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A Fitness Marketing Plan To Help in Health Club Membership Sales And Gym Promotions
Posted on June 23, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
I want to share a few words on fitness marketing/gym marketing plans and advertising to help increase new membership sales in your health club, ladies only gym or studio.I just finished a phone call with a gym owner who was telling me he just had 4 months of poor traffic and lead flow in his health club. As a result of this he only sold 92 new memberships in the last 4 months despite having the same sales force that had sold an average of 90 new fitness center memberships every month for the past 2 years leading up to this slow period. I asked him to tell me what he thought was happening with his new membership sales. He did not have an answer for me so I asked him if he had done anything different with his fitness center marketing. When he told me the only thing he had done was cut way back on his marketing about 9 months ago but that could not be the problem because they did well for 5 months after that, I had what I like to call a “smack I should have had a V8″ moment with him.I know as gym owners, managers and sales people you are all very busy this time of the year so I will save the long speech for a one on one talk and try to get some points across to you real quick that will help your club be more profitable. As a health club consultant who has worked with clubs across the country for many years helping with gym promotions, fitness marketing plans, direct mail campaigns, increasing membership sales, advertising budgets, raising and increasing EFTs, membership sales training, customer service training, building profit centers and much more the one thing I have seen that will kill your membership sales the quickest is the “shotgun” approach to marketing that most gyms use. In a nutshell this approach is just tossing out random marketing whenever the budget allows it; the local newspaper or radio salesman catches the gym owner at the front desk and gets a check from him or during the supposed peak times of the year for new health club membership enrollments.This is the wrong approach! You most come up with a marketing plan that runs year-round and stick with it! Why only put your name out during certain times of the year? Keep your health club or studio name out in the community year-round. This is what I call filling the pipeline with potential new member/client traffic. It takes a little time to build that flow of traffic resulting in more new memberships being sold but once your new fitness marketing plan starts working you will sit back and smile as you see your membership sales soar as a result of the steady marketing and promotions you are doing. In a later post I will address some of the keys to marketing your club with direct mail, corporate memberships and other forms of media. Now get up from in front of your computer and call a local media rep and get some advertising scheduled!
A Fitness Plan That Works! Make Variety Your Routine!
Posted on June 21, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
Fitness can be a daily routine, taking as little as 30 minutes to an hour of your day to bring you enormous benefits. Yet many people think that regular exercise means joining a gym or starting a home workout program. While these can be a part of your exercise, neither have to be your sole method. There are sports and recreations like biking and swimming, as well as hikes and club dancing, that can be part of your fitness plan. Here are some tips to begin a varied program where your time commitment is key to daily exercise that is anything but routine.First, assess your beginning fitness level by recording baseline scores for your aerobic and muscular fitness, flexibility and body composition. Record the following:number of push-ups you can do at one time
time it takes to walk 1 mile
pulse rate before and after a 1-mile walk
how far you can reach to touch your toes while seated on the floorSecond, plan your fitness program by simply blocking out time to do some exercise. You can let the time vary from week to week, and day to day. As you plan, keep in mind your fitness goals. Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Are you preparing for a marathon? Then, as you block out time to accommodate your workouts, schedule it in your planner as a standing appointment. Sticking to a routine time of day helps, whether it is early in the morning before work or in the evening after work. If you work from home, it could be an afternoon break. Whether at your home or gym, perhaps you want to plan your time around your favorite show while walking on the treadmill. You also can plan your alternative exercise around visiting with family or friends while hiking, biking or walking together. For variety, if you work out in the evenings during the weekdays, work out in the mornings on the weekends.As far as planning the length of your exercise time, Mayo Clinic suggests that, per week, adults should aim for at least 2 and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate aerobic activity, or 1 and a quarter hour (75 minutes) of vigorous aerobic activity. Also, adults should include two or more sessions of strength training per week. If you don’t have time to do all your exercise at one time, then do shorter, more-frequent workouts with aerobic benefits. On some days, fifteen minutes of exercise twice a day may fit into your schedule better than a single 30-minute session. If you’re just beginning to exercise, plan to progress cautiously. If you are an older adult, have an injury or a medical condition, and have consulted your doctor or physical therapist first, then design a program that gradually addresses and improves your range of motion, endurance and strength.Third, gather all the items you need, like your personal equipment or proper athletic shoes for your activities. Also consider details, like your workout bag, towel and lock for the gym locker. If you can afford it, hire a personal trainer at least once a week, it is well worth the investment. He or she can motivate you to work harder than you might if left on your own. A personal trainer can also recommend devices like bands, balls and bars that work well at home. If you have room in your house and have the time, energy and money to do it, you can define a home workout space or your own home gym. A trainer might suggest equipment for a home gym, and help you train on it once it is acquired. Additionally, if you’re investing in home gym equipment, try out different types of equipment at a fitness center before your purchase and consider buying used equipment. Then, get your music devices and headsets for playing motivating, high-energy music during your workouts. Also plot out an end reward like a healthy drink or a tasty health bar.Fourth, now you’re ready for action. Warm up with easy walking or gentle stretching. Later, speed up to continue for five to ten minutes without getting overly tired. As your stamina improves, gradually increase the amount of time you exercise to work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week.Vary your exercise from day to day, like going to the gym one day, taking a class on another, working out with a trainer on the next day, and working out at your home gym on another day. This will diversify your type of exercise too, from yoga to strength training to a purchased workout program. Cross-training can keep exercise from being boring as well as reducing your chances of injuring or overusing one specific muscle or joint. Alternate activities also will emphasize different muscles and parts of your body, such as bicycling or swimming. Each day you can do something different and it may be as easy as walking after dinner, or more challenging like biking up and down a hilly neighborhood. It can be as fun as a weekend hike with your family or an evening out dancing at a club.Fifth, monitor your progress. A written plan of your varied exercises throughout the week, and a notation regarding time spent, repetitions or weights used in a single workout will keep you on track. This should be encouraging as you raise your “reps” and weights. Every six weeks or several months, review your plan and your fitness level (time and heart rate to walk 1 mile, etc.). Issues may become clear. Do you need to increase your workout time, your reps or your weights? Do you need to add more hikes, stretching or weight-lifting? If you’re losing motivation, try a new activity, like exercising with a friend, hiring a trainer or taking a class at a fitness center. Or, kudos, perhaps you’re exercising just right for your fitness goals!No Pain, No Gain?Pace yourself and plan time between sessions for your body to rest and recover, especially as you begin. This is a plan for a long-term commitment, so don’t start out zealously then give up when your muscles and joints become sore or injured. Organize an easy walk, a swim or some yoga stretching on a few days in between muscle-straining workouts. Exercise releases toxins as well as those wonderful endorphins. Toxins often make you feel sick with flu-like aches and nausea, as toxins make their way out of your system. Take it easy on yourself. If you feel dizzy, short of breath, or nauseous, take a break. If a muscle or joint feels pain, stop or take it easy. In fact, it’s okay to take a day or two off.Starting an exercise program can be an overwhelming decision, but it can become as routine as brushing your teeth. For the small time investment of a mere 30 to 60 minutes a day, your varied exercise can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose or maintain weight, gain strength and endurance, increase muscle tone, and, particularly, it can improve your mood, alleviate stress, improve your sleep habits and improve your self-esteem.Varied exercise can help both your body and your mind. It can be that fun time of day, either by yourself or with friends, that gives you the energy and endurance to handle both your physical and mental challenges. So set aside your time each day and organize your life for these fun and beneficial activities. With careful planning and pacing yourself, you can establish a healthy routine that sustains a lifetime.(c) 2012 Elizabeth McMillian
Posted on June 19, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
Having a home gym is a good motivator for getting in shape and getting healthy. You need to find a room or area of your home you can use, outfit it with the right equipment and make it pleasing to your eyes.But where do you start? Begin with these tips on how to design the space.Having quality equipment in your home gym design is important but what about the flooring underneath. Heavy equipment such as treadmills and weight machines can leave heavy marks and scratches on the floor.One option is to lay rubber flooring rolls or mat. Rubber floor mats protect your floors surface while providing a quieter space.When designing your gym, your layout and the type of exercise equipment you have will determine how spacious and inviting the space will be. Placing your heavy equipment strategically will keep your space from feeling like an awkward closet.One way to keep your space from becoming crowded is to use multi-functional equipment that provides what you need for a well rounded workout.Avoid clutter by arranging these bulky machines close to walls so the center of the room is kept open and free for walking or aerobic exercise.Mirrors are necessary in your home or basement gym design. Mirrors increase the light source and make a room feel twice as large as it actually is. Mirrors are needed for watching yourself as you exercise to help you use the right forms while doing the moves.Provide plenty of natural light for health benefits. Natural light, especially in a basement, contributes to a sense of openness. Light can also keep your home exercise area from being uninviting.Windows that can be opened will allow fresh air to filter into a room that can begin to smell like a gym locker during strenuous physical exercise.If natural light is unavailable, make sure you provide plenty of lighting sources that have natural light emitting bulbs.Make your home gym design personal. Paint your walls a bright color, but make it fit your personality.If you prefer to paint them a neutral color, try adding bright colors in accents around the room.For example, rubber flooring tiles can be purchased in a variety of colors. Or add color with your wall posters and prints.Your home gym design should reflect your personality while being set up for maximum usability. You want your home gym to inspire you to work out.So from the rubber floor mats to the multi-functional equipment, every detail should be considered when designing your home gym.
A How to Run a More Successful Health Club Article Should Be About More Than Selling Gym Memberships
Posted on June 17, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
The forgotten key to your gym’s success is… the billing and collecting of your receivables. In the health club business we can sell all the new gym memberships and personal training we want but if we never see the funds enter our bank account then we have wasted time and effort as well as based our budget and future spending on funds we will never receive.Many small gyms try to handle their billing on their own. I am here to tell you that this is a big mistake. Do you think it saves you money? While it may save you a few dollars on the billing side you lose thousands of dollars on uncollected gym dues. We must remember that a gym is a business and must be run like one. Having a professional billing company is a must. Why would you not have an expert in the field of billing and collecting handle your clubs dues? Why would you trust the money you work so hard to generate to sustain your club to the hands of a part-time billing person?Professional billing companies have the time and the resources to make sure things do not slip through the cracks as well as provide great customer service on the billing side. They are also able to remove emotion from the equation. While we want to handle certain situations with compassion I have seen clubs drop hundreds of members who willingly signed membership agreements just because gym owners or managers did not have the heart to say no to someone who wanted to cancel just because they have not used the club.You can use a billing company and still make judgment calls on certain things with a member and their membership, but you will not need to try to deal with each one all by yourself. If I have not convinced you to use a professional billing company then pull a report and see how much uncollected membership money you have floating around from the last year! Wait a minute… can you even generate a report to show you that information! Get my point?Your job as an owner or manager of a business is to see the big picture and not get lost in the day- to- day things. You do need to see that the daily tasks are done but you need to keep an eye on the big picture to steer the company and staff to success! Now go make a decision that will build your club!
4 Quick Tips for Successful Weight Loss
Posted on June 15, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
What’s the Plan, Boss?So you got a new gym membership and some cool new shoes to wear, but now what. You have been going to the gym for weeks now religiously but have yet to notice any difference in your body. Well let me ask you this, what’s your goal? How much weight do you want to lose? When do you want to lose it by?As a personal trainer I’m always asked from random people in the gym about which exercises work which muscles or which cardio machines are best. It absolutely blows me away how many people are more concerned about what exercise works the chest or arms the best, rather than if their workout is going to be beneficial for what they want to achieve. Most times it’s not.Look guys and gals, some things in life you can wing it through and get by… like a driver’s test or a college exam. But, when you take on the commitment (and that’s exactly what it a solid fitness program should be) like joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer you need a plan. If you don’t have a plan you will not be successful or your success will take forever… FOR-EV-ER.A fitness plan, just like any other plan, is the road map to your success. It acts as a guide and a motivator to ensure that you hit your goal on time or beforehand. If you do not know where you want to go how do you get there? You won’t, you are going to become one of the many thousands of “gym-zombies” that get a membership with great intentions, but are not aware of what they need to do to accomplish their weight loss goal.Now the first thing goal you need to set is a weight goal… so if weight loss is your goal, ask yourself how much do you want to lose? Most people are pretty comfortable with 15 to 30 pounds, so let’s set it there. That’s actually a lot if you think about it… that’s like 2 dress sizes for all the women reading this.Now the next question is, “When do you want this gone by?” Now, let’s be honest first and foremost… there is no “miracle diet” that will have you losing 20 pounds in 2 weeks or something crazy like that. Secondly, do not be someone who has no set time limit to be thinner by, than in my opinion you are not even trying to be successful and you are wasting time.There are TONS of events throughout the year to prepare for like Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, summer vacations, spring weddings… hey, you can even aim for Halloween if you have some cool costume you want to sport. Just pick one, commit to the date and get started.#2 Support the CauseHaving a strong support system could definitely mean the difference between success and failure. For example, you get a great workout in and you feel top of the world. Now you go home to see your significant other and kids eating some pizza or Chinese take-out… messes with you, huh?It’s really hard to maintain a healthy weight loss goal when people around you are not respectable of what you are trying to accomplish. If I could give a quick tip for here is to get your family members on board… let them know just how important it is TO YOU to get in shape. You are doing this to improve yourself and feel better about YOU.Even get the family involved, go out for walks as a family, take a class with your spouse, get things done together and it will bring you closer to your goal without as much headaches.If the family does not want to get involved, there are also many gyms or fitness studios offer group fitness classes. You will be in a group environment with like-minded people all striving to get to the same overall goal. I think the most important take-away here is that you don’t have to go it alone, there are people, like yourself that want to get that stunning body, or better#3 Build the habitThe real secret in weight loss or any goal to change the way you look is all about changing habits more. A sample 12 week fat burning diet is not hard at all to find on the internet or in any health and fitness magazine. But what people do not understand is that any body-builder, fitness pro, athlete that eats that way TRAINED TMESELVES TO… FOR YEARS!In order to eat like someone trying to seriously lose weight and fat you need to train yourself to… just like training in the gym. You have to change certain habits about your eating and lifestyle in order to be successful… and that’s what people do NOT want to hear.But the truth of the matter is that to make your weight loss dreams (and that’s how they will stay unless you really start letting this article sink in) become reality, they have to SACRIFICE. But ask yourself this… are you willing to sacrifice just a little bit of the simple pleasures you take in now, for a better body tomorrow? It doesn’t even have to come down to a better body, better health in general should be the ultimate goal.My first recommendation on this area is to throw out all the junk in the house (I can feel you looking at me crazy right now, but it needs to be done). My rule is if it os not there, you wont eat it.My second recommendation is start writing down everything you eat for at least 3 days, what this will do is visually show you your current eating habits and what you need to start changing in order to be successful#4 Commit to changeNow just to touch on #3 weight loss is all about changing out bad habits and putting good ones in that compliment your weight loss goal. But before we do this, you have to commit to the change in lifestyle.For instance, you have to commit to go to the gym and get at least 45 minutes of solid training when you have had a hard day at work because you know after the workout, you are that much closer to your goal. You have to commit to maybe staying in on some nights during the week or weekend to get some sleep for the next training day.Get the idea? All successful people in the health and fitness, whether it be bodybuilders or the typical soccer mom that just lost 20 pounds of fat and looks fabulous became that way by committing themselves to the change that is required in this type of lifestyles.Now the change is not going to come overnight. It did not take you 3 weeks to put on 30 pounds nor will it take you 3 weeks to get it off. The weight will not go without one so be ready, be proud to be doing something about it, and good luck.
6 Must-Have Items For Every Trip To The Gym
Posted on June 13, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
Getting ready to head out to the gym? Check your gym bag and make sure you’ve included all these items – they’ll help you maximize your workout while minimizing problems like injuries and dehydration:1. Workout ShoesYou can’t just grab any old pair of shoes for working out; you need shoes that properly support your body for the activity you choose.Different types of exercise use your feet in different ways; if you’re doing aerobics and weights, you should be fine with cross-trainers. But if you’re walking or running on the treadmill, you should make sure you’ve got trainers designed for running.2. A Supportive Sports BraThe clothes you choose for working out aren’t that important – a T-shirt and sweat pants is just as good as any expensive spandex outfit. But do make sure to invest in a sports bra that properly supports your breasts. Insufficient support can actually lead to tearing of internal tissues. You may need to try several styles to find one that provides you with secure and comfortable support.3. Water BottleSome people don’t bother with carrying a water bottle, as most gyms have water fountains available; however, we recommend using your own water bottle and avoiding the public drinking fountains for your own health and safety.Besides, having your bottle right there at hand will encourage you to drink more and stay better hydrated while exercising. You should take in four to eight ounces of water every half hour.4. A Workout PlanDo you ever head off to the gym, not exactly sure what you’re going to do when you get there?You need to have a workout plan! Use it to map out your workouts over the course of the week or month, ensuring that you get enough variety in your workouts. Map out what type of workout you’ll be doing each day, plus how long you need to do each type of exercise.Having a goal is only half the battle; you need to have a map or plan that gets you there, too! Your fitness plan will keep you on track, and make sure you hit those goals.5. MP3 PlayerEven the most athletically minded of us lose our motivation at times; and face it, an hour on the treadmill can get boring. That’s why it’s great to have an MP3 player.For some, a playlist full of upbeat or hardcore songs is the best way to make you really push and keep your energy up. If you’re looking to beat the monotony of walking in place, try listening to an informative podcast or interesting audio book.6. A Gym TowelAlways bring your own towel to the gym.You never can be too careful when it comes to your health; with your own towel, you know where it’s been and who has used it.
3 Effective Flat Tummy Exercise Routines You Should Follow
Posted on June 11, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
Have you ever tried relentless dieting yet ended up losing no weight?This is one question most overweight and obese individuals are guilty of answering because of the hurtful truth in it.Yes, oversized people are more convinced on skipping proper weight loss program and are opt to consider dieting. Needless to say, forcing yourself into dieting is not good and is dangerous. So, if this method ever crossed your mind, rethink once more and change your choice.Definitely, adipose tissue is difficult to burn because it is oil in composition. To achieve a lean body, working out a couple of exercises is the best guaranteed method. By sweating out, you can ensure that the excess fat is burnt.In observing your body, you will immediately notice that bodily fats are bunched up in your abdomen. These fats alter a human’s body by contouring it into a pear-shaped appearance. Specifically, to prevent belly fat accumulation or to lose the abdominal blubber, enroll yourself in physical fitness programs.In a health fitness course, flat tummy exercises comprise a huge bulk. This form of exercise allows gym participants to achieve their desired physique. Nowadays, an ideal body proportion includes a flat, muscular tummy; the so called “six pack.”Particularly, there are several books and online articles that tackle on flat tummy exercises. If you want to learn about the different forms of flat tummy exercises, it is best that you discuss your workout program with a professional gym instructor. In addition, it is recommended that you study on different exercise plans, you read in fitness commentaries, and you research on credible testimonials. In these ways, you ensure that the flat tummy exercises you are adhering to are proper, correct, and reliable.For a variety of selections, the following are 3 convincing flat tummy exercises:1. The Bicycle Exercise is a form of routine that allows you to concentrate on your upper torso. Even though you are using your entire body in this exercise, its main focus is burning the fats in your abdomen. This is one of the flat tummy exercises that is performed by imagining bicycle riding. To execute this routine, you need to lie down with your back parallel to the ground.2. The Sit Up is the most common of all flat tummy exercises. Also, this training is very easy to perform because it requires no equipment or assistance. However, this is quite a demanding work out that you need to be fully dedicated to performing it regularly to obtain desirable results.3. The Exercise Ball Crunch is a good routine for gym enthusiasts who desire on rigorous training. Many obese individuals might find it difficult to perform, but if they are committed to losing excess fats, this is a very good fitness exercise. Exercise Ball Crunch requires a fitness ball to support the back. If you want to apply this, execute it with an assistant to prevent injuries, especially if it is your first time.All the forms of exercises discussed above aim to provide you with the leanest tummy ever. If you can manage on performing all three sets, do it in repetitions. For the overweight and obese individual, always heed on exercising over dieting. Surely, you will achieve the fitness you truly deserve.
About Purchasing Wipes for Your Gym
Posted on June 9, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
Your gym is a resource for people who want to stay in shape or improve their body and health. It can be a haven for people who love to work out and come to exercise classes, and a place for people to meet, socialize and learn about health and nutrition. Your gym, in other words, is more than just a business- it can provide a lifestyle for your clients. In order to manage your gym efficiently and to help ensure that customers like coming there, it is important to maintain your gym and keep it clean at all times. It is also important to offer conveniences to your customers that they will appreciate. One way to both offer a benefit to customers and to help keep your gym clean is to purchase wipes for your gym.Wipes for Your GymWhen you purchase wipes for your gym, there are a few different kinds of wipes that you should consider. Perhaps the most obvious type of wipes to buy are gym wipes. Gym wipes are designed for cleaning gym equipment between users. Your customers can grab a gym wipe from a convenient dispenser and wipe down the equipment so that it is clean and dry for the next person who wants to make use of the machine.Gym wipes serve many important purposes in the gym environment. They allow for the machines to stay clean and safe to use, and they help customers to feel more comfortable making use of the equipment. No one wants to grab sweaty equipment that someone else has just been using without wiping it down first, and gym equipments make this easy. Equipment that is slick with sweat can also be dangerous, so gym wipes help to make your gym a safer place. Finally, because the equipment is cleaned more frequently with gym wipes, it will always appear clean to perspective members visiting the gym and to members who want a pleasant environment at the gym. Cleaning at the end of the day will be easier as well, since the machine is already clean from being wiped down with gym wipes.In addition to gym wipes, you may also wish to purchase antibacterial wipes or hand wipes to keep around your gym. Like gym wipes, these have many purposes and many benefits to customers. For one thing, they can help to stop the transmission of germs. When people use gym equipment and sweat on that equipment, they leave behind more than just their perspiration- they also leave behind any bacteria, viruses or other organisms that were on their hands or body. This can cause other patrons at the gym to be exposed to these disease-causing organisms. Recent outbreaks of swine flu and other contagious diseases have underscored the importance of always making sure that you are protected from germs.Customers will also appreciate the opportunity to use an antibacterial wipe to wipe their hands rather than having to go to the bathroom to wash them. This makes for good customer service and can help to improve the gym experience.
8 Tips To Choose An MMA Gym
Posted on June 7, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
Choosing the right MMA gym is not easy. Your choice will make or break your career as a professional MMA fighter. Therefore, you need to research a lot before choosing your gym.Many people who aspire to become a successful MMA fighter are getting ripped off by incompetent instructors. Some instructors like to boast about being a black belt Jiu Jitsu practitioner while in fact, they are not. Some are well versed in Karate martial art form but they have never spent a single second inside an MMA cage.In conclusion, you will need to avoid the wannabes and their useless credentials when you want to join an MMA gym. The business potential of MMA has been growing in recent years and this comes with a price: more fraudsters will come and go ripping off money from good people dreaming about becoming MMA fighters.When you want to join a gym to train MMA, here are eight tips that you need to do:1. Ask questions to the people in charge: if the instructors are legitimate, they will not be reluctant in answering questions. Ask about their experience in MMA, what are their win-loss records, who are their students and how they are performing and so on.2. Verify the credentials of your instructors: if the instructors are willing to answer your questions, you will then need to verify their claims. Answering questions does not mean that they are being truthful as well.3. Examine the facilities inside the gym: a good MMA gym will offer sufficient facilities to train you to become a good fighter. Check out the mats they are using, do they provide weights and fitness facility as well. If you found a gym has few facilities to train your techniques and fitness level, then you will only waste your time and money by joining in.4. Check out the price: a higher price does not always mean quality but most of the times, if you pay cheap, then you will also get cheap results. On average, a good gym offers MMA training at between $100 and $300 monthly.5. Read the contract: carefully read the lines of your contract before you sign up for an MMA gym. You don’t want to become a victim of a scam.6. Check out the fighters training in the gym: see if there are actually pro fighters who train in the gym regularly. If you want to become a professional MMA fighter, you need to join a gym that already has produced professionals.7. Examine the students’ body language: MMA gyms are attractive to people who have no life and are looking for ways to beat up people for no reason. Real good gyms will not let troublemakers joining in and ruin the reputation of the sports.8. Ask for trials: the best way to rate an MMA training facility is by taking on a free trial. You can experience first hand about the training in the gym and its methods. A reputable MMA gym usually offers free trial period.Nowadays, researching on good MMA gyms is very easy with the access of the internet. You can even download free MMA basics course online to check out whether you are ready to take a paid course to become a professional fighter.
An Effective And Progressive Workout Plan
Posted on June 5, 2012 by ammeleo · Leave a comment
Many people workout, and go to the gym for a long time and do not see much improvement. Many more people join the gym after making their New Year’s resolutions and try to get quick results but many do not make it. Many people go often to the gym and they feel they are not getting the results equivalent to the amount of work they put in. Most of the time the new year’s resolutions people will drop out of their workout plan and go back to their old ways. The other kind who go to the gym often will either continue to go and look the same for the next few years or they will also eventually stop working out or they will run into someone with good advice who will change the way they look at working out and they will start seeing the error in their old routines.Why people do not see results after they have been working out for a long timeThe New Year’s resolutions people simply have unrealistic expectations, they think if they go to the gym for a couple hours every other day, they will look amazing and when that does not happen or their new found motivation disappears they quit. Nobody said it was going to be easy and only those willing to work their butts off will get results.On the other hand you get those who work tirelessly for months and sometimes years and have not progressed much from the time they first started. It is tough to do something even when the return is not equivalent to the input. You are basically running at a loss. If your workout was a business you would certainly be in trouble. The thing is if you do something for long enough and you are not getting results, it is pretty obvious that there is a flaw in the system. You need to re-evaluate your routine and try to figure out what might be wrong with your routine, for example your workout might be the right sort of workout but the flaw might be in your diet. The flaw might be that you are over training or doing too much cardio, those are just things to think about if you want to figure out why you are not getting stronger, bigger, leaner and so on (what-ever your goal may be).How to make sure your workout is effective and progressiveThis has been said before but it needs to be said again, you need to work out the smart way that is what gets you results, that is what makes a workout effective. You need to set goals for yourself that’s where the progressive comes in. A workout is not smart and effective if it means you are still lifting the same weight you were lifting when you first started lifting weights. The thing is you need to set goals for yourself such as every couple of weeks I am going to add 5lbs to my bench press so that in so many weeks I will lift 220 lbs. So you know what you are after therefore you will be working towards it and as you get stronger and see your improving lifts that will also serve as motivation and you will get to your target.The whole process of working out should be goal orientated, with steps to get you to your goals like the example given above, you could probably lift the 220lbs in a shorter time period but you will get more out of every weight if you do not skip the steps. You have to think to yourself do you want to be the small guy who can lift heavy or do you want to gain as much lean muscle as you can from the weights you used to progressively get to your target. If something is not working for you change it, do not continue doing the same thing; try other combinations because they might do you more good than what you are currently doing.And finally give each body part enough time to recover and have a diet that is set according to your goals whether it’s a low calorie diet to get lean or a high calorie diet to gain mass.Remember we are not all the same, what works for someone else might not work for you, so you need to experiment and find what works for you, that is smart progressive training.
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