Plan An Athletic Event: Everyone hits a wall with their fitness and nutrition goals and one awesome way to keep yourself on track is to plan on doing a fitness adventure such as a running, triathlon, and/or game event to participate with others. These types of races/events will help you keep focused on small steps towards your fitness and nutrition goals. I have come to the point in my training where I find myself doing events almost every week in order to stay motivated and excited about fitness. I love a challenge and it makes you feel accomplished and fulfilled when you finish a race. If you can’t even rally one person to join you, consider searching for a local race. Just like your running partner, you can either start early or continue running while everyone else is cooling down. Either way you get in the run you want and avoid doing it solo. If you are really organized, you can plan ahead to sign up for key races to help you over the impending “humps” in your training. If you want a cheaper alternative that signing up for yet another race, spend a few minutes online and find a new route to run. One of the biggest reasons for burning out is having a redundant training routine. Tackle this problem with some creative planning and racing schedules. Maybe the new route is in a new part of town; maybe you drive to a new town and run. Whatever you decide, do your best to keep it unique and simple and be realistic with your fitness goals. A really great site for Triathlon, adventure, Duathlon, and running races can be found on California Triathlons and/or Active.com … They list hundreds of races a year around California and beyond!
Get Involved: Whenever you are in and around friends and neighbors, make an effort to talk to those around you and really try and get to know them and get involved in some local activity whether it be a 5k/10k/half marathon, triathlon, cancer walk, and or involvement in youth sports. I have always said that people are our most abundant and available source of knowledge, so take advantage of the people around you and try to learn knew things, share ideas, and have good conversations.
Ask Questions: If you want to know something, ask! Especially to your trainers and coaches. At Roworx Fitness in Long Beach I really enjoy it when people ask me questions as it will challenge me to think about different ways to explain a method or training technique in a more efficient way. Sometimes I need confirmation on a rowing technical question as I consult my father, John Nunn, who was an Olympic Bronze Medalist and Olympic Rowing Coach for team USA. Coaches and trainers are there to assist and give you the professional guidance you need to help you get through the workout and motivate you to be your best. At times I get questions during class and I really have to think hard on how to explain certain techniques and skills while teaching the most efficient style in rowing.
Be Present And Have A Positive Attitude: All to often, we as people get caught up in the whirlwind of things going on in all aspects of our lives. You have a choice when you come to workout. you can either let the stress consume you or you can use it to blow out the stress during the workout. Try and use it and I guarantee you an elated feeling after your 1 hour heart pounding full body workout. As the stresses of the real world, jobs, relationships, troubles, happenings and everything in between Roworx can be a place to get away from all that and just live in the now. Let those things troubling you or consuming your thoughts go, relax, enjoy the time you have with those around you in the moment and try to be the best you can be!
Let Go Of The Ego: This refers to everyone including the instructor as no one likes a big ego even if you have the awards and honors to back it up. It’s ok to list your accomplishments but do it in a way that explains the technical cues and advice on how to become more efficient in the exercise. Last but not least try to listen to your coaches as they are only trying to help you and if they see something and offer you coaching, do your best to accept it and apply it.