Many new treadmill users often start their fitness regimen on a strong note, because they feel energetic and motivated when they start, and they also feel positive about the results that they feel they can secure with regular treadmill use. However, many will slack off with their workouts once they realize that there is a large investment of time and exertion required to see results, and that the journey will not be as easy as they initially thought it would be.
This disillusionment with exercise is a regular occurrence, and it is a fairly normal one. Everyone has a vague idea of how they will progress, but they are hesitant to invest the pain and strain required to secure real progress, especially if they don’t feel or see a physical change within the first few sessions.
This drop-off rate among treadmill users has a fairly simple explanation, because of the way that the body reacts to the stimuli that it is being subjected to. One factor that people fail to account for when they engage in fitness regimens is that fact that they are physically changing the biochemical makeup of their bodies during the initial stages of regular treadmill use.
As the body is subjected to stressful stimuli, the natural process that occurs is that the body will adapt and try to make itself more efficient for the next encounter. During the initial few sessions on the treadmill, it is doubtful that there will be a great amount of physical progression that manifests itself as a more in shape body or with improved endurance.
This is balanced out by the fact that the initial few sessions on the equipment are in fact good for the participant, because they represent a transitional period of change in the life of the person who is using the machine for their fitness regimen. The body begins changing as the participant develops their skill set farther.
It is during this transitional period where the body is adapting in preparation to improve itself that there is a real problem with treadmill users quitting their fitness regimens, because they feel frustrated by the apparent lack of indicators that their investment is doing anything. In this situation, having a coach that can assist in creating an atmosphere of determination and perseverance can make all the difference in getting the user over the metaphorical hump of initial disgruntlement.
The coach adds a valuable psychological advantage to the proceedings, because the user will be motivated by the mere presence of another person. Essentially, if people are doing something engaging and there is another person nearby, they will unconsciously work harder and have more energy to dedicate to the activity.
Along with being a positive passive enabler, the coach’s role can be a more active supporting one. The coach can schedule the workouts, supervise them, and offer encouragement if it seems that the user is struggling to maintain their pace.
The coach is a sympathetic figure, as well as being a supportive one. They can listen to the person who is using the treadmill if they have complaints to make as they exercise.
While this seems like a simple task, it actually provides a good sense of catharsis for the individual, as they work and sweat and strain. If they are engaged with their support figure, then they are not focused on any physical discomfort that they may be feeling.
Put simply, the presence of a supportive person is a symbol that the user of the treadmill can look toward for support and guidance. Simply by virtue of their presence, they can amplify how well the participant does in their session.
Having someone there to coach the treadmill user during their first few subsequent sessions can be an invaluable asset to have in this scenario, because the person participating in the activity will feel like they have a support system in place, as well as having someone there to urge them on when they are not feeling like they can’t continue on with their fitness regimen. Having a coach nearby is essentially a helpful and preventative way for the user’s morale and self esteem to stay high, while the feeling that they might be having about stopping can be prevented before they become serious ones.
Ignacio Lopez is a personal trainer and has authored hundreds of articles relating to physical training and treadmill. He has been a health expert and physical trainer for over 15 years.