If you are new to fitness scene, you may find yourself asking, "Where do I start?" If you are a trained athlete and want to improve in a specific area, you may find yourself asking, "Where do I start?" You might be embarrassed to ask, but it is true, there is no such thing as a stupid question. In fact, not asking is stupid.
A few years ago, I asked myself, "Where do I start?" After completing my second marathon, I realized I can run 26.2 miles, but I could not do one pull-up. It is common for females to have weak upper body strength, but athletes are known to have a will inside them that refuses to give up (plus, I am also artist, and artists are known to be perfectionists. And it is true; both these qualities are strengths and weaknesses). As a perfectionist, and strong female with strong will power, I was not content with completing two marathons without being able to do one pull-up. I was a runner and a soccer player growing up. I thought I was a pretty good athlete, but I wanted to be an overall great athlete. That's when I asked myself, “Where do I start?”
Athletes of all levels commonly ask, "Where do I start?" They do not start by walking into a gym and copying what they see other people doing. Athletes who are smart and ask this question decrease the risk of both minor and major injuries, and increase the ability to reach goals. You wouldn't go into an exam without reading the material first. You would prepare and learn about the material in order to perform well.
There might have been that one 8:00 A.M. class in college that interfered with your sleep-time. Your undergrad genius mind convinced you that you can combine sleep-time and class time at the same time. That undergrad genius assured you reading the material before the exam was redundant because, after all, you did attend class. If Lady Luck happened to be in your pocket while taking the exam, hats off to your lazy ass. More than likey that undergrad genius caused a failing injury in your GPA and threatened your ability to pass the class. Wondering how to fix the damage, the genius asked, "Where do I start?"
As your trainer, I will tell you straight from the start: You won't find Lady Luck in fitness. There are no shortcuts; fitness is science, fact, and tried and true. It takes work and dedication. Undergrads, grads, dropouts, successful entrepreneurs, retail workers, and everybody else who wants to improve his or her fitness, has to learn before, and while, they perform. Otherwise, minor and major injuries lurk right around the corner. You have to know what exercises, reps, weights, etc., are correct for you. Unlike a test, there is no correct answer that will be right for everyone. Depending on your goals, experience, and ability, I will make sure you have a workout that’s right for you.
I can now do pull-ups. If you believe you can reach your goal, you will. "You can do anything you set your mind to, man," said one of my influences and favorite artists, Eminem. His life is an open book, allowing most people see him prove those words; words that I stand by. As your personal blog trainer, I am here to help you find the starting point that fits your goals, motivate you to achieve those goals, and answer questions along the way. One thing I cannot do is perform the workout for you. You have to put in the work, because Lady Luck cannot be found in the fitness world. As an athlete, you cannot rely on Lady Luck to deal you a six-pack. The only way to reach your goals is to bet on yourself and go all in. Bet on yourself and put everything you have on the table, and you will have the winning, six-pack hand. Leave Lady Luck with your undergrad genius (I don't care if you are an undergrad and don't go to class - I care about your fitness goals).
The media overwhelms us with a huge selection fitness programs, making it harder to answer, “Where do I start?” Let me help you out; start here. Let me inform you about sports science behind the newest fitness trends, and the pros and cons. Let me know what you want to achieve, and I will post programs and advice to lead you there.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you, and am eager to learn from other fitness-heads of all levels.