It was very helpful to read through your responses and comments, so thank you. If you don't train with us at the studio, and would like to fill one out, I've attached it. Client Check In
In many of the responses, what I heard was, "It's not you, it's me." This sounds a whole lot like I know what to do, I just don't do it.
It's the same battle we've been talking about since I started writing, before this was called a blog.
I loved the responses regarding strength training. The magic is the accountability of having a trainer, of course. If it is on the schedule and becomes part of your routine, you do it consistently and do it well. If someone is there to encourage you, correct your form, and push you through those last few tough ones, it works.
The struggle almost always shows up in the part of our fitness program that we are responsible for doing on our own: nutrition and cardio.
For some of you, it sounded like you know you aren't there yet, but you're getting there and are not terribly distraught about it. But in some of your responses, I heard frustration and that old, "I know, I know", followed by a deep sigh that symbolizes a longing for this fight to be over.
I get it!
I know the feeling of working hard, lifting like a beast, and not getting to show off those muscles because I eat too much junk. (There are rocking abdominal muscles under this belly somewhere!) I know the feeling of trying to get consistent cardio in but struggling to do it alone, getting side tracked by injuries, and feeling overwhelmed with other stuff, which makes me want to check out mentally, not go for a power walk. I know the feeling of buying healthy food, then ending up out somewhere ordering a burger and fries.
It's pretty normal. We all battle for a balanced, consistent fitness program.
When I first started lifting with my trainer back in 2002, I got to my training session right on time or a few minutes late, frazzled from work and traffic. I got through the workout and left, without engaging fully. It took me awhile to lean in and want more. As the fire inside me burned brighter for this feeling of empowerment, I started leaving work earlier to get to my session earlier, and began to challenge myself to get a mile in before my workout started. Eventually I upped that challenge to two miles before every strength session.
I could give you a long list of the awesome things that did for me physically, but the most important thing it did for me was mental. It got me out of wherever it is I had come from (work, home, traffic, the news), and rooted me in the deep presence of my workout. It was on like Donkey Kong.
Sometimes I would walk or run on the treadmill, sometimes I'd go outside and make loops around the building, soaking in vitamin sunshine and fresh air. I started to crave those longer workouts, and my cardio-lift combo. It got me firing on all cylinders.
►I have a challenge for you!◄
Whether you are signed up for Tread, Yoga, Pilates or strength training, get there at least 15 minutes early. Get a mile (or two) in before your actual workout begins, and make sure it is in zones 1-2.
You'll rock your strength workout with a warm-up like that, and you'll start to crave the cardio burn before you lift.
When you arrive early for Tread, you'll not only burn 30% more calories for your session, but you'll be able to start your workout at the bottom of zone 1 instead of fighting to get your heart rate up there.
It is a simple way to get more cardio in. We keep the Tread studio unlocked for you, the code on the door is the same. Grab a treadmill and get your mile (or two) in! Your trainer will come get you when the workout is ready. Or better yet, invite one of your workout partners to join you and do a power walk down the Alum Creek trail and back. It's a beautiful trail right next to the studio.
Wear your heart rate monitor and watch the difference in fuel burn as you combo it up! The beautiful things is, you are already dressed for exercise. You don't have to add a session to add cardio. No extra shower, no extra sweaty clothes to wash. Two miles per workout, twice a week, is four more miles than you are doing right now. That's huge!
Trust me, all it takes is a flick of the switch. Power off that device you are on, get here early, and combo it up. Step in. Lean IN. Rise up and do what that part of you is craving. Get your heart pumping and those legs moving.
It feels amazing to do what you ask of yourself. It is radically empowering to be able to say, it's not you, it's ME. I've got this.
The gauntlet has been thrown. Step in. Lean in. Rise UP.