Monday, March 26, 2012

Urban Active Fitness Presents: "Groundhog's Day"

by Josh Bowen of Urban Active Fitness

Are you switching it up enough at the gym?
Insanity is defined by doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. To give you a mental picture, there was a film titled, “Groundhog’s Day,” where main character, Bill Murray, is forced to live the same day over and over.  Now if you had the pleasure (displeasure really!) of seeing this movie you know that doing the same thing every day can be boring, unbearable and tiring. So why does the average gym goer relive their own personal Groundhog day? Why do people go into a gym and do the same thing over and over and expect to get results? Most people will walk into a gym for the first time, workout for a month and see some results. After that they stick to what works and hit a plateau and never see the results they were intending to have. Is this you? Do you feel like you are constantly doing the same exercises, every week and seeing zero results? STOP! Stop doing that, its not working and will never work.

Your body is a machine, designed to adapt to everything you do to it, that’s its job and it does it well. You can’t walk into the gym run 2 miles, sit on a couple of machines and take it to the house and expect to see any results. It will work for the short term, not for the long term. So how do I fix this? Here’s how:

Variety: It is truly the spice of life. In an exercise program you need variety so your body does not get use to anything. This creates soreness and soreness is good.  Stop hopping on the elliptical for 45 minutes and expecting to be ripped, not going to happen. Start resistance training and cross training. Switch your program up every 4 weeks!

Exercise Selection: If you are used to always doing body weight squats and lunges, try doing deadlifts and front squats. Switch it up and watch the results come!

Reps/Weight: You don’t have to do 15 reps of everything and yes ladies, I am talking to you! Increase the weight, decrease the reps. Shock your body! Doing something different!

Elliptical: Get off the elliptical! You are not working hard enough, period. Do interval sprints, flip a tire or push the prowler. Get your cardio but get off the elliptical, its too easy! Like it or love it your body doesn’t like to change. It wants to stay right where you are. Naturally you want to see results. Don’t be Bill Murray and get stuck into Groundhog’s Day. Break the chains and break out of the plateau. Let me know what you think!

Yours in Fitness,

Josh Bowen will be joining Style & Wisdom every Monday for the next few weeks for a series of blog posts about obtaining maximum fitness results.  Josh Bowen has been the Quality Control Director of Personal Training at Urban Active Fitness since 2007 and has trained and directed 400 trainers in 7 states.  Josh has certified trainers, proctored hundreds of seminars and conference calls, and contributed to ten published articles about fitness.  His mission is to spread the word of fitness to as many people as he can through personal training with a motto of "train, motivate, and inspire!" For more useful tips from Josh Bowen, you can find daily posts from him on Urban Active's blog.   

Photo Credit: Women's Health

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