If any of you have followed this blog, (there might be one or two of you) you are aware that at some point my husband Greg decided to workout with me. Unfortunately for him it happened to be when I was finishing up P90X Plus and moving on to Insanity. Greg was never an athlete, although he does remind me he played little league baseball. Because of this, I don’t think it was the best way to start out his experience in raising the heart rate and pushing himself physically. He did make it through most of the 60 days, but eventually he just “Insert excuse here.”
Over the past few months two realities have been reaffirmed when it comes to working out. For the first, Chalene Johnson, creator of Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme, and TurboFire says it best: you have to find your workout soul mate. You must find one that you are passionate about. Let’s face it. Most of us don’t approach the idea of getting in shape with complete enthusiasm. We reluctantly know we need to exercise more so we look at what’s popular and buy it. The problem is that it just might not be your soul mate. I was fortunate when I chose P90X to start. It was exactly what I needed and I enjoyed Tony’s style. If I would have started out with something like Turbo Jam, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it. It doesn’t mean Turbo Jam is a bad choice. It’s terrific for those who are just starting out and love a more kickboxing, dance style workout. I would have felt completely out of my element. I probably could do it now, laugh at myself while getting the moves down and eventually have fun.
Greg has decided to begin working out with me and I think we may have finally found a workout that goes at his pace; Les Mills PUMP. We just started this program and he is much more willing to commit to 30 minutes of PUMP than 40 minutes of Insanity. He doesn’t feel overwhelmed like he has in the past. He even seems eager to get the workout done instead of looking like he wants to run away when it was time to dig deep. We do PUMP together, but when we’re done I throw in either an Insanity workout or one of PUMP’s deluxe dvds. It’s a perfect compromise. As a coach, it’s my job to help my clients pick the right program. I have some who approach me and say they want to try P90X, but in reality it might not be a program that fits their personality or their lifestyle. Ultimately it’s up to them to choose, but I need to assess what might be a good fit and present it to them.
The second reality is that an individual’s reason behind their desire to be healthy and fit can mean the difference between success and failure. In Beachbody, we call it the WHY! I have been amazed at some of the WHY’s people have shared. They are inspiring. And the greater the WHY, the higher the probability of them staying committed to a program. By greater I mean a life altering decision where this is one of the top priorities in their life. If it isn’t in the top 5, it’s going to be a struggle to accomplish. It’s something that Greg has finally embraced. While he may not able to prevent aging, he does have control over it’s affect on his energy, body, and quality of life. And he understands it has to come from both nutrition and exercise. You have to be committed because no amount of coaxing, persuading, or nagging from your coach can be a substitute. We can only encourage, answer questions, and make those small nudges. We don’t have that magic pill. It really doesn’t exist.