I always respect everyone’s choice in exercise routine.
You’ve got to find what works for YOU.
Everyone has different goals, lifestyles, and likes, so what works for one does not necessarily work for all.
However, coming from my own personal experience, feedback & testimonies from friends and my current customers as well as my observations of others, I’ve found that your average person who pays for a gym membership either:
a) does not go to the gym consistently
b) stays in the cardio room because the machines are self explanatory
c) does the same exercises & sticks to the same routine week after week.
d) pay $40+ once a week to work out with a trainer to get some direction, but are lost the rest of the days of the week
Then months or even years go by and they have plateaued or had little to zero results.
They grow frustrated and even depressed at their lack of results and grow even more unhappy with their body.
When offered the chance to try out an at home fitness program in lieu of their current routine, they decline because they ASSUME that if they’re not getting results from the GYM of all places, the place designed especially for those who want to get fit and lose weight, then how the heck could you possibly get results from home!!!! And the last thing they want to do is spend more money on something weight loss related that yields no happy ending.
They end up going less and less to the gym because they figure, “What good is it doing anyways? Its a waste of my time!” Yet they refuse to cancel their gym membership because that’s admission of what they consider failure. So months and months go by that they pay their membership fee for a service they are NOT taking advantage of.
All the while, that money paid out in monthly increments could’ve been saved and accumulated to use to purchase their first Challenge Pack – something that combines fitness+nutrition and comes with FREE support from the Team Beachbody Community (comprised of thousands of people in the same shoes) – A Challenge Pack that can be returned for a full refund within 30 days if dissatisfied. A Challenge Pack that comes with real, viable items, that can always be sold or traded for other programs in the future to further and continue your journey. A Challenge Pack is essentially like having your own personal gym at the privacy of your own home which includes your own personal trainer, nutritionist, and cheering squad. It comes with everything, including a meal plan and schedule to follow which takes out all the guesswork that usually leaves people feeling very confused and frustrated.
One of my personally sponsored coach and friends just shared this in my private accountability group: “P90X is the first home workout program that my husband is doing. He’s also done like 2 Les Mills Combat workouts with me and Debbie Siebers’ Slim In 6 before. He just told me this morning that these home workout programs are harder than he thought.”
I know for me, personally I always felt awkward at the gym. I didn’t know what to do, how to do it or when to do it or how much of it to do. I couldn’t afford 1 weekly session with a Personal Trainer and even if I could’ve I would’ve been lost the rest of the week.
When I went to the gym, I primarily used the elliptical machines or BORING treadmill (I don’t know who LOVES walking on a treadmill). The exercises were dull and NOT challenging. I only selected them because there was no guesswork to operating these machines and they were hidden in a separate room, where the GYM RATS and FITNESS FREAKS couldn’t see you (if you picked the right machine, you would be pretty much out of the line of sight). The machines in the cardio room were easy to figure out. All you do is just push a few buttons and start moving your feet forward.
Sometimes if the gym was pretty empty, I’d work up the courage to venture out into the weight room. But I always felt like an amateur and complete idiot when I’d attempt to figure out the weight machines. I had no clue how much weight to use or how many reps to do. I felt like everyone was staring at me and laughing at me (I know they weren’t, but in my mind they were.)
The main reason I turned to at home fitness programs though is simply because I lived over 15 minutes from town and having 3 kids and a husband who worked out of tow 7 days at a time and no family made it virtually impossible for this mom to get to the gym 5-6 days a week for an hour at a time. After I had my third child, our son in June 2010, he Gym was no longer an option. It took until he was close to 2 for me to finally stop settling for my “Mommy of 3 Body” that I was ashamed of and actually do something.
Using at-home fitness programs was the perfect solution for me. I love it because I don’t to memorize any exercises or routines. I simply look at the calendar to see what disc I do and what body part I will be working that day, pop it into the DVD player, push play, then listen to what the trainer says. Each program features a different trainer. Each program comes with a series of discs, along with a schedule to follow. The schedule tells you what disc you will be using each day for the duration of the program (programs range from 30 days, 10 weeks, 60 days or 90 days). Many of the programs come with several different schedules to follow, depending on your current fitness level or current goals. As soon as the workout begins, a timer pops up on the screen, which is helpful. At times, you may feel like you can’t keep going, but then you look down at the timer and it says you only have 9:27 minutes left. And you tell yourself that you’ve already made it this far & that you have less than 10 minutes left, so you push yourself harder and push past all those excuses because you want to crush your workout. During each workout, you will hear the trainer give encouraging words, teach you about the proper form and technique so you know you are doing it correctly & engaging all of the right body parts and muscles to get the maximum results as well as avoid possible injury. Additionally, each programs comes with a meal plan which was created exclusively for each individual program. The meal plan was specifically designed to work in conjunction with each program to deliver the results that the program was designed for (i.e. Body Beast is a bulking/body building program; P90X is a program focused on muscle building and Insanity is primarily focused on improving your strength, endurance and agility where one will lean out so the nutritional needs to achieve the desired results of each program would not be the same). With all of that as part of my fitness arsenal, I knew I was fully equipped with all the tools I needed to succeed!
Never underestimate the power of a box of DVD’s, let alone Beachbody!
If what you’ve been doing for months or years isn’t working, why not try something new?
I always respect everyone’s choice in exercise routine.