At some point in our lives we all get the feeling of needing to better ourselves. This feeling of betterment can involve eating better, working out more, giving up smoking, limiting our consumption of fast food or take out, or saving more for our future. No matter what the circumstance, we will all face a challenge, set a goal and ultimately work toward and achieve it, work toward and give up or never even start. The question, then, that needs to be asked is, which type of goal setter are you?
For most of us, we are the “work toward it and give up” types. Many times we set a goal for ourselves, make a plan of action, hit the ground running and then BOOM – roadblock – sickness, vacation, work, exhaustion, family, or injury stop us unexpectedly in our tracks. For many, once the momentum has started and then stops abruptly we don’t have the motivation to get going again. A lot of times this is because we don’t have the proper support system to motivate us. Family and friends play a huge role in our motivation and sense of “can do” attitude. If you set yourself up with a plan of action, it is those people that you surround yourself with that can make or break that plan. For instance, those of us who have set up a plan of action to exercise more – start coming to class 3-4 days a week, then just STOP. What has been the factor STOPPING you from going again? Likely your kids are home from school, your spouse wants you to stay in and watch this new TV show, you sprained your ankle 6 months ago and lost motivation after month 2 of being out, your friends are always asking you to go out for drinks and eat poorly (pizza and wings though delicious are NOT healthy eating). The next thing you know your initial goal has been flushed down the toilet because you’re lacking the support from those closest to you to get back on the band wagon.
One of the first things a person should do when facing a challenge toward bettering themselves is to TELL PEOPLE. Tell people, “I am working on a goal of losing some weight over the next eight months, so if I say no to going out for pizza, please accept that its not that I don’t want to hang out, it’s that I don’t want to eat pizza and lose sight of my goals.” Be adamant with your goals and don’t let bad behaviors set you off of your path.
Another reason we may give up, though, is because we have a mindset of “can’t do.” Meaning “this shit is too hard, I can’t do it,” which leads me to the title of this blog post…”Your Body is Powerful – Use It.” You are stronger than you think!
Since the early 1990s there is has been an upward climb in group fitness classes and gym attendance. Initially the focus was for men and body building but with the institution of aerobic exercise, a whole new means of fitness has come to fruition for women.
We know that there are a multitude of group classes to meet the likes and interests of participants, but are what you like and are interested in enough to help you meet the needs of your fitness goals? It has been scientifically proven that in order to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle one must maintain both a healthy diet and perform exercise that focuses on both cardiovascular exercise and weight training. Now, not everyone likes running, nor does everyone like dance, nor do most people LIKE weight training. Having a dislike for a specific activity can lead to an imbalanced workout in that many won’t do what they don’t like.
This is where the point I’m trying to make comes out.
In order to meet your goals, whether expressed or implied, you MUST actively participate in the training you are doing, and incorporate different activities into your workouts. I’ve met a lot of people in my years of teaching now, and have seen many come and the same ones go after only a few months of class participation, and it KILLS me when I see them out and about and they tell me they stopped coming because they weren’t seeing results.
I want to be able to offer you more. We ALL need a change in our fitness routines which is why I will be offering boot camps until I am ready to start teaching Strong. I HIGHLY encourage you all to research this program before telling yourself you can or can’t do it. It is an interval training program that involves EXPLOSIVE, HIIT movements synced to music. It is NOT, NOT, NOT a dance fitness program like Zumba is. I want to offer you the classes that you’re looking for, at a price you can afford, without the memberships and sign-up fees and costly equipment that many other places are going to require. I’m trying so hard to build our community, to give you a space that we can call our own, but I can’t do that without YOU.
I want you all to know, I pride myself on my classes, I pride myself on choosing a company and brand to represent because I know for FACT that it will produce results. You have to be willing to put in the work and effort it takes to get the results, and if not, then no, it’s not going to happen – ever. Jump higher, squat lower, pump harder and do the movements as they are shown to you to test your body’s ability. There is a method to the madness, a reason for every movement and a means of execution of said movement. I have not invested as much time, money and and effort into my training and education so that you can feel as though you’re getting nowhere- I’m here to ensure you feel successful. If you don’t feel that way then I’m clearly doing something wrong.
This being said, starting today I will be offering a small HITT training session after classes FREE of charge. These mini sessions are to help US build our stamina in preparation for Strong when it comes to the schedule. These mini HITT sessions will NOT be advertised or added to the calendar because they are not a legitimate class offering. Additionally, I STRONGLY encourage those who have NOT come to try it, to come to Pultz Resistance and take a few classes. All you need is a yoga mat and resistance band – total $10 in equipment that you bring with you. We all know what excuses are like – and that everyone has them. Set your goal, meet your goal – take pride in the work you did to get to where you are.
If you have questions about setting goals and being able to achieve them – let’s talk. I am HERE to HELP you!