Progress Not Perfection.
One of the most common things we find with people training, is that the goal is generally centered around feeling good and looking good.
The problem is, that both factors affect the other synonymously. But unrealistic expectations and lack of understanding then results in negative feeling and assumption over a lack of achievement.
It’s important to understand that throughout the day, your body goes through a lot of changes. Understand that your body may feel bloated at times, especially after consuming food or water. This does NOT mean you are fat. This does NOT mean you aren’t making progress.
It’s natural, and should be embraced.
The other thing that we see a lot of; is women comparing themselves to ‘Instagram Celebs’ or ‘Fitness Models’ online…
Understand that a photo on someone’s Instagram is NEVER a reflection of how they look 24/7.
Whilst we love people sharing their physique and hard work gains, especially if it serves as good inspiration, it is important that it doesn't deflate your ego, or attitude towards your progress.
There are a number of factors that go into every photo, and lets face it, there aren’t many women out there that are going to post a photo ‘at their worst’ is there?!?!
So take the inspiration, but don’t compare yourself and feel inadequate or as if you aren’t making progress.
To illustrate our point further, our wonderful Gym Rat Zoe Lummis @MuscleBunny_Lummy has given us this perfect example.
Now Zoe is one of those Gym Rat’s that just always has abs. Her 6 pack is on display before and after a healthy serving of Chocolate Cake. She works incredibly hard for it, and we love the attitude she has towards her training. So we had her take 2 photos, one straight after the other.
This is such a good example, as this could easily be believed as a ‘Transformation” over weeks of hard work. The reality is, each photo was take 2 seconds apart.
Oh what a difference Tensing and Posing makes…
Add some lighting in there and she would have a 3rd image with even more definition and ‘development’.
We hope you are seeing the points we are trying to illustrate here. It transcends much deeper than the initial subject of viewing Instagram Images and understanding what you are really seeing.
It also shows that we all have a ‘good side’. We all have elements and things we can do to improve our ‘look’. This also hopefully explains why you see Gym Rat’s alike going to ‘posing coaches’ before they are about to hit the stage for competition. There is so much more to this than just hitting a few weights and dropping carbs…
Happy Training Gym Rats.
We love you.