The Day The New Year's Resolutions Die.

January 19th is considered to be the day that most of those fitness resolutions finally come to an abrupt end.

Around 80% of New Year resolutions to get fitter, healthier and more active end up failing before January is out. The reasons they fail seem to be pretty consistent across the nation.

So, as qualified personal trainers and fitness professionals, what can we do to keep those dwindling ambitions on track? We take a look at the most common reasons for fitness failure and what we can do to help put it right...

Unrealistic Goals

Whilst most resolution-makers opt for 'exercising three times a week' or 'eating a healthier diet', some fitspirations are just a little unrealistic. So, it's no surprise when they fail before those overambitious results start to show.

We've heard plenty of unachievable (and unsafe!) resolutions in our time, from dropping a dress size to getting a six-pack... these can be achieved, though not in timescale as short as a few weeks.

When working with clients set on a specific fitness goal, it's important to establish realistic timescales to achieve them. Ask your clients how much time they have available to commit to their new regime, and how dedicated they are to maintain it. By understanding their dedication and capacity for working at it, you'll be able to set realistic timescales on when the results will start to happen.

Winging It

A fitness goal with no plan is quite a stab in the dark.

Fitness first-timers and gym newbies often need a little guidance on getting to grips with gym equipment and understanding what they need to do to achieve their fitness goals.

As a personal trainer, you can work with those in need of some motivation, to create safe, effective exercise programmes and nutritional advice in order to start them off on the right foot.


An 'I can't do it' attitude is the fastest way to fail when it comes to fitness. If a client doesn't believe their body can handle it, they'll never push themselves to find out.

Many New Year's resolutions fail because the motivation and self-belief weren't there to start with. This is where a qualified, passionate personal trainer can make a difference. By motivating, inspiring and monitoring clients, you'll be positioned to keep them dedicated to their goal and ensure they see the results, however small, as they progress.

A great personal trainer will work with clients to divide daunting goals, into several smaller and more manageable milestones. Not only does this make for a more motivated client, but also a stronger client-trainer relationship.

Going It Alone

Like with any lifestyle change (quitting smoking, cutting down on the junk food or trying out a new hobby), if no-one knows you're doing it, there's no back-up support.

So, when a new fitness regime starts to fall flat, it's easy to throw the towel in when there's no-one to be accountable to.

A personal trainer, you'll be ready to help keep clients on course when their efforts start to wilt. It may be a case of needing a little confidence boost, a shakeup in the routine, or simply someone to share their frustrations with. Those qualified to train group fitness classes find that exercising in groups really does help to boost motivation and morale.

Lack Of Fun

Exercise shouldn't be a chore. Though many newbies find that they quickly become bored of pounding the treadmill and working their way around the gym floor.

As a personal trainer, it's your job to ensure that exercise is effective, yet enjoyable. So clients suffering a bout of boredom may well just need an injection of creativity.

Group studio classes are a great option for music lovers, outdoor exercise is a fun alternative for those that hate being inside a hot gym and circuit training can really mix up a humdrum regime. It's all about understanding what your clients enjoy... and making their exercise plan fit the bill!

Whilst many New Year's resolutions will die today, we're hopeful that next year, we'll work to keep that failing fitspiration alive.

If you're considering developing your skills as a fitness professional, speak to the Focus team about our selection of Level II and Level III courses coming to a personal trainer courses venue near you.

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