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  • Hobbies: Do you work out because it’s trendy?

    I am not a trend-er in the world of exercise.  I do not do fad diets and I don’t follow all the cool cats in the gym yard.  :)

    When I first started going to the gym I was really intimidated.  Everyone had their favorite treadmill, elliptical, weight machine, bicycle…you know, and here I was trying to act like I’d been there a million times, but totally, completely lost, I could barely start the treadmill.

    After a couple of weeks, I had established a routine and was more confident in my workout.   But then, the next obstacle was joining the classes.  This was even more scary than trying to figure out a stupid treadmill.  The people who attend those classes, usually, have been going there for some time and know each other by name, help each other out with the equipment or know which equipment to use.  Body Pump was terrifying.  I needed bars, weights, a mat, an aerobics step platform…AHG!

    Looking around last night as I was sweating profusely, dripping down my elbows, into my eyes, I saw a group of people who were committed to something.  Maybe they had goals when they started this class, maybe not.  Some of the people have changed noticeably since they started pumping and others, not at all, really (and that’s their preference).
    You will only get out what you put in.  Some people come to Body Pump, because they’re committed to a change in their body and it’s very obvious.  There are people in their late 50′s and people as young as 20.  We’re all sweating and grunting working at our own pace.

    After Body Pump, I went over to the Lady’s Golds gym area and stretched out for a while.  Talk about a major difference in how I feel when I wake up the next morning.  HUGE.  Anyway, I was stretching and across the room I watched a lady step on the elliptical and promptly step off 3 minutes later.  My heart plummeted, why didn’t she stay on for longer?  I wanted to join her and tell her she could do it, to encourage her to move past that niggling thought in her mind that told her 3 minutes was enough.

    For me the most important way to get the most out of my gym membership, is to create a routine.  A solid, sweaty, rewarding routine.  If I can’t focus and make myself stay on one machine for at least 10 minutes, I know that I need to find some type of outside support.  That’s where the classes come in.  Don’t be afraid, walk in the room and ask for help.  You know that by the end of the hour you will have had a very fulfilling workout, with a trained professional and you’re moving past the trendy, fad-ish mindset of working out and into a more serious relationship with your body and what you’re looking for.

    I wrote this to encourage those of you who are afraid to take the next step in your workout regimen.
    Create a routine.
    Find a partner.
    Join classes.

    Three ways to insure you’ll get the most from your workout and it won’t be just a *fad*.

    1 Mar 2012, 12:27pm
    by Carissa Jackson


    LOVE THIS POST! And you are so right. I’ve been FAITHFULLY (3-5 times per week) working out since Novemeber. Before this, I tried the gym, classes, excersise deal. I never stayed consistent. It just couldn’t stick! But I hope I can be a testament that gym partners/workout buddies was the key for me.

    My mother in law saw my desire but lack of motivation. She was truly my salvation with motivation/getting a routine. She would text me every class she went to, inviting me & helping me gain the energy to get off my lazy butt. ha. After about a month, I realized I was going on my own. I no longer was needing her to text me or be by my side. It was a great feeling. Now- I text her asking if she’s coming to class and assuring her I’ll save her a spot.

    I also love how our gym/body goals change over time! I originally went to the gym to lose a couple pounds. After that was mostly done (minus 1-2 lbs I still want to shed), I gained a new sense of energy for the gym. Now with my baby bearing years around the corner, I’ve decided that I want to be in the BEST physical shape possible before pregnancy. I hope to continue to do light workouts through pregnancy (walking, yoga and light spinning) and hope that this will prepare my body for the challenging task of birth. I say all of this to encourage someone. It’s never too late to change your body. It’s never to late to get new gym goals if you already workout reguarly.

    I look back on my wedding pictures and think– I can’t believe I didn’t workout or lose that weight. But all I can do is chuckle and press forward. Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.

    I’m like you, Misha. I haven’t tried any fad diets. I simply count calories (not to the “T” but in general matters). Spin and Kick boxing have been my recent fortes but I’m hoping to incorporate more weights for my arms. HAPPY WORKING OUT EVERYONE! :)

    1 Mar 2012, 2:50pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    I’m so glad you posted your experience! That’s awesome that you had someone you loved and trusted to get you through the first few, hard months of that initial gym routine. Stay committed. I always think of my family when I go. Always. I think about how I’m making myself into a better mommy, physically, so I can handle the wonderful outdoor activities that we so love to do as a family. Working out doesn’t just benefit you, it benefits your loved ones too.
    You’re awesome, Kissa!

    I used to have a gym membership (tried kickboxing, spinning, and yoga–loved them all), but now I attend an indoor bootcamp. I like that the sessions have 8-10 people, the trainer assists you/tells you how to improve your form, and the workouts are tough. When I started last July I could barely do a modified pushup. Now I can do a few military/diamond/regular pushups, several ridiculous ab workouts, and my endurance has improved.

    I have been a victim of fad diets, but I’m over that. I just can’t do it. At this point I’m trying to make sure I eat healthy and consume things in moderation.


    2 Mar 2012, 7:16pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    Yeah, having that organized outside input is SO key. It’s amazing how quickly our bodies can adapt and then also how unforgiving they are when we slack :/
    healthy and moderation. Two beautiful words when applied to ones diet. You go, mami!


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