Fall and Winter are probably the best time to start your makeover. This is especially true if you just never made the commitment to those six-pack abs or that bikini-body workout! If you really want to see jaws drop (not JAWS) next Summer get started NOW!
You don't have to change a thing in your life except your mindset. That is where ALL change begins and the possibilities are endless. You'll have six months at your disposal to accomplish your goals plus a few weeks right now to get yourself situated. Ignore the short term, if you commit to the long term the results will be there waiting for YOU!
The goal is always going to be THAT PERSON who never misses a workout and NOT the one who lost 50 pounds in six weeks. Committing to the long term will become your "normal" and not an obligation or a sacrifice. The power of consistency will allow you to see unbelievable results in the short term. Using average speed will get you there, I promise!
Take the guesswork out of working out, schedule it! By scheduling you don't have to think about when to workout. You know your days and just do it. MWF at 7am, TTS at 6pm or whatever you're booked. Inevitably, you may miss a day and when that happens getting back on track is a no brainer it's always there. Whereas, without a schedule it may take a month before you're ready to step back into the gym.
Design your workout for best efficiency. This takes a little bit of thought but generally you'll want to work from the largest muscles to the smallest muscles for best results. Additionally, think about which exercises contain the greatest amount of movement and your routines will never let you down. Big muscles are your quads, butt & hamstrings while small would be calves, triceps & biceps. Most trainers subscribe to this thought so if you need help they will be a good source in most instances. You'll soon see the one's who are wanting to be helpful and which are wanting those Personal Training dollars.
Build your foundation using proper form. The quickest way to lose interest in your workouts is if they are too darn hard. A trainer that takes you to the limit as a beginner is not helping you reach your goal. People cheat in life AND they cheat in the gym. I'm not sure who they are trying to impress when the exercise is not done safely or properly. An Osteopath comes to mind, however, I don't recommend any attempts to get their attention. You are going to want a lot of volume in days and weeks, not reps and weight, before bringing intensity to your workout. Don't be over anxious, your strength will increase soon enough.
Keep a running tab of everything you do when you workout. The date, order of your exercise, the amount of weight you lifted and the number of completed repetitions. The saying is "what gets measured gets managed" and it could not be more true than with exercise. This written record contains the what, why, how and when your workouts were accomplished and identify the progress you've made. A look back in just a couple of months may astound you with your progress. Can you imagine what it feels like to double your strength? You won't have to dream about it, you'll see it plain as day with your own eyes.
Figure out WHERE you want to workout
Determine WHAT exercises are right for you
Schedule WHEN you are going to exercise
Understand WHY you are committed to do this