Setbacks Happen

Everyone has challenges.

We all have commitments that take priority over the gym sometimes, forcing us to put our fitness pursuits temporarily on hold. That’s reality.

One thing I dislike about blogs and social media, especially from the fitness community, is the fact the true fitness “names” in the industry (the ones with physiques to aspire to) rarely discuss the down days. Even fitness models have bad days, get sick, and have ups and downs in both life and the gym. They just don’t post about it very often, because that’s not the image they want portrayed in public. We all face those challenges.

But the difference between those who succeed and those who continually go in circles is what is done during and following that bad day. Recognize you just didn’t have it on that day and take steps to move past it. DO NOT dwell on your bad days or they’ll lead to many more to follow. Cheat on your diet? Focus on making the next day letter perfect in and out of the gym and you’ll quickly get turned in the right direction.

When you start to think negatively, work at altering those thoughts into positive ones! Mindset is everything.

If you don’t believe you can achieve your fitness goals, who else will?


Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.