Fit Five Friday – Five Reasons I’m going back to the gym

22 April, 2022 14 By Renée

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I’ve been thinking a lot about going back to the gym and Ron mentioned to me this weekend that HE wanted to go back as well. So… we are going to take the plunge. Mind you, many things are “back to normal” (even though we ALL know that you can still get the corona virus) but we haven’t gone back to doing all the things yet. Now it’s time, at least for the gym. I’m still cautiously enthusiastic though.

Five Reasons to Return to the Gym


Structure

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I haven’t had the structure of a schedule for a while. Or, when I do have structure something happens that sets me back. Now that I have to go to the office at least once a week (twice a week starting in June) I feel that I really need to get it together.

Ron and I have both been so busy with huge work projects (what are the chances that we work for different companies but are both going through big projects that cost us much time and energy, at the same time!!) that we have often missed our weekly home gym date. We also haven’t been running/walking together at lunch because… meetings, quick breaks and conference calls. Then in the evening one of us cooks, we eat dinner and plop down on the couch watching the boob tube the rest of the night.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that we still love spending time with each other but this needs to end soon. We’ve got some running events that we want to go into being in a more fit state than me are right now.

Routine

Before the pandemic we had our routine practically down to a science! Though I would say our evening meals probably suffered, we went to the gym or ran together or with others at least 5-6 times a week. I just knew what I was doing on Tuesday nights, because it was RPM night, or Wednesdays BodyPump class was on. Ron would run on the treadmill or do strength while I was in class. It worked out perfectly.

My routine nowadays is either non-existent or all over the place. I want routine back. I want to have a schedule and look forward to my workouts. And while I have workouts that my trainer sets up for me, it still is too easy to have work and injury be my excuse (injury being a valid one of course).

Group Classes

While I pretty much have allllllll I need at home for a successful workout, including access to Les Mills classes to do RPM and BodyPump, I miss classes tremendously. I miss being around like minded people, seeing the same faces, high-fiving my instructors afterwards.

Group classes, at least for Les Mills, are also consistent for the most part at the gym. I could also do the same release at home all the time to measure my success but for some reason I need to mix it up more OR go back to a class that I know I can do. I’m not challenging myself like I used to do.

Instructors

This is a big reason. The last instructors I had at Fitland and then at Heijenoord were simply amazing. Their energy was intoxicating ! These days, I often run into two of my former BP instructors at cryotherapy and am still in regular contact with my favorite RPM instructor Anne.

Anne recently became a certified BP instructor now as well! AND… she is teaching both classes at Heijenoord currently (she was at Fitland and left when they were sold to another Fitness chain) !

Anne’s positive attitude and energy is something you just have to experience, but I can tell you, she is someone you want to have in your corner! Anne teaching both classes at my last gym is what is sealing the deal for me.

if you can’t tell this is AFTER RPM with Anne!

Motivation

I realise motivation really needs to come from within. I believe that I still have motivation it’s just waned a bit in the last couple of years. I’ve started to not believe in myself as much. Which is DUMB! Hello! I can do anything I set my mind to! I have just realised that I thrive so much more when I belong to a gym, a group or a club. It’s a little extra push when you need it.

And who knows? Maybe I could also motivate someone else? If I don’t get out there again and participate, how will I ever know, am I right?

Do you go to the gym? If yes what is the main reason you go? If you don’t, how do you go about structuring your workout schedule? Do you belong to other groups or clubs that help with Motivation?

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