Guest Blog by Alyssa Smith
I know when you first start an exercise routine it can be hard for so many different reasons. What am I suppose do to? Should I go back? It’s so intimidating! How do I know how many reps or sets I should do? What equipment should I use? You get the point. There are things you simply won’t know when you first start out and you know what, that’s completely okay. Everyone has been there once before.
I have never met anyone before who said they knew exactly what to do when they first started. No one does. Especially with all the different fads, false articles and phony magazines out there. It’s too easy to be confused and not know what to do or where to start. Don’t be discouraged. There are many different ways to become educated and self-efficient in your own way. The important thing is that you’re trying to better yourself. This in itself is your first step, so pat yourself on the back.
Here are 6 tips that kept me going when I had no clue what I was doing:
1. Don’t ever worry about what’s going on around you. This shouldn’t concern you whatsoever. You are your focus, not them.
2. Keep track of what you’re doing whether it’s your eating habits, your workouts, whatever it may be, WRITE IT DOWN. This is the best way to track your progress.
3. Make small, realistic goals. Don’t go too hard just yet. Ease into it.
4. Get a personal trainer. It doesn’t have to be for long but knowing the basics will bring you a long way and save you a lot of time and frustration. But make sure they’re a good fit for you. Not every trainer is reputable or reliable for that matter. (I suggest trying a free consultation first to see if they’re a good fit for you).
5. Don’t Compare yourself to others. Your goal is not to become them, but to become the best you.
6. Don’t give up!
My biggest success when I first started out was simply not giving up. There will be times you feel defeated, you feel like you’ve failed or you hit a bump in the road and just want to give it up. Don’t! Don’t let your thoughts hold you back. Everyone fails, it’s what makes us stronger. All of us have bad days, does this mean we are supposed to curl up in a ball and give up? Absolutely not, you pick yourself up and find a solution to your problem. You improve yourself and get back on track.
This is why I titled this blog “Be Your Own Motivation”. Don’t compare yourself to others, your goal is not to become them, your goal is to become the best you. You can have inspirations, motivators and heroes but in the end you should be your own inspiration. Your progress, hard work, dedication, time spent and goals met are the biggest influence to keep you focused on your goals and the road ahead. I really do understand the struggle, I was there. When I started my journey I had no idea what the heck I was doing. I was like a lost dog in a park.
You see, growing up I had no motivation. I was depressed, overweight, into drugs & alcohol, and was just plain miserable. My mother forced me into the gym when I was about 15 years of age. Surprisingly I took a liking to it. I didn’t have any specific goals at the time but to lose weight like almost everyone else when they first start. I had no idea what I was doing so I got a personal trainer and it gave me a much better understanding on exactly what I needed to do to lose weight and keep it off.
Shortly after, I went on my own for a bit but hit a plateau and felt like I was back where I started. I didn’t know if I wanted to continue, I felt like a failure. I decided to seek some help and got another personal trainer, long term this time. I started creating new goals, like gaining strength, feeling better, looking better and I kept track of everything I was doing. My trainer at the time introduced me to her boyfriend who was a powerlifter. I thought there was no way I could ever do that, I’m a girl! But I never turn down a challenge so I gave it a try and fell in love with the sport!
I decided I’d like to try a competition just to see if I’d like it. I was absolutely horrified the first time, the crowds of people watching you, the pressure, I was very uncomfortable and out of my comfort zone. But sometimes you have to step outside of that zone to accomplish what you’ve been working towards. I must say it paid off, I didn’t do well but it drove me to want do it again and be better.
Since then I studied for 2 years to become a personal trainer, received multiple certifications, and began working as a personal trainer full-time! Helping to change a person’s life and be a part of their journey like someone once was for me is the best feeling in the world. I also continued with powerlifting and recently be Canada’s strongest woman! I hold the #1 total in Canada with a 440lbs back squat, 203lbs bench press and 496lbs deadlift. The biggest powerlifting total to ever be done in Canada! I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I’m confident, I feel awesome and I have surpassed every goal I had. If you asked me when I first started, I never would have thought I’d be accomplishing the things I have. When things got rough and difficult, I didn’t give up. I believed in myself like everyone should. Everyone has the ability to better themselves and reach for the starts.
The point is I was once in your position and I took action and failed but I picked myself back up multiple times and kept going. No matter what the circumstances are, do not make excuses for why “you can’t” or why “you’re not good enough” because fact of the matter is you’re lying to yourself. You’re better than that and you can accomplish anything that you’re willing to put the effort and work into. YOU ARE what is going to make you reach your goals and strive for success.
Keep your head in the game, if I can do it so can you.
– Alyssa Smith
Strives for total wellness to achieve her goals. Healthy diet, proper rest, correct exercise, right mindset, positive environment, amazing team and chiropractic are all key players in helping her get to where she is today. She is one amazingly strong woman both physically and mentally. She continues to help change lives by inspiring amazing transformations with her personal training clients and smashing through not only Canadian but World records in powerlifting. Amidst all her success she somehow manages to stay down to earth and can still make people laugh until it hurts. Check out Alyssa’s website to learn more about her story, see some of her client’s amazing transformations, check out unbelievable lifting videos or get in touch with her personally.