After years of gym training, I have made the following observation: showing up and enjoying your workout are key factors in achieving your training goals. I would also add having a clearly defined goal as another key factor.
When starting a training program, set a realisticschedule for training frequency and duration. To do this, review your weekly schedule, and if you can fit in two 30-minute workouts a week, you’re already on your way to improving your fitness and living a healthier and more active lifestyle. But, I have to say, that’s the bare minimum. After several workouts, once you’re set in your routine, you’ll have the urge to train more. When that happens, increase the frequency or duration of your sessions. This will take your progress to the next level.
Many other training variables are key to seeing guaranteed results:
Here’s a tip: hire a personal trainer for an eight-week session with one to three sessions per week or periodically for an hour once a month. These are two great strategies that will help you keep showing up, stay motivated and make training more enjoyable.
Remember, the more you train, the more fun it becomes. Just stick with it and you’ll achieve your goals.
Jean-Denis Thomson, B.Sc.
Training Department Director