Imagine if you turned up to your first ever kitesurfing lesson and the instructor handed you the kite, pointed at the water and told you to knock yourself out.
I doubt you’d be that impressed.
But that’s exactly what we do in the health and fitness industry all the time.
You rock up at the gym, have an hour induction and are left to it.
You sign up to a weight loss program, are given a few recipes and are told to get on with it.
No wonder so many people fail.
Exercise and weight loss are SKILLS, and they’re very complex skills. Let’s have a look at just some of the sub skills you have to learn: * How to exercise correctly so you wont get injured. * How often you can exercise and how much recovery you need. * What you should be eating, how much and when. * How to shop for food effectively. * Strategies for dealing with social events. * How to cook
And that’s just the start…there are literally thousands of sub skills you need to learn and like any complex skill they take a long time to master.
As a result there will be learning experiences (ie. failures) along the way, that means at times you will get off course, you will mess up…and you know what?
Because each failure teaches you something and means you are learning the skill more completely.
True mastery in any skill isn’t something you’re born with, it’s something you learn.
“Absolutely awful experience, I want my money back.”
My eyes widened in surprise, my jaw dropped almost to the floor.
And this after a week of kitesurfing where we had been at the beach for between 6 and 9 hours a day, every day. In my mind it had been as good a week as you could possibly expect to have and I was certain everyone would have loved it.
I chatted with some of the instructors and all of them told me the same story.
Yes the wind had been amazing, yes, everyone had progressed a tonne, except for this person (who shall remain nameless, lets. call them X).
Why? I asked.
Because they’d spent most of the time in the bar!
WHAT? I said…
Yeah, they continued, for the first 2 days X was loving it, was out every minute, flying up and down and improving rapidly, then day 3 came and they had to wake X up to get them to the beach.
When they got there X had to go and have some breakfast and a few coffees and then came back and set up the kite very slowly, and finally got on the water about 4 hours after arriving at the beach. After about 30 mins X came back off the water, had a sleep and then went and had a few beers.
This set the tone for the entire week.
This very incident forced me to make a change in the way we operated. You see I was actually quite sympathetic to X’s plight. I realised that due to the fact that we could be at the beach kitesurfing for up to 8 hours a day, many people just weren’t in good enough physical shape to actually last for an entire week.
They’d love it for the first few days and then it would all catch up them and they’d end up treading water for the rest of the week, not improving and not really enjoying it, which wasn’t what they or I wanted.
So we started preparing people before they came. I would work with them personally to build a program they could do which would get them in great shape, burn through those extra kilos and ultimately give them a LOT more energy and stamina when they actually get on holiday with us so they could kitesurf at 100% for the entire week.
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Here I was, lying on my kite board, on a totally flat ocean, freezing my ass off, attempting to surf.
And it was the best morning I’d spent for months!
There was absolutely no chance of me catching a wave but it was a windless, crystal clear day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and I was chatting to a mate.
I realised life doesn’t get much better than this.
One of the things we were talking about was how we had this all this on our door step, yet we barely if ever did it.
It had taken 2 months of lockdown for us to actually get off our ass and go “surfing,”or as it’s more commonly known sitting on a board, on an endless ocean, chatting shit whilst shivering our balls off, (well I was, he had a bit more “insulation” than I did!).
We got to talking about why this was?
We realised that as we’d got older our priorities had subtly shifted, we both had good jobs which we enjoyed but which also took up a lot of our time.
In my friends case he’d started sleeping less and less and as a result was working out less and less and even when he had the time he simply had less energy to do the things he really wanted to do.
So the thought of getting up at the crack of dawn to go surfing wasn’t something he’d ever really considered.
Unfortunately it’s something I see again and again. As people get older they make less and less time for the things they love. This happens naturally enough at first, job, kids, life just get in the way.
By the time they know it they’re 40, a bit chubbier, a bit more out of shape, and while they LOVE the idea of heading out and indulging their passions…
They just can’t seem to find the motivation, the time or the energy to do so…beside they’d better get in shape first, after all, they don’t want to get injured.
The tragic thing, which we we discovered that waveless day…
These sports, these things you love, once you do start doing them again they provide their own intrinsic motivation.
They become the reason to get fit, to lose those pounds, to feel awesome and perform better.
At first I was pretty shocked, my first response was to be angry. After all, no one likes being hung up on.
Then I started to think about it and realised it was a shame that he’d reacted like that.
I really could have helped him and now would never get the chance.
You see, I was on a call with a guy yesterday who wanted to lose 45 kilos and had tried everything, but just couldn’t shift the weight and keep it off.
I was really excited as these are the people who I love getting results for at it literally changes their life.
Everything was going great until he asked me what diet I follow.
I told him I follow my own diet but that it includes meat.
He lost it. He told me he was vegan and so how could I possibly help him.
He asked me if I’d ever been vegan. I told him “No.”
He rolled his eyes and said, “So how the hell are you going to help me? You eat meat, you’ve never been vegan!”
This was the moment he hung up.
Now he was absolutely right, as I said, I’ve never been vegan and have no intention of ever being vegan…but it doesn’t mean I don’t know how to help vegans lose weight.
You see, weight loss is independent of which particular diet you’re following.
The underlying principles of weight loss apply across all diets…
So I don’t care if your Vegan or full blown Carnivore, Keto, Paleo, Atkins, Weight Watchers or anything in-between…it really makes no difference to me (it doesn’t mean I don’t understand each of those diets in detail…I do)
But by following the plan in our NTX Weight Loss Program you can be on any diet you want and still lose weight.
Dave’s been a kitesurfer for 12 years, last week he gave up and sold his kites…
When he first started he dreamed of being a lean, ripped kiter (like the ones he’d seen at the beach) kiting was his motivation and his inspiration to lose the weight he was carrying, to eat healthy, to get in shape. Now he could kite it meant he wouldn’t have to pack himself into a gym anymore. He could combine being outside doing something he loved, with getting fit and losing weight.
Only it didn’t quite work out like that.
He could never seem to build up a routine or be consistent enough in his efforts to really shift the weight and get in shape. Oftentimes work simply meant he didn’t have the time to build a routine or life simply got in the way. Many times when he did manage to get in good habits for a few weeks something would happen outside of his control which would mean he’d have to ditch all the good habits, as he had to sort out the crisis happening in his life.
He woke up most mornings, looked in the mirror and wasn’t really happy with what he saw, and worse he was starting to notice the effects when he went kiting. Because of his lack of physical fitness and the growing spare tyre he was carrying about his midriff, he was losing stamina and confidence on the water.
He knew he should do something about it, but just couldn’t seem to get motivated to actually start.
One day after a particularly terrible session on the water he decided enough was enough. He was going to shift the weight and get in shape for good. After all he was a success in a lot of other areas in life, why was this so hard for him?
He booked a kiting holiday to act as motivation, giving himself a target to get in shape for.
And he dug in, he gave up the booze, he watched what he ate, he started jogging. And he started losing weight, SLOWLY, but hey it was better than nothing. But it was hard work, he had to give up a lot of things he loved and constantly wondered “do I have to live like this forever?”
He was determined to crack this however so he kept it up.
As he started to lose a few kilos and feel a bit better about himself, the motivation he had to lose the weight started to disappear and he started having a few treats he knew he shouldn’t be having, a few more beers at dinner time, he skipped more and more workouts. Before he knew it, all his good habits had disappeared and he was back to where he started.
The kiting holiday was coming up and despite being in pretty bad shape he went, thinking he’d take it easy and maybe it would be the kick start he needed.
On day 3 after having had 2 great days on the water he felt something tweak. He always knew that having a gut was putting pressure on his back and the added forces applied by kitesurfing just proved too much. He spent the rest of the holiday barely able to move, let alone get out onto the water. Over the next few weeks of recovery, as a result of comfort eating and not moving much, he piled the pounds on.
After following this exhausting cycle of boom and bust for 15 years Dave finally decided he was just getting old and had to accept it, he sold his kites.
Dave is not alone in this. For many this constant cycle into and out of form gets so tiresome. They simply can’t see a way to balance their lifestyle with staying lean and in shape, it seems a constant choice between one or the other. Their weight starts to effect their ability and confidence on the water. They begin to identify themselves as being an inactive person, not the dynamic, lean kitesurfer they had dreamed of being, and despite being pretty pissed off, they can’t seem to do anything about it.
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