1) Exercise / Training the Body
3) Mindset / Training the Brain
Today I'll address the first- Exercise / Training the Body.
Exercise is a MUST if you want to make a transformation.
Weight loss, fat loss, muscle gain, lowering body fat percentage, fitting into a dress from 5 years ago.... they all require exercise.
There are 3 types of fitness facilities that you can choose from, each of them very different from one another.
First, there is the big box gym.
Planet Fitness, the local "Y", Lifetime Fitness, Equinox, etc.
When you take on a membership at a big box gym, you are paying for access to their equipment.
You are paying to be allowed to walk in the door of their facility.
It's kind of like paying rent.
Sometimes, it also includes access to classes like yoga, spin, or kickboxing.
How often you actually set foot in the gym... if at all... is entirely up to you.
And, once you get there, how much time you spend there & what you do with that time is also 100% your choice (and responsibility).
In order to be successful with this type of membership, you must be proficient in 2 areas: programming and motivation.
You must know how to program your workouts in accordance with your goals.
And you must be self-motivated enough to get in the door regularly.
The 2nd type of fitness facility is one that hosts large group workouts.
This could be a Bootcamp, Orange Theory Fitness, Boxing Club, or any other similar facility.
When you take on a membership at this type of facility, you pay for a workout plan.
In large group workouts, 99% of the time its 1 workout for the entire group.
(GOOD facilities will make modifications or have another system to classify different fitness levels, and the proper exercises for each)
Whether you are a newbie who has never worked out before, a seasoned marathoner, or a mother of 4 who hasn't exercised in 30 years and has an old shoulder injury, you're all doing the same workout.
How hard you push yourself in any given class is on you.
Your specific progress must be self-recognized and gauged when deciding when to try something harder or push for more reps.
The 3rd type of fitness facility is a personal training studio.
It could be 1:1 personal training or semi-private personal training.... it could even be in-home personal training that doesn't even require a studio space.
When you take on a personal training membership, you are paying for an exercise program that is written for you and only you.
You are paying for someone to take note of your goals, your health history, your injury history, your current fitness level, and your preferences, and use all of that information to create something that is customized to meet every bit of who YOU are.
Whether you are brand new to exercise, a seasoned marathoner, or a mother of 4 who hasn't exercised in 30 years and has an old shoulder injury, your programming will reflect that accordingly.
Each of the 3 are very different from one another.
They are not interchangeable and even though they are all categorized as "fitness facilities" they offer drastically different experiences.
The first step in figuring out which is the best fit for you is to ask yourself a few key questions.
What do you need?
Where do you struggle?
What's most important to you? --> price? location? time?
The answers to these questions will help you start to navigate the best path for you to make your body & life transformation.