I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a Gemini or what, but I’m continually all over the map with what I love to do, and where I participate in fitness. I’ve done boot camp, I go to the gym, I’ve done kickboxing, I’ve tried cross fit, I run with a group of women, completed adventure races, done karate, taekwondo, aerobics, really the list is endless.
I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong to “dabble” in a variety of fitness experiences! I’m a perfect example of someone who is continually expanding experiences, and trying new workout classes & styles! But I do think that if you’re expecting results, you need to commit to a specific type of exercise so you can see them.
For example, if you want to increase cardio.. commit to a cardio program! If you want strengthening, find something that does strength exercises, if you’re going to fat loss, find a program that balances exercises with nutrition!
This morning, for example, I put off going to the gym to change it up for a little kickboxing experience!
I Looove to fight. When I was younger, I used to participate in Karate! I never graded fully, but I worked my way (very quickly I might add) up to a Blue belt. I still sort of regret not going all the way to black (seeing as all I had left was: brown, second degree brown, then black) buuuut I’ve come to accept that I’ve managed to accomplish a lot since then anyways.
In karate, my favorite nights to go was when sparring happened. It’s in my nature, I enjoy the physical activity & adrenaline pumping when you unleash on the bag (or sometimes, your opponent!)
I suppose to look at me, I’m not exactly your bad-ass, jacked, kick-ass mother… you see where I’m going with this.
IN FACT– clients & other trainers have used the following comments to describe me:
“She looks sweet, but watch out! She’ll whoop your ass!”
“She may look tiny, but she’s tough… you picked the wrong partner!”
“Watch out for the quiet ones”
I feel as though I should share my “Bad-ass picture” give you a glimpse of what I have to offer (As I write this, I have my wonderful husband behind me laughing— great encouragement haha!)
Yeeep. Don’t mess with this.
Anyways, time to get to the point of this post!
Keeping your fitness fresh is important so that you don’t loose interest in working out, which leads to the dreaded “falling off the wagon”.
I had so much fun working out on the bag, it takes me away from my regular workouts at the gym, and from the circuit training that I run at boot camp.
But word to the wise:
If you are looking for results, and have specific goals… you absolutely need to choose your outlet, and stick to it for several months in order to see consistent progress. It can be tricky to keep yourself on a similar training program, and it’s common to feel bored with repetitive exercises.
If you are at the gym, or even in my classes I tell my ladies the following:
If exercises become “boring” or “easy” you need to run a quick mental checklist
1. How heavy are my weights? Let me set the record straight right now.
Squat to Presses are VERY different experiences if you are lifting 8lbs vs 12…15..20lbs.
2. How intense are you going? If you are half-assing reps, It’s not going to work and you’re going to get bored.
The only way to see results is to BRING IT each and every time you are at the gym, boot camp, evening kickboxing!
3. Are you concentrating on the muscles needed for each movement? It’s no use to fly through a bicep curl, or deadlifts, if you aren’t remotely concentrating on the area you are working.
The more you focus on the muscle, concentrate & contract the area you are working, the more you feel — ACTUALLY FEEL the exercise WORKING
4. How is your form? To be brutally honest, a lot of times we aren’t feeling the workout simply because our form is incorrect. Number 3 & 4 really go together, because honestly– How can you focus on the muscle you’re working if the form is incorrect?
Really take your time to learn the correct movements, understand what you’re working so that when you increase intensity you’re maximizing results.
There you have it peeps!
I encourage you to keep your fitness fresh, and always try new experiences to expand your knowledge… but don’t be so quick to give up where you are just because a new ‘fad’ has come out! Whenever you feel bored, and need that extra push… run through my checklist and see if that helps pick it up a bit before you throw in the towel and move on.
Have a fabulous weekend!! Get out and get SWEATY!!