It is no secret that the ladies of Alloy for Women have come to this one place to be held accountable for getting to their goals. But what most of you didn’t realize is that you are being held accountable in more ways than one!
Accountable – subject to the obligation to report, explain or justify something; responsible; answerable.
That definition sounds simple enough and one that I think that we can all agree with. But that is merely the tip of the iceberg as I am about to lay out what is called the Accountability Triangle.
- Before you even step into the gym you have decided that this is the right time to get started. In doing so you are making the biggest commitment of all and that is to YOURSELF. For some it simply means making their workout sessions the most important thing on their calendar. For others, it means making sure that they make it to the gym so that the money that they have invested does not go to waste. Whatever the case may be, you are the first line of defense and if you cannot commit to yourself then committing to anything else is not possible.
To The Coaches:
- After you’ve established your personal accountability you create accountability with the gym/coaches. It’s simple, you agree to show up, do your best and don’t screw it up by going home and eating yourself into a comma. As coaches we agree to show up on time, keep you safe, give you an awesome effective workout and keep you wanting to come back for more. It sounds easy but just like any new relationship, the honeymoon period ends and the real work is not so sexy as time goes on. Both parties have to take the same level of excitement and commitment that was there in the beginning and keep it going.
To Your Peers:
- Lastly, when you become a member of APTW you meet many ladies who have pretty much the same inside and outside of the gym goals. Many friendships have been formed by simply working out with the same group of people week in and week out. The bonds make it such that when someone is not in attendance for whatever reason it is noticed and the group is concerned and curious. Being accountable to people who weeks or months ago you didn’t even know is pretty powerful stuff. Those bonds formed over sweat (and possibly a few tears) are hard to break and they serve and motivation to stay on track.
So there you have it, the secret sauce to achieving your health & fitness goals has been revealed. Now if I can just hypnotize you into making healthy nutrition choices 80-90% of the time then we are golden!