P90x?…Tabata?…Jane Fonda(get out your leg-warmers)?…Westside?…Insanity?…Tae Bo?…Crossfit?…Richard Simmons(get out your short short short shorts…and a box of tissues)?…Wendler 5/3/1?…Body For Life?…Doggcrapp?…TRX?………..Which of these programs is the best to use to reach your fitness goals? As a Strength Coach, I get asked this question quite often. My answer is(and I know my clients sometimes hate when I say these words)….”It’s up to you.” Let me explain with a short story :
About two years ago when Aleck was 5 years old, our family was having breakfast at the bar in the kitchen. While eating our eggs, between Emma Grace saying, “Hey hey, tomorrow is Taylor Swift’s birthday. We need to go to her house.”(every 1.3 seconds), and little Ella singing Taylor Swift(ish) songs, Aleck informed us he liked melted chocolate. I said, “That’s nice….wait how do you know you like melted chocolate?” Amy asked, “When have you had melted chocolate?” Aleck then told us he melts his chocolate by putting it on the lamp. Without saying a word, Amy and I simultaneously lifted ourselves from our bar stools and walked into the living room. She tilted the lamp shade. I slowly and cautiously lowered my head as if a monster was going to jump onto my face…sure enough… a chocolate covered light bulb.
What does this have to do with picking the best exercise program? I would have never thought in my adult life I could have a tasty melted chocolate treat by using a light bulb. Aleck used an innovative way of thinking we all used when we were children. When it comes to your fitness, I’m asking you to think like a child. Yes, you need to be smart and choose a scientifically sound way of training. Yes, you should always keep your goal in focus and exercise in a way that moves you toward that goal. Beyond that, have fun. Enjoy the freedom to exercise however you choose. Just because you are told you NEED to exercise ONE way through celebrity testimonials, before and after pictures, and other clever marketing techniques, DOES NOT mean it is correct…or a fit for you. In my expert opinion, any time you hear someone say their way is the only way, it should raise an immediate red flag.
So…..1. Determine your goal 2. Have fun picking, choosing, and designing your exercise program on your way to your goal(if this is the part that stresses you out, have a qualified trainer do it for you. We LOVE this step!!!) ***3. ALWAYS ALWAYS REMEMBER : There are more ways than one…..to melt chocolate 🙂