Fitness Courses – The Skinny on Where to Get Skinny

We all know that it’s difficult to not only lose weight, but also find the time and motivation to do so as well. What you’ll find below is my best attempt to compile all of the information I can about where you can start getting fit, how much it’ll cost you, and how you can fit it all into your busy schedule.

As a working adult myself, I know that it can be tough to try and cram everything into your day that you’d like to. Hopefully armed with information you’ll be able to start getting fit without completely interrupting your regular routine.

What Type of Courses are for You?

Before you even start hunting for a gym or fitness DVD set to help you get in shape, you’re going to want to decide which type of fitness courses are for you. If you’re looking to lose a few extra pounds and get into an overall better state of health, you’re going to want to look at different cardio fitness classes to help you get into running or biking. If you’re looking for muscle building courses, you’ll obviously want to avoid burning too many calories and instead keep the calories on to keep you strong.

To figure out what types of courses are offered, do a quick online search to find the gyms in your local area. Then, either by giving them a call or checking out their website online, you can determine what types of courses they offer.

Price

Probably the most important question you have to ask before joining any type of fitness program is, “How much is it going to cost?” Now, depending on your fitness needs you may be able to enroll solely in a class at your local gym at a flat monthly rate, or you can take on their entire gym package which gives you free access to the fitness classes they offer.

The best way to compare gym membership prices is by checking out this article posted by Daily Finance. It outlines most of the national gym chains and what exactly it is you get for your money. If you have a local gym, you’re probably going to have to check their pricing guide on their website to compare it to the big names like LA Fitness or Bally Total Fitness.

As I mentioned earlier, a good thing you want to look for in a gym membership is having fitness classes offered as a free addition to the price of a full membership. The last thing you want to do is show up to the gym with your new membership in hand and find out that all of the courses you want to take are an additional monthly cost. Do your research and understand what it is you’re going to be paying for before you hop right into things.

Certification

If you’re looking to get into the business of teaching your own fitness course or are simply looking to ensure that a fitness instructor you’re working with is properly certified in the course material he or she is teaching, a good place to get the low-down on certified fitness courses is from fitnesscourses.org. The website has an entire list of different fitness courses that instructors can master to help better shape your body. It’s all well and good to walk into a weight training class with the hopes of getting buff like your instructor. However, if the person in charge of the class doesn’t have the right certification or isn’t trained properly in what they’re teaching, serious injuries could occur.

Where to Find the Time

If you’re anything like me, chances are you’re running and racing most of the day and don’t know where you’d fit fitness into your already busy schedule. What I like to do is grab a planner and outline my entire week on Sunday night so that I know what my days look like before I start them. That way, I’m able to pencil in time that I can go to the gym without suddenly stumbling across some free time in the afternoon that I could have used to get into better shape.

I know they have a ridiculous name, but I’ve been using House of Doolitte planners (this one in particular) for a few years now and they’re fantastic. They allow me to easily map out my days, hour by hour, so that I know exactly what I’m doing from dawn til dusk.

“The Gym is Too Far Away”

If you’re not fortunate enough to live in a big city where gyms are all over the place, is hope completely lost for your fitness goals? Thankfully the answer is, “No.” Before I moved into a big city, I used to get my fitness in every evening after work in a different way. Since everyone and their mother owns a DVD player these days, it’s extremely easy to order fitness courses online and get them delivered straight to your door.

I’d pop a DVD into the player as soon as I was ready to work out, and as I got some water into my water bottle, I’d let it play through the introductory credits so as not to waste any time. Then, right there in my living room I’d easily bang out my half-hour or hour long workout for the day.

While it may seem silly to workout in your living room without all of the proper gym equipment, all you really need is a starter weight set and maybe a pull-up bar if you’re feeling fancy. I’ve listed 2 of my favorite DVD sets from over the years to help you get started. In fact, I even still pull these out once or twice a week when I’m unable to make it to the gym. It’s much nicer being able to hop in the shower immediately after a workout in my own home rather than either showering at the gym or driving home and getting my seats sweaty along the way.

30 Day Shred: I know it may feel weird doing a workout with a female instructor if you’re a male, but this DVD program is fantastic. Jillian Michaels is an excellent motivator and if you’re trying to lose weight, this is the DVD for you. Not only has it consistently been one of the top selling fitness DVDs on Amazon, I also always see it on my friends’ DVD racks in their homes. It’s a great starter DVD and will help you lose a few extra pounds before you move onto something more intense.

P90X: I should preface this particular product by letting you know that it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. This is an intense workout program that’s designed to get you into phenomenal shape over the course of 90 days. The exercises are a no-holds barred approach to getting into shape quickly. I’ve made my way through the 90 days twice now (I admit, I’ve been slacking in recent months), and both times after completion I’ve been in the best shape of my life.

Conclusion

So, there you have it. If you’d like to share any tips you have about fitness courses or how you got into shape, please do in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!

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