We’ve all had our feeds flooded with quick fix call outs telling us how we can drop a dress size in a week, get shredded and sport six pack abs or get a Jo-Lo-esque booty with these three moves! But what have you read about the importance of simply making your health a priority with consistent training? Not as click baity is it? Well, perhaps I can make it punchier? How about…” Want to live longer?” or “Add 20 Years with this ONE THING!”
Good headline or not, the bottom line and facts are this…with consistent training you can actually improve your health and increase your longevity. And to tell us more about it is Brad Parham aka Bradley James PT from Zap Fitness Everard Park.
Specialising in Athletic Performance and Injury Prehab/Rehabilitation, Brad is actually one of the good guys. You know the type who wants to see change in his clients, both mentally and physically.
“I am sick of seeing hopeful people attempt to change their lives only to fail due to false/misleading information in today’s over saturated market. I wish to provide you with the knowledge and education required to not only begin your fitness journey but also MAINTAIN it, as this is the secret to happiness and longevity. With a primary focus on finding exercises you enjoy and helping you become 1% better every day, I will welcome you into my fitness family and stick with you throughout your journey to become a better you.” explains Brad.
So, let’s not waste any time breaking it down. If we are looking to create consistency in our training, what’s the next step?
According to Brad, there are three main starting points, “Firstly, focusing on becoming 1 percent better every day. This is a motto that I live by and one I am passionate about instilling in my clients. Becoming 1 percent better every day consistently overtime will lead to staggering results. Understanding that it will take time to achieve your goals but if you put in that 1 percent every day, consistently you will reach it. We want it all and we want it now, is something that I see a lot and I’m no different however, it is true when people say it is about the journey, not the destination. The journey will teach you how to eat, train and recover properly and how to climb over obstacles which will ultimately make you stronger. These same obstacles others would rather avoid all together due to their fear of failing.”
“Secondly, finding exercise you enjoy. As I said before it’s about the journey and if you don’t enjoy it, it is one long and boring plane flight. This is subjective to everyone but your easiest way to find what you like is to try as much as possible.
If you don’t like free weights, try cable machines. If you want to get outdoors go for a run or a hike. Don’t like running? Maybe swimming or kayaking is your thing. But one thing is for sure, you won’t know until you try it.”
“Thirdly and most importantly: varying your modality of exercise. The human body is a fantastic organism and adapts ridiculously quick when exposed to new variants of exercise. This is why you can lift more weight this week than you could last week and also why after initially losing some weight or building some muscle you may begin to plateau and stop seeing results. After spending some time mastering correct movement patterns, find something new to try and challenge yourself with. If you use barbells all the time, try kettlebells.
If you always walk on the treadmill, try using some of the free weights. If you’re always lifting weights, get out the gym and go for a run outside. This keeps your journey interesting for yourself and as you become more advanced will keep your body from adapting and plateauing.”
Speaking of plateauing, we’ve all seen it happen that right when the plateau hits, we lose motivation. This is a common reaction, and, as Brad explains “Motivation is described as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. Discipline, however, is the ability to make yourself do something even when you don’t want to do it. Motivation tends to be what initially drives people to join/step foot into a gym, but discipline is the learned action that will determine if they come back. “
“Mastering self-discipline requires an incredible amount of mental willpower to help wire in a new habit. It takes on average around 66 days to make a new habit autonomous.”
“A new habit is hard to begin with, messy in the middle but beautiful at the end.”
“The process of improving yourself through fitness will initially begin with motivation that will shortly disappear, this is when discipline takes over and you force yourself to exercise even if you don’t want to. This will become increasingly easier as the 66 days progress.”
When it comes to his own motivation for training, a great quote that Brad adapts to his own life is one by John Lennon, “Everything will be okay in the end, if it’s not okay, it’s not the end“. According to Brad, “This is especially relevant when you are stepping outside of your comfort zone. And stepping out of my comfort zone is huge for me. Designing workouts, I know I don’t want to do and getting through them is a hugely rewarding sensation. As counter-intuitive as it may seem it helps me to know I can achieve anything I put my mind to provided I work as hard as possible.”
– By Prue Houston
Contact Brad Parham at Zap Fitness Everard Park
Address: 98 Anzac Highway, Everard Park SA 5035
Phone: 0449 595 772
Email: [email protected]
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