Liz had no serious athletic background other than youth sports until the age of twelve, but she wanted to take the opportunity presented in her workplace to learn about weight training.
Liz went from sporadically attending group fitness classes, to overcoming her fear of free weights and training three times per week consistently.
For someone without a significant athletic background, it can be very intimidating to start a weight training program. There is an assumption that everyone else around you knows exactly whe they're doing, and that they're going to be relentlessly judging you as you struggle with form and can't figure out what weight to use.
The reality is that most people are far too concerned with their own workouts, their own vanity, and their own insecurity to really pay much attention to what people around them are doing, but that doesn't make stepping over to the dumbbells or unracking a barbell any less terrifying for someone with minimal experience.
In Liz's case, she was an occasional attendee at yoga and barre classes, but had never done any weight training.
She chose to join the strength track of her corporate wellness program, because, in her words, *If I didn't take this opportunity, I wasn't going to do it."
Despite some initial intimidation and concern that her lack of experience would make her the odd man out, Liz quickly found that everyone was starting the program at very different levels.
Rather than being a negative, this allowed coaches to give each person a prescription that was appropriate for them based upon their experience.
And, once she became part of a community of people talking about going to the gym and holding each other accountable, she started to find steady progress in her results.
One of the biggest challenges of any fitness program is sticking with it. It's lots of fun to discuss training and nutrition strategies – looking at programs, picking out post-workout shakes, all of that stuff.
But, the real issues come after the initial thrill wears off. Motivation isn't enough. Inspiration isn't enough. Getting into the gym day in and day out needs to come from habit, planning and scheduling.
Liz found the accountability of working with coaches and groups at pre-defined times made her more motivated to go to the gym.
Once the group sessions were on her schedule, she would attend them – it's quite a bit more difficult to stay accountable to yourself when you plan to go to the gym before or after work, but then get busy or tired.
Still, once the results start to come, and people notice or compliment you on how your appearance is changing, it becomes that much easier to stick to that commitment to train.
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