Do you have what it takes to transform your body?
Written by Mark Coles - Follow on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter
There’s not a day that goes by, where we don’t get the chance to speak to someone who’s working through their own transformation journey. It’s a privilege to listen to each person’s story, and find out what or who inspired them to get started.
Every client we work with teaches us a little bit more about how people operate both physically and mentally.
A transformation journey isn’t for everyone, my team and I are always realistic when we talk about potential time frames. Having worked in the field of physique development for over 17 years now, we can tell very quickly if someone will do very well, or if they’re, in fact, not ready for what lies ahead. With the Internet littered full of results on a daily basis, it’s very easy to convince yourself that you’re ready. Liking the pictures, and then appreciating and understanding the hard work, are two completely different things.
We run a business that relies on results, and extremely good ones at that. So when someone says they want to be a transformation on our website, we want to make sure they’re going to see it right through to the end. There is a huge amount of work put into helping someone completely transform his or her body. It’s not just programme writing and a diet, we very often work with our clients at a psychological level. You can’t expect to go from a completely out of shape party person, to a lean mean fighting machine and stay exactly the same. There’s going to be lifestyle and psychological factors to face up to, and these can take quite a lot of adjusting to.
“To change one thing, you’re going to have to consider changing many things”
You won’t find many more honest coaches than me when it comes to a consultation. I tell our clients how it is from day one, and I tell them what to expect a long the way. I do this to watch for the reaction, does it scare them or does it make them sit up with excitement? You can be excited but nervous, that’s completely fine. But nervous, scared and doubting yourself from day one, isn't a great combination to be starting with. I don’t expect our clients to be able to picture the final result, that’s our job. I don’t think I’ve worked with someone who could have dreamed up how they ended up looking. Watching someone’s face when they see their before and after pictures for the very first time, is one of the most rewarding parts of what we do. Our primary goal is to always exceed our clients expectations. So as long as we have their full trust, they know they’re going to look way better than what they ever imagined.
I run a business based on results, and that’s it. When someone asks me if results are really possible, I just reply with “that’s completely up to you”. It’s never us that’s going to fail you, it’s only going to be down to you.
So if you’re considering your very own transformation, take yourself through the list below and see if you’re really ready.
I see mindset as the most important factor behind a successful transformation. Some transformations can take as little as 12 weeks, others can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. A transformation isn’t always a short term thing, so you need to be prepared and strong enough to deal with the psychological issues that will face you along the way. Having taken many people through this journey, I always know who will do well. It takes someone who backs themselves and someone who wants to achieve more than anything else. It takes the type of person who is excited by challenges and won’t quit. It takes the type of person who isn’t scared to look deep inside. Someone who isn’t frightened to acknowledge areas that need to change.
Who are you doing it for?
If I had a pound for the amount of people who have admitted to me, that they’re starting at the gym for someone else. You won’t ever succeed if you’re getting in shape to make someone else happy. This journey needs to be yours and no one else’s. Each time you see your results, you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and acknowledge your success. People who train to make others happy often resent their results, and are usually the ones who cheat on a regular basis. After all, why would you diet, train hard, and bust your ass every day if the results are all for someone else.
The right way to train
There is the way you might want to train, and then there is the way that you need to train. When you talk to me about transformations, you’ll hear me talk about the word physique. I have complete respect for large people who have committed themselves to a huge amount of weight loss, but a true transformation in my eyes is when there is a physique at the end of it. I don’t necessarily mean washboard abs, but I like to see that thought has gone into the persons programming. Have they actually gained muscle tissue throughout the whole process? We often get enquiries from people asking if we can do their diet and they’ll do all their own training and supplementation. Transformations don’t work this way!! The whole journey is designed, thought out and delivered week by week. Asking a coach to do this is like asking for the recipe of a cake, and then using only half of the ingredients on the list.
Being prepared to train outside of your comfort zone
I’m never one to hold back when it comes to the training part of a transformation. I train hard, my team train hard, and we expect our clients to train hard. Now there is professionally coaching someone hard, and then there is training someone like an idiot. Training a complete beginner to failure and adding in a triple drop set on the leg press is stupid. Teaching someone how to push that little bit harder each and every week is professional coaching. Teaching someone how to connect with certain muscles so they get the best out of every session is smart, allowing them to just rep out without any coaching is just stupid. Most people will always train inside their comfort zone, it’s where they’re used to being and that’s where they’ll try and stay. You have to be prepared to turn up to the gym and dig deep inside, you have to learn to train harder than you’ve done before. A transformation won’t happen training the usual three times a week, you’ll be asked to give up more of your week as the journey develops. You’ll often be asked to add in four, then five and even six training sessions per week. You might then be asked to add in morning cardio sessions, which add more time to your week. Are you prepared to apportion this amount of time to achieving your dream physique?
As a coach I see it as a huge privilege to be able to help someone through their transformation journey. Myself and my team take huge pride in our work, and the amount of detail that goes into each and every project. Therefore it’s very important that each and every client is ready for what lays ahead of them.
If you’re not able to experience our in house transformation coaching at M10 Nottingham, why don’t you pick up a copy of our very popular 8 Week Physique transformation ebook?