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March 13, 2019
This paid piece is sponsored by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness.
We’re midway through March – is your New Year’s resolution more like a distant memory?
If you’ve gotten off track, you’re not alone. But one trip back into the gym can change all that.
Mike Smith, lead trainer at GreatLIFE’s Performance Center, explains.
How common is it for people to start the year off strong at the fitness center and drop off about now?
There’s definitely a decrease in the number of check-ins getting into March and April. We’re fortunate it doesn’t drop a ton, but our cardio equipment isn’t as busy, and the fitness floor has a bit more space. You’re definitely not alone if you’ve backed off since the new year. You’re in good company. People plateau or lose the motivation they had at the beginning of the year. And the weather doesn’t help.
What are some ways you suggest getting back on track?
To get back on track one of the best things I recommend is developing a plan for yourself. Maybe when you started the year you had a plan, and it started well, but now you’re in a funk, you’ve plateaued or lost interest, and you need something new to change it up. That’s a great opportunity to talk to one of our trainers – someone in the profession who knows what they’re doing – to help you develop a plan to achieve those goals.
You have a program called Strength Coach. How can that help?
With Strength Coach, first you sit down with one of our trainers, and they can detail out what you’ve been doing, what your goals are, and you develop a plan together. Based off how often you think you can get to the gym and things of that nature, they develop a program specifically for you and your goals, and then they take you through to make sure you know the technique of the exercise and understand the program. Then, it’s your responsibility to get in here and do that program. That’s a great option for a lot of people who maybe aren’t budgeting for a personal trainer but still need guidance when it comes to fitness goals and what they’re doing in the weight room.
To just sit down and meet is free. To develop a Strength Coach program is anywhere from $75 to $125 per month. It depends on the person. Some just need one month to kick start, and I’ve had people who’ve been with me multiple years. It’s really variable. The average is one to three months.
What if you also aren’t eating as nutritiously as you were at the start of the year? Can your GreatLIFE membership help with that?
Yes. We have a nutritionist, Austin Kjergaard, who can help you develop a plan, and all our trainers have nutrition knowledge. If you’re looking for a meal plan, Austin can definitely help with that to help you reach your goals.
Can changing gym locations sometimes help if you’re just not motivated to go?
A little change in scenery is never harmful. A big factor is if you like busy gyms or quieter gyms. The larger the location, the more action. That can be motivating for some – having people around and developing a community feel – and others are a little more intimidated and want a smaller location where they don’t feel quite as exposed. That’s where our satellite locations are more beneficial. We recommend trying multiple locations to see the best fit for your lifestyle, and, depending on the time of day, each location will be vastly different.
But the biggest thing is to have a plan. Most people if they have a plan they can really maximize their time in the fitness center instead of wandering around looking for an open machine. Having a structured setup will help you see results quicker, and you’ll be able to maintain your level of commitment. You’re coming in and seeing results, and that’s motivating.
How can I sign up to work with a coach?
To sign up, you can contact one of our trainers. You can email me at email@example.com, and we can get it set up. The first consultation is free. We’ll see what you’ve been doing and where you’re at and what we can plan together. And if the Strength Coach option is something you’re interested in, we can definitely develop that and get you rolling.
We’re midway through March – is your New Year’s resolution more like a distant memory? If you’ve gotten off track, you’re not alone. But one trip back into the gym can change all that.