“Success is all down to how badly you want it. Nothing will ever be handed to you, and if it is you never appreciate it anyway. Successful people are hard workers. Period!”
— Michelle Bridges
There’s a lot you can learn from Michelle Bridges. Not just in relation to reaching your health and fitness goals, but about life in general.
Michelle has been a trainer on the Australian version of The Biggest Loser since 2007. She is the author of eight bestselling books including Crunch Time: Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off, and Losing the Last 5 Kilos: Your Kick-Arse Guide to Looking and Feeling Fantastic.
She started the on-line 12 Week Body Transformation program in 2012 and has helped people around the world lose over a million pounds.
Michelle has been a go-getter since she was 14 when she began teaching fitness to the other teenagers at her school. At the age of 26 she realized that it was time to take her fitness career to the next level and moved to Sydney, Australia where, with $275 in the bank, she began her own personal training business, became a freelance group fitness instructor and a trainer for Les Mills.
The business that she began with $275 is now a multi-million fitness empire that reaches people across the globe.
Her enthusiasm for health and fitness is infectious and engages millions of people around the world. Much of her inspiration comes from her “don’t overthink it, just friggin do it” mantra.
Besides, “just friggin do it”, here are five things that you can learn from Michelle:
1. Motivation Is Like A Bad Boyfriend – Michelle is shocked by the obesity epidemic that is facing many countries and says that people are eating their way to the grave. She believes part of the problem is that people are hung up on motivation and if you’re waiting around for it, it may never come. Losing weight isn’t about motivation. “No way. Motivation is a crock, you see. I’m in the motivation business; but motivation is like a bad boyfriend. He’s never there when you need him.” Michelle says being healthy is about forming good habits and practices.”
2. No Matter What Exercise You’re Doing, Go Hard In the End – Michelle calls this the Final Blast and says it’s what you have to do at the end of every workout. “Leave it all on the field. Hold nothing back. Go all in.” Whatever you’re doing, whether it’s running, doing ab crunches or squatting, the final push at the end will help your fitness go up and your weight go down.
3. Don’t Let Low Temps Keep You From Training – Michelle answers the age old question, “How do you stay motivated to exercise in the winter?” She says she likes to look at winter exercise as “a time of careful preparation for the coming spring and summer.” If you’re not sure how to approach exercise during the winter months, consult with a personal trainer who can help you put a plan in place. Whatever you do, don’t use the winter months as an excuse not to exercise.
4. Unless You Change Your Mind Set Your Weight Loss Endeavors Will Fail – One of the biggest challenge Michelle faces in helping people achieve their weight loss goals is getting them to overcome the victim mentality and the blame game. They say “It’s not my fault, it’s my children’s fault.” Or, “It my husband’s fault. When the truth is staring back at them from the fridge.” Her advice is to ditch the victim mentality and start accepting responsibility for absolutely everything you do. Everything.
5. Accept Your Body For The Things It Can and Cannot Do – Comparing ourselves with others isn’t just bad. It’s disastrous. You probably heard your parents tell you when you were young that there will always be someone better looking, smarter, and more athletic than you. Michelle agrees. “Put the work into your emotional self to get to a state of truly accepting your body as the gift that it is – the way it looks, and the things it can and can’t do.” It’s okay to be you.
Last year Michelle came to the United States to launch her 12 Week Body Transformation and is quickly becoming a fitness celebrity here too. She is in the business of changing lives and works to help people conquer their mental barriers about weight loss, food and exercise.
According to Michelle, “The whole yo-yo—up-down, off-on, in-out is far more damaging than being overweight will ever be because that stuff messes with your head. It’s almost like psychological obesity. Then I come in with a sledgehammer and go, “Right. Let’s get real!”
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