Get Instant Results at the Gym with Your New Years Resoution!

November 28, 2018

Today’s post is for Rockaholics with New Year's Resolutions that involve fitness.

The gym is an interesting place. I fully understand why it is intimidating or off-putting to some people. If that’s how you feel, great. There are about 8 million ways you can stay active and fit without the gym, including a bunch of gym-free strength training approaches... Go do one of those!

As much as I love bodyweight exercise and the convenience it provides, most of us stand to gain something from the gym. Weight Room Wednesday isn’t about the latest and greatest exercises, or some magical rep/set scheme. (They all work!) If you want in-depth training info, Cody and the team at Boom Boom Performance put out awesome content like this all the time. This is about helping you gain something from the gym. These “gainz” aren’t always about packing on Arnold-levels of muscle.

Whether that’s reduced knee or low-back pain so you can play with your kid more, increased endurance so you can do more bitchin’ hikes in the summer, or six pack abs that are gonna help you get laid (spoiler alert from personal experience: you can have abs and still be incredibly awkward around the opposite sex), is going to be different for everyone. Weight Room Wednesday is here to help you maximize your gym experience, so you will keep going to the gym for long enough to see the results you’re looking for.

In order to go to the gym for long enough to see the results you’re looking for, you need to first go to the gym. A lot of people are gearing up to do just that for the new year. If you are one of these people, AND are one of the people I mentioned earlier who feel intimidated or put off by the gym (since you’re still reading, I can safely assume you didn’t pick up swimming or yoga when I gave you your out), you have two options:

  • Accept that your fear is holding you back from going to the gym for long enough to see the results you’re looking for.
  • Realize that overcoming your fear is a life skill in and of itself, and overcome it by going to the gym.

(You’ll notice I left out the “options” of complaining, blaming, and denying. Those are symptoms of your fear. Revisit the two options above.)

You can probably guess that I’d rather see you overcome your fear of the gym, which is commonly disguised as excuses. Like I said, overcoming fear is a great skillset that will help you in many areas of life. I’d argue it’s even more beneficial than chiseled pecs and ripped abs, which can take years (plural)  to develop. And you get that benefit from simply showing up!

Just about every resolutioner wants instant results from going to the gym. Many of them fail to realize that overcoming their fear and taking action is a HUGE result! Celebrate that, instead of trippin’ about numbers on a scale or a barbell, and you’ll be much more likely to be celebrating awesome physical results by this time next year, instead of being a little heavier, a year older, and in the exact same boat... Again.

Here’s to that #NewYearNewYou

Matt Koch