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Ridz Rant: Results???

15 September

Results, get the best with me, no with me, no with me.results
Results, we all want them, we can all get them. But what are they???
Well the definition of result from the Oxford dictionary is:
noun
1. A thing that is caused or produced by something else; a consequence or outcome

Results would then be the plural of this, so more than one result.
Now I know above I have stripped back all emotion and just given you the dictionary meaning. But that is what you have to do before you can find out what you want to do fitness wise.
From the actions you are about to undertake, what do you want as a result of doing them?
I can guarantee results, not a problem. But the truth of it is that is such an ambiguous statement. Of course you will get results, there will most definitely be a consequence or outcome from what I get you to do. Presto! Guaranteed results.
But will they be what you are after? So many of us are wrapped up in the lose 5kg in 10 days marketing that we see so often that we are confused as to what results should be.
Now my biggest bug bear is having someone get on the scales at really regular intervals. You are measuring the force of gravity against your own mass, nothing else.
If we go a step further and take body fat percentage then we are actually looking at something that is beneficial. We know that by decreasing the percentage of body fat on someone we are having a positive effect on their health, the same cannot be said for simply reducing weight.
Sorry I have gotten a little off topic though. Now if you come here to become a professional bodybuilder and lay down tonnes of muscle and strip off all of your body fat, well I am sorry our results that we help you get, will not enable you to do that.
If you want to drop several kilos in the shortest time just to fit into a certain article of clothing in a hurry, I’m sorry our methods will not provide you with those results.
I think you can see where I am coming from with the last couple of paragraphs. Plenty of us in the industry guarantee results, but as I have pointed out results vary, and they vary for every individual on the planet. If you do exactly as I tell you, for at least 1 to 3 months you will see results. You will see a difference from when you started. The question still remains; will they be the results I am after?
What you will get from working out with me. Stronger, more stamina (we all know that can come in handy) increased cardio respiratory endurance, better balance, better coordination, better agility, faster, more flexible, better accuracy and more power. Notice I say nothing about weight? Weight is not a goal we focus on here, the appearance of your body is a by-product of what you do with it. I do not work out to look good, I work out to perform better.
To perform in all aspects of my life. To be able to keep up with those younger than me, to be able to help friends move house if called on to do so. To be able to enjoy a night of relaxed eating at a friend’s house. To be able to perform better in my home relationships where it truly matters. My scale weight has absolutely no bearing on the above factors, my scale weight does not determine who I am or my self-worth, if anything the scale weight can seek to sabotage my self-worth.
That is why I say results will vary. We cannot be all things to everybody here, we can offer you a healthy future, where you are strong, agile, flexible and have great endurance and stamina. What we cannot offer you is a quick fix, a short term rapid weight loss regime. You see those don’t work. I’ll get into that in another post, but know that I have gone down the path of rapid weightloss, challenge after challenge and it wasn’t until I committed to a program that adapted with me and changed up as I got better that I saw real ‘results’. Results that were long lasting, were more realistic and didn’t affect my mental health as much. The main thing that was always affected was my mental wellbeing. I would always be worried about the scales, what I looked like in the mirror and then the comparisons to others. It wasn’t until I worked out in my own head that the only person I had to be better than was the person I was yesterday.
With so many different programs out there and all these guarantees of results how can you be sure which one is the right one for you?
I’m going to flat out tell you it is not the one that promises to deliver massive weight loss in a short time, the body of your dreams or that of a god or goddess. It is the one that will offer you ongoing support, a community of like-minded people that are all in it to help out, one that does not belittle you on social media for non attendance or compliance, one that helps you grow as a person, that helps you be a better person than you were before and enables you to grow with the program. And that program should never stop growing with you. There should always be ways for you to get better. A program that does not stop because your trainer is on holidays or they could not cover the class due to the only trainer that can teach that class is sick.
Look for a program that will fit you.

Yes I am telling you now, I have that program. The only two days a year you haven’t been able to get a workout in here at CrossFit Armidale this last year have been Good Friday and Christmas Day. Yes that is right we were here on New Year’s day. Because you see we run a program the same as what your fitness requires, and that is a lifetime. If it is stop start between programs and you have “breaks” from your training your “results” will fluctuate and reflect that.
So choose a program that is a lifestyle change, not a challenge, but an actual complete lifestyle program, you will be pleasantly surprised with the “results”.

About the Author
Jim Ridley is Armidale’s accomplished personal trainer. Having lost over 25 kilos and becoming a PT, Jim knows where you are coming from. He is the owner of Gym Ridz Personal Training and CrossFit Armidale, 2012 Winners of the Health, Beauty and Wellbeing section in the Armidale Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The only private training studio in Armidale and Armidale’s only CrossFit gym. He is also an avid if not tragic St George Illawarra Dragons fan.