Two years ago, my karate school started hosting a fitness and nutrition program called The Max Challenge. If you are interested, click here for a list of locations. They are mostly concentrated in Central NJ, but also have locations in Staten Island, NY and recently opened two locations in California. I knew I needed to supplement my martial arts training with additional work at home, but I honestly just didn’t have the willpower to do so. I don’t actually like exercise. Especially not for exercise’s sake. I have stuck with martial arts because in addition to exercise, I also have met friends and am learning a skill. Both of these are super important. I started martial arts right after I moved to the area, and I didn’t really know anyone. I figured a good martial arts school would be a great place to get to know people, and I have made some really important friendships along the way! And I LOVE learning. If I could become a professional student, I would. I like learning new things, and this has kept me committed to my training along the way.
In any case, I saw the addition of this program as the answer to my lack of motivation. And it very much has been. When I started the program, I was using 5 and 8 lb weights. When I gained a little confidence, I was using 8 and 10 lb weights. Now I use 12 and 15 lb weights, and can use 20 lb weighs for certain exercises, such as a deadlift of chest presses. I have seen an amazing increase in my cardio, and I have gone down a pant size and a half. None of which is any kind of miracle story, but all are steps in the right direction towards being more healthy.
Now that I am (hopefully) nearing my black belt test (for my martial arts class, NOT my BJJ class), which, if I work hard and am dedicated, might be as soon as April 2015 (pleasepleaseplease) I want to find some way to renew my inital enthusiasm for the program. I love the people I work out with, and the instructors, I just have to fight really hard to get out of bed at 4:30 am, 5 days a week, to work out. And if anything, now is when I should be the most dedicated, as my goal is (again, hopefully) almost within sight. It is definitely one of those cases where when I go I am glad I went, but I don’t realize that until I get there…and 2 or 3 days a week my bed is just so warm and comfy, and I fail to get out of bed on time. Has anyone out there had to renew their enthusiasm for something? Any pointers?