5 Hacks to go From ‘Blah’ to ‘BeastMode’ in the Gym

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By darren

About darren

I am lucky enough to do everyday what I love. Working with motivated passionate coaches and clients who share my vision for a healthy, fit and grateful modern world. Staying abreast of best practices, implementing what I learn in my own life so that I can then teach those around me is what gets me up early on cold dark Winters mornings. I'd be keen to assist you when you are ready.
I’ve had several Personal Training clients go from ‘Blah’ to ‘BeastMode’ over the past month. It’s been amazing to watch and I want to share with you how you too can change the results you are getting overnight.
I’ve seen clients:
– Turn up to the gym with a new found motivation that just appeared from nowhere.
– Achieve goals that we have been working on for years with less effort than it took to not achieve them.
– Bodies transform into lean, fit machines after struggling with trying to get in shape.
…and these things are continuing. It’s not unusual that I see these transformations before my clients do because I’m doing this all day every day and it’s what I love.
I know for most they choose Personal Training because they know that if they have an appointment they will be sure to turn up. In my 20 (cough) plus years of being a Trainer, I’ve come to realise that turning up is just half the battle…. maybe even more than half for many. The other half is the attention, understanding, and effort that you give when you are at the gym.
I know myself that I have gone through periods of ‘just turning up’ to training (and in other areas of my life), and not giving 100%, but just doing enough to get by and not slide backwards too far. I once heard a saying that has stayed with me: “If you are not moving forwards, you are moving backwards.” In my experience I can’t help but agree with this quote.
There are, however, periods in our life when just turning up is a massive effort and that’s all we can manage. However, these times should be few and far between. If they’re not few and far between, it’s time to take a big step back and re-evaluate your life and find out what is draining you.
So, what have been the 5 hacks (for lack of a better word) that have brought about these amazing, rapid fire results.
1. A Serious Elimination or Reduction of Alcohol
This has without doubt been the number 1 change that I have seen in my clients that has led to their massive shift.
Several of my clients referenced that they were inspired and by THIS article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Peter Fitzsimmons.
2. A Conscious Focus on Improving Sleep Quality 
Just doing number 1 makes a massive difference to sleep. But there certainly have been other changes such as no computer, devices or TV after dinner that have been reported back to me.
For how to hit sleep nirvana, check out Do’s and Don’s For a Good Nights Sleep.
3. They Set a Goal
For some it was an event like a 1/2 Marathon or next year’s CrossFit Open and for some it was to commit to an increased number of sessions a week or walking around the block after dinner.
Check out these two articles on goal setting from Dan
Setting Up Your Training Goals
Two Key Points on Goal Setting
4. They Had Regular Recurring Measures
This is something I have been pushing more and more as I have seen how the accountability of regular quarterly measures (bio-impedance body composition analysis) creates a point in time that drives motivation and action today.
Read This Keeps Me on Track.
5. Been Training with Others
I’ve noticed in myself that I am more motivated, have a higher chance of turning up and try harder plus have a better time, when I train with someone else or a few people. It’s for this reason that I have started to couple and triple my clients into training together.
To all my clients and members, I’m proud to all of you for both turning up when that’s all you can manage and for that extra effort when you have it.

  • Thanks Darren. Great post. I can attest to 1. 3. 4. and 5 above (have reduced alcohol lately, have a goal to complete a half-marathon in May, have had measures consistently so far this year and that helps keep my on track – I want to show up same or better than the last measure – and 5 – have been doing group runs on a Sunday morning and that’s been a lot of fun. I still struggle with 2.-sleep and devices some days. Ok, many days 😉 #writingfrommyipad