Tomorrow is January 4th and a lot of you will be heading to the gym to start your New Year's Resolution to be more fit and healthy, but please don't be like this person in the meme. At Ted Rock's my trainers and I pride ourselves on not only training you, but teaching and educating you as well. You will never have to come in my gym and not have a clue about what to do. We want to ensure that we do everything we can so that you will not fail or become disappointed or, as what happens in most cases to New Year's Fitness resolutions...by February you are no longer working on your weight/fitness resolution. Consequently, there are several reasons for the discontinuation:
1. People come in the gym without a plan or measurable fitness goals.
2. People expect instant results (you didn't put it on overnight so don't expect quick fixes)
3. They have temporary motivation.
4. They feel that personal trainers are too expensive
5. Many trainers don't help because most try to sell classes and sessions instead of planning for helping the client get results.
6. Sadly, people have no clue how to use the equipment and some won't ask. I also blame this on gyms and trainers who are too afraid of rejection.
7. Most people really want it but are simply not committed or disciplined enough to consistently work for it.
8. People don't like training alone.
These are just some of the reasons that people often don't last longer than mid-January or late February. I believe that once you make up your mind to start a life of fitness you have to be reasonable and fair to yourself. Meaning, everything takes time and as long as you work consistently towards living a healthy life, it will become habit. I have made fitness a must in my life and intend to do it as long as I can. Also, don't use excuses about personal limitations; I just work around them and modify movements if I have to. Remember there are people worse off than you and they are still getting it in. So here are a some important tips to make sure you "aren't in the way" come Monday, January 4th:
1. Notify your doctor that you are about to start a fitness program.
2. Start doing small things to incorporate fitness (walking up steps, parking farther away from the
store you are going to, do 1 set of 10 air squats, push ups, leg lifts and jumping jacks). Just get
used to moving; it's a way to prepare the body for training.
3. Plan your budget and if you are totally new to fitness, try to save enough to do at least 6-8 private
sessions with a personal trainer and then look to enter some low to intermediate boot camp
4. Don't start off hardcore by spending excessive time in the gym (think intensity over duration)
20 to 30 minutes is all you need. As you get more advance you could take it to 45 minutes.
5. It is perfectly normal to be a little sore in the beginning, however with consistency that will
So if your goal is to start a fitness program tomorrow, make an appointment to go in and talk to the local gym or studio owner. Ask for a free assessment and ask if they offer any free classes. Finally, once you decide to join the gym don't fall in love with one class unless that trainer offers lots of variety to his or her classes. Not to bad mouth Zumba or people who constantly spend long bouts on treadmills, but I have never understood how people can go in and do the same thing every workout and expect to get results. You have to come out of your comfort zone. So come January 4th let's start your journey to becoming a healthier you.
If you have any questions or would like a free assessment and 2 free classes please call 443-629-7738 or email me.