It’s almost that time of year. The time of year you can’t find an empty treadmill or a set of 20lb dumbbells anywhere at your local gym. This is the New Year, New You rush.  People see the New Year as a fresh start on life and a time to make drastic changes. Whether it’s fixing a broken diet or starting to lift weights again for the first time since high school, these tips will help you make the most of your resolution. The last thing we want is for you to hit it hard for three weeks and then fall back off the wagon like last year. This year is the one and here’s how we are going to accomplish it.

1) Being Ready. Make sure you are ready for this big life change. If your mindset is not fully committed you won’t last a month in the gym. Millions of people each year join a gym in January thinking it’s going to fix all their problems but only come once a week or less. There’s no reason to jump on the bandwagon if you aren’t ready to change. All you would be doing is setting yourself back in a negative way and wasting the most valuable commodity; time. How do we make this time worthwhile? Having a plan of attack!

            2) Making a Plan. Before even thinking about what your workout regime is going to be you need to answer a few questions. First, when will you exercise? I suggest looking at your schedule and picking out three days and times that you can commit to being at the gym. This will help form a routine and get you consistent with your workouts; which is key in seeing results. Second, what kind of exercising do you plan on doing? If you are new to the gym atmosphere or lifting weights, I would suggest either joining a class or getting a personal trainer. The classes will get you moving, make you feel more comfortable, build relationships, and give you the kick in the butt you need. If you want to get stronger and have a more focused goal, a personal trainer would be the way to go. They will be able to customize your workout routine, correct broken form, and give you the layout for a successful transformation.

            3) Bring a Friend. A trainer is great for creating a killer workout plan and holding you accountable 90% of the time, but having a friend along for the ride boost consistency ten fold. A friend makes you less likely to bail on predetermined workout dates and will make a great support system for the ups and downs to come.

            4) K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid. This is best advice I can give you. There’s no reason to come in the gym after a five-year absence and jump right under a 225lb back squat for twenty repetitions. We have to take baby steps. The goal is to do as little as possible to see results. If you can train twice a week with weights and do a little cardio the rest of the week while losing weight and getting stronger, then stick to that until it doesn’t work any longer. More doesn’t always mean better. Hit your big lifts, strengthen your core, regain lost mobility, and get some cardio in. Keep It Simple Stupid.

            5) Realistic Results. Setting a goal that is realistic is key! If your goal is to have six pack abs by May but you’re 100lbs overweight, you are lying to yourself and setting yourself up for failure. Start with smaller, more obtainable goals. Instead of a six-pack by May lets with 10lbs by February. Still putting us in the right direction for the six-pack but in a more reasonable way. This will also give you more wins along the road. Rather than having one goal that is years away, you can have twenty smaller goals along the way. Baby steps overtime add up to leaps in the right directions.

            Now is the time to start planning you’re the New Year, New You. Go ahead and start writing down your goals, who you are going to workout with, how you are going to achieve them, and above all else; enjoy it! This isn’t a process that is only going to take a few months; it’s a lifestyle change. Learn to enjoy the process and find what kind of fitness makes you happiest and gives you the results you’ve been longing to reach.


Cody Temples

Forge-Rx Personal Trainer