Dylan had been an athlete throughout his high school and college years, so he knew the basics of strength training, nutrition and exercise. But he knew that taking action and staying committed wouldn’t be easy, even with all of his knowledge and experience.
“I didn’t want to fall off the bandwagon again, so I decided to join Fit Factory and set specific goals and checkpoints to keep me on track.”
Here were a few of Dylan’s goals:
Work out 4x each week (a mix of strength training, agility and cardio)
Lose one pound per week (total of 25 pounds)
Build lean muscle mass to 85% bodyweight
Decrease fat percentage to 12% bodyweight
With this set of clear goals, he knew he could stay motivated and focused...and start making progress on his fitness journey.
Dylan had been active and healthy for his entire childhood, but after he graduated from college and got his first desk job, his lifestyle became more sedentary.
“After sitting at work for eight hours, I’d get home and sit right down on the couch to watch TV and drink a couple of beers—I needed to turn my habits around, big time.”
Dylan wanted to be fit, active and healthy for the rest of his life, and he was ready to take steps towards change—starting with joining Fit Factory.
“I wanted to be healthy and set an example for my kids...but not at the expense of my kids. It was important to me to have that balance in my fitness routine.”
Even though he knew he could lift weights or take up running by himself, he wanted the community and camaraderie of a close-knit gym family. “Growing up playing sports, I always loved the team mentality and I knew that I could be successful if I had that again. I get bored working out alone and it’s motivating to have people pushing you forward and keeping you accountable.”
EXCUSES & CHALLENGES
We all face obstacles on our personal fitness journeys—’cause let’s face it, making health changes is hard. Dylan struggled to align his new workout habits with improved nutrition in order to lose weight.
“I wanted to have a drink and eat dessert every night...and still lose weight. When the scale wasn’t budging, I realized that nothing would change unless my habits really changed.”
Now, he gives himself one cheat day a week and sticks to a clean diet the rest of the time.
He also began to feel discouraged when he didn’t see dramatic physical changes right away.
“When I was working out and playing sports in college, I was used to lifting a certain amount of weight or seeing a certain amount of definition in my muscles. Two weeks in, I was frustrated that I wasn’t at that point yet.”
After checking in with a personal trainer, Dylan refocused on his timeline and long-term goals. This wasn’t about overnight success or instant progress—he was on a lifelong health journey and that would take time.