New Year’s Resolutions are a nice tradition that encourages people to make a conscious effort to work towards a goal or a much needed change in their life. Many make them, and many break them. This week we’ll give you 5 tips to help you stick with your resolution.
Tip#1 Choose a goal!
First, determine where you stand today. Then, decide what kind of goal you want to achieve. It’s important to set attainable, yet challenging goals. Once your goals are set, write them down and put them somewhere you will see them every day. By seeing your long term goal every day, you can focus on achieving it. You can see we already have a list, let us know when you put your list up!
4 ½ years ago, my friend was raving about a new workout place near her office – she thought I would love it. She asked me to try it with her one day so I did and it changed me forever. At first I was a little intimidated because I wasn’t accustom to a group workout and having real Marines shout out instructions to me. After the first day, I was so sore but I pushed myself to continue to go because it was so much fun. As I got to know the regulars at the 9:30am class, I became more comfortable and went more often. I now go 5 times per week and sometimes do a double class. Little did I know that Boot Camp would change me in so many ways. It’s made me a better mother, wife, girlfriend and most of all a healthier, happier person.
Alex and Ruben have a keen ability to make you feel the group exercise has been tailored just for you. They taught me how to “dig deep” and “push the limits”. I would hear them say, “you won’t die, your heart won’t pop”. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger couldn’t be more true. At 50, I can usually keep up with the 25-30 year olds!
In addition to the great workout, I’ve made some great friends. We share the same work ethic – never quit. I’ve had 3 surgeries in the past 4 years and have managed to come back stronger than ever each time. Warrior Fitness Boot Camp has been a wonderful addition to my life. We all talk about what a special place it’s become. It releases stress and builds up physical and mental strength like nothing I’ve ever done.
Recently, it has become even more special because my husband and kids have become Warriors and they seem as addicted to it as I am. Now that they’ve tried it, it all makes sense to them – they don’t think I’m a nut anymore! Of course, all of their friends now think they’re nuts.
For years, I would notice how passionate Julie had become about the Boot Camp classes – she would talk about it all the time. I then noticed how thin and ripped she became – it was quite a transformation. And she was happy every day – always looking forward to class. I’ve been working out most of my life but have never enjoyed it. I would run in the park or on a tread mill always watching the clock waiting for it to finally end. The result of the work out made me feel good but I would always dread going. It took over 4 years and Julie’s 50th birthday for her to finally convince me to try Boot Camp. She said it would be my birthday gift to her.
At first I was apprehensive because I’d never done anything like this and wasn’t sure I could do it. Of course, I got out of buying Julie a birthday present if I went to just one class so I figured I can do anything once. I tried it one day and made it through the entire class. It wasn’t easy and the next day I was very sore but I liked the way the class was structured. I never realized how powerful working out in a group can be. You tend to work harder and push yourself when you’re in that type of environment. It’s a combination of not wanting to look bad, being competitive and wanting to make it through the class – it was really fascinating. In fact, I found that I had an instant respect for everyone there because I knew how much discipline and heart you need to make it through a class. Although everyone in the class is very competitive, it is still very friendly.
I started out going 2-3 times per week until the soreness went away. Unbelievably, I instantly became addicted to it. The one hour class goes by so fast (no more staring at a clock) and I’m getting into the best shape of my life. It also makes me feel young again. When you’re 50 years old, feeling young makes all the difference – Warrior Fitness is a real fountain of youth. I am now going 4 times per week and loving it. I walk taller and my back doesn’t hurt anymore.
Alex and Ruben are real Marines that are in great shape and know exactly how to train you. They watch very closely to make sure you’re doing each exercise properly so you don’t injure yourself. It’s really like having a personal trainer.
My kids Sophia, Niko and Lucia have all been going to the “kids” Boot Camp that Alex and Ruben started. So far, the kids love the class and wanted to say a few things in their own words about their experience:
Sophia (14 years old):
Boot Camp has changed my life in a significant way. It’s given me the strength, discipline and confidence to try out for my High School Varsity Volleyball team and somehow I made the team. The workout is hard but if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I’m hoping to continue the class as often as I can.
Niko (10 years old):
I’m Niko and I am 10 years old. I started Boot Camp because my Mom said, if I can get Alex to start a kids Boot Camp, would I go? Totally was my response. Then, one day she gave me the great news, there was finally a kids Boot Camp scheduled. I went and loved it. It was hard work but Alex and Ruben were so nice. I am going to try and do it as much as I can.
Lucia (8 years old):
Hi, I am Lucia and I am 8 years old. The first time I went to Boot Camp, it was so so hard for me. The next time I went, it was so much fun and easier for me. My favorite thing to do are the monkey bars. I love my two Marines because they make the workout so much fun. My two Marines are cuties and the best ever because they are nice and make me strong and healthy. I am going to go with my brother and sister as often as I can.