Hi! Welcome to the first SJ Fit Blog.
By now you probably know about my fitness programs targeted to help you build a particular muscle group, but it would be great to get to know each other a little better.
Fitness is full of myths and many of these can do more harm than good.
I'll share with you some of my key beliefs and motivations around the most common myths out there, show you how fitness fits into my life and how it could contribute to yours.
Athletes across the board give unrelenting commitment and dedication to their sport.
By driving themselves to be the very best they can be, they can neglect those around them.
If I'm being honest, when I'm training for an event I can become quite blinkered. I focus on nutrition, training, ensuring my body gets the rest it needs and that I have the endurance and stamina required for the event.
But here's the thing. The people who you surround yourself with are essential to your success.
You need the support of friends and families to go to the gym after work (again), or to stick to a nutrition plan before an event. However you look at it, they're critical to a successful fitness routine.
Relationships are a 2-way street though. If you want support to achieve your goals, you need to give back too.
Myth 2. It's the commitment that matters, not the motivation.
Now, this is definitely a myth. Commitment gets you there 80% of the time. But the motivation is essential to getting you back to the gym after an illness. It's the motivation that makes you get out of bed that hour earlier on your first day in a new job.
I always spend time with my clients looking at the motivations behind our training.
We live in a world where social media collides with reality. We're faced with pictures of fabulous looking people, having the time of their lives, every single day. It can be easy to become seduced by the promise that life should be like this for us all.
Commercial opportunities promise great rewards and (almost) international fame. And with all this temptation, it's easy to become obsessed with fabricating a perfect life on the social media stream.
But this distorted view can mean we fail to focus on the most important thing. Sometimes we can forget that all these things come back to being able to feel good about yourself.
Working with a number of clients, I'm always stunned by the variety of reasons behind why people want to get into shape. Just some of the reasons I've heard over the years include:
- Combatting a sedentary lifestyle
- Recovering from injury
- Living up to expectations set by social media
- Boosting self-confidence
- Deterring bullies
- Getting out of a social situation
- Making the most of new sports and eventing opportunities
- Earning money from opportunities to become a brand ambassador
- Every one of these reasons is as valid as the next, with just one caveat. You have to do it for you.
Myth 3. If you're not training hard, there's no point training at all.
Like most people, there are some days I'd rather grab a latte and a lie in than commit to another lateral leg raise, but by recognising that one less productive workout doesn't discount all the hard work you're doing, you'll benefit your brain and your body much more in the long run.
I'm all for training hard. But hand in hand with training hard comes training smart. Rest is as important as reps.
It gives the muscles a chance to repair and develop stronger muscle formation. Overtraining could see your performance hit rock bottom, your blood pressure increase, your immunity sapped and your sleep disturbed.
It's not just about how often you train either. It's also about how you train.
There can be a temptation to go straight for the weights to make the most of muscle building time whilst you're at the gym.
Hitting weights first will increase testosterone and cortisol levels, helping you get more from your workout. It'll also mean you'll sidestep the traffic jam at the treadmill. But warming up with some dynamic stretches will help get your muscles ready for the main event and decrease the risk of injury.
Your fitness programme needs to work with your life.Find your 'today' benefit
Whatever your motivation for getting fit, your fitness programme needs to be sustainable. It needs to work with your life, not against it.
Whether your immediate benefit is.
I work with clients to find ways that their training gives them an immediate benefit. Maybe a retreat from the fast pace of society or the pressures of social media – something that helps them to keep moving that end goal. Even on those lethargic latte mornings.
What is it that gets you out of bed in time for an early morning workout?
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