Group classes are a great way for people to workout with a trainer for less $$ then one on one sessions, but that does not mean the quality of the session needs to decrease. I have been to a couple group fitness classes around the city, even attended a 10 week mom and baby group class, and have to say I am highly disappointed in the instruction. So much so that I am creating a mentorship program in order to educate these instructors more. I am not sure if it is lack of education or lack of planning but something needs to change so more people can actually benefit, and not get injured, from these classes. I am not saying all group classes are bad, but certainly we all have room for improvements (including myself), a little constructive feedback, and the continuous need for further education. This is what I hope to accomplish and provide to group fitness instructors.
I welcome any suggestions for classes to attend over the next month as I aim to attend at least two differenct classes a week in order to get a better idea of what is needed.
Tips to helping you stay active on a regular basis
Recently I was asked how I get up at 5am every day to workout, and "don't you get tired". The answer is "yes" I get tired all the time with three kids and two businesses but the working out at 5am is not what makes me tired, rather it energizes me for the day. It wakes me up, gives me that 30-45 minutes of me time, and sets the tone for the day. Are there days I just want to roll over and sleep in, absolutely, but if I do not get my workout done first thing in the morning then I am one step behind all day and scramble to find another 30-45 minutes to get my workout in.
As a trainer I have heard all the excuses in the book for why someone missed a session or why being active on a daily basis is not occuring. If you train with me you find out pretty quick that I am not one for excuses or someone who has much sympathy for the "I only got 6 hours of sleep" or the "I just don't have time" excuse, because lets face it we could all use more sleep and with a little planning, I mean take 5 minutes to look at your nexts day's schedule, and I am sure you can find 30 minutes to workout.
Here are my tips for succeeding with a consistant workout schedule:
Yes, even on the weekends I get up at 5 and workout. It is easier on my body to consistently wake up at the same time everyday. If I slept in, and sleeping in around our house is 6:30am, Monday morning when the alarm goes off at 5am would be a real struggle.
I have to admit I cannot remember the last time I sat down to eat a meal in my own home. With three kids, six and under, It seems I am always running out the door to school, some activity, or dealing with a crisis with one or all three children. The odd time my husband and I go out for a meal, without the kids, he is always giving me a hard time as I am finished my meal before he barely gets started.
This article by Precision Nutrition was an easy read and good reminder of the importance of eating slow.