We’re not all gym rats. Let’s face it, unless you’re the athletic type who’s naturally inclined to sweat it out daily, dragging yourself out of bed for no other incentive than sweating on a treadmill is a tough sell. It may seem a little thrilling for you at first, but when the aches and pains and the tough dieting start kicking in, you’ll likely find it difficult to maintain that all-important drive. Here are some helpful tips from the world-class trainers at IRON. We promise we’ll help you through the hard times, and we know that when you see the new-and-improved you, you’ll love being a part of our community.
Find a Personal Trainer…And Make a New Friend
According to our team of IRON trainers, the number one reason New Year’s resolutions fail, and why workout routines falter, is because individuals try to go it alone. Hey, humans are social animals, and maintaining that workout regimen is doubly difficult if you’re trying to be a lone wolf. Self-reliance is a fantastic quality to have, but it may be working against you when it comes to this. DIY might be the optimal strategy if you were doing some home renovations, but if you were getting a whole new roof, you’d call in the pros for help, right? For those who are flying solo and making it work for them, congrats, more power to you. But for everybody else, who are losing their motivation, it’s not cheating getting yourself a personal trainer.
What you have to remember is that our team at IRON live to get you in shape. It’s their pride, and it’s their passion. They like nothing better than helping you to achieve your goals…and making new friends in the process. With one of our trainers by your side, encouraging you, motivating you, coming to the gym won’t seem like such a daunting task. And besides, since our guys and gals are fitness experts, they’ll make sure that your form is good, and that you’re not doing anything that could cause harm. With one of our personal trainers by your side, your goals will be much more achievable.
Change Your Benchmark, and Crank Up the Music
One common mistake made by some workout buffs is trying to gauge their progress based on their completion of certain exercises. For instance, when running or jogging, some would measure their progress by the distance they had covered; they would even set their goals in terms of miles or kilometers. Taking this attitude, our trainers reveal, isn’t always the best policy for everyone. Progress based on the distance covered, when compared day by day or week by week, can be misleading. This is because each person has a unique level of endurance that affects their ability to reach certain distances on foot.
Time, according to our trainers, is a better benchmark to use when running or jogging. Instead of setting oneself a certain distance per workout session as a goal, consider running for twenty minutes, or thirty, instead of five miles, or ten. This is a much more achievable target for the average gym goer to have, our trainers tell us, and if you bring ear buds and have some of your favorite music bumping at the same time, it will help those minutes fly by. Our trainers aren’t the only friends you can have with you in the gym…Rihanna can help you too, or whatever artist gets your blood pumping.
Track Your Progress, and Celebrate Your Achievements
What good is it to have goals, if you don’t have the proper tracking system in place to mark your progress? If you’re ever going to start looking at your gym time as a holiday instead of a punishment, you need to have a certain vision of who you want to be, and you need to know if you are making any progress toward that. Knowing where you are on your journey, and seeing how far you’ve come, will serve as a motivating tool, and it will help you to push forward in those moments where you’ve hit the wall. That’s where modern fitness aids like mobile apps come in. Our staff is always glad to offer some tips as to the best ones, and they’re lifesavers when it comes to tracking your fitness goals.
With all this in mind, hopefully you’ll rethink the idea of giving up on that beach body. Remember that the whole team at IRON gyms likes nothing better than seeing our members happy and healthy, and those two things are directly related. The gyms in Santa Monica are some of the most renowned in the world, and we like to think that at IRON, we stand out as the best of the best. We live to mold you into the strongest and healthiest person you can be, and we’re sure that if you stick with us, it won’t be long till you see the results you’re wanting. We promise, the day will come when going to the gym is no longer a chore, but a chance to laugh, sweat, hang out with friends, and push yourself, all in the best way possible.