2 Years of Max Fitness

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?



This post actually started out as a response to Valerie’s most recent post on motivation

I am actually amazed at my motivation to remain with martial arts…any other type of regimin I’ve attempted I have lost my steam with.  I think that this has been successful where other attempts have not has been because of the social network that is provided by a dojo, no matter what you study.  When I am not in class for a few days, when I come back, people ask “where have you been” or “how is everything, we haven’t seen you”.  That’s important to me cause I’m not the most social butterfly on the map. 

It seems to me, that the only way you get that at a place like the gym is if you are very outgoing –you have to make a serious effort to be social at the gym.   As previously mentioned, i am far, far away from the social butterfly.  I went to the gym for a year or so, and I never got the feeling that ANYONE really recognised me (as an individual–they always greeted me and were nice and stuff) or would notice if I wouldn’t come to work out.

 On the other hand, I KNOW that if I were to drop off the radar, I would be bombarded with text messages and phone calls asking where I am…and I feel relatively confident that if they thought my answer was bull, one of my friends would find their way to my house and drag me there *grinz*

I also think part of it has to be you have to be ready to stick to a workout plan and find what works for you.  This definitely works for me.  We do something different each time I go, and class is seperated into different sections, so I don’t get bored with doing one exersize for too long…but at the same time, those sections are regimented so there is a routine to class.  I also feel like I get a well rounded workout (that is, ALL of my muscles feel like rubber, not just, say my legs), at least most of the time!  Additionally, I am LEARNING something.  This is SO important towards my motiviation…I am a learner…I like learning…I like the feeling that I am increasing my knowledge about (insert topic here).  A run of the mill aerobics class just doesn’t do that for me.

Valerie’s post mentions people who seem to poof, disappear….and I’ve noticed that as well…and when people disappear, stop coming, I feel sad…..maybe they made too many excuses and we weren’t there to drag them to class…maybe no one said “hi” or made them feel welcome…maybe life got too hectic….maybe they moved…maybe it just wasn’t for them.  I’m sure some people try martial arts and don’t like it.  I can’t imagine it…but maybe they feel as motivated to go to their martial arts class as I do to go to the gym (that is, not at all)

Motivation is a rough thing.  If you aren’t really ready to make changes to achieve your goals, or you don’t have concrete, obtainable goals, it will be hard to focus enough to keep your motivation going strong.  To me, the goal of “I want to loose weight” isn’t very concrete.  You can’t really “feel” loosing a pound, it’s hard to notice a difference in your weight, and your weight flip flops a lot (so annoying!) Dev has a great post on this, and exersize tips, here.

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