Finish this sentence.

“I want to workout because ___________________.”

I’ll random a guess that you probably said something along the lines of losing weight, getting skinnier, fitting in clothes, being stronger, or healthier. Some of you may have just said that you want to “stay in shape”

Here’s another question for you…. What does “working out” mean to you?

If you answered that it means to lift weights and get stronger or to do cardio for an hour each day, or that you must do high-intensity interval work to be considered “working out” then you are correct. “Working out” may mean something different to everyone.

Here’s a little secret. No matter why you are working out or what you consider a workout to be, if you aren’t pushing yourself past your own perceived limitations, it’s just a waste of time.

Growth only occurs with adversity. In order to train your cardiovascular, physiological, and neurological systems (that’s your heart, lungs, muscles, and brain) you have to introduce a level of stress that is progressive and in excess of those systems’ current capacities.

In plain speak….. If you don’t push yourself, you won’t get any better.

This should be fairly obvious for most people to get what they want out of working out. If I want to lose 20 lbs. of fat then I know I need to work hard to meet that goal. But how hard is hard enough?

If you are working out with us at Ellicott City Health and Fitness this is something you don’t have to worry about if you follow the programmed workout. We set those limits for you. If you put the effort in to meet those goals each day, you will see the results you want.

Every day there is a specific goal to each workout. Ask the coach what the goal is and try to reach it. Sometimes it may be to work on power development through repetition. Other times it may be to develop strength by using heavyweight in a lower repetition workout. There are many ways to introduce stressors to our bodies. We try and apply various methods to smartly help your body develop and progress towards your goal.

Don’t cheat yourself. Work hard. Like the message of the week says. “Every time you push a little, you grow a lot.” Keep pushing and keep growing.