Try Some New Workouts This Year

Jan 04

Try Some New Workouts This Year

It may be time to try something new. I’m not going to turn this into another New Year’s resolution blog, there are enough of those out there. What I am trying to do is encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and try something that they have never done or even thought about doing, in the areas of health and fitness of course.

Fitness

When I was younger, I don’t remember there being many ways to get in shape. People walked, jogged, lifted weights or did aerobics, that’s about it. The most innovative thing I can remember is when my mom got a Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo tape. Yep, I said tape, it was on VHS.

For some people the traditional workouts are good enough and there is nothing wrong with that, but others have gotten tired of the same old thing and want to try something new.

Here are 4 different workouts you may want to try.

Pole Dancing

No I’m not kidding, pole dancing is one of the best workouts for strengthening and toning. If you don’t believe me, check out a professional dancer in action and let me know what you think about her body.

The classes are usually women and probably most fun when done in groups. So grab a couple of your girlfriends and get on that pole.

Twerking Classes

Another class that’s usually designated for women is twerking class. Now I must be honest, I didn’t think twerking classes would stick, but they are popping up all over the place. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check it out on YouTube, the videos are quite entertaining.

Let me warn you, if the idea of participating in a pole dancing class seems a little edgy, then twerking class is completely out of the question. But if you’re ready to do something bold and totally against the grain, give it a try.

Pilates

Pilates is a bit more subtle than the previous two workouts I recommended. Even though pilates has been around for a while, the term may be new to people that aren’t health and fitness enthusiast.

Pilates is considered a mind-body exercise that uses floor mats and/or a variety of equipment. The workouts are great for individuals that are trying to build strength without bulking.

CrossFit

Don’t worry fellas, I didn’t forget about you. If you like lifting weight and your tired of the same old workouts you’ve been doing since high school, then you should give CrossFit a try.

No it’s not just for men, some of the most popular people in CrossFit are women. The workouts are extremely challenging and I wouldn’t recommend CrossFit to anyone who is just getting started. This is more of an advanced workout so prepare to be pushed to the limit, CrossFit is intense.

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You Need a Partner In The Gym

Dec 31

On the eve of New Year’s Eve I noticed that there was a decent amount of people at the gym. Just as a side note, I’m in south Atlanta and I just assume that the crowds or lack of crowds at the gym on certain days are pretty parallel with the rest of the country. Hopefully, as this blog develops I’ll be able to get insight from other readers from around the country.

Anyway, back to my gym. I’ve been impressed with the number of people that have remained dedicated to working out. It’s actually been pretty motivational for me.  I also have an added motivation…a workout partner that happens to be my son.

He’s a 16 year old high school football player and we have been able to push each other for the past couple of years.

I believe that partnering up with someone at the gym is very important.  Sure you can work out alone but I’ve noticed over the years that the people that seem to get the most gain or loss (whatever your goal is), seem to be the people that either workout with a partner, a personal trainer or attend classes on a regular basis.

Some people may try to make the argument that anyone can get the same results working out alone and for some people that may be true. But I’ve always noticed that things are always done harder or more passionately when competition is involved.

Think back to when you were a child. There were time you played by yourself and there were times when you played with your siblings or friends. I’m willing to bet that when you were by yourself, you were much more relaxed. You probably weren’t as engaged when you played basketball alone or played video games alone.  But whenever you had someone else around it brought out the best in you.

I view working out the same way. You can work out alone but if you had a partner or someone else to motivate you, you’d get better results.

Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below.

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2015…Health, Fitness and Nutrition

Dec 30

2015…Health, Fitness and Nutrition

2015 Fitness, health, nutrition The New Year is almost here so all regular gym attendees have to get ready for the influx of newbies to the gym. Yep, the treadmills will all be filled, every class is going to be packed and trying to spot for bench pressing is going to be damn near impossible. As much as I love the New Year, crowded gyms are probably the worst part.

As for my 2015 fitness goals, I plan on eating much cleaner. 2014 was a great year for me as far as working out goes. I put in the time necessary to reach my fitness goal, I’m talking aerobic and anaerobic, but I must be honest, I fell short in the eating department.

I totally understand how and why people fall off track when it comes to sticking to a healthy eating regimen. Eating clean can tough because unhealthy food is so convenient and many healthy dishes can take a long time to prepare.  No that’s not an excuse but boy it sure is easy.

Let me be clear, my eating wasn’t a total failure in 2014. I had many good weeks and I don’t plan on plan on ever cutting out foods that I really enjoy completely. I believe that food is one of the great pleasures we have and I plan on pleasing myself every now and then…get your head out of the gutter.

Most fitness experts would agree that having a cheat meal from time to time is okay.  Incorporating cheat meals help to keep people like me sane. So between the guacamole, spinach and asparagus, I’m going to continue to squeeze an occasional cheeseburger in there.

I’m looking forward to 2015. Even though it’s going to be tough navigating through the gym for a month or two, I’m excited to get started. There will be a stronger dedication to the eating plan; with an occasional cheeseburger, but my eating will be much cleaner in 2015.

Tell me what your 2015 health and fitness goals are.
I’d love to hear what you’re planning to do and how you’re going to do it.

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