A good group of
enthusiastic bootcampers training with a focused fitness pro coaching you and holding
you accountable will always trump any program in the world done alone. No doubt…
First, please note that many people train alone and
that is ok. There are many fitness enthusiasts that have trained by themselves
and have done extremely well at achieving fitness success. However, the
majority of people will benefit immensely from training in a group.
#1 way to become better (fitter) above anything else, is to align yourself with
and to start training with other people, training within a group structure. This
is something that I have seen over the past 20 years personally and
SYNERGY…energy begets energy
In groups the intensity goes up tremendously…
Look up The Kohler Effect…a study of group
reason the intensity increases significantly in groups is because a fitness pro
is cueing you on what to do and by that they can control the level of intensity
(high intensity is not the same as high impact by the way) of the workout; the
main driver for growth. Over a period
of time, all of that cueing transfers from being audible to becoming automatic.
This is the learning process at work.
you train alone you are skipping the first part of the process, When skipping
the first part of the process you are likely going to be less effective; you
may lack the recall skills. You may to resort to old habits. Cueing leads to
plenty of synergy and reinforcement.
Look back on any group setting…
you ever gone to a sold out hockey game?
you were the only person there would you cheer?
you really be rooting for a team?
likely no, but if other people were, you probably would! This is synergy in the
dynamic of a group. When you apply that synergy into your training it can
propel you to a whole new level.
hope everybody wants to learn more about training, I know I do, but there are
things that you can only learn in the box (gym). The work will teach you how to
do it I often say. Chase the work. Avoid the path of least resistance if you
want to maximize your growth. Go against the grain. Only dying fish swim with
Wisdom of the crowd…
never have to gain experience the hard way. Many other people have made mistakes
before for you. You can learn from the mistakes of others. You are going to be
able to train with many highly skilled people, the savvy veterans that were most
likely once where you may be now, whether it be just starting or restarting. This
will help you get to where you to want to go quicker! Remember the synergy. It
happens in learning too!
Minimize any confusion…
It is real easy to get caught up in paralysis by analysis. What you read online
or in a fitness magazine may cause some confusion for you. With a fitness pro you
will be able to toss ideas around and come up with viable solutions that are
specific for you (this is why I call my group training personal group training).
The problem with online information…Be careful
getting advice and insight from someone who doesn’t know what you need and has
not done the proper analysis on you. If they have never seen you train, don’t know
your effort thresholds, can’t see your technique, are unclear on your
preparation process (sleep, nutrition, hydration, proper goal setting), or are unaware
of your mannerisms then be cautious about getting information strictly online.
Tidbits are fine. Program strategies are much different (your neighbor Sally
may have great intentions but…).
fitness pros we can try to do our best, but it is based on the data we have to
you train in a group (like RHF Burn30
Bootcamp) that I run I would probably know the answers to most of your
questions before you even get the questions out of your mouth because I have
seen it over and over and over. I have taught over 15,000 bootcamp classes in
the last decade plus.
you have been training with me I have likely been telling you what the heck to
do for the past 4 weeks (in some cases 4 years…10 years) but you doing it is
educational aspects get minimized without a personal
development/personal group training environment in place; the kind of
environment where you have someone (or a team) watching your every move, not
just the exercise portion (Big Uncle is watching).
am watching what you look like when you come into the box (look up enclothed
cognition), what your mood is, the non-verbal cues you constantly give out. All
of that stuff adds up when it comes to education, learning, and coaching which
equates to what I call training with a
you want to become great, at a certain point, you are going to have to learn
how to figure this out yourself. You need to get engaged and get off
pilot is fine to start, but there is way more to getting better than just
running through some workouts if you want to take things to the next level. You
are going to have to rely on a fitness pro. Many of the people you are training
with can also keep you on track through the inherent dynamic nature of training
in a group and the magic it brings.
The lone ranger…
is going to take so much longer being the lone ranger and more than likely you
will be out of the loop before you ever get to see what your true potential
actually is. Most people quit things in life right before a breakthrough. Look
around you can see it. I have seen it plenty in the box. There is a much longer
learning curve using the lone ranger approach which might be one reason people
quit before they see success. Many people are wired (conditioned) for the quick
fix and instant gratification. You should avoid this thinking when it comes to
developing a fitness strategy. A good fitness strategy is grounded in a long
term approach that puts much emphasis on creating a lifestyle of fitness, a
life time of healthy habits.
It does take time. Learning
is a process, a marathon…
takes a lot of time to engrave healthy behaviors into your life. For me it has
been a lifetime of all my time (well a large chunk) figuring out my body and creating
(not finding) my willingness to get better and to push the limits. Never settle.
already seen many of the issues that you may be confronted with, a fitness pro can
help you figure out what those small little issues are and create solutions that
nobody else is going to be able to see unless they are seeing you in action, in
training, in the box grinding it out.
you have fitness pros that constantly educate themselves and promote learning
alongside you (synergy again) the time to noticeable growth is reduced
dramatically. Be sure and team up with a fitness pro that loves to learn!
A little bit on technique…The technique will
make you sweat, but don’t sweat the technique…
you is teaching you how to do something. Teaching proper technique has to occur
before you can ever be cued to do it on your own. For you to learn a skill it
has to be taught to you somehow. You either have to see it, hear it or feel it.
Learning styles vary but someone has to be able to show you and then it has to
be reinforced. Repetition is the mother of all skill!
pros teach (train) you and cue (coach) you until you can cue yourself. Once the
cues are automatic they will still be there from the fitness pros, but they are
going to be less frequent and they are going to happen when they are needed and
only when they are supposed to happen.
whole mental process has to be developed so you can make these decisions automatically
and make these adjustments while you are under heavy exercise stress…I call this rage to master
(every master once a disaster).
you are training with other people you are more accountable…simple
are some benefits of having built in accountability (inside accountability…in
the training room):
- You are less likely to skip training if a fitness pro is
there waiting for you.
- Your effort increases with accountability, especially
in a group setting.
- It is harder to fall through the cracks in your fitness
program when you have built in accountability.
little bit on outside accountability…how you stay accountable outside the
is easier to hold someone accountable when you can see them face to face. There
is plenty of technology out there to hold one accountable in their daily fitness
tasks when they are away from the box. Having a great support system to hold
your accountable involves both inside and outside accountability.
accountability comes into play, the way you train and how you approach moving
forward with your fitness goals increases dramatically.
Of course you can hold yourself accountable. It is just better in a group setting.
majority of people fail in the accountability section. This is where RHF comes
you want to live a fit lifestyle it is super effective to train in groups.
Training in groups has a few advantages versus training alone: synergy in
training, proper coaching/cueing, and built in accountability.
We hit you from 3 angles:
training (teaching you how), coaching (cueing you through), and accountability
(forcing follow through-repetition).
synergy occurs when exercising in groups especially when you have training, coaching,
and accountability in play.
out RHF Burn30 Bootcamp if you want life changing results that are simplified.
Burn. Ouch. Done.