Want to Look Like Your Group Fitness Instructor? Then Don’t Do Group Fitness.

Working out with others is fun, exciting, and motivating. Group fitness classes can be a great way to help get yourself in shape if you’re being careful and are choosing the right classes with experienced instructors.

But if you’re struggling to get the body you want even though you’re doing countless cycling, yoga, or HIIT classes, one of the biggest reasons may surprise you.

It’s because you’re doing countless cycling, yoga, or HIIT classes.

Your group fitness instructors look good. They’re often ripped, have a great body, and look like they cycle twice a day every day.

But this is the problem with group fitness classes, and more-so, their instructors.

Group fitness instructors look the way you want to look, so you do their classes. Because that must be what they do to get them that body, right?

Partially. But that’s the problem. Group fitness instructors often don’t just rely on the group classes they teach in order to get them in shape. Often, they have their own routines and workouts that include cardio, standard weight training, and more to get them to look how they do.

This is extremely important to understand because if you continue to participate in the same group fitness classes every week without variation or additional weight training, etc., you won’t look the way you want to look, and you definitely won’t end up looking like how your instructor looks.

A balanced, total body workout regimen will always lead to better results. Because:

  • It will prevent overdevelopment of muscles which will give you an unbalanced look (and can lead to injury)
  • It will get you strong and functionally useful, you’ll build a body that’s not just made to be admired
  • It will keep you stimulated, as the same workouts over and over again can lead to staleness and boredom

Use your group fitness instructors as motivators for those specific workouts, but don’t get caught believing that you’ll look like them by doing their classes more. It’ll only cost you more money to not see any more results.

Screens

Staring at your fingertips, protected by distraction

Carefully crafting and cropping your story

Racing to check out the latest update

Every time we unlock, a small dose of dope

Even in the presence of others, we need the fix

Never knowing the feeling of being disconnected

Silence, a forgotten embrace. 

October 3rd, 2017

“We are being held momentarily by the train’s dispatcher”

Eyes droop,

Lips purse,

Feet begin to tap with discontent. 

Impatience sets in,

As if eagerly awaiting a loved ones return. 

But they groan and they mumble,

For what will only take a minute. 

What is really so important,

That they must anger over such a small delay?

Their safety, health, well being – intact. 

Yet somehow tempers break like shattered glass.

“Thank you for your patience”

An unexpected jolt of inertia. 

Eyes brighten,

Lips part in conversation,
Feet now tap to the beat of the tune.

Suddenly they are relieved. 

Social Media Madness

This may be one of the more cliché posts I’ve written, but this post comes with a challenge. So keep reading.

One night, as I was scrolling through one of my social feeds while lying in bed, I was overcome with a feeling of fear and anger after realizing 30 minutes had passed.

Is this what future generations will be like?

Is this really worth going to sleep later than I want?

Why do I need to fill every second of empty time with the scrolling of my thumb?

Of course I’m referring to the fact that I felt like I had become addicted to my social media accounts. And not posting to them, but scrolling – endlessly – every second I got. It’s a mindless activity that has incredibly adverse effects on our physical, mental, and social health. Yes, social health, even though it’s called “social” media.

These accounts were making me get to bed later than I wanted, because I’d scroll for 30 minutes every night before bed. I’d be looking at a bright screen, preventing my body from entering “sleep mode”, which didn’t allow me to sleep properly.

During the day I’d be scrolling, looking down at my phone forcing my head and neck to tilt forward which can lead to permanent cervical spine alterations leading to hunched shoulders and back, and improper neural communication to your entire body.

Moreover, my mental health was suffering. Going through difficult times made social media a way to snoop, or to post and pretend like everything was okay to show off, which didn’t allow me to cope with my feelings and emotions, and deal with them properly.

And finally, it prevented me from truly being present during real social activities with friends and co-workers. I’d still be on my phone, distracted from reality.

If this sounds like you, you’re definitely not alone. Which is why I decided to deactivate all of my accounts, and delete the apps from my phone. While temporary, this decision has already helped me with all of the issues I described above. More importantly, I hardly even miss being on those apps at all.

I’ve quickly realized how immediately addicting and how much short term pleasure social media provides. And how much damage it was doing to me and how much I could create longer term happiness and pleasure by not being on the apps all the time.

I’ve even started dedicating 1 hour a day to turn my phone completely off.

When, truly, was the last time you consciously turned off your phone? I don’t mean “do not disturb” or silent-mode. And I also don’t mean your phone dying without a charger handy.

Actively turning off your phone is such a relieving and pleasurable experience. It shuts you out, and keeps you present to the here and now, free from one more distraction device in our lives.

So I challenge you to start dedicating time every day to turn off your phone. Start with 15 or 30 minutes, then work up. You can keep it during the same time every day, or don’t, but do it consistently every day.

You may even start taking the extra steps of turning off your social media notifications, or even deleting the apps from your phone entirely.

Let me know how it goes, and how you feel.

Our lives are meant to serve others and help each other grow stronger, happier, and healthier together, not give people “likes” while lying in bed at night when you should be sleeping, recovering, and preparing for the day ahead.

Where Have I Been?

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written something for myself, in fact, my last post I wrote for Mind & Matter Fitness was on February 28th.

That’s quite an anger-inducing amount of time.

Now I haven’t been silent due to lack of caring about this website or my thoughts, ideas, and motivations. I’ve been silent because I was experiencing one of the busiest times of my life to date.

From personal training at a big-box gym, to a promotion at my day job, to writing for The Well Path, (latest post HERE), to exploring new business ventures (more to come on that soon), things were hectic.

Now without complaining too much, I’ll get right into why this post to me is so important. I was really busy. I couldn’t even make time for my family and friends due to my schedule, and it was drastically affecting my mood, behaviors, and outlook on my life. And it wasn’t for the better. I’ve written about the choice to be happy, but as I got busier and busier this choice became harder and harder.

It really showed me how negativity can be so incredibly toxic. While laugher is contagious, negativity is infectious. It takes over you and it can spiral out of control.

It also opened my eyes to the importance of maintaining a list (even a mental one, at best) of my priorities. This list should serve as a means of asking yourself, what are the top 2 things I want to accomplish in the next month, 3 months, year, and what are the steps, people, and things I need in and out of my life to get there? And even though during this time, the activities I was pursuing kept me busy and felt like they were helping me to get where I need to go, I found that the tradeoff of doing too much and not thinking about my priorities outside of my jobs was not an advantageous one for my mental health and happiness.

Having priorities is extremely important to goal attainment, however priorities cannot exist in silos. While I was very busy and seemingly working towards what I ultimately want for myself and my career, other priorities like my own workouts, my friends, and my family, got put on the back-burner. This led to a feeling of unfulfillment and dissatisfaction. Our priorities must work synergistically. Because just like a well oiled machine, if one piece is malfunctioning, the entire system suffers and does not perform at maximum capacity or ability.

There’s a reason why we have priorities. And there’s a reason why they are priorities in the first place. They are the most important things in your life. And if you aren’t working to satisfy or accomplish those priorities as a whole, then they either aren’t actually priorities, or your life is not in balance, and you are choosing to put those priorities on hold which can lead to unhappiness and a sense of stagnation.

No matter how full our lives feel, or how much other people may tell you what you’re doing is right, it is extremely important to align priories with actions. If we aren’t working towards goals we set out for ourselves but also are not giving the proper time to the things we truly care about, it won’t take long before you start to feel unsatisfied and unhappy.

We need to always be working towards something. Striving to attain what it is we want. For those that already have the fire within them know that any activity not working for the vision is a distraction. For those that are in a smolder, waiting for a gust of oxygen to invigorate you into a flame, be honest with yourself and make an assessment of your activities and how they align to your goals and priorities. Are you doing everything you can to make you happy? Are there people, jobs, physical things in your life or in your way that are setting you back? More importantly, are there people or things in your life that must remain in your life in order for you to truly be happy and who will encourage you to accomplish your goals?

It is often more important to think not about what you can give up in order to accomplish your goals, but what you must keep in your life. I made the mistake of only thinking about what I could give up (personal time and sleep), and not what I needed (time with friends and family) in order to remain happy and help me accomplish my goals.

So when thinking about your priorities and setting and accomplishing your next goal, try to spend as much time (if not more) thinking about what you need to keep versus what you have to give away. This will allow you to make smart decisions about the true sacrifices you are willing to take, and who or what in the end will help you to achieve more.