Gyms are closed. The world is in chaos.
At least, that’s how it feels to me.
Almost every day, for a solid decade, I’ve been going to the gym either for work, or my own training. It’s like my second home, and now it’s gone. Like so many others, my whole routine has been thrown off, and I’ve been forced to adapt and overcome. But with so much content now being spat onto YouTube, Insta, Facebook, it’s almost as overwhelming trying to figure out which way to turn…
In this post, I’ll break down some very simple steps to help you unravel your mind, and figure out which home which home workout in isolation, will be the best choice for you.
Are free online workouts the right answer?
The short answer? No.
There is a term in psychology called “over-choice”. It describes that when people are faced with too many choices to make, within a confined space of time, they will often end up making no choice at all. It’s like our brains get all frazzled, and decide that doing absolutely nothing is going to be a better option. On goes the Netflix, and you make best friends with your couch.
Obviously this isn’t ideal, and if you’ve worked hard for your fitness (or even if you had just landed on a decision to overhaul your life), it can be really depressing trying to find new motivation and direction.
So how can we overcome this little barrier? With a simple, smart strategy!
A S.M.A.R.T goals example
S.M.A.R.T goal-setting is one of the most elementary forms of goal setting, and yet they provide brilliant clarity for a frazzled brain.
Grab a pen and paper…
Go on, I’ll wait…
Cool! Now that you’ve got writing materials, write a column down the left margin with the letters S-M-A-R-T (leave 4-5 lines between each).
Now, specific is really key here. Don’t just write “get back into running”. Put down a specific number. An example would be, run 5km’s without stopping.
Rolling with the 5km run example again, I would then choose a specific time to hit so I have something specific to work toward with each session.
For example; “run 5km in under 25mins”.
For this one you need to be a bit honest with yourself. Is my goal achievable for me? If you have knee problems, haven’t been for a run in years, and you put down a goal to 5km run in under 25mins… well, you’re probably less likely to acheive it. Go back to S, and reevaluate!
For example, for a 5km run in under 25mins, at the very least I’d need supportive running shoes, cute activewear (because new clothes always make me run faster), available time each week to train consistently, a distance tracking app, a program to build ankle, hip, thigh and core strength and stability (so I don’t injure myself).
If you look down at your list now and realise you can do it, great! Keep going…
For example, something that might take around 4 months could be great, whereas a goal that will take 12 months to achieve might not be great, if you have your heart set on being back in the gym when they re-open.
Once you have the ultimate time-goal in place, you can work backwards from there to set small milestones.
My “5km’s in 25 mins” SMART list looks a little like this:
What is the best home workout program for my goal?
Now that you’ve got your S.M.A.R.T goal sorted, it stands to reason that free, random workouts are not likely to be the best option for you.
Results need a tangible plan.
The only way to get this, is by signing up to some kind of program; which I highly recommend you do. The best place to start is by working out which kind of plan you want.
I would want to build strength in my legs, core and ankles for my particular goal, so I know that Pilates is my best bet. Luckily, if you have the same goal, I can save you a whole lot of Googling, and give you all the Pilates you desire with my Wellness program!
Or, if Pilates isn’t really your thing and you’d prefer a more structured strength routine, my home strength program, Strong is the way to go!
Why pay for something I could get free?
Not only does paying for a service ensure quality; you get the benefit of access to a PT or Instructor for help anytime you need it, you have some extra motivation to actually do the work (’cause noone wants to waste money right now), plus you can sign up to the newsletters which are excellent sources of information.
And most importantly; it’s the best chance of actually getting a result!
Remember, a free Online workout, doesn’t equal a good online workout!
Consistency in your training will always trump randomised workouts.
Adherence to a program will always yield greater results that doing something occasionally.
Setting a goal and buying a program, will allow you to do both.