McDonald's Can Help You Get Fit!
Brian Calkins - NSCA-CPT, ACE | Cincinnati, Ohio
Have you ever compared your fitness plan to McDonald's?
Hmmm, that's a strange question, especially coming from a personal trainer.
If you have seen the movie "Supersize Me," a real life documentary of a very healthy and fit man who ate nothing but McDonald's for an entire month and completely sabotaged his health, you likely would think comparing your fitness plan to McDonald's crazy! But allow me to explain why you might want to start emulating some of the things that McDonald's does if you're going to achieve maximum success with your health, fitness, energy and body.
What in the world could you apply to your personal fitness from McDonald's?
It's simple: create a systematized way of exercising!
Other than being the second largest private land owner in the world, the thing that McDonald's does exceptionally well is to deliver a consistent product through a replicable system.
They have a system that will provide you the same hamburger whether you're in Cincinnati, OH or in Phoenix, AZ.
They've got a system for how the staff delivers the food to the customer.
They've got a specific system for opening a new location.
They've even got a system for cleaning the restaurant.
As a result, people will pay big bucks for a McDonald's franchise because they deliver systems that virtually guarantee success.
When was the last time you saw a McDonald's fail?
So, here are the two big questions for you:
- Can you create replicable fitness systems?
- Would it improve your health, energy, fitness and body?
The answer to both is a resounding YES!
Here are three easy steps to start you on your way to creating a systematic approach to your fitness:
1. Begin documenting everything you do and organize it into your own "franchise operations manual." Write down everything from what and how much you eat, to the way that you do your workouts, to how much sleep you get. Then organize it in a simple and easy to follow fashion. Pretend like you are writing the entire plan for a friend and then begin to implement it yourself first. People who write down and measure their goals are far more successful than those who do not.
2. Start delegating "minimum wage work." Well, Brian, that sounds good for a fast food restaurant, but how would that apply to my fitness? Simple, let others do some of the work. Hire a trainer who already has documented and proven steps for fitness success, shorten your workouts by making them a bit more intense, workout closer to home so that you will do them more often, use convenient yet healthy foods. Keep it simple and success will follow.
3. Make it turnkey. The biggest reason for McDonald's success is the fact that you don't have to be an expert at making burgers to run a successful franchise. Everything is laid out for the franchisee, step by step. With your fitness, join a group of others who have already achieved the success you desire. Maybe it's a running group, a cycling group, a recreational sports league, a fitness boot camp, or a small group personal training program. The point is the program should be so effective that all you have to do is plug yourself into the system to achieve the same results.
And you never thought anything good came from McDonalds!
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