So you’ve been looking at fitness routines, martial arts styles, weapon defenses, and all kinds of action movies. You’ve finally decided to take the next step and try out a class at a local gym…and that’s where everything stops. Sound familiar?
How do you actually begin training and get the results that you want? The answer’s actually pretty simple – Do it. Stop making excuses, stop looking for other things to do, stop procrastinating, and just do it. Will it be difficult? Yes. Will it be exhausting? Definitely. Will it be uncomfortable? Most likely. But once you begin training, everything changes. You get stronger, you get faster, you have more energy, you gain more confidence.
Now you’re probably thinking “Sure, you say it’s as simple as just do it, but it’s actually a lot harder than that. I can’t just “do it” for reason X/Y/Z”
My answer to that is stop making excuses, and here’s why.
1) “I have to get in shape before I can take classes”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I love the class, but I have to get in shape before I start training all the time.” First, you just completed a class and survived. That’s the first step, and everything after that is easier. Second, you’re saying that you want to get in shape, but have to get in shape before you start getting in shape. That makes absolutely no sense. The beginning classes are difficult, but everybody started there at one point, myself included.
In fact, I still remember my first class. We were learning hammerfists and defending a headlock from the side. We weren’t half way through class and I was exhausted and out of breath. I remember looking at the clock and thinking “Shit, we still have 30 minutes.” I hated it because I couldn’t breathe, but loved it because it showed me how ill-prepared I was at the time to defend myself if I actually needed to. That’s when and where everything started.
2) “I don’t have time, my schedule is too busy”
Make time. Time is short, and everybody is busy, I understand that, but here’s the thing. How much time do you spend watching TV each week? How much time do you spend looking at Facebook? I bet it’s more than a couple hours per week, and it gets you nothing in return. Take those few hours and dedicated it to getting stronger, faster, smarter. Dedicate that time to training instead, and you won’t regret it.
Can’t part with Facebook and TV? You can still start training. What do you have going on from 4:30 – 5:30 am, or 5:30 – 6:30 am? If you’re like most people, you’re probably sleeping. This is actually an excellent time to get up and train, whether it’s self-defense, or fitness. It kick starts your day, you feel great afterward, and many gyms offer classes around these times.
The key is to make time, and check your priorities. You’ll never “find” time. When you try to find time, something always comes up and it gives you an excuse. “I tried to but ran out of time”. Instead, make it a priority. Schedule it on your calendar. Get serious about it, and DO IT.
3) “The gym’s too far away”
Too far away is a relative term. I know people who only travel 5 miles to train, and I know others who travel 50+ miles to train. It all comes down to how dedicated you are to achieving the results you want. For those who, for whatever reason, still can’t make it to the gym, there are plenty of options to set up a home gym. Grabbing a couple kettlebells and a jump rope can take you a long way in terms of building strength and endurance.
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4) “I can’t afford it right now”
Money is tight these days, I understand that and find myself in the same situation sometimes. That being said, I refer to my earlier resolution. Check your priorities and make it happen. It’s difficult to find money to make yourself stronger, faster, smarter? How much do you spend on your phone each month? Cable? Internet? Rent? How many times do you eat out each week? How often do you treat yourself to a coffee, ice cream or new clothing? Take just a fraction of that, and it’s more than enough to cover a gym membership at even the most expensive gyms.
Again, it all comes down to priorities. Do you really want to forge yourself into the best person possible? Or will you take the easy path, the path of mediocrity, the path of excuses?
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