We are more alike than you may think. At the end of the day, I'm a girl who wants to maintain a certain level of health, flexibility, and strength. I want to workout often, understand how to eat well and have somebody else tell me what to do at the gym. I don't want to have to think too hard about it, or else I won't do it.
On any given day I'm standing for 4+ hours at a time, moving, sweating, instructing and guiding. Things can get dicey if I don't take care of my body or if I get an inadequate amount of sleep. Some days are easier than others. With that being said, after ten years, I've adopted a few tricks that have helped me become a successful coach. They've ensured my longevity, sanity + effectiveness with clients.
#1: Don't do extra. We live in a world of "go faster, push harder, do more, be more." It's really hard to maintain that mindset if you push past your limit at every-single-session. As I coach, I'm always going to offer that challenge, but at the end of the day, it's YOUR workout. Somedays you can't give more or simply just don't want to and that's perfectly fine. If you're in this for the long haul, stop maxing out and start slowing down. This way you can focus on form vs. feeling stressed that you're not going hard enough. Pull back. It's the right thing to do.
#2: Always use a timer. Rather than counting reps, set a timer. Timing yourself takes out an extra component that in turn creates a better flow. I SWEAR by my timer. I'm able to provide helpful feedback for my clients in real time without having to worry about rep counts. It's also a powerful tool in how you utilize your time. My motto is to work harder for shorter. Go hard for 30-60 seconds, rest for 10, then repeat. After 20 minutes of these short intervals, you're breathless + challenged. This creates a rock solid client experience without having to use a lot of equipment. That's a huge pain point for people who don't have a ton of money to spend on their fitness but want to reap the benefits. Keep it simple.
#3: When in doubt, cardio blast! Programming a workout routine for yourself can be tough. Figuring out what exercises to do can be like trying to solve a puzzle. If you feel like things are too easy mid-workout, try adding a 60-second cardio blast. I tend to shift my training plans around based off how my clients are performing. If I feel like they're getting too comfortable I toss in a set of mountain climbers, sprints, plank jacks, jump squats or burpees. It creates an entirely different vibe within the workout and is very effective. This is the best way to work on conditioning without having to get on the treadmill.