Keeping accountable: When Challenge is over, will you be satisfied that you did all that you could to achieve the best possible outcome?

Doing what the Coaches can’t: Coach Aldo recognises how we can identify our own accountability in training.
With Challenge well underway it is important that we can reflect on how we feel we are doing by keeping ourselves personally accountable for the actions we make.

A simple definition of personal accountability can be defined as:
Being willing to answer for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviours, and actions.’

Benefits of accountability include:

  1. The ability to take feedback
  2. The ability to follow through
  3. Keeps you grounded
  4. Gives you the ability to learn from failures and successes

But how does this translate into our time spent within the gym? Well, there are a few key aspects we can look at here:

First and foremost, there is our goals. It is important to make sure that they are achievable, so we can not only SMASH them but so we can continue to progress and move on to bigger and better goals from there.

Secondly, our nutrition. That is, ensuring we stick to our block targets and are eating a wide variety (and meeting the requirements) of carbohydrates, protein and fat sources. Although our nutrition during Challenge is mostly regimented, it is important not to be afraid to experiment and try new things. Whether that be a new combination of spices, alternative methods to creating sauces or dressings or trying a new protein source for the first time.

Thirdly, we can look at when we train in the form of finding the time to train and making this a part of our regular week through week regime; accepting feedback from our coaches during and post training – remember, the feedback from your Coaches is for your benefit; and just because you didn’t perform one session or you’ve missed a few training session/s doesn’t mean that it’s the end. We can seek accountability within the quality of each and every training session we perform: It’s simple, make every rep count. Push for that extra rep in your workouts. Commit to ensuring your quality of movement – perform every rep with a focus on technique and making sure you are engaging the correct muscles (including your core more often than not)! Add a focus on intensity – when you are here to train, come with the intent to train as if each session will be your best session yet.

Lastly, in our recovery and mobility. Seek treatment for on-going injuries and niggles, such as committing to seeing your Physio or Chiro and following their rehabilitative or prehab advice and exercise recommendations. If they have given you stretches or exercises to activate or strengthen and prevent aggravations – commit to performing them on a routine basis. Even if that means arriving 20 minutes before your scheduled workout to get started. Check your post workout nutrition – are you getting the sustenance your body needs post training? And assess, are you taking the time to stay supple and limber? Coach Dan spoke about the importance of mobility in his most recent blog; and whilst we know it is important, the sad reality is that many of us do not prioritise our mobility accordingly.

We as coaches are accountable for trying to get the best out of you in the gym. We are here to take you beyond your limits and help you have fun along the way… but, you have to buy in and make yourself accountable for what you are doing whilst you are training!

After all, a man once told me “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”. We [your coaches] can prescribe the best workouts in the world and demonstrate them with the best technique but if you are doing 99 reps instead of 100, or not fully throwing your all at a cause, you are only cheating yourself and not inline to be the fittest and/or strongest person you can be!

That’s what WE want for you at the end of this challenge. We want you all to be fitter and stronger than ever.

Now, although I speak about accountability in the gym and in training, learning to be accountable here in the gym can help you transfer it into your own personal life – in your work and with your family.

Remember, being accountable is:

  • Not needing someone else to be at the gym so you can train with them – it’s great if they are there but if they are not, show up to training anyway.
  • Deciding to do the dreaded early wake up to do the morning class because you have a dinner or other commitment and can’t make the evening class. Or vice versa.
  • Getting that treatment even though you are scared it might hurt.
  • Although you had a bad day, accepting what happened and moving on.
  • Making sure you give your very best to yourself and your body so that you can look back on the 10 weeks and say that I smashed that challenge and now I’m better both physically and mentally!

Be Accountable. Take ownership and do what you need to do, to be the best that you can be!