An accountability partner equals results. A personal trainer: the ultimate accountability partner. As a professional that understands your goals for fitness and wellness, a personal trainer helps to drive you farther than you ever thought possible by pushing you past your limits and knowing what you are ultimately capable of, based on their experience and extensive training.
Also, it scares you when they yell at you and you get a fight or flight response with the accompanying adrenaline rush.
In all seriousness, there are different approaches to personal training, but they’re all centered around having an accountability partner to help you reach your goals.
What makes for a good accountability partner?
Do you want someone who is more supportive and positive? Do you need a trainer with a drill sergeant approach? Do you need someone to check in with the keep you on track, or someone to oversee every exercise to keep you motivated? Personalities, fitness philosophies, their knowledge of not just fitness, but overall wellness; there are a LOT of things to consider when choosing the right personal trainer. Not the least of which, who you can establish a long-term relationship with to get on a path to goal setting and crushing those goals.
That’s what a good accountability partner does: HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. An accountability partner equals results.
First and foremost, a personal trainer is the ultimate accountability partner.
Women’s Health magazine offers a great quick read about 5 Reasons You Need an Accountability Buddy.
Some of the highlights:
- Want better success odds? Tell someone your goals. Science shows you’re 65% more likely to reach your goals if you tell someone else about it. Working with a personal trainer can ensure that the goals that you set are reasonable, and tailored to your individual needs. Your trainer will have solid reasons for setting your fitness and wellness goals, and can help to explain or adjust your goals when you reach sticking points on your journey to health.
- An accountability partner helps to improve the effectiveness of your workouts through healthy competition, according to a study done by Weight Watchers. This ripple effect, as study author and principal investigator Amy Gorin calls the phenomenon, can help you to make changes more quickly, and stick to them. Even those partners who don’t plan to actively participate in the behavior change benefit: of 130 couples tracked over 6 months, partners not actively trying to lose weight found weight loss success due to their partner’s changed behaviors “rippling” out to impact their behaviors.
- Do you get bored with the same-old, same-old? Need a fresh take on exercise or nutrition approaches? New tricks can lead to a new you! Connecting to partners who help keep you accountable by reporting your meals and sharing recipes and tips through an app like MyFitnessPal can help to keep you on track. Someone might have a fantastic Sweet Potato Hash recipe or a Skinny Stuffed Portobello Mushroom recipe that help you stay on point with your nutritionist’s or trainer’s macro recommendations.
Other ideas to use the concept of an accountability buddy are:
- Ask your personal trainer to shake things up with social media or personal challenges for some outside-the-studio “homework” to help boost your results. Your friends and family can even join in and experience the ripple effect!
- Reset your head. Shifting your mindset and being reminded of your “why” can help to refocus any deviations from your path. Need to find your direction? Defining yourself and your goals with your accountability partner can help to create a solid plan for achieving your goals.
- Get into a routine. Make a commitment to a lifestyle change, and ask your accountability buddy to keep you on track with regular check-ins.
Asking your accountability partners to hold you accountable and push you beyond your limits can help to shake up your routine and get your started, keep you motivated, or push you off a plateau.
Is your personal trainer your partner in this new approach? Make regular appointments with them to ensure you’re on the right track and staying the course. Is a spouse or friend your accountability buddy? Set specific goals and communicate with them regularly about where you are and how you’re getting to where you want to be.
Who is your accountability partner? How do they help to keep you on track? Leave comments below or visit Jacqueline Hawkins’ Fitness and Wellness Facebook page to share your story, join our community of support, or to request a free consultation with the premiere female personal trainer in Tampa, Jacqueline Hawkins. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (813) 230-4014 for a consultation.