I remember it like it was yesterday. The day I signed up for my first gym membership. With my newly acquired contract came a free personal training session.
I was a skinny 18 year old, ready to enter into this new world full of dumbbells, sweat, weights, and racks, so why not take them up on the offer?
Let me tell you, I got worked! My legs felt like jello after that session. I felt as if I needed a cane to walk up and down the steps. My legs were of no use to me at all. I wondered why anybody would put themselves through this kind of torture to feel pain all over their body. I was ready for that to be my first and last time I ever went to the gym.
I waited a couple of days (alright, maybe a week) before I went back to the gym for my next workout. I went straight to the back of the gym and occupied a bench, because that's what we're supposed to do, right?
I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but figured I'd look at what others were doing and then copy them. As time went on, I became more educated with working out by learning, by studying, all because I fell in love with it.
But how many of us were like me, or are still like me? Went into the gym and had no idea what they were doing, or didn't like the feeling of being sore.
Now I'm not saying you have to enjoy being sore, but that brings me to one of the reasons we don't stick with a workout program.
1) We don't like being sore.
I know it seems hard to believe, but the soreness that sometimes come with working out hold some of us back. We want to avoid. We don't want to go through it. We don't want to experience some temporary pain and so we avoid working out all together.
Another reason why we don't stick with a program:
2) We don't know what we're doing.
Think about it, would you stick with something that you don't know how to do? Of course not. We try a few workouts, but don't really have a clue if it's working, so we stop. Now that shouldn't give us an excuse to stop working out. We should either educate ourselves or find help, whether that be from a friend, coach, or trainer.
The last reason we'll cover today is:
3) We set unrealistic expectations
We get caught up with fads, or think that we can lose 50 pounds in a few weeks or build exploding biceps after a few sessions in the gym. I'm here to tell you that's not going to happen. Wherever we are physically right now didn't happen overnight, so changing it to where we want it to go won't happen instantly either.
The great news is that the process to get where you want physically is shorter than the years it took to get our body to the point that made us decide to make a change.
Now, this isn't a complete list of all the reasons why we don't stick with a workout program, but it is a start. I wanted us to start the conversation and see if one of these reasons are holding us back from working out. Maybe it's none of these. Maybe it's more than one. Or maybe it's another reason.
Do you have trouble sticking with a workout program?
I want to hear from you and help you overcome that. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and reply to me with #1, #2, or #3. Then let's work to make sure that's not an issue any longer.
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