In order to make real progress with your fitness you're going to need to make a decision to be better at every single chance you get in your workouts.
The gym is not a place for autopilot mode! It always amazes me how two people can follow the exact same fitness program and come out with completely different results at the end. As a trainer and group fitness instructor I get a unique bird's eye view perspective on the topic and I can tell you that attitude absolutely determines your altitude in a class. You've got to get a little comfortable with the uncomfortable and TRY.
Every single push-up you do - ask yourself - could I drop just an inch lower? The only way to make real marked improvement is to push yourself - and you are the only person in the whole wide world who is ever going to do it.
:: Outfit thanks to Fabletics ::
This week I've been pushing through some huge personal fitness goals. I've been working on my handstands for about a year now and sprained my wrist by pushing it a little too much back in September. I took about a month off them and slowly have started to build them back into my workouts. This week I absolutely shocked myself by finally getting up from a pike on a stability ball into handstand. I've worked on this against the wall probably 500 times. I just had to go for it and trust myself. There was absolutely a few moments where I could have told myself it was impossible but you've just got to learn to stop those thoughts as soon as they happen.
No matter what your goal is the main thing is to strive for progress and not perfection. The next time you're in a class or at the gym ask yourself on a scale of 1 - 10 what would you give yourself in terms of effort? And no matter what that number is could you improve by just 1 point. Just 1.
Can you take yourself up a level?
This is the way that I've been approaching my training lately and I've never felt more progress than I have seen in the past few months. It's the small steps that eventually lead to big things. Always keep your mind moving in the gym and take yourself up a level at your next workout!