Right around this past Christmas a group of our bootcamp regulars were looking to set a goal to kick-start their new year fitness resolutions. Some members were looking to get in shape for their own upcoming weddings, or their friend's weddings, some were looking to accomplish a long-time weight loss goal, and some were merely looking to rejuvenate themselves towards a newer healthier lifestyle; we decided as a group to set up a training program for the Boston Triathlon that takes place every July in Southie. We figured in having a concrete fitness goal set, that we would be more likely to reach our own personal fitness goals and aspirations.
We sent out an email to our whole gym/neighborhood-wide community and our response was GREAT! We had over 30 people who responded with aspirations of at the very least following along with our training program. In January we put into place a 30 week training program that started with basic workouts like stationary bike rides, one mile jogs (or even walks/elliptical sessions) and dips in a pool to become accustomed with swimming. The program started steady and early with the hopes to incorporate longer and more intense workouts as the race approached. Our short stationary bike rides turned to upwards of 40 mile outdoor rides; our jogs turned to long distance runs; our mere dips in the pool turned to long ocean swims. Next were Brick workouts (two or more events back to back, swimming-running, biking-running, swimming-biking, etc.) and then it all lead to our mock race day two weeks before the event.
Once the wheels were in motion, the camaraderie of a group-driven fitness goal took over. Knowing that you have a group of people who are going through the same process, and sometimes pain, that you are is not only comforting but it is also motivating. The biggest motivations for our group came in forms of either passing by someone in the gym who you know is training as well and sharing a simple word of encouragement, or even a quick "Holy Hell that 1/2 mile ocean swim sucked huh?" It's that camaraderie that drove so many of our group towards their goals and then some.
In the end we have roughly 10 members competing in the Triathlon this weekend; following their fearless/fear-inspiring leader Tom Regan into the abyss this Sunday will be Erin Moeller, Melissa Nazar, Chet Lang, Bri Colantonio, Shannon Cochran, Tom Dearnley, Ali Hockler, Andrew Lane and Michael Kineavy. Among this group we have seen two weddings where the brides were beaming with confidence and pride from turning over a healthy new lifestyle leading up to their weddings; we've seen somebody reach their weight loss goal of 40 pounds; we've seen people turn from bashful boot campers to full blown athletes! To say this process was a success would be an understatement. The results of the race itself on Sunday are really moot, because what's really important are the results that our members have seen in their own lives. The weight loss, the strength gained, and the positive mentalities acquired are the real accomplishments of training for an event like this. The accomplishment of competing in and hopefully finishing the race itself is just the cherry on top!
Studies tell us that it takes an hour of continuous exercise to burn off the fuel that your body has processed from your recent food consumption. After that hour the body burns stored fat - yes stored fat! We will for the next few months increase our Thursday AM Spin class with Tom to 90 minutes, so we will start at 5:30am instead of 6am and go to 7am. You may still start at 6am if you would like. For either start time you must signup online through Mindbody or our website!
If you don't make the decision and take action nothing changes. Make the decision to lose fat and take the action of doing our Thursday Spin class. If not now, when?
our Outdoor bootcamps are awesome!
When the alarm goes off around 5:15 or 5:30am, of course your first thought is some expletive at the fact that you have to get out of bed. However, here's the issue I have with people that say working out before work is just too hard for them; they probably have that same expletive thought at their alarm clock when it goes off an hour or two later. The first few seconds are the hardest, but once you're up, you're up! Also, for all those "I'm just not a morning person," people out there, just shush! Being productive in the morning is not a predetermined quality. It's not something that we are able to do because of our genes. It is a skill that is developed. As my father says, it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, so try our bootcamp out for one month and I guarantee by the end of it you will be singing a different tune about AM workouts! You will find that you are more productive throughout the day after a great morning workout with an enthusiastic and camaraderie filled group!
We have these bootcamps down to a science. We mix up our workouts in such a way that even if you've come to each and every one of our bootcamps for the past 5 years (which some of our loyal bootcampers actually have), very rarely if ever, will you see two identical workouts. We keep you moving, that's for sure! We do everything from running to lifting, and stair work to full boxing workouts! Whether you are in great shape already and just looking for a tune up or you are coming back from a long hiatus from working out, RMF’s Bootcamp is just the push you need!
New Year's Resolutions are as commercially motivated and as random as Valentine's Day. Think about it; how arbitrary is it that on the 14th of February each and every year we are forced to stop by Rite Aid on the way home from work to grab two dollars and fifty cents of Hallmark wisdom and a batch of flowers for our significant others? It's just as arbitrary as New Year's resolutions! Why is January 1st the date to start a new fitness trend and not January 12th, or March 13th, or any other date for that matter?!
So if mid-way through January you are disgruntled with the fact that you haven't lost the weight you set out to lose or you already ruined your "Booze-free January," SO WHAT!
Starting a new workout or lifestyle routine on January 12th is no different than starting one on January 1st! Just like buying your significant other flowers or chocolates on a day that is not Valentine's Day is just as appreciated (if not more)! So take the initiative today to get back on the right track or set some new and acquirable goals to focus on.
Let us help you out! I challenge you to try at least one of the following with us at the gym over the next month:
Our well-being is tied to our wellness. Wellness is taking care of ourselves, something that is often way down on our list of priorities. We are offering a program that can change that.
Weight loss for life is a three month program covering all aspects that constitute healthy living in today’s world. We will, in a sequential approach, cover goal setting, time management, exercise and meal planning. We feel that trying to achieve success in all areas of wellness at the same time leads to a domino effect of failure; when we falter in one area it creates stress that affects all areas negatively.
We will take the approach of creating better habits in one area then moving on to the next. Certainly there are some common threads throughout yet we look at those specific to our current focus.
We will first measure where we are and how we got there. Then we will institute Phase 1 which will focus on exercise and the time management and prioritization necessary to achieve consistency. Exercise will include strength training, cardio, injury management as well as a mental resource management. Next we will focus on nutrition and meal planning. The goal here is not to diet but to gradually develop a healthier approach to eating that evolves as we grow into our new way of life. This way the changes stick and stay with us versus a going off the diet scenario.
We will be building this program based on the strength of community. We all have something we would like to change for the better. We are not alone. We have a fitness community at Motivated Fitness that welcomes all and encourages all. Our “Weight Loss for Life” program will be another community where we will work, struggle, learn, and succeed together.
Weight Loss for Life:
We are very excited to have this program and we believe it will help you live the life you have been meant to live. We are asking all participants to read “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhigg to get us all on the same page as far as changing our behaviors to serve us positively towards our goals. The goal of the book, and this program is to break bad habits, and replace them with good, healthy habits. Also we are recommending that you have a heart rate monitor of some sort as well as a food scale.
We've learned alot over the 10 years we've been here on how to keep it going through all the little and sometimes big challenges that come at us in the form of pain and injuries. We can help you identify imbalances that are causing those sore knees, tweaky backs and hips as well as other bothersome aches and pains.
We will check your range of motion, balance and muscle length tension relationship which causes a multitude of issues. We'll identify the source of your problem and give you solutions that work immediately. We give you what we call a pre-hab routine that you do before you workout that gives you the optimum range of motion and activates dormant muscles. We also give you a rehab routine that continues your progress. Our focus is we get better as we get older. It's called Exercise Science because there is alot to it. A lot of opportunity for improvement. Let us help you. We love to remove pain and improve mobility that improves life and performance. Call Tom at Motivated Fitness for an assessment.
Start your New Year, your quest to be a better you on Labor Day! As the best summer ever comes to a close set your sights on a new Fall. Why wait till January to set new goals, do it now!
Where do you begin? At the beginning!
With a plan! Deciding to make a plan is the first step to making one.
Reflect on where you are and decide where you want to go
Spend some time on your most valuable asset - YOU!
There are so many wonderful productive fitness components, look at them.
Cardio, strength, nutrition, flexibility, commitment, core, camaraderie, positivity, weight loss, routine
Then pick one to start on and include another that complements the first
Our Bootcamps cover it all! In 4 committed weeks you see significant change and results!
If that's not an option get an assessment where we go over your physical condition checking all of the listed components and give you a plan to follow on your own or with timely Personal Training
Yes you do have the time, there are 1440 minutes in a day, carve out 60 and you will see all your other minutes become more productive.
If not now, When?
Join us and our community of fitness as we build good hours, good days, good weeks, good....
Contact us if you have questions or need some one to tell you can do it, because you can!
Holy Smokes! They did it! Today around 2 o'clock, Tom and Michael closed up a 105 mile ride that took them to their finishing point across the border and into Florida! Averaging well over a hundred miles per day, for 11 days of work, the riders finished well ahead of their plan! All in all it ended up being right around 1200 miles in total. It wasn't easy, and it took a lot of work, not just from the riders themselves but from RV-Joe, and Mark Delamere and Michael's brother Robert. It was a true team effort that had help coming from all angles. 11 days of hard work should have the Boys feeling proud and accomplished! Congratulations guys and have a safe and non-chafing ride home in the RV!
Yesterday marked the eighth full day on the bikes for Tom and Michael and it required help from all angles! There was a few hour gap in contact between the RV and the riders that gave us all our first big scare of the trip. For the first time, we all seriously thought Joe may have taken off on our pour boys. But Joe didn't take the RV on a tour of North Carolina, his Cell Phone service just shut him off from the boys and from ground control. Thanks a lot AT&T...
When there was no contact between Joe and the riders, Tom and Michael tried their best not to panic. It put them at ease that they had a team of spotters from across the country keeping an eye on them and their route. First there was yours truly; even while at the House of Blues waiting for the Haymakers for Hope to start I found myself mapping coordinates and trying to pinpoint our beloved Joe. Then there is Michael's Brother-in-law, Robert who has been a massive help to the team. Robert has mapped out each and every turn for the riders and has found some beautiful, awesome, and safe roads for them to travel! Robert, was full force on GPS watch yesterday making sure Tom and Michael stayed on track. Finally, yesterday's hero was Timmy Connolly back home here in Boston. Still recovering from his awful fall last week and laid up in bed and on crutches, Timmy was able to get in touch with Joe and get Joe in touch with the riders!
It was an interesting few hours and end to the ride for everyone involved, where as Joe described "we learned a lot about ourselves and each other through this one." When all was said and done yesterday they did a total of 110 miles, not seeing Joe at all from miles 30 through 110! Greenville, NC was the camp for the night. The boys are hurting but they are getting closer and closer! Keep it up!
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