In my HK 422 “Basic Concepts in Exercise Program Design” class, we are learning about the importance of motivation in exercise prescription. The first thing you are supposed to do with a client is ask them why they are seeing you. If there answer is “I want to lose weight” that isn’t good enough. We, the fitness professionals, have to get down and deep. “Why do you want to lose weight?” If they say, “To get healthy”, “Why?”. The client has to change themselves, and they won’t be able to change without a little challenge. Motivation gives us drive, desire, and resolve to complete the steps required to reach the goal.
My professor had us send him a motivational video we liked. He chose different ones for the class to observe and rank why they liked them and why they were effective. Here they are in the order I put them in:
- We Are Free
- Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules
- Nike “Rise and Shine” Advertisement
- Success = Breathing
- Laser Focus
- Famous Failures
- Kid President
- Eric Thomas
I honestly loved them all, it was hard to decide. All college students must watch Laser Focus and Success=Breathing. Those pushed my “party girl” and “no sleep” buttons! The Kid President is great! I just put him lower because I’ve seen him before- a little overplayed maybe. I also really liked Famous Failures. And I would love to show Eric Thomas to a friend who I think would relate to him, but I just didn’t feel it.
They are all good! Everybody ranked them differently. The classes top 3 were:
It is clear that everybody has a different trigger- what motivated me didn’t necessarily motivate the girl next to me. People need to be stimulated deeper. We, the fitness professionals, need to find that trigger!
I like the We Are Free video best because it really connected with the way I feel trapped sometimes. I get so busy that I forget that I am free. Watching that video made me a happier person because I realized everything I am busy doing I am choosing to do, and I am on a beautiful journey every day to create the best version of myself ❤ A goal that I am already accomplishing!