“This is the first place that I’ve ever worked out that’s not about body image. I feel like people cultivate a healthier body image by becoming excited to do a movement. So, exercise becomes less about, ‘oh my god, I feel fat today,’ and more like, ‘oh I feel strong,’ and then your body comes with it.” - Andrea B
Andrea has been an RD member for 2 years now, and just recently became a part-time trainer with us! When we’re hiring staff, their relationship with us and our movement systems is important. Coaching is more effective when the instructor can relate to other members in different capacities. Andrea’s understanding of how our system can help anyone is one of the reasons we brought her on.
She has had the "normal" fitness experience: working out at chain gyms, where members are laser focused on “not being fat.” Andrea quickly latched on to our idea of skill acquisition and progressed over the months, learning to squat and swing. However, periodic nagging neck discomfort held her back.
Last June, Andrea deadlifted 200+ pounds for four reps from 6” boxes. Then, a few weeks later, she had a minor car accident. The neck started acting up again, and she was sidelined for a few weeks while she recovered. Once she was back, she wasn’t discouraged.
“I’m actually excited. I know I can’t do some of the things I was doing before but I don’t mind going back to basics. I have a team who knows what they’re doing so I’m not scared. I know I’m going to be fine. I’ll be stronger than before.”
Trusting the process is important at Results Driven. This isn’t your “standard” exercise experience, so it’s hard to believe what we’re encouraging people to do is going to be effective. During the time Andrea has spent with us, she’s become confident that our recommendations will get her where she want’s to go.
Andrea has 2 goals: drop fat and become StrongFirst certified. During the rehab process, Andrea was asked to avoid anything that hurt. At times, a lot of things hurt, but she didn’t mind going back to the fundamentals. Making sure her body fat percentage (BFP) went down was important and the “basics” delivered for Andrea. Since March, Andrea has dropped 14.2 pounds of fat bringing her BFP from 31.6% to 23.5%.
Locking down her nutrition was also key. Between working at RD and at her retail job, time was limited. Her solution was to subscribe to a meal prep service to take the thinking out of the meals she had a hard time making.
“I hope to heal and be able to do everything I was able to do before. I trust the process. I don’t mind taking a step back because I know everything works.”
Adaptation is key to reaching any goal. Solutions aren’t always easy or obvious and that’s where coaches and mentors come in. Focusing on the process is what it all comes down to. The path to Andrea’s goal hasn’t been a straight line. She could have gotten discouraged but she let data be her guide and trusted the advice we gave her.
If you’re trying to reach a goal, consult someone with experience to help you get there. Their insights and recommendations might be just want you need to get over the next hurdle.