Success is defined differently for everyone, but we tend to forget that when it comes to fitness. So often, we measure ourselves by the barometer set by the world around us rather than taking time to stop and think about what we truly want and what we truly need as we set goals and seek success in achieving them. Not everyone is on a quest for a bikini body. Not everyone is laser-focused on getting muscles that could land them on the cover of a magazine. Some of us just need to slim down a bit or tone up. Some of us just need to strengthen our muscles and increase our flexibility for functional life. Some of us just need to create—and maintain—a fitness routine. And some of us need to regain a confidence in our body that makes us look and feel like we’re the person we want the world to see.
How, then, should you define your success in the gym, when success is so subjective? Above all, success at the gym should be defined by your actual health and where YOU, as a unique individual, have started. THAT should be your guide and your gauge as you lay the foundation for your goals. Look at things objectively as you work through every minute of every workout and sweat it out. Are you reaching a healthy weight? Are your muscles and joints getting stronger? Is your heart rate reaching a healthier level? These are all things that are important to life, period, but we often skip over those basic markers of success as we focus on the expectations of the rest of the world. But every step in the right direction from where you started is a success, regardless of how small it seems to everyone else.
“As someone in the fitness industry, I believe the first way to help people feel and see progress is to identify their personal goal, which is key in being able to move towards whatever that goal may be and celebrate success as it comes,” says Sara Kluttz, owner of Prime Fitness in Clarksville. With more than six years in the industry, Kluttz knows the importance of individualizing goals in identifying and defining success, and she and her team make taking that personalized approach with every client core in keeping them on track and encouraged in the results they see. “The only way we can recognize and fight for their success is if we take time to know them each as an individual.”
"As someone in the fitness industry, I believe the first way to help people feel and see progress is to identify their personal goal, which is key in being able to move towards whatever that goal may be and celebrate success as it comes." - Sara Kluttz
So how is success measurable? Some would say that the scale is the best marker, but Kluttz disagrees. “If our members have a scale at home, we often encourage them to get rid of it. We like to use our Inbody, bioelectrical impedance test to measure our clients’ body compositions and progress,” she says. “This test gives a true picture of an individual's health by showing body fat percentages and lean muscle mass. It also provides an individual's basal metabolic rate. Weighing on a scale can quickly become a form of slavery for people, and we want to help people move forward to freedom.”
It’s also important to see the full picture. “We want people to be proud of what they see in the mirror, but this goes deeper than weight loss into helping people learn how to define their own self-worth. That self-worth enables them to take pride in and really recognized the progress they’ve made—whatever that might be.” And at the end of the day, that’s the greatest success of all.
Prime Fitness is located at 2231 Madison Street, Clarksville, Tennessee 37043. For more information, call (931) 245-2485 or visit www.primefitnessclarksville.com.