A re-blog from 27th December 2013
My colleague, Les Willis aka MuscleTalk Moderator Big Les, wrote this short article. So I thought I'd pass on his words of wisdom for those of you hitting the gym after Christmas:
A Quick Guide to your New Year Fitness Resolution 1) Please Get a Grip
You are not going to train every day, swim lengths and get a sauna, etc; even if you manage it for a few weeks, its not sustainable. And if you are being told you can by people in the gym it is probably because they've got late February in the sweepstake on when you are going to quit! 1 hour 3 times a week is going to tax you and be a formidable commitment for you: take baby steps. 2) Shut Up: No, Please Shut Up
No one cares what your fitness resolution is; no one cares that this year will be your year. People who know you have no doubt heard it before far too often, and in your gym everyone has heard it far too often before. Keep your goals to yourself. Also shut up some more, because no one cares what you used to do, or lift, or play. This is a what-have-you-done-lately environment, and you have sat on the sofa eating pies. And please shut up about what you read in a magazine; we don't care, no one cares, and we certainly don't care what the nutritionist said on The One Show about the new superfood – we just don't care!
Instead of talking about it, maybe try an innovative approach: ask questions and listen to the answer and then go and do it. See, many people can ask a question; not many listen, and precious few listen then do. What happens is you have 1 or 2 strikes: experienced trainers will help you once, then if you don't follow their advice they don't want to know; some will try twice because they are angels, but again, they are in the gym to do their thing not be ignored by you. 3) It Hurts
You see all those quotes about success being on the other side of pain, and pushing through pain, it's for a reason. Getting fitter, growing muscle, losing bodyfat is hard work and it will hurt and it is really uncomfortable.
Have fun and remember actions speak the loudest!4 comments