Let’s be honest, getting in to shape after being inactive for a long time is challenging. Nobody likes it, very few of us actually stay committed and stick to the MMA training regiment to meet our goals. When we finally muster up the courage to take action and make a change, we start out feeling motivated and excited. Things start out challenging yet doable, right?
You probably ask yourself the same question I do after every MMA training workout, “Why the hell did I wait so long to do this?“.
The truth is that our fears disable us from taking action and we simply make excuses why we can’t (won’t) workout. Unless you stop making excuses to avoid working out and taking action, you will just stay dormant. For some of us, we reach a breaking point that forces us to get fed up, pissed off, upset and maybe even a little bit sad or embarrassed before we QUIT MAKING EXCUSES and finally decided to get started and TAKE ACTION. Those fears (that we all have) prevent us from being happy, limit our potential and cripple us. Those fears of being embarrassed about what we look like, how we can’t or can perform are the fuel for the excuses that we all make.
It’s time to take back control, make a change and get back to a place where we can be happy and functionally fit and can enjoy those benefits of being healthy. This article is designed to help overcome those obstacles (fear) and give you some training tips that will empower you to take action and encourage others in your life to see that it is possible to reach your true potential. We are going to break the training myths and give you some training tips to get you jump started to eventually help you reach your fitness goals.
MYTH #1 CLEANING FOR THE MAID
“I need to get in shape before I start going back to the gym”
This is the single most ludicrous statement that I have heard as all my time as a master fitness trainer and elite MMA coach for the last decade, but people say this to me all the time. This is the equivalent of someone cutting their hair before they go to the barbershop. The gym is a place that is designed to help you get in shape, why would you think that “getting in to shape” before you go and workout at the gym is any different to cleaning for the maid before they come and clean your hotel room? Get the idea out of your head that work needs to be done before you can start training, that is just a stall tactic and another trap for you to fall in so you can make an excuse to not getting your ass back in the gym.
The best training tips you can gain are from actually doing the exercise needed at the gym in an environment that is encouraging and supportive. If you are training at gym that isn’t fun to be at, go find another gym. If your coaches are not supportive or encouraging, they are not doing their job and you need to go and source out people who will challenge you and highlight your achievements through the success you reach at the gym under their supervision.
MYTH #2 CARDIO
“I spent 45 minutes running on the treadmill, got a great cardio workout in today”
There is a reason why the word, “cardio” needs to be spell checked when you try to type it in on a word document. That reason is because even the dweebs at Microsoft know it’s BS abbreviated word that people use to say that they have get their heart rate up. Every year, millions of people start out on their training goals by focusing on cardio. I’m not saying that is a horrible idea, I’m saying that it’s a mythical term that people use to justify wasting an hour on an elliptical or treadmill.
Cardio means getting your heart rate up, plain and simple. If you focus your intensity while lifting weights, running, boxing, playing with your kids or even walking your heart rate will go up. Don’t fall for the trick of believing that cardio means trotting on a treadmill while you watch CNN or leisurely sip a latte. Training tip: focus your intensity during whatever workout you are doing and get your heart rate up. If you are on a treadmill for 30 – 45 minutes and your heart rate has not reached 140 -150 BPM (beats per minute) you are wasting your time.
Coach Matt Lindland