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When training for a race, it is easier to see the end goal and to stay motivated throughout the training program. What happens when you don’t have any races or competitions and are just working out to stay healthy? It’s easy to show up to class and do what you have to do just to get through, but is it really helping you in the long run?

Try and come to class with intention every time. There are days you’ll feel so strong and there are days you’ll feel like being anywhere else but the gym. But guess what? You still show up and you should make it worth it. Think of a goal for yourself for that class. Maybe you want to hold your plank for the full minute (90 seconds if Jen’s counting), or continue through a circuit without breaking until the time is up? However you feel that day, do your workout with a purpose!

The spring challenge is the perfect time to come up with some longer term goals to help motivate you to keep working hard in class. Maybe you want to be able to do 10 pushups by the end of 6 weeks? Try one pushup on your toes before going to your knees. Or maybe you want to up the weight you grab for squats, or shoulder presses. Think of a goal you’d like to achieve to help make you stronger. I know I say it over and over, but it really is so rewarding when you realize how strong you really are. Don’t be afraid to grab a heavier weight, even if you have to drop down after a couple reps! That’s how you improve your strength and continue to grow in your fitness journey.

When clients first start at FITT-RX I always heat how hard it is and how much easier it will be when they “get into shape.” My goal is to hopefully never have an “easy” class because I want each and every one of you to continue pushing yourselves to be the strongest and healthiest you’ve ever been. The more in shape you get, the faster you run, the heavier you lift, and the happier you get. Enjoy the journey and start thinking of your goals!

-Amy Pyne, FITT-RX Trainer and Instructor

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