One of my all time favorite things to see is when a member comes in with a simple initial goal, like trying to lose some weight or obtain more energy… and in the aftermath of doing all of that ends up completely changing their lifestyle. They go from couch potato to super hero. They become open to stepping way outside of their comfort zone and taking things on they never thought they would/could.
I’m a huge believer in training inside the gym to improve life outside of the gym. Whether it’s to improve your ability to work, your performance at a sport or hobby, or to be an active mother/father/spouse. To me the idea of training hard and not being able to apply the fruit of that towards anything is unfortunate. All that hard work, that new found strength with nothing to pour it into.
The majority of the people we see often refer back to times when they were in high school or college and participated in X. These are often the times people associate with being in the best shape of their lives. I understand that for most of us the difference between now and then has a lot to do with a difference in age… but is part of that aging process a result of our change in lifestyle? If the adage “use it or lose it” holds any merit, would that explain why most would describe themselves as having “lost it” shortly after the years they were “using it”?
What happens? Work responsibilities pick up, family obligations demand our time. Days consist of sleep, sitting at a table, sitting in a car, sitting at a desk, sitting in a car some more, sitting at a table, sitting on a couch. Sleep. Repeat.
Training or working out to combat all of that is great. For some sickos it can even be enjoyable (we try to make it as enjoyable as possible at our facility). But that only covers 1 hour out of the 24. Only of course on the days you show up. That’s 4.2% of your day spent in activity. If you make it to the gym 4 days a week (which is pretty good for most) thats 2.38% of your week. That kind of sucks.
Here’s a scenario that often takes place after joining a training program. After the excitement of your first few months of starting something new… you get BORED. Even if you’re getting results. Training can become monotonous. It can start to feel like a chore. After a while many people start to question “why?”
That is one of the reasons why I love to see people take their training and apply it towards something outside of the facility. Something they love. Something that gets them fired up. Something they can think back to when they start questioning whether all the hard work is worth it. People who have passions that are enhanced through training stay motivated. When I played football I didn’t skip a single workout. Even if it was Friday night. Or Saturday. Even if I was tired. Or had a D in chemistry (whoops!). I see this at our facility all the time. People training for sports. People who run or bike competitively. Those people don’t get bored. Even on the days that are hard. They understand and desire the carryover. The idea of doing what they love pushes them forward.
If you don’t have something like that I would encourage you to find something. It may mean stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new. If you already have an interest, what can you do to take that interest to the next level? If you like to hike, whats a place you would love to go to that would challenge your skill set? If running 5K races is your thing, how about trying a 10K. OR if you can’t run to save your life like myself but want to give it a shot, you could join the Driven squad at the upcoming 4 mile race in Barre (contact us if you want in!)
It’s never too late to learn a new skill. I know a woman who started boxing in her late thirties and experienced a LOT of success at a PRO level. Getting punched in the face not your thing? Fine. How about rock climbing? Running? Biking? Obstacle course racing? Wake boarding? Back packing? Most of us are out of school and no longer have easy access to team sports (although there are plenty of adult leagues out there), but there are still plenty of opportunities to MOVE outside the gym!
If you need a place to move around “in” come check out our training facility! All of our programs involve working with a coach. Which means you’ll be shown exactly what you need to do and how you need to do it to get to your goals. No thinking necessary. No wasting time. For more information contact us here and we’ll connect!