Staying motivated with your workout can be a difficult thing sometimes. What I tell people is that if you dont write it down then you will not do it. It is not set in concrete until it is written down. Some people are good and managing schedules in their head and that is great. But for the rest of us, me included, if I dont write it down then there is a good chance I will forget. So with your workout routine, I encourage you to set a schedule and stick to it. Even if there is a day when your feeling tired or you might just not want to. You enjoy the workout and you enjoy the class but you will still need to force yourself to go from time to time. That might sound weird, but hear me out. I once was talking to an artist on the boardwalk. This is a true story. He was drawing those funny pictures of people and my daughter told him she liked to draw and was trying to get better. So he sat in the chair and let my daughter draw him. So in conversation I asked him if he loved what he did. Of course he said yes. This was his life and he was able to make a living from doing it. I then asked him if there were ever times when the though of picking up that pencil one more time was the last thing he wanted to do. He replied very quickly with a OH YES! Many times. He said but you do what you have to do. I know I love this but sometimes it can be painful. That doesn't mean I want to quit. So I hope sharing this story helps.
I have a trick question I like to ask people from time time. If you do thirty sit ups, where do you make the most progress? Which sit up is the most important? The 1st, the middle, the 10th, the last? Which do you think. And the usual answer I get is the 30th. It should be the last one. I then tell them the answer is the 31st. Its not meant to be a real question someone can answer because it is misleading. But the entire purpose of it is to get you thinking this phrase " 1 more". You can always do one more, cant you? When we do our drills and exercises in class I am trying to get everyone to push it until they feel the burn. Then do 1 more. That one more attitude will help you keep making progress because as you get stronger it will take more to make you feel that burn. But once you do you will have this awesome attitude of doing just 1 more.
We all need motivation every once in a while. I don't want you guys to forget about your kickboxing family this summer. Stay motivated to keep your skills up. Think about the reason you started kickboxing? I am here to help you guys and I love motivating people in class and seeing everyone leave sweaty and smiling. We have a few new drills we have been doing recently. So you definitely want make sure you get to work on them.
Our fitness kickboxing class is a great mix of these 3 components. It is great cardio. Non-stop action from start to finish is what we are going for. We also are able to work on toning and strengthening throughout the class by incorporating some medicine balls and weights into the class. Adding a little weight has great benefits. We try to make sure everyone hates our instructors the next day :) haha. The reason I wanted to talk about this today is because I have been asked a lot recently what our classes are like. Besides the obvious punching and kicking on the bag, we do this other stuff to :)
I am sharing a video today from a motivational speaker whos name is Eric Thomas. He has a fantastic message about being motivated in life. This Lion mentality will help you be successful in life. I encourage everyone reading this to take 5 or 10 minutes each day for yourself and read or listen to some motivational material. Just a little break to help you get refocused and re charged. I hope you enjoy the video.
In todays world things are instant. If you want to buy something you can go on amazon push a button and have it at your house that day if you want. If you want to watch a tv show you can just talk into your tv remote and it will come on the screen. It is important to remember that success is not instant. It takes time and consistent effort. You might not see the results you want after a day or two or even after a week or two. But you will see progress and that is the important thing . You have to be able to see the little progress day to day or week to week. Keep doing that and eventually you will see the goal you want :)
Hard work will get you in good shape. But what you eat is very important. Think about it like this. Your car runs on gas. How well would your car run if you filled it with apple juice? Apple juice might be good for us but not for a car. So you have to fuel your body with the right fuel. Your body has the amazing ability to heal itself and grow muscle to deal with the stress we put on it. Just remember your body can't do that very well if your fueling it with donuts and pepsi. Be aware of how your fueling your body and ill see you in for class :)
Remember our kickboxing program is a fitness program. There is no contact. Its all about helping you be the best you you can be. Our class is high energy and non stop action the entire time. With that being said , you can take the class at your pace. Just the other day I was talking to a student who sad she tried a class before ours and she said there was a lot of advanced and new people. However the class catered toward the advanced. We try to eliminate that by giving quick options to let you take it to the next level if your ready. My point with all of this is if you want to lose weight you will love our class. You will get a full body workout that will help you burn fat and you will have fun with great music while doing it.
I love the fact that everyone knows what this means and I love that I hear people say this when summer starts getting close.
I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR. MY BEACH BODY IS DIFFERENT THEN YOUR BEACH BODY. YOUR BEACH BODY IS DIFFERENT THEN SOMEONE ELSE S BEACH BODY.
What I mean is you do not have to have a flat stomach and six pack abs. The popular vision of what we " should " look like is unrealistic. So don't set outrageous goals for yourself that would require you to spend 4-5 hours at the gym each day. I know I don't have that much free time. But I do have the time to workout enough to be healthy and maintain strong muscle tone. Thats my beach body.
So the reason I said I love hearing people say " I gotta get ready for the beach" is because it motivates them to work a little harder to reach a goal. So with all that in mind, lets get to work on getting your beach body ready.