All too often, when I’m out and about, I overhear conversations about fitness. It’s interesting to sit in a coffee shop and hear people talk about their past workouts, or their pending time in the gym.
As you might imagine, there are plenty of discussions about pseudo-scientific paths to better health and wellness…the latest at home quick fix remedy for this or that…or whacked out conversations about how red meat will give you diabetes, and licking the back side of fern leaves will cure bouts of tinnitus (relax, I just made that up).
All of this is to be expected in a landscape where Google is the most readily used tool for scientific inquiry
-don't be like our friend Ralph here...
All that aside, the ONE theme I hear over and over is what a GRIND working out is. Time and time again I eavesdrop on horror stories about 1-2 hour bouts in the gym where the class involves exercises that the client doesn’t understand, at an intensity that they can barely keep up with. I hear stories about endless yoga poses that are done without any explanation, context, or seeming purpose, or a spin class that just wound up being an unexpected training day for the Tour de’ France, just because the instructor was going through a breakup.
What blows me away is that people accept this as the reality of training. That maximal suffering = maximal results
This all leads me to my point.
You should be working WITH your fitness program, gym, and coaches, not against them. Your programming should be difficult, yes, but it should also be in concert with your personal goals. It should improve your overall health and mental state, and enhance your enjoyment and performance in activities outside the gym. It should not be something that feels like you are walking in for some twisted form of corporal punishment every day.
This is not to say you should settle for a gym that offers no challenge, or that brings you pizza while you simply sit back, and watch TV while peddling a recumbent exercise bike. But I have said this time and time again…your time in the gym should be one of the highlights of your day. You should leave the gym feeling exhilarated, and happy about the progress you have made, not beaten down, broken, and feeling as though you haven't accomplished “enough”.
So, my advice to folks that want to add a fitness routine to the mix:
1. Find a program that COMPLIMENTS the activities you enjoy and will make you BETTER at those things (preferably something that makes your entire body stronger, and move through full range of motion).
2. Locate the best possible coach (and gym) for this activity
a. Look for a full-time coach
b. Look for a gym that is run in a professional manner
c. Find out what their members say about the gym and coaches?
d. Find out what social media say about them?
e. Ask the owner/coach how long their clients remain members of their gym
3. Sit down with a coach and outline your goals AND motivations
4. Work together on a plan that addresses your specific needs
5. Go all in for 90 days on this plan and see how it works for you. Adjust accordingly\
6. Invest. Invest the time. Invest the money. Your long term health, longevity, and HAPPINESS is worth it!
A final word of caution, if you meet a coach or gym owner that tells you on day one just to subscribe to their “method”, speaks in generalities, and says things like “it will be awesome…trust me…” all before having a conversation about what you want…
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