What you need to know.
Be On Time
This is for your safety. It is now the rules of the health department we cannot let someone who has not properly warmed up participate in class.
Water and Towel
Bring a small towel, your gonna sweat! Also, bring a water thermos or a bottle of water.
1. THERE WILL BE DAYS YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO
First, let’s start with what you likely don’t want to hear: You won’t always be motivated. Inspiration comes and goes, even for the fittest individuals, and that’s completely OK. Normal even. Example, today there was not a cell in my body that wanted to work out but I went. Get into a routine!
2. FINDING YOUR “INNER REASON” IS KEY
Why do you want to exercise? Does it make you feel more confident? Does it give you more energy? Do you want to be active with your grandkids?
Find an inner reason—something that isn’t about impressing others or looking good at your reunion. Those reasons just won’t stand the test of time.
3. PROGRESS WON’T ALWAYS BE LINEAR
It would be great if your results were just a straight line that went up, up and up. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Understand that you’ll progress much faster at certain times than others. Again, this is natural. Don’t give up the fight. Just as things seem to slow, you need to trust that they’ll pick up again.
4. REST IS KEY
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the great changes that are taking place, and you might want to work out every single chance you get. Unfortunately, this will likely result in slowed progress, burnout, illness or injury.
We are not 20 anymore and rest is a vital component in the process of getting fitter. Learn this now or you’ll be forced to learn it later when you’re sidelined due to fatigue or injury. The choice is yours.
5. PERIODIZATION IS IMPORTANT
Periodization, meaning focusing on different goals at various points, is also a must. During some months, gaining strength may be a goal. Over the next few months, you might choose to work on losing fat instead.
Change things up. This will not only keep you more mentally interested in your sessions but also give your body a break from the repetitive nature of the exercise you’re doing.
Over the long run, this can go a long way towards preventing injuries.
6. COMPARISONS WILL NEVER HELP
One of the worst things that you can do as you go about this journey is compare yourself to others. There will always be someone out there who is fitter than you, leaner than you, stronger than you, and so forth.
I did this for years. I always viewed them as beating me or I was a loser. When really they were just ahead of me because they started before me.
This is your journey so the only person you need to worry about is yourself.
Are you better than you were yesterday? That is the question you need to be asking.
7. SEEKING ASSISTANCE WILL HELP
Don’t be afraid to ask others for support. Benefit from the experience of others, whether this is a personal trainer, a friend who’s more fit than you, or someone you know online who is an expert in the area you’re trying to improve. If someone in your life is not supporting this decision you might want to evaluate that relationship.
8. HAVING FUN SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED
One of the best things we do here at the studio is make your classes fun. Because If you don’t have fun during your workout, you’re unlikely to stick with it over the long haul. Nothing says you have to lift free weights or that you have to go for a run. If you don’t like it, don’t do it.
We are here for you!
Bill Bennett BSN