The 5 Stages of Change – CONTEMPLATION [Stage 2]

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CONTEMPLATION is the 2nd Stage of Change in The Five Stages of Change. This is the period in which the person weighs the costs and deliberates what it will take to become healthy and fit. Costs may include time, effort, program effectiveness and finances. They may be considering joining a gym or weight loss program in the near future. Having googled the closest gym and having found out the pricing doesn’t mean this person will take action. In fact, someone can stay in this stage for months or up to years! Although this may seem like a step in the right direction or taking action, it really is not. Why not? Because there is no commitment. He hasn’t actually driven to the gym to see the time it will really take nor has he paid any money to see how it will affect his finances. And most of all there’s no accountability to himself, to a workout partner, or to a trainer.

This can be a frustrating and/or deceiving stage because it is often characterized by uncertainty towards which approach to follow and fluctuation between decisions towards an action then away from it.

I recently met with a former client who expressed to me how he misses the fitness level and weight loss he attained while training with Sommet Fitness. He wants to come back, but it’s been almost a month since we talked. And I know he is not doing any other fitness activity. So what is stopping him from starting or re-starting a fitness program? It could be time, willingness, or any number of factors.

If you are in this stage, it is good to recognize it so that you are not deceived that you are taking action when you aren’t. Remember, finding out information, putting it in your budget and/or schedule are still only contemplation until you actually go do the activity or workout. My challenge to you: Make an appointment at that gym and show up; or at that trail you are thinking of and hike it; or that tennis court you’ve planned to see and swing that racket. You’ll be glad you did.

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Steve Vicera Fitness Director, Managing Partner ACE Certfied Personal Trainer, Stott Certified Pilates Trainer Steve Vicera founded Sommet Fitness in Scottsdale, Arizona. For nearly 20 years, he has been helping people reach their goals for better function, greater fitness, and an overall sense of well being. His special brand of training begins with stabilization. “Stabilization is the foundation of your strength.”, Steve explains, “A concentration on core stabilization and then an integrated training approach complements the body – makes it more functional and improves its appearance.” A certified ACE trainer, Steve was awarded “Mr. China” in a body building contest in 1989 and he went on to earn titles in the “Super Body Fitness” and “Mr. Philippines” competitions in the 1990’s. Stott Pilates-Certifed Pilates Trainer, Steve specializes in spinal stabilization and corrective exercise. Steve has organized Asian women’s body building contests, fund-raising 5K and 10K runs, and has refereed power lifting competitions. Gaining recognition for his emphasis on safety and function, he consulted for a major revamping effort of fifty Philippine fitness centers. Steve was a strength coach for students in a Philippine high school and enjoys working with children. In 2006, Steve was inspired to help children in the Philippines who are neglected and abused. “Arizona to Asia”, a non-profit organization, was created through an all-volunteer effort. Nearly $40,000 was raised through Arizona to Asia to serve and empower these children through short-term residential care, individual and family counseling, medical attention, and educational support. Steve has two wonderful children of his own and a wife who shares his vision for a fitness training business that gives Phoenix and Scottsdale the opportunity for more convenient, higher quality fitness and healthy lifestyle.

Posted on April 14, 2013, in Lifestyle Change and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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