The 5 types of people who NEVER get the results they want

The 5 types of people who NEVER get the results they want

Text: Yeong Sassall

Having been a personal trainer for close to 15 years I've come to realise that there are a few specific types of people who just never get long-lasting results, says James Anderson

 Now, before I go throwing any stones from my glass house, I'll admit that I have also been one of these (or a combination of them) at numerous times in my life. And if I'm really honest, I've always struggled with number 5 myself. But, like anything, you live and you learn, and what I've learnt is that it's much better to not be one of these people (as often as possible).  

So, here are the five types of people who never get the results they want:

1. Miss/Mr Inconsistent

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We all know someone like this, and by someone, I mean you (and me). We go hell-for-leather in week one, miss a day in week two, and then we're not seen again until week one hundred and sixty-seven. Sound about right? 

What you need to know is that life (apart from life being like a box of chocolates) is also made up of millions upon millions of moments, and it's what we do in these moments with the most consistency that will determine our outcome. 

What I mean by that, is this. It's much better to train consistently three times a week whilst eating clean 80 per cent of the time than it is to overtrain and starve yourself. Because when you walk down the road of inconsistency all you end up doing is taking one step forward, two steps, three complete seasons on Netflix, and four tubs of Ben & Jerry's ice-cream backwards. 

2. The Perfectionist

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The thing about perfectionism is that it lies in ego, and although it would be nice to actually be the unique snowflake that our Mums told us we were, the fact of the matter is, we're not. And although we like to think that we're all cut from a different cloth, we're also, not. 

The truth is that we all come from the same cloth, it's just that some of us simply decide to weave ourselves into something different -- something better. The sooner you can understand that it's ok to make a mistake, to miss a day of training, or to eat a piece of chocolate without feeling like a failure, the sooner you'll get to where you want to be as you'll finally allow yourself the wiggle room to move through life like a normal human. Remember, even diamonds have flaws. 

3. The Fad Follower

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STOP! Just stop. Stop getting excited by the latest and greatest infomercials designs to prey on the weak and weary. As much as we all wish that there was a magic pill, potion, lotion or specific exercise motion that makes fat dissolve and health improve - there's not. Don't buy into the hype. 

There's a reason those gadgets are designed to "quick and easily fold and pack away under the bed", it's so the pain of your stupidity for buying it in the first place can just as quickly and easily be packed away, too. You need to wake up to the fact that Rhianna might be right, you're gonna have to work, work, work, work, work. 

4. The Weekday Wellness Warrior

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Oh, this person is trés annoying. (Almost as annoying as people who use a single word of French in an otherwise English sentence to sound more intelligent?) A weekday wellness warrior is just a wellness wannabe.  

They're the kale eating, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, organic only, downward-dog posturing, selfie-taking fakes who love to look down their nose at you for eating farmed salmon only to put copious amounts of naughty things up theirs each weekend while also enjoying enough alcohol to sink a ship full of thirsty pirates. All humour aside, those five days of so-called "healthy living" can be quickly be undone if you're living it up too much each weekend. Just be consistent. Trés consistent. 


5. The Talker

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These people should be politicians. Not only do they have the gift of the gab, they also hit the trifecta of awesomeness as they're also able to quickly judge the actions of others whilst also simultaneously being able to correctly answer every single question about health or fitness, ever. The only thing they don't seem to be able to do is actually "do". They just talk. That's it. 

Well, if you're someone that falls into this boat then all I can say is that you should just STFU. Stop talking, start acting. The world and your health will be much better off. Look, as I mentioned with The Perfectionist, we don't have to be perfect to be able to weave ourselves into something amazing, and now you're aware of the potential traps of these types of people, I really hope that you can make better decisions about your health so you can finally get the results you deserve.

Good luck. 


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