Whether you are just getting back into exercise or looking for a new way to change up your workout routine try a Functional Fitness class. As one of the latest trends in fitness, Functional Fitness breaks the regular gym routine and provides a workout like no other. Functional Fitness is wonderful for people of all fitness levels, just remember the class is not a competition with the others, it is a way for you to become the best you possible and prepare you for life!
Follow these tips so you can truly find the “Fun” in Functional fitness.
1. Commit to yourself and the class – Begin with the mindset you will attend the class regularly for 6 months. If you make it through the first month congratulate yourself because these will be some of the most difficult workouts you have ever done in your life. Month 2-6 gives you a chance to get more comfortable with this type of class and to really start to see what amazing things you can accomplish. After 6 months if you are not hooked, give yourself permission to move on to something else…..then try something else, maybe Zumba is your thing.
2. Accept the fact that you will not enjoy every activity you do in class– Sometimes you just need to suck it up and realize each activity is a small part of a larger goal. Just like life, sometimes you have to do things you don’t care for in order to reach your goal. If necessary just keep repeating to yourself “I do not need to enjoy this activity, just respect it and finish it” until that activity is over. Give yourself permission to dislike an activity but always strive to do your best with it.
3. People either “get it” or not – Realize your significant other, family or friends may never understand Functional Fitness or your love for it. Don’t be hurt or discouraged if you tell them a story of how awesome it was to push a tractor tire up a hill or that you “fireman carried” your 200lb classmate down the street and they just look at you and say “Why would you do that?.”T rust me there will be plenty of people who will find your “Functional Fitness Tales” funny and interesting….It is easy to see who those are as soon as you start telling your story.
4. Invest in a pair of workout gloves – It will be the best $15 you spend and your hands will thank you. Wear them always. With functional fitness you never know what kind of activity is next. There is nothing worse then finding yourself needing to do 50 push ups on a sidewalk or bear crawl across the ground and then remembering your gloves are still back in your gym bag.
Go ahead and give Functional Fitness a try, it is a great way to improve your fitness level and will teach you that you can accomplish things you never dreamed of in the gym and in your life!