Are you one of those people who makes New Years Resolutions every year?
I am. I think ANY time is a good time to decide to make some positive changes in your life, but the New Year is even better. There’s probably some symbolic and psychological reasons why the start of a new year inspires people to turn a corner and enter a new and better phase of their life. When we make these resolutions it’s usually something we’ve had in the back of our mind for some time, something we’ve known we should be doing but haven’t started so far.
Whether or not we actually follow up and take action our resolutions is another question entirely!
I always make a few resolutions every year and usually at the end of the year I can go back and check most of them off. Fitness usually makes up a large percentage of these resolutions as I suspect it does for many people.
This past year I feel like I have gotten my best ever results in the gym, but next year I want even more. Even more muscle mass, even less body fat. Even better cardiovascular fitness as well! I’m quite greedy don’t you think?
So to really get specific I’ll make a list, and this time next year I expect I’ll be re-reading it and congratulating myself on a job well done! Here we go in no particular order;
- Correct any imbalances, for example left arm needs to be as strong as the right arm!
This should be easy enough to achieve by incorporating more isolateral exercises for example dumbbell bicep curls instead of barbell curls.
- Get much better results in the legs, especially quadriceps.
I’ve always trained legs very very hard indeed but I recently realised they’re still quite skinny looking. I’d hate for people to think I’m one of those guys who trains arms every day and never trains legs, so I need to do something about this!
- Increase all lifts especially the “big three”; squats, deadlifts and bench press.
In the past I’ve been happy enough to just do a good workout, tire myself out a bit and feel a good pump from increased blood volume in the muscles. What I probably haven’t been concerned enough with is ensuring I progress with gradually increasing in the amount of weight and/or amount of reps. This is really the main area I need to focus on which will go a long way to resolving the issues I already mentioned in points 1 and 2.
- More cardio!
I’ll be spending most of every day in the new Personal Training Studio & Martial Arts dojo in Oakleigh, so I’ll be scheduling extra cardio workouts for myself while I’m there.
- Even better vegetarian nutrition.
I have a few new cookbooks for Christmas and also I’ll be working with other vegetarian personal trainers and instructors at the new studio, so this doesn’t even really need to be a resolution – it’s just going to happen.
That’s all for my own training. From a business point of view I resolve to make the new studio a massive success, provide fun and effective sessions for all of my clients and see everyone get great results. On an unrelated note (no pun intended) I have plans in the work for a new music project as well, so all in all this is going to be a very productive year indeed.
For anyone else out there who wants to get motivated to get into great shape and make 2011 their best year ever, why go it alone? Come down to the new studio at the Combat Academy in Oakleigh and lets talk about Group Fitness or Personal Training.