It seems like the world has gone nuts over “extreme sports”, “elite fitness”, or being “badass”. It’s so trendy right now to work out like crazy and live by the credo “go hard or go home”. It seems like people are buying into the idea that if you don’t exercise for hours at time or do some sort of insane work out, that you are not exercising enough, to be healthy and fit.
What’s wrong with shooting for the moon and achieving your goals? Absolutely nothing! I think if you have a goal you should work your butt off to achieve it. What I don’t think is cool, is perpetuating the myth that doing “extreme, insane workouts”, or competing in “extreme races” is the ONLY way to be healthy and fit. This type of mentality only messes with the minds of the general population when all they really want to know is the easiest way to get fit and healthy.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to be in the gym, and I love weight training. I love to push my abilities/boundaries and achieve PR’s (personal records) and….lets be real, I love to be a bit of a badass…just ask my friends!
BUT, my main goal is long term. I want to be able to sustain the exercise and habits that I have for the rest of my life. And this is what I want for my clients as well. This is why my coaching philosophy and the way I train clients teaches them sustainable habits, including nutrition and functional movement exercise.
What is the easiest way to get fit and healthy? Consistency and patience! So many people start out and want the quick fix and believe the magazine covers that tell them do these 3, 5,10 moves and eat these “super”foods and you will look like the cover model in 21 days! Remember, those cover models exercise and model for a living…it’s their job and they look great on that cover with the help of a whole team of people!
My philosophy is: consistently (this will change based on your goals) weight train 2-3 times per week, do some form of moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise 1-3 times per week, and eat a sound nutritional diet, and you have the makings of a healthy and fit life! Simple, yes? But it’s hard to do because we all want it NOW, without the consistency, work or patience.
Small sustainable changes over the course of time make a big difference. Make those changes patiently and consistently and see what happens!