Most people attend fitness classes because they’re not disciplined enough to keep up a routine on their own, at home. While I’ve seen some success delivering personalized programs to clients, I have to admit that most clients need to see me regularly to keep them on track. In my experience, the students who have achieved lasting success are the ones who attend my classes.

If you attend these classes on a regular basis you’ve heard me say, “I bet you are not doing these exercises at home!”

I say this to remind you to be fully present whenever we’re together. Our time together is valuable because I know that for most of you, this is your exercise for the day or the week and I want you to devote your total attention to what we’re doing. It’s easy to get distracted by our thoughts and forget to maintain proper posture. This can result in injury so you’ll notice me using various cues to pull your attention back to the task at hand.

If you do like to exercise at home, when the weather is bad for example, you can find all sorts of workouts on Youtube. I hesitate to recommend any specific video because everyone has different tastes. Instead I suggest that you type in exactly what you are looking for and search for yourself.

Remember to warm up first for at least 5 minutes by either going for a brisk walk or dancing around the living room to your favorite music.

Remember that if an exercise feels wrong to you, stop. Never push through pain.

If you do not have weights at home, you can hold water bottles or cans. As a general rule, 12 to 16 repetitions for each muscle group should be enough, though you can do two sets of these repetitions to reach fatigue.

Remember to stretch afterwards and drink water.

If you have never exercised before, I strongly advise you check with your doctor first, and to seek the services of a professional personal trainer before you begin any exercise routine.

Stay active and stay safe. I hope to see you soon.

Beth