It’s happened one too many times, and one time is honestly enough. “I need to get in shape first before I think about doing personal training.” “I need to get in shape first before joining group classes.” “I need to get in shape first before I start here”. I am going to be really blunt here, you’ve been warned.
No. No. No. No you do not need to get in shape first. No you do not need to have any fitness routine. No you do not need to know what a hang power snatch is before joining our gym. What you need to do is stop making excuses and just do it (please don’t come after me Nike, but it really is a great slogan).
As coaches and personal trainers, it is quite literally our job to get you in shape. It is our job to help you reach your fitness goals. It is our job to make sure you move SAFELY, to correct your form, to scale your workouts, to know the intended stimulus you should be hitting in your workouts, to know when something is too much, and to know when you should be pushing yourself just a little bit harder. When you sign up for personal training or group classes, and you have someone waiting for your arrival, what are you going to do? Show up. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we have such a harder time letting someone else down rather than ourselves. And by just showing up, you’ve already done half the work. It’s. That. Simple. You don’t have to aimlessly wander around looking for what you should do next or how long you should do something. You don’t have to look around to see how others are doing something to see if you’re doing it right. You shouldn’t have to! Because that’s not your profession! You wouldn’t hop in a pilot’s seat and start trying to fly a plane if you’ve never done so before, right? Working out is no different. You wouldn’t and absolutely shouldn’t load up a barbell with 500 pounds and try to deadlift it, never doing so before. You have to float before you can swim and you don’t hop in the water not knowing how to swim by yourself.
Quite frankly all I’m hearing and seeing when people say that, is fear. Coach Mike put out a blog a little while ago titled “Your Life of Comfort is Killing You”, and it’s stuck with me. I haven’t read or heard anything that I resonate with in some time. And to be honest, I think that phrase resonates with many individuals whether they want to recognize it or not. I want you to think about the last time you had the opportunity to do something new and didn’t do it. What held you back? What stopped you from stepping out of your comfort zone and actually doing it? I also want you to think about the last time you had the opportunity to do something new and did it. What did you gain from that experience? What lessons were learned from that experience? Isn’t it always worth it to do something new? Was it a good or bad experience? Don’t both a good and bad experience shape us and help us grow mentally, physically, and even emotionally?
I need to get in shape before joining a gym is like saying:
“I want to learn how to drive BEFORE I take drivers ed” “I want to invest in the stock market BEFORE I meet with a financial planner” “I want to swallow my food BEFORE I chew it”
“I want to walk through the door BEFORE I open it”
Just join the gym already.