Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: You’ve planned a great diet, you’ve got a fantastic workout routine set, and it’s time to get to work. But just as you start to get rolling, you get the feeling everyone around you is trying to sabotage your perfect plan.
Your friends want to eat fast food and hang out in restaurants and bars full of unhealthy temptations. Your family members have no interest in salads and smoothies. In short: Everyone around you is more interested in pizza, burgers and beer than your waistline.
If you’re paying attention, and we know you are, there’s some fitness crazes going on right now. Three that are becoming mega-rages are Crossfit training, HIIT and Olympic Lifting. All of these fit nicely under the umbrella of functional training or functional fitness.
Functional fitness isn’t just a buzzword anymore, it’s a highly effective way to get the most out of your workouts. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get in ridiculous shape, improve your endurance, agility, strength or all of the above, functional training is a tremendous program to jump into.
Ever find yourself frustrated or intimidated by highly detailed, expensive diet plans? You’d like a healthier diet but all the plans you find are loaded with hours of prep time, tons of protein bars and … swordfish.
There’s obviously nothing wrong with these diets, they certainly work. But you just don’t have the time or the money to sustain these plans for the rest of your life. That doesn’t mean you have to throw up your hands and go back to eating burgers and ice cream. In fact, simple habits can go a long way. Obviously, the best way to stay lean and mean is a clean diet combined with an active lifestyle. But there are some daily habits you can build to transform what you see in the mirror.
Whether it be a New Year’s resolution or for bikini season, you get ultra-motivated to get in the gym. You want to hit your goal weight, or build up some biceps or have abs for summer. You work out hard for a few weeks, really hard. The results are starting to show.
Whether you’ve considered using a personal trainer or not, we’re guessing you understand many of the benefits. We’re also pretty sure they’re outweighed by reasons you don’t think you need one.
But consider looking at it from a different angle: You know how to drive a car, maybe even change the oil, does that mean you never got to a mechanic? We know you understand your laptop, but how many times a week do you call the IT department? And yes, you can use scissors and a razor, but does that mean you cut your own hair?
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