Now we're not oblivious to the fact that most people train because they want to look better..... whatever that better might be to them. Some people want to look slimmer, more muscular, more toned.... everyone has a different idea on what their ideal physique would be. This is fantastic.... it's a great motivation. But it really really shouldn't be the only one.
Unless the individual is prepared to commit 100% to the diet and program required to reach their ideal, ultimate, dream physique, I've got to be honest, it's probably never going to happen. Now, keeping the honesty going, in all the classes I teach there is may be 2 people who actually have the mindset that they would sacrifice what they would need to to achieve that ultimate goal. Everyone else would prioritise being able to do, eat and drink what they want with friends/family/partners etc. And we can understand that right?
So whilst looking better is a great motivation and a strong one. There HAS to be something else. And those something else's are generally things that crop up along the way and that's the reason I'm writing this post. Try to think of these things from the off. Generally beginner exercisers choose a cardio based class that is probably not going to yield the end result they are after long term.... This can be demotivating, leaving that person feeling like they just can't be arsed and 'exercise just didn't work for them'.
The thing is exercise has to come in a resistance format in addition to the cardio in order to get any significant changes. And let's be honest, not very many beginner's think 'ooooo this week I want to squat like a ninja and be unable to get in and out of my car tomorrow'.
So aside from the health benefits to your heart and lungs, what exactly ARE you gaining from your cardio based group exercise class.
You did this. You attended it. You made it through longer than you did last week without wanting to be sick in your mouth. You only bumped into Mary next to you 3 times instead of 12. You can do this. And you can, in fact, do anything you set your mind to.... attending a different style of class, attending alone.... helping out in a different role at work, going for a promotion, telling your new boyfriend to do one when he doesn't like your new cat handbag. The self belief that comes from an exercise class should not be under-rated. It makes you feel the queen of the world.
Managing to fit in an exercise class/home workout into your already hectic life is tough. But once you've done it and stuck to it for a few months, that shit will stick with you for life. It becomes your release, the time of the week you look forward to having to yourself. And this paves the way for additional training should you ever decide you want to up your game and challenge yourself to competing on Ninja Warrior.
Let's not beat about the bush. It takes a certain kind of person to yank their own ass out of bed to workout before work. That's pretty special. Making yourself go after work/on your lunch break/after the kids have been up since 5am arguing over who holds the yellow truck, now that's pretty darn special too. That discipline that you gain is what keeps you going when life takes a turn for the worst. When shit gets stressful (more than normal) will exercise get dumped or will you keep it going? Which brings me on to my next point....
There ain't no rage like someone who's had a shit day and has nowhere to work it off..... apart from by screaming at a family member. So do everyone a favour and sweat it out. There's nothing better than that feeling of serenity after you've just been distracted from what a prick your boss is for an entire hour. In fact you almost feel sorry for him. In fact maybe you'll just take him out for lunch because he's probably having troubles at home and needs someone to talk to 🤣
If you're like me and your temper is 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds then I cannot recommend enough a decent workout. It stops me from ripping off someone's face and wearing it as a mask.
Social Network & Support
Annnnnd here we have it. Other people who you don't already know are not only nice but they like sweating too. And they come to the same classes as you and they also watch Love Island on +1 when they get home and they also hate frigging spinach. They help with the motivation and the discipline because they need it from you too. Your fitness friends are the ones that keep you going when everyone else is bored shitless of you trying to make them come to class with you.
So what I'm saying is try to focus on the other stuff you are gaining from your classes. Yes yes we all want to look better and you will, but just because you don't end up walking out of your ninth class looking like J Lo doesn't mean you haven't aleady gained so much more. I am a completely different person confidence wise since I've been in the dance and fitness industry. I am no longer the easiest person to persuade to have a pint, I have a much better controlled temper and I am prepared to do absolutely everything I want to, on my own without needing my hand held with no second thoughts about what people will think. I cannot recommend enough the non-fitness benefits of doing ANY form of exercise. It is completely and utterly life changing in more ways than one.
Let me know how you guys got on with the LBT workout I sent out last week! For those of you that missed it! Here we go!