Over the past eighteen months I’ve done the majority of my training solo. Not because that’s what I prefer, but because I was on a programme that only I was doing.
I used to train with a lovely jump group, but since starting skeleton I’ve had to work on my own more often, because we do different exercises and routines.
I’ve missed the group work a lot.
My training group were split up across the country. All of us were living at home when we weren’t training abroad. I was working full-time and training on top of this. There were PLENTY of days that I simply couldn’t be bothered (I even wrote a blog on it) but I still exercised. I kept going because it aligned with my goals and to not go would be wasting a chance to move towards them.
But, what if you’re career isn’t professional sport? A massive game changer for me has been moving to Bath and training with the rest of the programme athletes and having support staff and coaches readily available. I recognise that some days the motivation just isn’t there. You just want to lie on your bed and scroll through Twitter, or you don’t want to get up early because something has come up in the evening. So I recommend that you find a #squad.
By #squad I mean think through your friends/colleagues/family and ask if anyone is interested in joining the gym/going to spin/hill walking/tennis/dance/pilates etc. etc. Having a training partner, or partners makes a huge difference! And if you’re drawing a blank and its general fitness you want then I’d strongly recommend seeking out a personal trainer. They can have a similar effect on your motivation AND you get the added benefit of knowing you’re being looked after by a professional!
Benefits of finding your #squad
Accountability: You’re far more likely to turn up if you know someone is waiting for and relying on you. That means less missed workouts.
Comfort: No one likes walking into a room solo. You’ll feel much more comfortable if you’ve got a buddy to walk in with and chat to.
Better results: Working out with others will bring out your inner competitiveness, which means a harder workout for you both. Similarly, if you’re having an off day they can encourage you and help you out of it.
Improved relationships: My #squad includes some of my best friends. Having shared goals and experiences will bring you closer as friends.
Fun! Training doesn’t have to be serious. I laugh everyday at training. Having a training buddy means the focus isn’t entirely on you and whatever you may be doing. It’s a chance to catch up (in rest periods) and laugh if you get it wrong instead of being embarrassed.
So get out the address book (yes I have one), and assemble your #squad! KimFit offers buddy PT for pairs or groups who want to train together.
With online PT programme Get Real coming soon (www.kimberleymurray.com/pt_coaching) there’s no excuse not to get your pals/sister/children together in front of the laptop for a workout!