Swerving the February Fitness cliff with Julia Buckley

January is gone and maybe so are your thought of New Year’s fitness resolutions. If you’re struggling to keep motivated we’ve got some words of wisdom from ace PT, author of the best selling fitness book The Fat Burn Revolution and friend of the calendar, Julia Buckley.


  1. 1. Re-tune your motivation

When people tell me they’re no longer motivated I get them to remember their original reasons for starting their exercise regime.  Maybe you wanted to lose weight, see muscles on your body, have more energy, look great for summer, or simply get healthier? Most likely there were lots of reasons. Revisit them now. Still want to achieve those things? There you go then, you still have motivation! It’s just a matter of tuning into those reasons and remembering them when you need to.

2. Exercise anyway

This really is the key to long term success. Nobody feels totally pumped to train every single session and one of the reasons so many people fall off the “February Fitness Cliff” is they think they need to feel  motivated in order to exercise and they’re not prepared for days when that feeling is not there.  So you need to expect that sometimes you just won’t feel like exercising and be prepared to simply do it anyway. Chances are, once you get started you’ll feel more motivated to carry on, but even if you don’t you know you’ll be so glad you did it afterwards.

  1. Invest in the Habit Bank

After you’ve accepted you’re sometimes going to need to exercise anyway on those days when you don’t feel driven, think about those sessions as investing in a habit that makes motivation easier. There are probably lots of things you do every day that you don’t feel very motivated to do because they’re a habitual part of your day. Brushing your teeth isn’t exactly an exciting activity, for example, but most of us do it without excuses creeping in to try to talk us out of it, it’s just such an ingrained habit. Think about how much easier it’ll be to get into your fitness kit once you’ve been doing it every training day for months.

  1. Time to plan

This is a biggie. So many people start exercising in January and simply go out and start running, buy a fitness DVD, or join a gym without formulating a proper plan to get them to where they want to be. It’s no wonder they get bored or go off-course by Spring - they don’t even have a road-map. A well-devised, progressive programme will help keep things fresh and make sure you’re doing the right type of training to keep moving every closer to where you want to be.

  1. Exercise first

Get used to the idea that you need exercise first and the motivation will come after. After a few weeks of exercising whether you feel motivated or not, you’ll come to realise that the more you exercise, the more driven you are to exercise.  The less motivated you feel, the more important it is to exercise so you’ll be motivated to exercise next time. So, if you lack motivation, let that BE your motivation. Crack this one and think what sort of shape you’ll be in for summer!

For more advice from Julia Buckley, check out her YouTube videos. If you’d like to train with Julia, join her online fitness club, her latest programme, Challenge XXX, features a different fat-torching, body-sculpting workout video every day of the 30-day challenge., find out more here: http://juliabuckley.co.uk/online-personal-training/


Back in December we gave one lucky winner the chance to try out Challenge XXX for free. Here’s what Gemma had to say about her experience

“I had tried Julia’s fitness regimes previous but always failed mainly because I was stuck in the crash diet cycle - i.e. starving myself for months on end to loose weight quick - still feeling like crap then piling weight back on and still feeling flabby!!  Then start the torture process again!! So winning the comp came at the right time as I was just fed up with this way of trying to get in shape.  I got stuck in instantly and really haven’t looked back.  It was an opportunity that was given to me so I would be silly to not make use of it!  I get this way of exercise now and always tell myself when I don’t feel like getting off my bum - go harder not longer and more humbling, there are many people that would love to be in a position I am to feel energised and work my body in this way to get fitter.  I have noticed some positive changes already within a month and will keep up this fitness journey.  I learnt it is not a quick win but the gains feel so much better than following a faddy diet that doesn’t really teach you how to manage your relationship with food and exercise in a positive way to sustain long term”

To sign up for the next round of Challenge XXX register here http://juliabuckley.co.uk/online-personal-training/

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