Show of hands, how many of you are planning on losing weight/building muscle/getting fit? Welcome to the club…it’s called ‘MOST OF US’ and we meet at Taco Tuesdays at Planet Fitness in about 3 weeks.
Look, there’s a lot of reasons why we make these resolutions. They’re the same reasons we don’t keep them year after year: We’re the problem and think we can be the solution. Think about it; most of us ‘know’ how to fly a plane; pull the stick back to go up, push forward to go down….don’t crash. I own a Canon EOS digital camera that I paid $1000 for, so I can take as good pictures as any photographer. I’m out of shape, so I know that all I have to do is go to the gym and it will all take care of itself.
Let me save you the time, effort, money and disappointment now. If you’re planning on JUST joining a gym for the new year and don’t have a plan, program or coach….just stop. You most likely are not capable of making the changes you want. There’s 1000% nothing wrong with that; you simply need the right information and advice.
I’m planning a few posts to get me (and hopefully you) through the new year. I have my circle of influence…and I’m sharing it with you here. These are the blogs, books and people that I go to for help, advice and education. I promise you there are no gimmicks, get ripped quick schemes or flawed logic here. Every link here contains enough to help you reach your goals. In no particular order:
NerdFitness. I love the way the site is laid out and really appreciate the one time fee for all the resources. If you’re a total newb, the free workouts are a good place to start. They fly their Paleo flag, and if you’re into that, great. If you’re not…there is still a lot of solid eating advice here as well.
Sandbag Fitness. Matt hasn’t updated it in awhile, but this was the site that started it all for me. I have a few of his books and sandbags from Brute Force, and really, you don’t need much more. If you want to get started, cheap, pick up an athlete bag and never pay a gym membership again.
Blondponytail. Moms, this ones for you. Jess is a mom to 2 young kids and understands that not everyone has hours a week to spend at the gym. Her home and gym workouts will have you gasping for breath, seeing results and coming back for more because you can fit this into your schedule.
SKFitlife Stephanie and Steve have one of the best podcasts on fitness. They promote smart eating and exercise, no shortcuts and getting the root of your obstacles so you can achieve results. You won’t find much in the way of workouts here, but you’ll be overloaded with good advice to get your head on straight. They are Spartan racers and recently launched a killer podcast for anyone interested in getting started with Obstacle Course Racing.
Men’s Health Power Training. This is my favorite fitness book of all time. This was written by someone who knows his stuff and at a time when Men’s Health wasn’t trying to create the next Insanity or Boot Camp or whatever. You’ll find nothing but clear advice and a plan to maximize your gym time.
Ok folks, you have 3 days to peruse these and decide what you’re going to do come the new year. If you choose to follow any of them, let me know! I don’t get any money, but I’ll be happy knowing I set some people in the right direction.
Good luck and Happy New Year!!!!