Get Back in the Game

If you’re like Ed Pomponio, you have had a moment in time (maybe two or three) where you have you fallen away from your normal exercise routine, or maybe you have even stopped exercising altogether.  Whatever the case, you realize that you have to get back in the game. Ed shows you how?

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At one time or another everyone has setbacks in their exercise routine.  There are so many reasons that someone stops exercising:

  • sickness or injury
  • work & family commitments
  • not seeing results
  • burnout

In the end, Ed Pomponio says it doesn’t matter how you got here and there is no reason to beat yourself up over it.  More importantly, it is not a reason to give up. We have all been there, but the important thing is that you do not let this minor setback become a major one.  If this is where you are at, there is only one thing you can do, Get Back in the Game.  Below are some ways to work your way back into a program without injuring yourself.

Start Slow

So many times, we see people who come to the gym with a goal in mind to get back into shape.  They have the right attitude and motivation, but their excitement takes over and they want to achieve too much too fast. Listen, we all want to reach our full potential, and this is especially previously, you were at the top of your fitness goals.  When starting over we need to approach our fitness a bit slower or we will risk injury.  If you were doing 45 minutes of high impact cardio, do not go back expecting to do the same thing at the same intensity level.  Instead, ease into it.  The same goes for weightlifting.  Do not go into it expecting to be able to lift the same amount of weight or do as many reps as you were dong before.  Ease into it, and it will come back soon enough.  You may even want to read books on health & fitness.

Get a Trainer

Ed Pomponio says getting a trainer is good advice for anyone, but it is especially important for first-timers or someone who is new to exercise.  If you are working out in a gym, it can be an intimidating place.  There is so much equipment all around and so many exercise classes to choose from, you may not know where to begin.  A trainer can really help you get started on the right foot.  They can assess where you are at physically and offer you the best workout for your fitness level.  A trainer can also walk you through the different machines and show you how they work and which ones are the best ones to start working on.  The other good thing about trainers, is most gyms offer newcomers a free training session.

Stick to Your Program                         d Pomponio, Ed Pomponio basketball

Once you get your self on a workout program, stick with it.  Do not get into the habit of only doing part of your program.  For example, if it is arms and abs day, do not skip triceps and only do biceps, or only do not only do crunches and leave out planks.  There is a rhyme and reason to how your program is set up and if you want to achieve the best results, do the entire program every time you work out.

Show Up

None of the advice above means anything if you do not show up.  We all have those days where we just do not feel like working out, but we cannot let that kind of thinking win.  Show up to the gym, get out and walk or put your favorite workout on at home, but show up!  Your workout plan was important enough for you to start, so don’t give up, you won’t be sorry.  Just show up every day, especially on the days that you don’t feel like it.  Once you get started, you will find that it was not as bad as you anticipated and you may even find you are enjoying it.  One thing is certain, you will not walk away from your workout sorry that you did it.


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