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Fitness Reality: At First, You’ll Suck

Your Beachbody fitness program is a funny thing. You buy something like Insanity because you’ve seen the results others have enjoyed. You want the same. You know it’ll be some tough work but you’re ready and willing to give it the ol’ college try. You get the fitness program, pop your first workout in the DVD player and realize… oh wow…. this is kicking my butt. This makes my legs burn. I’m sweating. I’m uncomfortable. And there’s the critical part which leads to me receiving a lot of emails about being frustrated:

“Will I ever get better?”

“I couldn’t do one push up.”

“It was so hard I had to press pause.”

“It was so tough I couldn’t finish.”

For some, this is added motivation to kick some butt. With too many, however, fire and enthusiasm is quickly snuffed out. Makes me wonder what happens when there’s car trouble. “Oh, the tire’s flat. I don’t know how to fix it. I guess I’ll just leave it here on the side of the road and go eat a big bowl of crap covered worms.”

Nobody does that.

So why take a big, pout-tastic flying leap off the bridge to success before you’ve even tried to see what you can fix? And really, isn’t that the POINT of the program- to FIX your years of inactivity? Heck yes it is. That’s how the program works: IT MAKES YOU SAD AT FIRST.

You Will Fail Before you Get Better (And That’s The Point)

When you start moving your body in ways it hasn’t moved in ages (or ever), you’re putting it under stress. You struggle. You cuss. You fail.

That’s the POINT. You’re SUPPOSED TO FAIL.

As I’ve mentioned before, your body doesn’t like to be “second best”. Causing it to fail in an exercise or putting it under stress to “feel the burn”. The good news is this is how your body changes because it will now compensate for that failure. It will build muscle. It will increase your cardio capacity. It will compensate. And when your body compensates,  your body will put systems into action that will do the job better, if a little, the next time.

A good program, one that’s worth its weight in anything to get you results, will be based of a concept called “periodization”. Most Beachbody programs are based on this principle (which was popularized by a guy named Hans in relation to studies he did based around responses to stress– you knew you wanted to know that). In your program language, this periodization is what you’ll call “Phases” or “Months”. Periodization basically follows this schedule:

1. Butt Whoopin’: Not the technical term but this is your first day with the program. Your first workout. It could also be the first workout of Phase or Month Two– something different. It’s here you will usually feel like you suck. But now that you know you’re supposed to- that it’s supposed t be hard, that you won’t kill it right out of the box… doesn’t that make you feel better? It’s similar to the concept the military uses in Boot Camp Training. Break you down, get you to understand the system and then build you back up as a lean, mean fighting machine.

2. Struggle For Equilibrium: This is you working through the following weeks. It will still be tough and you may get worse in the beginning (all part of the plan) but your body will begin to adapt to the stresses and leanr to manage them better. This leads to:

3. Supercompensation: Adaptation has improved and now you’re making progress. You can do what you couldn’t do a few weeks ago. This is where you’ll notice more reps, being less winded and a general ability to finish out a workout that, while tough, is much less tough (or better performed) than that first day.

See? It’s all part of the plan. The thing is… are you willing to stick to it and allow it work?

I’m going to say YES.

Want results with your program? High five, then!  Email me here or at dan@howdoigetfit.com. Better yet, let’s get you the support you need through making me your free Beachbody Coach right here. 

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