Deadlines and Contests: The Keys to Achieving Your Fitness Goals

So why are deadlines and contest so important to achieving your fitness goals?

Have you ever told yourself that you are going to lose weight and get fit in time for spring, only to be frustrated when warm weather rolls around?

It’s easy to hide behind heavy winter clothes, but when the mercury starts climbing, the clothes get lighter and we can’t hide any more. “Why didn’t I start working out weeks ago?” and we ask ourselves, “if only I had started sooner!”

Remember a Summer body is made in Winter and maintained in the sunshine; so why not read my blog Winter Weight Gain for some great tips

Regret-Proof Your Spring: Set a Deadline!

The best way to protect yourself from a regret-filled spring is to set a deadline and start NOW. Deadlines are powerful motivators. Without a deadline, you really have no set-point toward which to work. You have nothing pushing you and we need to be pushed.

Deadlines create a sense of urgency. They help you position yourself to succeed, because that final date is always staring back at you. It forces you to prioritise and strategise. Otherwise, you will let things slide and you will keep putting off the workout, insisting instead that tomorrow you will start eating better.

Have a goal in mind, why not chose an event you want to complete, maybe its a Mud Run or a 10k. Or maybe you want to get in shape for an up and coming big event, like a wedding, anniversary or holiday.

Without a deadline, tomorrow never comes.

It’s Time to Shake Things Up!


If you keep doing what you have always done, you will get the results you have always had






So now it’s time to do something different. Ask yourself this question: If I keep doing what I am doing right now, will I achieve what I want to achieve? If you answered no, then it’s time for a change.

So why not get your calendar out and decide when you want to see your first wave of results.

Be realistic though; make sure you give yourself time to really dig in and see changes. But you also need to challenge yourself too; make it a little tough so you can take full advantage of the power of urgency.

Remember “Life begins outside your comfort zone”.

When you push yourself out of your usual routine, by doing something unusual you can achieve extraordinary things.

Prevent Deadline-Creep: Get Competitive

But a deadline may not be enough. Why? Because you may be tempted to move it. Deadlines are not supposed to be moving targets! So the best way to prevent deadline-creep is to get competitive!

Entering into a competition or contest is a sure way to give you the edge you need to keep yourself on track, so you achieve a finish strong.

There is something very motivating about competing with others. Just knowing that your effort and results are going to be measured alongside others really will give you an extra boost in motivation.

This is a time when a little peer pressure is useful! And you will find that those with whom you are in competition will also be your biggest cheerleaders; they know exactly what you are going through and will be there to encourage you to keep motivated.

Deadlines and contests form the perfect combination to guarantee your fitness success: so why not put them to work for you!

Spring is close enough to give you a push, but still far enough away to ensure that you have enough time to get some serious work done. I recommend you plan now to so that you greet spring and warmer weather with no regrets!

Here are links to my recent blogs on Motivation and setting yourself a SMART goal, which will provide you will many tips and ideas on how to set to an appropriate goal and keep motivated to achieve it.

Why not join one of our FLI Bootcamp sessions where you will meet like minded people to provide some peer pressure, helping you achieve your fitness and weight/fat loss goals.

Alternatively if you would like some motivation on a more personal level then ask me about one to one or small group training packages which can be tailored to suit your needs.

This month we have also launched our new FLI Fat Loss for Life course. This is a 12 week course including group health coaching and personal and Bootcamp. Our January course starting on Wednesday 13th, has one place left; however if you miss this course then there are courses starting in February and April so why not take a look.

If you have any questions about achieving your fitness goals then please contact me and we can discuss your personal requirements and tailor something especially for you

In health and happiness
Steve Denby