Like many people you might have made a New Years resolution to diet and exercise, so, how’s that working out for you?

I was in the gym in November and December, so I noticed that it got a little busier in January, but that’s a good thing. However, it’s already starting to thin out again … not so good. I’m not a professional trainer, I don’t even have a workout partner, I just go, and I train. I don’t believe that it’s my calling to go door to door with the bible of fitness trying to convert couch potatoes to gym rats, but I have learned a few simple truths which I’d like to share for those interested in trying to make a change for the better… here you go.

In my opinion there are two big mistakes that people make, first, the biggest mistake of all is not working out, the second mistake is that when they finally do get to the gym, they try to work off 20 years of beer and pizza in one afternoon. Mistake #1 then mistake #2 then repeat next year.

For success remember:
! Fitness is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
! Don’t try to be the hare, just be the tortoise and stick with it.
! The gym is no place for texting or selfies … turn on your tunes and get to work.
! Compress time frames and keep moving; if you’ve just done a chest exercise and you need a minute to recover before your next set, take that minute and do a set for your back, your back will recover during your chest exercise.
! Do no more than 2 exercises per body part, and 25 to 30 reps per exercise either 5 sets of 5 reps or 3 sets of 10 reps or some combination similar. This is more than enough for any human being who is not on steroids.
! Elevate your breathing and sweat for at least 20 minutes and no longer than 40 minutes, get in work out and get out. This is the key, no matter what shape/condition you’re in right now, even if you have to drag your butt to the gym, if you work out for more than 20 minutes and less than 40 minutes you will leave with more energy than you walked in with, Read that last sentence again, you will have a net gain of energy after you leave the gym. That’s how you make it back day after day.

Plan your work and work your plan.
Sensei Doug