Guest Post – Brian Cook, Adding Accountability To Your Workout

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eatinghealthyHow many times have you said yourself, “My diet starts Monday” or “I’ll skip the gym today, but go tomorrow”? Chances are no one is there to encourage and motivate you to actually follow through on your plans to get in shape. This is one of the biggest obstacles women face when trying to lose weight. There is a major lack of accountability when you only have to answer to yourself if you don’t get to the gym or stick to your planned diet. Here are some ways to add the accountability factor to your workout, enhancing your results and making the process more enjoyable.

Set a goal and track it

A great way to make sure you meet your goals on an individual level is to keep a log of your progress. Seeing your goals in writing and documenting your physical transformation will motivate you to meet your checkpoints.

Work out with friends

jogsnowSyncing your workout schedule with friends will help you stay on track. You will be more motivated to go when you know that others are waiting for you. And most friends won’t let you get away from a workout that easily! Not only will you have someone to hold you accountable, you will be surrounded by emotional support.

Join a fitness facility like Get In Shape For Women that encourages accountability

Even if your friends are tough, it’s important to have someone else to answer to. Join a gym, like Get In Shape For Women, where fitness trainers hold you accountable for your results. Having a trainer push you to meet your goals will help speed along the process in a healthy way. You will find yourself skipping fewer workouts knowing that a professional is rooting for you and holding you responsible.

Utilize Social Media

Post your “before” photos to Facebook or create a blog to document your progress.

It may sound scary, but that’s why it works! Post your “before” photos to Facebook or create a blog to document your progress. When you know people are watching, you will be more motivated to reach your fitness goals.

– Brian Cook is the founder and CEO of Get In Shape For Women, a national gym franchise where personal trainers work with small groups – up to four women at a time – in a private, upscale studio. The four-part transformation model combines cardio, strength training, nutrition support and accountability into each one-hour session. Cook, a 20 year veteran in the fitness industry who started as a personal trainer at age 20, opened the first Get In Shape For Women studio in Bedford, Mass. in 2006. Today there are 100 locations across the country. For more information, visit


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