It's the age-old saying, winter is a time to work hard in the gym and have the results you want by the time Spring and Summer roll around. On the mental front however, it's tough!
As if it's not tough enough getting to the gym, now it's dark, cold and for the past fortnight - flooding. The joys of winter. In saying this, we see too many of our members train and achieve such amazing results during the other nine months of the year, to lose those results or not continue to see progression over winter, is a real shame. Our solution, set a red-hot goal - make it exciting, challenging and make sure it's achievable in your own mind first.
Without a gun-goal, sometimes we just need some external accountability. Something that I personally find really motivating is sharing with my kids my intentions. I told them on Friday night last week prior to them falling asleep that we were going to the gym the next morning. Of course the following morning the alarm sounds just after 6am, the kids are fast asleep, rain is misting down outside and bed was oh-so comfortable. The idea of being a great father firm in mind - demonstrate integrity, show them what healthy habits are... get them back for all those times they've woken me up... This for me outweighs the mental battle of comfort over discomfort every time.
Have you tried something new or different recently? There is just so much on social media these days of programming ideas and little challenges. Do you have a gym buddy? Find a routine, call your friend and lock in a day and time to meet them at the gym. Not only will this help with your health and fitness but it will also help strengthen that friendship.
Lastly, what's an event you could put your name down for? Fitness events are great! Over the years, I've ticked many off the list an suprisingly a lot of them were between May and August. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and commit to an event. The training that then follows comes from a very different perspective of 'need' instead of 'should'. Powerful stuff. A prime example of this was our very own Matilda on Sunday competed in a powerlifting competition and did really well. Her stats on the day - 150kg Squat, 70kg Bench Press and 150kg Deadlift. Matilda also walked away with 1st place in U/76kg category and Best Female Lifter award on the day. Leading by example Matilda, congrats!
As always, trainers at 6X are your go-to. Talk to us and be honest - what's your downfall and how can we help!
Something that's just around the corner is our six week fitness challenge. We're running it a little earlier this year in September and we're putting our young population against the seasoned veterans of the gym - the official split, 35 years and older are the geriatrics (I'm one of em!!).
See you in the gym