All the time anyway…
Working out at home is more popular than ever.
Who can blame anybody?
It’s convenient; It’s often cheap; It’s less intimidating; It’s free of criticism or judgement of others; and nobody is watching…
And that is precisely the problem with it too!
If you want to make leaps and bounds progress in anything, you need an objective eye to provide you with useful feedback.
I don’t care if it’s fitness, being a better lawyer, becoming a better doctor, or being a better parent, we all need mentors or coaches to help model our behavior in better ways.
Many home-exercisers, spin their wheels for years wondering why they can’t make the progress they want.
It’s because they are not getting that feedback loop. I’m not just saying that because I coach people for a living.
I coach people for a living because I came to this realization about top performers.
Truthfully, I train on my own frequently, and yes sometimes I work out at home too.
There is a great new turf park less than a block away I can do all my Energy System Work at…
Personally, something about training has been an outlet for me, I put my headphones in, turn Rage Against the Machine up, and just settle in to whatever the plan is for the day.
I’m also a trained fitness professional; I often use video to critique my own training sessions; and I have years of experience in executing most of the major lifts — not that I don’t have things to work on, we all do…
Most people starting a weight loss journey, do not necessarily have this experience, level of practice, or education. Understandably…
There are of course some serious downsides to this:
- lack of spotter(s)
- lack of social support component
- lack of external pair of eyes (potential mentor/coach)
- potential safety issues
- lack of good/appropriate equipment
I’ve been in hundreds of gym’s, so I know they can carry a lot of burdens, from the fashion shows, to tats, wife-beaters and some grunting and groaning.
I also know that this can turn a lot of people off to the notion.
I’ve talked with many a person out on the street, who tell me things like, “I’m going to lose 10 lbs before I join the gym.”
Honestly, just get started, and get started in the best environment:
A community oriented health club of some kind.
Only 16% of the population in North America belongs to some kind of health club, gym, or similar styled club…
Human beings have a natural inclination to compare ourselves to others.
At first, we see other ‘fit people‘ and we feel intimidated.
Honestly, I’ve even been in seminar/workshop situations with people I thought were ‘stronger’ or ‘faster’ than me in certain ways, and it made me uncomfortable…
You don’t get the desired result if you don’t stay in the game though.
As we get to know people at a gym or health club over the course of weeks or months, you’ll generally find that a lot of them are just like you, have something in common with you, or have been where you are now.
Gravitate towards that person(s), seriously, it will make a huge difference.
Everybody starts somewhere, and most people didn’t start at the gym fit, they had to become fit.
Once you start to identify with these people, you will eventually compare their experiences with your own.
Their experiences and that act of comparing ourselves to others, will empower you with a certain amount of intrinsic motivation — which is a really good thing, people who are intrinsically motivated are FAR more likely to succeed.
You’ll also get the social support you need — something admittedly lacking at most commercial gym spaces.
Social support can lead to important amounts of feedback too, either the odd passing critique or comment, good examples to look to, or even some kind of coaching/mentorship opportunity.
Honestly, I believe hiring a coach is the single most important thing you can do.
However, this was also left out of every diet or exercise book I’ve ever read:
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Learning to do things on your own is marginally important too, but community brings about rapid physical change.
It’s possible to lose weight and feel great on your own, but not as likely in my experience.
This is why I don’t recommend you get started with training, weight loss, working out or anything else fitness related at home.
Studies consistently prove to us that social influence can impact your chances of succeeding by as much as two thirds (67%)!
Beyond that you’re also hindering yourself here:
- Your equipment at home just won’t be as good as at a gym, unless you have tens of thousands of dollars and 1500-3000 square feet of extra room in your home.
- A lack of access to certain pieces of equipment can stall your advancement
- Your environment at home isn’t always ideal (what’s in your pantry? the t.v. is oh so tempting…your family isn’t so willing to give you your space…etc…etc…)
- Increased likelihood of dropping something heavy on yourself (no spotter? if you even have heavy stuff to lift…)
- No one to hear you scream if you injure yourself (big safety concern!)
When you got a social support network in place, your environment oriented more appropriately, and you learned some skills, there is some stuff you can do at home to maintain or supplement your training program.
I just think it takes about 6-12 months of training in a gym to get yourself there.
So until then, buck up, get to the gym today and meet some new peeps!
If you don’t like the peeps at your gym, try another one, find one where the staff and other members resonate with your (i.e. you can relate to them…) personality and objectives.