A good Thursday to you all, it’s been a crazy week or so here, getting slammed with about a foot of snow and then, all of a sudden, it’s 50-60 degrees out. My body just keeps telling me something is off, anyone else feeling that with this crazy stuff?
Today I want to address a crowd that’s probably at the end of their rope, our wonderful New Year’s Resolutioners that decided this was the year to get off the couch and be just a bit healtheir. No this is not a rant about how you need to stay out of everyone else’s way that knows what they’re doing. That does none of us any good and just makes you fresh faces, feel bad all over again, not quite what anyone wants really.
Right about now, some of you, are right on the edge of dropping it all and giving in. The excuses are prepped; it’s too hard, it’s too early (or late) to stick with it, I haven’t got time (we both that’s not true, you Netflix binger you). That is the easy way, and nothing worth a damn actually come to you the easy way. Don't let any BS infomercials or celebrity endorses of whatever fad product that's out there, tell you otherwise, after all they just want your money.
My point is, stick with it, results don’t come over night like aforementioned sources seem to enjoy advertising. It’s likely going to take you at least 6 weeks plus to feel or see anything, that’s the hard truth. It sucks to hear and no one wants to actually believe it, and I can't make you if you don't want to, it's entirely up to you if you want to believe it. Can only lead a horse to water, right?
Here's another thing to think about, do you remember that great deal that you signed up at the gym for where you got a percentage off or a month free? They’re counting on you bailing after a few weeks and still taking your money for the next 6 months to a year, then if you want to cancel make you do a few tricks and jump through hoops just to do so. In that case you might as well make the best use of the membership you are paying for and start sweating.
Obviously, I have my bias (science kind of does too) and believe strength training is the king to get it done in the gym, but that weight room can be pretty intimidating when you are brand new, don’t worry about it. They were where you are once upon a time too, some of them may never admit it, but you can just ignore those jerks and do you. Stick it out, maybe find a gym buddy to get you through that really rough patch and things will get easier. Quite honestly they never get super easy, because it is work and anything that's worth a damn takes some, but you’ll be happier for it (also science), I promise.
Here's the summary; don't quit so you can stick it to those counting on you doing so, pick up some weight (find a coach/reputable resource to help) and be patient. Hopefully this helps at least one of you stick it out a little longer, and if that's so, my work is done for the day. Have a good day all, go out there and get after it!
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Jarrod Dyke, CSCS