What is the best way to get back into working out after a layoff?
It's January again and a lot of people decide to get in shape every year around this time.
Truth is, if you haven't been physically active in a while, you may be in for a rude awakening.
Start slowly, maybe just walk, no really. Or do something low impact you enjoy. The key is your enjoyment, because that will keep you doing the activity. Before you run to join your local Crossfit box or Spincycle joint, ask yourself the following question. Am I ready for the punishment we call beastmode? Or should I address my exercise goals with a more intelligent approach?
In 25 years in the business of health and fitness, I've seen the resolution crowd be all about it the first week, maybe 2 weeks of January. Then they start dropping off like flies. Then, by February, there's like 10% of them left. Don't be that guy or girl.
Be about your progress, but start things with the right approach. You need a plan. A workout plan and some solid nutritional advice. What you need in order to get this plan, is an assessment first.
You need a mobility assessment, to see how well you move as a human. How's your range of motion? Do you have any pains when you move? Do you have any muscle imbalances? Clearly if you have any of the above limitations, you'll be aggravating them by being beastmode about your fitness. What you need is a corrective exercise program that will address each imbalance and limitation as you get stronger and yes, fitter. In fact, just by doing my corrective plan specifically customized to your individual needs based on the assessment, you can get stronger and even visibly ripped in 3 weeks.
There is absolutely no reason for you to approach fitness as a competitor if you're not really a competitor. Do you want to compete in the next adventure race or Crossfit games? Then by all means, approach your training that way.
But if you've been riding a desk lately and you've barely lifted grocery bags and beer bottles, you should probably check your ego and realize that you are out of tune. You need a tune up.
I offer a mobility assessment to get you started, in-person in Los Angeles or anywhere else online.
It's a fast and easy way to learn more about your body and it's strengths and weaknesses.
You'll get immediate personalized feedback on where to focus your attention to move towards crushing your health and fitness goals.
You'll get access to your coach (me) to keep you accountable with the new habits you choose to implement.
Get your mobility assessment now!