When you pursue working out, there’s a lot to consider before you get started. What are my goals for my workout routine? What do I expect to accomplish? Am I simply trying to stay in shape or pursuing muscle gain? Each of these will contribute to how you move forward as an athlete, and whether you move forward on your own or with others.
What are my fitness goals?
Setting these apart is necessary before you venture forward with a new workout routine. The reason this is necessary early on is because when you workout with others, athlete goals have a tendency to shift. If you are comfortable with the change and feel they were either too high or too low of self-expectations, then by all means, make the change.
However, for the most part these changes are made to pace well with your group/partner. Don’t make that mistake! Every athlete’s goals should be very personal. You do not need to meet the expectations or growth goals of the group.
Now, having said that, there is self-discipline to consider as a factor. This isn’t as much for setting the goals, but honoring them as you progress. When starting out with a fitness regiment, the desire to quit will be a very easy out for any new athlete. It’s extremely difficult to commit yourself to a process when the results may seem minimal. Remember: this happens to every athlete. It takes time, commitment, focus, and hard work to achieve desired results.
Finding the right fitness partner
Finding a partner that pairs well with your personality is difficult for most athletes. It’s easy to workout with a friend or a roommate, given the convenience of the space. However, if their personality doesn’t mesh well with your growth goals, then you may want to pursue finding someone with similar attitudes towards working out. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for when attempting this.
How often do you feel you are the only one committed? If you are committed to the process, it’s very difficult to work with someone who isn’t. For example, if you committed to a regular workout every Tuesday and Thursday with your fitness partner, but constantly find that they need to reschedule or can’t attend for some outside reason, their commitment is in question. Things do come up and you may need to change the schedule you have together, but there needs to be effort made for this to happen on their end. Should you not see that effort being made, it may be time to work with someone new.
When the energy you have isn’t matched – Working out together and pursuing goals can be very personal. If you are putting positive energy and reinforcement into each workout that isn’t bein reciprocated, this will emulate the commitment factor. You won’t feel pushed to workout, and in turn, neither will they. This will cause your results to diminish, and you may not even realize it initially.
For firm, steady workout routines, give us a call today to learn more about progressing your fitness routine. We’ll ensure you are getting the right assistance, results, and enforcement to keep going on your path. We’re really looking forward to hearing from you!