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-Getting In Shape…It Doesn’t Have To Be Overwhelming!-


With the New Year right around the corner, many people are already thinking about getting into a regular exercise program.  I began training clients in May of 1995, so this will be my 14th time to encounter what i’m calling the “New Year’s Resolution Rush.”  What do I mean by this?  Well, if you work or workout at a gym, you know exactly what i’m talking about.  Basically, the months of January-March are crazy for gyms all across the country.  People are gung-ho and determined to make their resolutions work THIS time around.  People start off with the best of intentions and many of them have lofty aspirations.  What happens is that after a couple of months, when they aren’t seeing the results they anticipated, they throw in the towel entirely.

Gyms LOVE this phenomenon because they’re going to continue to get your money even if you don’t come back!  This is a little secret of the health club industry.  When you come in and sign up, they don’t really care if you come back.  In fact, they hope you don’t,  because the more people they sign up and don’t have to worry about dealing with afterward, the better off they are!  They don’t have to deal with you!  They’ll butter you up to make their commission and get you to sign an extended contract, promise you all kinds of things, get your signature, and then never want to deal with you again.  Thanks for your money, have a nice life! 🙂  

Gyms are way overrated.  I could go on and on about my gym gripes, but I’ll just leave it at that.

If you WANT to make things happen this year, by all means, get set up on a program by a qualified professional.  If you do go to a gym, don’t be afraid to interview a few trainers before forking over your money.  There may be a difference between a “gym trainer” and a trainer such as myself.  Not trying to sound cocky in the least, it’s just that i’ve been working with clients for 13 1/2 years.  It’s my full-time career.  Gym trainers can be very “green” and inexperienced.  So, buyer beware!

Personally, my goal with all of my clients is to maximize each and every workout.  I can’t stand wasting time, and I know how important intensity is to one’s success.  Lollygagging and sitting around ain’t gonna cut it.  My job is to give my clients what they want, and most of them have a goal in mind.  It is my job to figure out the best path to get to that goal, and then help them set further goals so they stay on track.  

With that being said, if you are wanting to get started on the right foot this time, please listen to this one teeny-tiny bit of information.

Getting in shape is a PROCESS.  It’s a JOURNEY.  There isn’t a destination.  

You don’t just get in shape and then stop.  You’re in in for the long haul.  When you look at it this way, it takes some of the pressure off.  Working out may not be the most enjoyable thing for you, but you CAN find a way to make it less of a chore.  Think about it this way, it’s something you know you NEED to do.  It’s something we all MUST do.  You have to integrate it into your life, and if you figure out what activities you enjoy, you can capitalize on these.  Never tried kettlebells?  Give ’em a shot.  Always heard about how awesome swimming is for your entire body?  Give that a try.  Just please don’t overdo it.  Start off easy and work up to more challenging routines as you progress.  Who knows, you may end up lovin’ it! 🙂

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