You’re getting out what you put in…

“You’re getting out what you put in…” by Marlene Velez-O’Brien – Group Exercise Director

Have you ever noticed how two people can do the exact same fitness routine for a period of time and one will have amazing results while the other looks the same as when they started?

Why is that?

It’s frustrating when YOU are the person going through the fitness routine without seeing dramatic results. Might make you look for a reason outside of yourself to blame, such as genetics.

In reality, the thing holding you back is something that you have complete control over: it’s either your nutrition or the intensity with which you exercise or both.

When it comes to nutrition, you can’t out-train a poor diet. Or, as I saw the other day “You can’t look like a millions bucks if you eat from the dollar menu.” OUCH. But it’s true. I am happy to make suggestions.  Better yet, reach out to our Registered Dietitian, Ali Miller at 508-746-7448 ext. 16 or for a consultation.

Intensity is something that’s difficult for the outside observer to measure, but is felt within your body as you go through the motions of each exercise.

  • It’s how hard you push yourself to go as quickly (and safely) as possible.
  • It’s picking up a weight that feels hard to handle.
  • It’s putting a boost behind each stride as you run.
  • It’s resisting the urge to simply go through the motions.
  • It’s outdoing your efforts from last time.

Now, I understand the urge to put out just enough effort in your workout, going through the motions when you’re just not feeling it. We all have days when the weights feel extra heavy and our energy stores feel depleted, and those days will naturally be less intense. Maybe it’s time for a break or an active recovery day.  Or early bedtime so you can eat and recover.

However, when low intensity workouts are your norm, you simply won’t ever achieve the results that you’re hoping for.  And this is something that you completely control.

So, as you go into your next workout, think about the intensity that you’re bringing. Are you pushing yourself with each rep? Could you go heavier? Could you work harder?

Fight the urge to be comfortable while you exercise. There’s plenty of time throughout your day to feel comfortable, just not while you’re working out.

Does this make sense?

Attack your next workout with 100% intensity and set a new standard for yourself to continuously push to become stronger, faster, leaner and more fit.

You’ve got this!