As we are at the start of a new year and also at the start of the January to April “season” here are a few tips for those of you who might have one eye on Reach Star of the Season in 2018.
Tip 1: Progress
The major thing we look for is whether somebody has made significant and substantial progress. We are looking for positive change. Here some categories that we look for:
– Difference in body measurements over a four-month period.
– Difference in how somebody looks over a four-month period (this could be muscle gain, fat loss, or a combination of both).
– Weight loss over a four-month period.
– Increase in fitness over a four-month period.
Tip 2: Attitude
We also look for attitude. More often than not, attitude and results/progress go hand-in-hand.
– Attitude to training. Level of effort (do they go “all out”?)
– Level of commitment. Do they show up?
– Do they listen to the coaches and follow the programme?
– Do they show up with a smile on their face?
– Do they encourage others?
Tip 3: Consistency
– It is awarded for consistent progress throughout a four month period. Most people can be disciplined for a few weeks or a couple of months but four months / 16 weeks is a good period of time to measure consistency
– We don’t award it retrospectively, so if you did well in 2015 then that’s fantastic but we can only award it for the current season.
– Only one person can win it. There are usually three or four people in the running but it’s just one award – there is no second or third place. So, whoever wins it completely deserves it.
Tip 4: Nutrition
Nutrition is the key to the kind of jaw-dropping, substantial change that sets apart those people who make amazing progress.
Turn up and train and virtually everybody will get fitter but the thing that makes the big difference is getting the nutrition right.
Whether you are going from 8 stones size ten with a paunch to 8 stones size ten with abs, or from 18 stones size 24 to thirteen stones size 16, it doesn’t matter. The likelihood is that you are going to have to get your nutrition right make progress. And again that is what we are looking for – progress!!
Tip 5: Rules
– The same person can’t win it twice in a calendar year.
– The person can’t win it twice in a row.
So, there you go. A full breakdown of what it takes to win the Reach Start of the Season!
In summary, it’s fair to say that we operate a meritocracy that rewards exceptional progesss. If you make substantial progress, attack the training with intensity, show up with a positive attitude and get the nutrition right for the 165 hours a week that you’re not at the studio, then you have a good chance of being Reach Star of the Season!