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Finding Motivation to Get Fit
How I found motivation to lose weight, get in shape and help others to do the same.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Motivation comes in many forms

The Lady Knights have kicked their offseason lifting and conditioning program into high gear and with it I've had to pick up my game a bit. Finding the motivation to work hard, keep the girls on track and teach them to lift properly and injury free has been easier than expected due in large part to the large number who come out every workout. I can't let them out work me, now, can I?

One of the reasons many people give up on exercise and fitness projects is that things get stale or boring. For that very reason we made some additions and adjustments to our workout. Tuesday, rather than lift weights, we shifted our focus to plyometrics and tire work.

We use plyometrics to turn the strength we've been building in the weight room to power. We use a series of bounding and box jumps to work on lower body explosion. It's amazing how quickly the legs can wear out when they're taxed so intensely. To work on our total body power we flipped a tractor tire, a first for our girls and they did a fantastic job. We also "threw" car tires! Yep, that's right! We had our girls slinging car tires! What an intense workout! They also worked the sledgehammer, did ballistic pushups and planks. To wrap up our Tuesday workout we pulled the tractor tire over a forty yard course - talk about burning the muscles!

On Thursday, we stepped back into the weight room, but to wrap things up we got back to the sledgehammer, pulling the tire and throwing the smaller tires. I'm thrilled with the turnout and the effort of our girls but I'm also thrilled that due to their hard work I have to keep pushing myself to keep ahead of them.

Find a partner and get started on building a better you! Good luck!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Get Fit - Get moving

Getting back in shape isn't easy. Not getting out of shape after high school and/or college would be an ideal plan but most of us don't prescribe to that. So instead, ten, fifteen or even twenty years down the road we join a gym or sign up for a weight loss program or take up walking. While each of those are good starting points we often don't stick with it or once we reach our goal we give it up and soon find ourselves further in the hole than when we began.

I was very fortunate to have someone push me when I started trying to get back in shape and that helped motivate me to keep working when I felt like it was hopeless. And yes, there were a few times when I thought I had to have a pepsi or a coke and a 16 ounce ribeye and mashed potatos and all the gravy the plate could hold! Having someone to encourage you that your efforts are paying off and you should continue working toward your goals is extremely important. If you don't have that person, find one. A parent, a brother or sister, a nephew or niece or friend from church, it doesn't matter who just find someone who can and will encourage you when you don't feel like putting forth the effort.

Recently, I began hitting the weights very hard and after I lost six pounds the scale went the other direction... and suddenly, I'd put back on SEVEN pounds! I was crushed! I had busted my butt, lifting heavier, faster - with shorter breaks between sets, and increasing my cardio by running steps and still I'd put on weight. I knew that was a possibility because muscle weighs more than fat. But it wasn't easy to see on the scales climbing. So, I stopped weighing myself... temporarily.

I've decided that as long as my clothes fit well and the pictures I've been taking on a weekly basis continue to show improvement then I'm not too worried about the scales. I know I'm in the best shape I've been in since my last semester of college football in 1992. My wife and I have joked for the past eight years that I don't have to be in the "best shape of my life" until I hit forty! That's what the guy in the old Bowflex commercials said, after all! Well, at the end of this year I'll hit forty and I may just be able to say I'm in the best shape of my life - before forty!

Don't wait until January to make a "New Year's" resolution. Make a "New YOU" resolution today. Start simple. Find something you like to do and get to it! Don't let another day pass you by without taking the opportunity to improve yourself in some way. Good luck! I know you can do it if you will just make the effort!