Why Joining the Gym Often Isn’t Enough

I remember when I joined the gym for the first time.

At that time in my life I was in school to become a software engineer, so most of my day consisted of sitting at a computer creating and editing code.

And I was good at it.

I had a knack for logic and systems.

But as you can imagine after sitting at a desk for upwards of 16 hours a day, I wasn’t in the greatest shape. My back hurt, my weight was climbing, and I barely had the energy to get through my studies.

I felt exhausted all the time.

At only 17 I thought to myself “Is this it?”.

That was the moment I decided to join the gym for the first time.

It was a local Goodlife, right here in Milton. I remember I was so motivated at the time that I went every single day for a week trying every machine they had!

But after only a week I knew that something wasn’t right.

My background in systems and logic told me that wondering around like a lost puppy wasn’t a great long term strategy. I needed a plan to follow, I needed to know that what I was doing was correct, and I needed accountability to ensure I kept at it.

And that’s when I hired my first personal trainer.

Now I’m not saying that everyone needs to go hire a personal trainer, in fact choosing when to hire a personal trainer is a topic that I will cover another day.

My point is this—even at 17 I knew that having a gym membership wasn’t enough. It was like having big box of equipment with no instructions (and if you have ever bought anything from IKEA without instructions you can appreciate the frustration that comes with that).

It’s why electricians, plumbers, and other tradespeople go to school—because the tools alone won’t get the job done.

Having a plan shifts what you COULD use into you what you SHOULD use—a critical part of getting fit.

Even better is having a plan that is easy to follow.

That’s why we included exercise videos, trainer support, and other things in our training software. We wanted it to be easy for people to get access to a plan that supports their goals and helps them get fit.

Now’s it’s just a matter of getting the message out there—that getting fit doesn’t need to be a struggle anymore.

It’s simply a matter of having the right plan.

Oh and 14 years later, it’s a rare thing to see me in the gym without my own plan 😉

–Adam

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