Ready to Get Off the Treadmill? Start with Private Training.
Most people choose to break away from the big box gym and seek out a new fitness path because they are frustrated as hell and seek lasting change. They may want to lose weight, improve physical performance at their sport, increase energy, or just look better naked, but all are seeking major change in some way or another. They are sick of showing up at the big box gym and being told that the treadmill and simply burning calories, and then counting said calories for the remainder of the day, is the key. They want to make a major change in their lives and are committed to finally valuing their health and fitness more than their phone bill. Saying good bye to the big box gym is a great first step, but what now? There are dozens of other options when it comes to small group training; MMA, Gymnastics, Olympic Weightlifting, Barre, Crossfit, Boxing, Orange Theory. They all have their merits and all of them will get you initial results, but what you want is something sustainable. Not just a quick fix. No matter what your current fitness level or experience, if you’re serious about sustainable change, then you must start with private training.
“No matter what your current fitness level or experience, if you’re serious about sustainable change, then you must start with private training.”
In my opinion, almost any small group training environment is light years ahead of going to the big box gym to slave away on the elliptical while you stare at your Fitbit. However, with any small group training experience, there is always a lot to learn, not just in new movements, but also in why they are important to you and YOUR goals. In Boulder, there are several quality small group gyms that I would recommend, and the idea that any one of these quality facilities would just take your money and throw you into a group class would be ridiculous. That’s simply not an option with these guys. And no, they don’t care how many pull ups you can do or how much you can bench press. No matter what your experience level, the best gyms in town always have at least one thing in common: ALL, require an extensive beginners program that is mandatory prior to joining the gym and being allowed into group class. This program is not a vanilla, one size fits all, set amount of small group classes and your good to go deal either. Instead, you will typically see a one on one experience in which you and your coach can review the program and movements, understand your goals and make sure you are ready and able to join a small group class environment.
“A one on one experience in which you and your coach can review the program, understand your goals and make sure you are ready to join group class a small group class environment.”
Some new members may be able to accomplish this in as little as five to ten sessions, but others will require many more than that depending on the program. The point is that we are all starting out in different places, with different goals. You need to be set up for sustainable success from the start, with a solid understanding of the program and how it relates to you. You have finally decided to break away from the big box gym and commit to making a major change to get healthier. Why would you want to just join group classes with no plan or understanding of how you are going to reach your goals? That’s like trying to put together a puzzle without the image to reference. You’ll string together a few obvious pieces from the start but soon you’ll be stuck. In other words, without a plan you are just wasting your money to get a quick fix with something new. Yes, you will get initial results from a new program, but without an understanding of the movements and plan to achieve your goals, you will also get burnt out and beat up, or worse, injured and sidelined….ultimately returning to the treadmill or elliptical to count calories and read magazines. Don’t be that guy. If you’re serious about getting off the treadmill and getting into the best shape of your life, then choose your new gym carefully and start with private training.