And as we slowly drift out of our slumber, recover from our pulsating headaches and realise it’s the 1st of january the aim of many is to get into shape. Perfect time for wannabee writers like myself to impart their words of wisdom on the subject. If I had to give one unique tip, it would be this:
Get the fitness routine in place and ignore the diet
Yep, I said it. Don’t throw away the Chrimbo treats just yet. It’s a gradual process but improving your wellness and wellbeing through fitness is a marathon not a sprint. Fitness resolutions are mere wishes and only become reality through realism. The January surge in gym attendance characterises this mindset and the subsequent lull and decline exposes the lack of willpower in fullfulling this wish. So we need a plan in place that we are capable of following. If Usain Bolt dreamed of becoming a double long distance gold medallist he would have failed after a few training sessions because the target was unrealistic.
The goal: Find the fittest version of ourselves
Forget all that ‘get buns of steel’ and ‘lose the manboob’ bullshit. A simple generic goal for all of us that we can guarantee through our training is to find the fittest versions of ourselves. Therefore, intially diet doesn’t really matter because we are just trying to get fit. Hell, we can eat chocolate and still get fit and we can feel less guilty about a chocolate bar after a spin class. So put the plan in place; look at your class timetable and see what appeals to you and what fits in with your work schedule. Make sure one of those classes is a pilates or yoga class, invest in a session with a trainer. We (at least I am anyway) are more than happy to see some clients once a fortnight where we learn new routines for them to use in their own time, thus maintaining that consistency and guaranteeing an upward curve of progress.
This notion of ‘finding the fittest versions of ourselves’ is something I have embraced through our unique training system of Circular Strength Training (CST). I met Mattia (above) in a CST seminar in Florence (sorry Firenze) and realised how with the right dedication and subsequent effort as well as the proper guidance we can do things that were never possible before. With CST we cover all angles and take the best elements from a multitude of disciplines including Pilates and Yoga. Just look at Mattia in action here
The result : Fitness becomes part of our enduring culture
You get gym addicts that train hard but don’t necessarily train smart. They forget about the enjoyment, the connection with one’s inner core and breathing and the need to remain injury-free. The result is a series of compensations through one-dimensional training methods which they just work around with the help of analgesics. Few can sustain this especially when conventional training does not teach you the most efficient joint-sparing movement patterns demonstrated by CST head coach Scott Sonnon here
True the moves are advanced but the application here is for special opps; we can perform simpler versions of these moves with the application being to simply navigate around the workplace or kitchen where a lot of back-pain is experienced. Had a great time teaching my little pregnant sister how to move around the kitchen of her new home in a more efficient manner to spare her all that pain.
So as usual I have rambled on in order to open your eyes on what fitness is to me but it all begins with that first step of putting a plan in action. Have a happy 2013.