Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be wrapping up the two part series on playing to your strengths. Now be sure to read part one if you haven’t already at the link here: And as always, if you have any questions about today’s blog then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

Welcome back to our two part series! Last time we were talking about playing to your strengths. This is true in everyday life and it is true in fitness. A lot of people at this time of year are still bouncing around trying to find a plan that is going to work for them. So like if you’re jumping out to join, say, a crossfit program and all you’ve ever done is a walking program, it might not be the best fit for you. If you are a strict runner and you go in and just determined to start lifting weights and you start powerlifting, that might not be the right fit for you. The thing is, not only is it going to be an oops, I made a mistake, I didn’t play to my strengths, but it’s also possibly going to lead to injury, whether that’s nutrition or exercise.

We want to make sure that whatever we’re doing is a good fit to your strengths. That doesn’t mean that we avoid the weaknesses, I don’t avoid math by any means, but it’s not the main part of my day, right? Same thing with exercise and nutrition, if you choose something that is … as a runner, maybe you’re choosing weightlifting, that’s awesome. Cross training is hugely beneficial. But it doesn’t mean that weight training needs to take up every moment, and you probably need some help with form and function on that to make sure that you’re getting the right type of weight training to cross train with the running to make sure that you’re building in lateral motions, to make sure that you’re building rear strength as well as the entire posterior chain.

We’ve got to make sure that we’re getting what we need to build some of those weaknesses and to help our body become more whole, more balanced through that process, but not overdoing it where we focus only on the weakest areas. A lot of times for nutrition, for instance, that’s calorie deprivation, right, where we just don’t eat enough calories during the day, we lower it down 500, 800 calories, and we think we can make it through. The thing is that your body wasn’t made to run on that, so that would be something that would be a weakness for your body physiologically. While we can do some calorie deprivation, we don’t need to go that severe. We need to bring it back, play to our strengths where we know that we can fuel ourselves with healthier food options and be able to still achieve the same results.

One last area that I think of whenever it comes to playing to your strengths is change. Change is so hard for everyone. We’re human, we really don’t like change, it just isn’t something that any of us enjoy. It could be the smallest change, it could be changing up what kind of purse you’re carrying or what kind of car you’re driving. It could be a huge change. It could be relocating to another state without family or friends. It could be changing your job. Change is hard.

Whenever we go into the new year, a lot of times, we take change and we say, “Ah, I didn’t do it last year but it’s because I wasn’t strong enough. This year I have more willpower. I’m going to do it and it’s all happening in the next seven days.” That’s great to think that way, to have that kind of empathic emotion about it. But the problem is that we also have to look at it through realism. We have to think about it in a realistic way to realize that change will only occur in small steps over time. We have to understand that that progress, even though it may not be 15 inches in the first two weeks, is happening slowly over time and progress is more than just getting results. Progress is sustained results over time. That’s helping you to make a lifetime change out of this instead of just making it happen right now.

That’s going to end part two of our play to your strengths series! I hope that you all enjoyed today’s blog and got a lot out of it. I know that talking about strengths can be really hard for some people. Some people don’t think that they have any real strengths or don’t think that have strengths that they can do anything with,  but there is always value in your strengths. So I want you to really think about it, what are your strengths? What could you do more in your area of strengths? What things do you need help with, maybe there are weaknesses that you could build to be more of a strength without making them the sole focus of your plan, and how could we make this fit you better, whether that’s in health and nutrition and fitness or whether that is just in life in general?

If you are wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work with our clients not just on fitness, but also nutrition. What we do is we will ensure that you are supported throughout every aspect of your health and wellness journey, and that includes making those eating changes. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.