Working with dozens of women at my fitness boot camp based in harbour, has shown me that a lot of them meet the same challenges when they come along to join our program.
One of the major challenges the women say to me is that they struggle to stick to an exercise program and have often tried numerous different programs or fitness classes to no avail.
I often find that the biggest challenge that faces a lot of these women when it comes to staying fit is that the majority of fitness programs that are on offer do work if you stick to them. However, the difficulty that a lot of women encounter is that the fitness programs that they choose aren’t specifically designed for them and therefore do not meet their needs. Another challenge that often comes up is their inability to measure progress. This comes in part from years of attending slimming clubs and similar programs which focuses solely on how much you weigh and ignores any other areas of fitness and/or progress.
The first thing you need to do when considering whether to stick to a fitness program or fitness class is to match the suitability of it in regard to your long-term goals. Many fitness classes tend to focus on intensity rather than consistency which is fine if the intensity is your goal. If you’re a woman over the age of 40 for example and you haven’t exercised for a while, a really intense fitness class may not be the best place to start for you. Especially, if your goal is more toning and shaping rather than just a chronically hard cardio workout. High-intensity interval training is a great way to train, but it does come with limitations. To be honest, it is more geared towards fitter people because of the nature of some of the exercise such as lateral plank walks or burpees. Again, it comes back to consistency. A lot of people struggle with high-intensity workouts because they don’t see themselves sticking to it and from experience of working with dozens of women in the Birmingham area, confidence affects their opinion of working out and they mentally give up before they have even begun.
If you are not confident about sticking to your fitness program it doesn’t matter how intense or hard the session is, you will never see any long-term results because you won’t stick to it. So, the best thing to do is to research the class or program itself read testimonials and see whether that program is going to be suitable to meet your needs. The good news is there are plenty of options out there and wait for the Brummie boot camp, for example, specialise in helping women over 40 to stick to exercise programs.
The other point to be considered is progress, there are many ways to track progress when it comes to fitness. The number on the scale walls is not the be-all-and-end-all, it may be beneficial for you to take other measurements such as, your waist, your hips and other areas of the body that you want to target. You may also want to ask your personal or trainer fitness coach if there he or she has little fitness tests that you can incorporate into your training program to see if you’re making improvement. If you can see overall progress, this will not only keep you motivated but it will also increase your confidence. The more confident you feel, the more likely you are to stick with the programme. This is why if you have a goal of getting fit or losing a significant amount of weight it’s important to look at attending an organised boot camp in Birmingham or speaking to a personal trainer. This way you can get support and accountability you need to measure the right progress and get the results you are looking for.
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