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