Most people that step foot in any type of gym or training facility are looking for one of two things, a change in their physique or their performance. Both of these things take patience, focus, and your effort. No trainer, program and supplement can make you look or perform a certain way. Ultimately your progress and results are in your hands.
Look I get it, most of us don’t want the burden of figuring things out on our own, but we honestly don’t have a choice. Even having the best trainer in the world doesn’t mean you will have the best body or performance; it’s all in your hands. It’s up to you to stay focused, put in the work, make the time, practice and educate yourself. You need to understand what makes you tick, you need to listen to your body, you need to advocate for yourself, you need to do your research…it’s on you!
There is no magic pill. Just work. No one can do it for you.
I often get asked by students, “What can I do outside of the gym to get better?”. My answer…practice. It’s that simple. Many people think you need to spend loads of money on private training to get better, and while that will help having a teacher there watching and giving you cues, it’s up to you to take the time outside of your “gym time” to practice your craft. You won’t just magically get better by doing a private lesson or class here and there. Private lessons should be an opportunity to learn something new to go home and practice. They should be check in sessions, tweaking time.
Students then ask me, “What should I practice?”. My answer…what do I tell you to do in class when I come correct you, practice that. Again it’s that simple. There is no magic formula. If I tell you you need to keep your hands up go home and throw punches in the mirror and keep your hands up. If I tell you to extend your arms or rotate your body, go do that over and over again.
I think sometimes people try to make things more complicated than they need to be. Don’t make things more difficult; keep it simple. Do the work and commit to getting it right. I provide my students with tons of resources to utilize outside of class time to improve. We have YouTube videos that go over loads of boxing skill instruction, I have other YouTubers’ videos that I recommend, I go over combos and skills in every class, and so on. All you have to do is take responsibility for your fitness, progress and success and take advantage of the resource. It’s in your hands.
It’s not up to me how good you get at boxing or how much your body changes and how quickly. It’s up to you (and your genetics). Your jab won’t get better if you don’t practice what I coach you on in class. You have to do something about it.
Just like anything in life, things don’t just magically get better or change, you have to make things happen. This is why this is on our Gym Rules banner at the club. It’s a reminder that you are in control of what you get out of your training time, not me, not any coach. Coaches are there to guide you. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.
So it’s time for me to throw the question back at you…what do you need to do to get better?
Jessica Storch, MA is a boxing coach, personal trainer, health coach and owner of Knockout Women's Boxing Club in Westmont, IL. Her mission is to empower women to be their best through the sport of boxing. She promotes a health focused mentality and encourages women to let go of the diet mentality. Jessica believes weight loss doesn't equal health and works with women to support them in building healthy lifestyles and happy lives.