite athletes or even that extremely fit friend of yours achieved their goals by obeying their body’s every whim? Hell no! They pushed through the pain/discomfort and as messed up as it is, probably learned to love it. Once you push through continuous workouts that make you want to quit, you will feel empowered and crave it more, and your goals will be that much more attainable.
Adapt or Stay Mediocre
Your body is an adaptive machine. It gets better at doing what you repeatedly ask it to do. So, if you’re always caving to your body’s complaints, it’s going to adapt to that—by making you weaker and less capable! Plateaus and mediocrity are the rewards of unquestioningly heeding your body’s signals. If you’re content with being average, by all means, keep “listening to your body” and giving into every craving.
Mental Toughness, Anyone?
Fitness isn’t just about physical strength; it’s also about mental fortitude. Listening to your body is a crutch for the excuse makers. You see, when you truly push yourself, you grow mentally as well as physically. But if you’re always giving in to your body’s whining, you’re never going to experience the mental growth that makes you a stronger, more resilient person. People who are more likely to push through a hard workout are also more likely to stick to a nutrition plan. If you are pushing yourself in the gym, you’ll push yourself out if it-which will help you in all aspects of life.
Structured Training Trumps Feel-Good Vibes
Structured training programs exist for a reason. They’re designed to help you make consistent, measurable progress. These programs don’t give a damn about your body’s momentary discomfort. They follow a logical plan that gradually increases intensity and challenges you to become better. Listening to your body without a structured plan is like going grocery shopping when you’re hungry—it’s a disaster.
In the end, “listening to your body” in fitness is nothing more than a bullshit slogan that keeps you trapped in mediocrity. If you want to see real results, you need to ditch this and start embracing discomfort, pushing your limits, and following a structured training plan that actually works. Don’t let your body’s lies hold you back from reaching your full fitness potential. It’s time to kick that misleading advice and start crushing your goals like the fitness beast you were meant to be!
We certainly do! You can either purchase programs or book personal training sessions and be given your workout at the end of the session.
We have free parking, showers, sweat/shower towels, wifi and toiletries.
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Ideally, you should have some form of fuel in your system before you workout. Eating an easily digested carbohydrate an hour or so before you come to the studio ensures that you’ll have enough energy in the tank to get through your workout. Fruit is always a great option if you are concerned about getting an upset stomach. But once again everyone is different so experiment with what works best for you.
Most likely you will start to feel better before you really see the results. We always remind clients to celebrate everything along their fitness journey- whether it is lifting a heavier weight, recruiting the proper muscle groups or dropping/gaining inches. The more consistent you stay to your workout and nutrition plan the quicker you will see physical results.
There is no magic pill or diet. At the end of the day it is a very simple equation and that is calories in vs. calories out. If you would like to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than you are burning. If you are looking to put on weight you want to eat more calories than you are burning.
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All of our trainers are fully certified and have the knowledge to help you reach your goals. We are so confident that you will love our team that our first training is always free. We will literally put our money with our mouth to prove to you that we are what you are looking for.
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That is a loaded question but weight loss comes down to a simple equation – calories in vs. calories out. If you eat less calories than you burn you should lose weight. Unfortunately sometimes the scale can be stubborn but your body composition will change. That is why we always recommend that you take measurements to also track your progress.
We are a private personal training studio located centrally in Edmonton. All of our clients in the gym can only work out when they are with their trainer so you will never have to deal with a busy, public gym.