March 10

Set Sail & Monitor Your Progress

Education, Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition, Performance


Ok so let’s visualise this whole goal setting and achieving process in basic terms of how a ship’s captain would, before, during and after setting sail.

Your body is the Ship and you or your coach is the Captain!

We have our Outcome Goal which could also be the Destination Port we would ideally like our ship to finally sail into after our successful voyage.

Then we have our Behavioural Habits, these are the Crew onboard the ship, these guys know their roles, they are now well trained, disciplined and they know what they have to do each day on the ship to make the voyage a successful one.

Ok so of we go!

Not so fast you landlubbers!!

Perfect Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance!

In order to reach your Destination, you or your coach/Captain needs to make sure that at various points along the journey that you keep an eye on where you’re going. Making sure that what your crew is doing every day is effective in terms of keeping your ship on course, otherwise, you could end up anywhere across the ocean and then have twice as much work to get back on track!

Regularly Monitor Progress

Monitor your progress regularly using a variety of tools and instruments that are specifically aimed at giving you feedback for your goal.

If Body Composition is your goal, then you may use one or several of the following methods:

  • Progress Photos
  • Body Fat %
  • Body Composition Machines (Lean Muscle Mass, Fat Mass)
  • Tape Measurements

Whatever you use should relate to your Outcome Goal and tell you if your ship is on track towards that Destination.

Don’t let your weight fool you

Overall body weight can become less of a progress indicator as your weight comes down to a level that is more natural for your own body size, your fighting weight if you will.

Muscle is much denser than fat if you were weighing a piece of body fat and a piece of muscle that weighed the same, you’d have a much greater VOLUME of fat than of muscle.

So as you lose body fat and gain lean muscle, your total weight may not change but your overall VOLUME will, meaning you’ll fit clothes much better, those annoying ripples and bumps will go but your weight may stay the same.

Calorie Counting is not an exact science

But it does give you a more accurate start and endpoint to work with, and it’s these two points which are crucial to starting any journey, your Ship must be at home in a port to start with and it must have an end destination to sail to.

It’s then up to you to make sure you’re on target or not, by making the necessary adjustments to your calorie intake or your training volume to get back on track.

So, don’t bury your head in the sand and hope that your ship will sail effortlessly into the port you planned, monitor your progress as you go and as the great Charles Poliquin once said it’ll prevent you from…

“Pissing into the Wind!”

Charles Poliquin

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About the author 

Adam Stansbury

Personal Trainer since 2009 and Vegan since 2014. I'm passionate about helping people to realise that they can transform their bodies and our planet at the same time.

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