Your Workout Rhythm: Getting Started
If you've ever cut a piece of wood with a hand saw, you know the first few strokes are the toughest. You take a swipe, then another, and then another - and, depending on how hard the wood is (and how sharp your saw!) - it may take several swipes before you can really get that back-and-forth sawing motion going. But once you get the rhythm started, chances are you'll complete the cut. And so it is with your workout - you may try a few things here or there, but until you get that rhythm going, you really won't enjoy any real results. So, how do you get that rhythm started?

As I mentioned in the last post, what you bought when you purchased your club membership was a destination - a means to a goal. If someone came up to you during class and asked "Why are you here?" you'd probably have an answer - and (hopefully) that answer would indicate what your goal is. My experience has been that most - maybe even all - people in Pump classes have some sort of goal in mind. And more often than not, it's the attainability of those goals that differentiates the regulars from the part-timers.

Nothing's absolute, but I would submit that goals such as "I want to get into better shape" or "I want to lose X amount of weight" probably won't get you into a workout rhythm. They're either not measurable, or not realistic (BodyPump builds muscle, which weighs more than fat!). If you're new to BodyPump (been at it for a month or less) or trying to get a workout rhythm started, I'd like to suggest focusing on modest, short-term goals such as dropping one pant size, or being able to climb a single flight of stairs without getting winded. Because when you're first starting out, these small, attainable goals are like the short swipes you take when sawing that piece of wood - before you know it, you've surpassed those goals - and gotten the workout rhythm started. And, once you've gotten a workout rhythm started, the bigger goals get a whole lot more attainable!
(Next post: Your Workout Rhythm: Keeping Steady)
7 Comment(s):
On 07 February, 2006, Blogger The Otrain said...

Great posts Craig. It looks like you're a great instructor. The industry needs more enlightenment like this.

On 07 February, 2006, Blogger Craig Warman said...

Thank you for the encouragement! My hope is to help new class attendees - either directly, or through their instructors - to get a workout rhythm going. It took me many years to get mine going, so if I can help someone avoid the frustration that I went through then it's all worthwhile!

BTW, Tami's really the great instructor - but don't tell her that or she might decide she doesn't need me anymore!!

On 07 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig - you're a wonderful communicator and I'll bet you really connect with your participants. I don't know what your 'real' job is, but if you aren't a wordsmith in some capacity, you aren't putting your talents to good use. LMUSA should tap into your talents and get you to write for them!

On 07 February, 2006, Blogger Craig Warman said...

Alright, how much is Tami paying you guys to write such nice comments?! ;)

On 07 February, 2006, Blogger Tami W. said...

How'd you find out?? Just kidding! Great post - In line with that - I started working out with weights about 10 years ago after I had lost weight. My goal back then was to lose a bit more weight and tone up. At 37 I had never seen a muscle on my body and often doubted I had them. After 6 weeks of regularly working out at home with small hand weights (using a book by Joyce Vedral) I started noticing a 'bump' on my upper arm - what I now know as a bicep. That was all the motivation I needed to keep working out. I loved being able to see my muscles! Also - when I first started I weighed 133 and wore a size 10. I now weigh 130 and wear a size 4! Kewl!

I worked out on a regular basis - 3 times a week and got into my 'rhythm' as Craig talked about. For me, working out has gotten to be like eating or brushing my teeth. It's a habit. I feel sluggish if I miss my workouts.

My goals for working out have changed since then. I want to take care of the body I have so I can live a long time. I see so many older folks - not even that old - who don't do anything but sit around watching the Price is Right. (ie: my parents!) Don't waste the precious life you have been given! There are too many places and things to enjoy and I don't want to miss out on any of it.

On 01 March, 2006, Blogger Niki said...

Everyone is right about your writing Craig. It is smooth, it is clear, it makes sense.

As a fellow instructor, I can tell you that most of my members come to class to "get in shape", but there are a few who have definite goals. One lady said she really had no illusions of turning into some "hot bod" (although, she could if she wanted to!!), but wanted to change her bone density scores......within 6-8 wks of doing Body Pump, they dropped!! Her doctor was amazed! To her, that was success! Everything else she gains is icing for her. Another member said she was amazed at how Body Pump gave her the endurance to give more and do more in her other sports....she swims more laps now without tiring, her knees/quads hold up longer/stronger when she goes snow skiing. Many have said they just can't believe the energy level they continue to feel throughout the day after 'pumping'.

Tami, like you, I made changes for myself as well, mostly by being more goal specific, consistant in my work outs, adding intensity to my weight training and training with a real purpose.........for years I just worked out to work out. Kind of went through the motions, but without direction......did it cuz I thought I should. Then I found something that I really "got", and went all out with it. I am so passionate about it now and I wish everyone "got it" for themselves.
It was my gift to myself for my 40th almost 5 yrs later, I still maintain it and try to improve whatever needs tweeking.......I was also 135 lbs and a size 10. Now I am between 126-130 lbs and a size 2/'s amazing that the scale can show almost the same number, but the clothing size can drop so dramatically!!

Ladies???? Quit focusing on the scale, and put the focus in the eating right, cardio and weight training!! Strive for progress, not perfection!

Sorry to be so long got me going on this one!!
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us.

On 22 May, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Emilie and i live in the UK. I just want to say that i have been doing Body Pump for over a year now and the changes in my body are amazing. I now have a six pack, great tone definition in my arms and an overall sense of being so healthy. I combine Body Pump with running, cross trainer and swimming. I am 26 but i feel better than i ever have in my whole life. I am more healthier now than when i was 20. I would definitely recommend anyone to have two Body Pump sessions a week, it is the best work out i have ever had.


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