Women’s fitness is a very interesting topic, and one that we pride ourselves on being experts in. What kind of training should you do? What type of food you should eat? What are the secrets to weight loss? How does one shift stubborn body fat? These are the questions that we are asked on a daily basis at our facility in Cork. When it comes to women’s fitness, the key is to strip back the rubbish, and get down to the simple things that make bring with them massive results. Today I want to discuss the issue of women’s fitness and gym training; an area that can cause many women to get flustered due to the array of equipment and confusion of exercise techniques.
Imagine this. You are setting of on an Amazonian trek with your local guide. However, after the first couple of kilometers, your guide leaves you to your own devices. He didn’t tell you what the destination is, how to get there, or even leave you a map! You have to hunt for your own food, and you end up on a year long journey of survival instead of a challenging but pleasurable week long adventure. Nightmare right! Well in many ways, this is very similar to starting out with your new training regime.
Starting to train in a gym can be an intimidating thing to do for the uninitiated. In many ways its like setting out on a jungle trek in the Amazon. You need to have the right guidance and equipment to get to your destination, and without it, you will get lost and possibly end up being eaten by the wild animals! In the run-of-the-mill gyms that are absolutely everywhere these days, here are the most common trekking mishaps that occur when new people set out on their gym journey.
1. Your guide starts you off on the journey but then leaves you in the middle of the jungle.
You walk into the gym, and the instructor gives you a brief run-through of how to use the machines. This feel like a great start but after this initial ‘induction’ you are pretty much left to your own devices. This becomes problematic if you ever want to do anything outside of the couple of machines that you remember how to use!
2. You don’t actually know what the destination of your trek is.
To make gym training meaningful, you actually need to set out your goals nice an clearly, and in a way that you can measure them. Its also very important to put a timeline on achieving them. Otherwise, you will end up meandering around the jungle aimlessly for a long time. Moving everywhere, but getting nowhere! This seems to be the modus operandi for most gyms!
You have to hunt for your own food!
One of the most common questions I get asked is how much of getting into shape is due to exercise, and how much is due to diet. Well the true answer is that you really cant have one without the other. You will never out-train a bad diet, and you will struggle to get that figure that you want just by altering your diet. In gyms all over, you will be given as much exercise as you want, with very little emphasis on your nutrition. After all, most gyms don’t care if you get the results or not, they just want to see you in sweating from time to time! Nutrition cannot be overlooked when it comes to getting into shape.
You will end up on a much-much longer trek than necessary
Once you get bored of mindlessly doing the things you were show on day one, you will invariably end up doing long spells of tedious plodding along on one of the cardio machines. You might think that you are doing your self the world of good, but in fact you taking the longest route possible to getting your body to where it wants to be. Strength training, intervals training, and well-selected exercises are the key to the shortest route to your goal. Moreover having some accountability and doing the right things consistently will guarantee that you get there.
You don’t even have a map
Its bad enough that your guide has gone and left you on your own to navigate your way through the jungle, but her didn’t even give you a map! In a training context, the ‘map’ is your program. The thing that tells you where to go, what mountains to cross, and what mountains to go around. This is the absolute key, and ties in with all the points I have made so far. Your ‘map’ need to include what exercises you will do in the gym, when you should do outside of the gym, how you should eat, where your destination is, and what landmarks your should be passing along the way.
So if you are serious about going on a fully guided, safety guaranteed, journey to your ultimate destination, get in touch with us at ACLAÍ. Our staff are sport and exercise science graduates, and we have helped dozens upon dozens of women achieve their health and fitness goals through personal training, reasonable, effective nutrition, support, and guidance. We are the experts when it comes to women’s fitness in Cork, and especially personal training in Cork. Fill out the short form below to get a free no-obligation consultation with an exercise professional, and start your trek today!
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This Article is by ACLAÍ Owner, Ainle Ó Cairealláin MSc CSCS. Ainle is strength and conditioning coach for the Cork Senior Football team, has worked with Adelaide Crows Football Club in Australia, lectured in the University of Limerick PE and Sports Science Department, contributed to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and also works as a tutor with Strength and Conditioning Institute, Setanta College.
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