Starting A New Fitness Routine

Starting A New Fitness Routine

One of the hardest parts of starting a new fitness routine is actually getting started.  Where to begin?  What to do?  Where to go?  When to go?  What to wear?  There are so many questions, it can be paralyzing.

Fortunately, the answers are easier than you think.

Many people worry about what other “seasoned” workout-ers will think about them.  Don’t fret.  We applaud your strength to get started and are eager to do whatever it takes to keep you going.

So you’re dying to know the answers to all of your questions.  Here you go:

Where to begin?  Pick a place and go.  If you aren’t comfortable, pick a new place.  Most reputable places will offer you a free (or very cheap) trial to help you make your decision.

What to do?  Pick something where you have a coach/trainer guiding you.  If you are social by nature, pick a group class.  If you are on the shy side, start with one-on-one sessions.

Where to go?  Pick a place that is on your way to/from work, school, etc.  If it is on your way, you are far more likely to go on a consistent basis.

What to wear?  This one is easy.  Wear whatever you find most comfortable.  If the gym you go to imposes a strict dress code, find a new gym.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please let us know

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Memorial Day Weekend

We will be doing Murph Saturday May 27th at 8:30 am!

Murph to a lot of gyms means different things but for our gym it is a day to honor not only a man but the integrity he practiced till his last breath and the teammate that pushed every last bit of himself to make sure the story of Murph was heard. 

Its starts with a decision on a mountain.  Murph and his crew were there only to get intel on the Taliban.  Unfortunately, they were spotted by some farmers.  Murph had a choice to make- kill the farmers that could potentially be says for the Taliban, or do as the mission dictated and get in, get intel, get out.  He had a choice to make.  Kill a possible spy or let a possible innocent man go.  Did that decision cause their death most likely but he was a men that would rather die knowing he made a decision that lined up with his values.  A decision, regardless of the consequences, that aligns with your values can never be a mistake. 

Murph knew this was the end.  He knew he wasn’t going to get home.  He knew there was no hope for him to see his family.  He knew all of that.  And while knowing that he made another decision.  He made a decision to give hope.  Not hope for himself.  Hope for one of his men to survive.  

They were under fire in a valley with no reception so to give someone that hope Michael Murphy stepped into a clearing to make a call. That phone call sealed his coffin, and he knew that.  Michael Murphy made a decision based on values, not on outcome.

All of us make a million decisions every single day, rarely are any of those decisions life or death.  Every decision we make is a chance to move closer to our values or to move further away.  Every interaction, every decision behind closed doors, every word you speak moves you in a direction- you decide which way you will go.

Will you be like Michael Murphy?  Will you make a decision that aligns with your values even if the outcome is unpleasant, uncomfortable, causes conflict?  Will you say yes to helping a friend even when it’s inconvenient, when there is nothing you can personally gain from it? Will you put your ego aside?  That is what this day is about- not how many pull ups you can do, not if you beat last year’s time, not if you did it RX or with 5 people. Do you choose to make decisions that align with your values?  And do your values move you closer to your community? 

The friend that shared the story of Murph is in his own right amazing.  He was the only survivor left for dead.  He was seriously injured and woke from a concussion with all his friends dead.  The easy decision there is to wait.  His back was broken, his head and his brain were damaged- if you wait, if you don’t suffer then you die.  And while dying seems like the worse decision always, seeing your best friends, your family dead around you knowing the suffering you must endure to only maybe survive- well dying then may not seem like the hard choice. 

He chose suffering.  He chose to move a stick little by little- he made a decision every 10 inches.  He chose over and over again to suffer, to choose courage over comfort, to choose living over dying, to choose solitude over camraderie- for you see he was alone and he alone would bear the weight of surviving. 

Then after choosing suffering and solitude again and again this man was met with a villager who again was faced with a choice.  If he saved this American soldier he lost his home.  He would risk his family’s safety.  His life would be turned upside down.  Or he could turn him in, the soldier dies, but the man’s life remains the same. This man had nothing to gain in helping an American military man but his values and integrity told him to risk everything to help the broken lone survivor.   

Choices.  Our lives are filled every day with choices.  Choices that present opportunities to lean into our values, to declare what we stand for or what we fall for.  Choices are rarely about the outcome.  We don’t define choices by results.  Choices are defined by our character and our character is defined by our choices.

As you take on this workout know that every choice matters.  It matters if you keep moving.  It matters if you put one foot in front of the other.  It matters if you help the person beside you. It matters because we are our choices.  This community is defined by our choices.  We choose to be humble, hungry, and happy.  We get to choose that every day.  And I urge you to intentionally choose it over and over again far after this workout is done.



Finding Motivation!!!!

 Finding Motivation

Some days you are too busy, stressed, or just too tired to go to the gym.  You start out the day with good intentions, but as the day progresses, it wears on you.  It does all of us.  So why not just go in the morning?  There are just as many excuses.

The issue is not time or energy, it is a lack of motivation that keeps you from the gym.  If I were to give you $1000 to buy whatever you wanted, but you had to spend it all in the next hour and not online, I bet you would find the time and energy to go out and spend it.

So what do you do?  Here are 6 tips to help you find the motivation to get to the gym.

1. Reward yourself:

Everyone loves to receive a reward for a job well done.  So why not give yourself a reward?  If you’ve recently cut sugars out of your diet, find a tasty shake/protein mix, or even chocolate milk, to take after your workout.  When you start craving something sweet, you know it’s there waiting on you after your workout.

2. Pay yourself or have others pay you:

Is there something you really want, or maybe a vacation you’ve been dreaming of?  Have a set dollar amount you will put into your “I want” fund each time you complete a workout.  You can even talk friends and family into joining you in contributing to your “I want” fund for your successful workouts.  This way you will get in shape and get that dream vacation at the same time.

3. Buy new workout clothes:

Nothing makes you feel more confident than a nice new outfit.  With the right clothes, you will feel ready for anything the gym throws at you.  Buy at least a week’s’ worth of workout clothes, so you can’t use dirty clothes as an excuse not to go.

4. Pack your gym bag every day (and take it with you):

Save time and effort by having your gym bag ready to go.  If you already have your gym bag packed and with you, all you have to do is stop by the gym on your way home.  Plus, seeing it sitting in the passenger seat eyeing you may even guilt you into going.

5. Get some accountability:

Have a friend or family member track your workouts for you.  Or you can post them on social media.  Having someone ask you daily about your workout habits will motivate you to actually go.  It feels great to say “yes, I went yesterday”!

6. Identify what’s holding you back:

Sit down and think long and hard about what is really holding you back from working out consistently.  What you actually FEEL.  Are you scared?  Are you nervous?  Do you feel like people will look at you different?  Write all of this down and start to think of ways to overcome those obstacles.  Finally, find someone you really trust to talk with about it.  You never know, maybe you will end up with a new workout buddy.

It’s always hard to start something new.  Finding your motivation may just give you the push you need.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please let us know.

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