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How to Get Back on Track (Again) with your Training

        It is mid-September, the kids are well back in school by now, the routine of homework dance and soccer practices are established; order has been restored.  However you still have NOT gotten back into a regular pattern of training and working out.  After a long summer of traveling, entertaining guests and figuring out how to keep the kids busy, you still have not figured out how to get your health and fitness back on the schedule.  I am going to give you three tips that will help you start today!

    I am deliberately writing this article on a Friday so we can start this Monday.  That is step ONE.

#1 Pick a Start Date

    A calendar can be a very good tool for physical success and an aide in reaching your fitness goals.  In fact when I was in college I blocked out my schedule for gym time so I could workout.  If I had not done this I would have filled my time otherwise.



   I want you to look at you calendar and find a date or day that works for you.  Circle it in read.  Write “Workout!” or “Training” or “Squat til I’m Hawt” I don’t care what you write just physically put it on the calendar.

   I mentioned this coming Monday because most people start on Mondays, I think it is just easier to coincide with the work week than the weekend.

#2 Pick a Short Term Goal

    Why am I writing this article in September and not January?  Well, I my 12 years in this industry I have noticed that September seems to be the month more people re-commit to their health and fitness goals.  There is just something about back to school which seems to dictate all schedules and our way of life.  I find that when this structure returns, so to gym goers.

  Short term goals are great motivators for starting back.  They can be as simple as lose 5 lbs in 6 weeks, or be able to do 20 good push-ups by week 8.  Perhaps it is a special outfit you want to wear.  You can also use specific dates that are special, say if someone has a birthday coming up or a friend’s wedding, or maybe a trip.  Perhaps just getting a jump on the holidays is a good motivator.

Again, I want you to write it down.  There is so much power when we put pen to paper especially when it comes to our fitness goals.  Think of it as signing a written contract with yourself.

Pick one or two short term goals to begin working towards immediately then go knock them out! 

#3 Work with a Professional

Of course I support working with a coach or a trainer!  Listen the results speak for themselves, bottom line you are going to be more successful if you work with someone or find a reputable program.  There are a lot of good coaches out there, several that have written for this site.  Go find someone to help you!

If however, you are a self guided type of person that needs a little nudge in the right direction check out Awake and Alive’s Member Portal for workouts from beginners to advanced.  I want each and everyone who reads this article to be motivated to better themselves.

Even if you haven’t missed a workout in years, perhaps we can light the fire for some new challenges.



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Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is the owner of Asylum Fitness in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina. He is a Movement and Strength Coach that uses unconventional tools and methods to make his students a little better with each practice. His main focus is movement, he believes, “We were born to move. Reclaim your birthright.” He encourages his students and all those he meets to just play, similarly to when you were a kid, believing that play is the foundation of movement and movement is life. “By learning to move better and improving our mobility, everything falls into place.” he says. Mark is an Outdoor Fitness Enthusiast, is well versed in corrective exercises, and currently holds a level 1 FMS (Functional Movement Screen), and is a MovNat level 2 certified trainer and is always seeking to learn from the best. He also has a background in track and field, martial arts, ballroom dance, and currently is practicing parkour.

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