As we head into a new year and decade, many people are reevaluating their lives — personally and professionally. For some people that means making resolutions and for others that means simply surveying what’s going on in their lives, so as to not box themselves in with over-reaching promises.
Over the next few weeks as part of a “New Vision in 2020” series, The Philadelphia Tribune will be looking at ways people will be leveling up in their personal and professional lives, including careers, relationships and health.
If you’ve ever been to the gym in January, you know how crowded it can be thanks to people getting started with New Year’s resolutions. Usually, by March things taper off and it’s a lot easier to get machines. Husband and wife personal trainers, Will and Abby Mac of Willpower Live fitness studios say there are several reasons the gyms clean out quickly after a few months.
Most people that begin working out in January make two mistakes. First, many begin to fail as soon as they set their goals. Short, easily attained goals (about 2lb/week) will keep you motivated. Having lofty weight-loss or muscle gain goals will only discourage you and distract you from the process. Working out is like putting quarters in a jar. You have to put the work (quarter) in every day and focus on the journey,” Will says.
The second biggest mistake people make is trying to go at it alone.
Everyone that has experienced success in fitness has one thing in common. Having someone to hold you accountable and make sure that you are not just wasting time on a treadmill or leg press machine is vital to your success. Find a good trainer or studio gym where you won’t get lost in the masses. It can be expensive but the right situation is priceless and will get you to your lofty goals,” Abby says.
If you’re thinking it sounds like you should avoid the gym at all costs in January, the training duo says not so fast.
“The best time to begin a fitness plan is right now. Whatever day or time that happens, is up to you. If you’d started last month, you’d be a month ahead of where you are right now. If you wait till next month, you’ll be a month behind where you are right now,” Abby says.
Starting any journey begins with the first step. The WillPower Live team says to be careful if those steps seem easy or too good to be true.
“The truth is, there is no easy way to start. and If you find an easy place, odds are it’s not doing you any good. Try something you’ve been curious about. Stepping into a fitness facility is 80% of the battle. Few people have ever walked into a gym and walked right back out. So take a big breath and just walk in,” says head trainer Abby.
Once you get in the gym, seeing all of the musclebound guys and ripped girls can be quite intimidating. Abby says don’t worry about others.
“The fit people at the gym are the ones you notice because they’ve worked hard to garner that attention. What’s easy to miss are the people in the same place as you, on the same journey as you. Most fit people in the gym also had their Day 1; The day they began their journey. Remember, everyone has a “before photo.” Look at those people and be inspired, not intimidated. If they can do it, so can you. Don’t compare yourself to those people. The only person you have to be better than is the person you were yesterday,” Abby says.
There are Cross-Fit, Pilates, lifting and more fitness plans to choose from. It can all be very overwhelming trying to fit just where you fit.
“With so many fitness options available, finding what works best for you may seem daunting, but it’s easier than you think. First, try whatever captures your imagination. For instance, if combat arts interests you, try boxing, Muay Thai, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If Dance inspires you, try Bar or Zumba. If a team atmosphere interests you, try a boot camp, Cross-Fit, or HIIT studio with an encouraging group fitness atmosphere. Many gyms have a free or cheap trial option, so you can get a feel before you fully commit,” Will says.
Still not sure where to start? Every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. For the month of January, WillPower Live has a free and open-to-all class. For more information, visit willpowerlive.com.