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You've taken the Rewired fitness personality test and found that your predominant personality type is the Thinker. Congratulations! This is the first step toward a new you.
As a Thinker, you face specific challenges that may cause you to lose track of your fitness goals. I'm here to help you learn how to overcome these challenges and put the best parts of your personality to work for you.
I don't want to change who you are. I want help you embrace who you are so you can make calculated and informed changes. Armed with the knowledge about your personality type below, you'll be able to identify and overcome common hurdles.
You'll be able to reset, rebuild, and rewire your fitness life.
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Once you can determine which issues keep you from achieving your fitness goals, you can learn how to conquer them. Here are some of the biggest obstacles Thinkers have to overcome:
It may sound obvious, but Thinkers like to think. This is generally a positive trait, but sometimes that quality can get in the way of consistent progress.
Thinkers often get caught up in the details, they over-plan, overthink, and wind up more concerned about the hows and the whys of their program than actually doing it. We call this paralysis by over-analysis.
Thinkers are usually perfectionists. Although that's a great personality trait to have, it can lead to some fitness-related problems. One of the common pitfalls for the Thinker is that if anything unexpected comes up, like an unplanned event or program change, it can completely derail progress.
If fitness plans aren't going exactly as they should, some Thinkers quit completely until they're sure they can give their full attention.
The Thinker can have an amazing talent for turning reasons into logical-sounding excuses. By doing this, they're not only able to convince themselves to drop a program or skip a workout, but they're also able to convince the people around them. And when the people around you buy your excuses, it makes cashing reality checks a difficult endeavor. We rely on other people to give us feedback. If we don't get it, how do we make changes?
Another common challenge Thinkers might encounter is the desire to make changes to their training program. Maybe you read something that looks like it would be better or more effective, or maybe you like to customize your programs to find shortcuts or easier ways to success. Whatever the reason for doing it, Thinkers often quit partway through a program to start something else.
Program-hopping doesn't work. You have to consistently train your weakness until they become strengths, rather than continually rotating programs. Unless you're consistent with your training and nutrition, you'll never see the results you want.
Now that we've identified some of your potential pitfalls, here are some of the ways you can transform them into positive behaviors.
Stop Thinking, Start Doing
Sometimes, you just have to stop planning and start doing. It's great that you're thorough and detail-oriented. Those qualities will help you in your fitness journey. But if you are unable to get past the planning stages and walk into an actual gym, your transformation will never get off the ground.
So, put down your pencil and follow the full Rewired 9-Week Trainer. We've done all the "thinking" for you—you just need to act! Don't get hung up on minute details or fret over tiny variables, which can lead to paralysis. Grab your plan and get lifting.
Thinkers need to be patient when it comes to results. It doesn't matter which plan that you follow, it's how well you follow the plan. The same is true for nutrition. Resist the temptation to stop in the middle to try to find something that's going to work better or faster—because it probably won't. Patience and consistency are the keys to long-term progress.
It's also important to track your progress. It's easy to get discouraged if you're not seeing results, but if you have some hard data you can go back and analyze, you'll be able to see how you improve! If you're not already, start tracking your workouts, taking progress pictures, and consistently recording your measurements.
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
If something isn't going to plan, don't let it ruin your entire day or your entire transformation. Little things pop up all the time. It's just going to happen. When you feel stressed about them, take a step back and think about the bigger picture. Why did you start in the first place? Will you still be able to make progress if you have to cut your workout a little short?
You should have a plan, but you also must allow for some flexibility in that plan. Don't let hiccups get in the way of your goal.
The Next Step
Before jumping into the program, I'd like to encourage you to take some time to reflect. You should also watch some of the other fitness personality videos because we all have a little of each personality type.
The more you know about yourself, your potential challenges, and how to use your personality traits to your advantage, the more successful you'll be.
After you view the personality videos, watch the Clean Slate video. In it, you'll learn the tools and tips to help you achieve your goals.
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