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How To Get Started On A Fitness Program!

It's time to stop procrastinating and start putting our weight loss and fitness goals into perspective. Learn what you have to do to get started!

Well, here we's the beginning of the year and it's time to stop procrastinating and start putting our weight loss and fitness goals into perspective. I mean, weren't you the one that made that promise to yourself to lose 20 pounds as your New Years Resolution? Well then, lets get that body into first gear and get started! Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is John DeFendis and for the next few months I will be your teacher, coach, friend, drill instructor, and conscience. I will educate you and guide you step by step on how to attain the body of your dreams! In this series of articles you will learn about Fat loss, proper exercise, nutrition, and vitamin supplements. You will realize that losing weight and shaping up can be exciting, motivating and easy to do.

The First Step

I am often asked, "What is the first step?" Well, in all honesty, I would have to recommend that the first step would be to find a good Fitness Center and join. Why? Quite simply because you will achieve much better results when you are surrounded by people who are trying to accomplish the same goals that you are. Fitness Centers have professional equipment, a professional training staff and thousands of motivated people who are taking control of their destiny and living a healthier lifestyle.

Why Not Work Out At Home?

Another common question that I am often asked is, "Can I achieve the same results at home if I purchase some exercise equipment?" My answer is absolutely not! Why? There are many reasons.

The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Exercise At Home:

    It is not cost effective. Home gym equipment is expensive. It does not have the quality of professional equipment and it takes up too much space.

    No Supervision. When you exercise at home you have a much higher risk of injury. In a fitness center there are trained professionals to supervise your workouts to insure that you will not hurt yourself.

    No Incoming knowledge on fitness and nutrition. When you workout at home there is no positive feedback or potential to acquire newfound knowledge on fitness and nutrition. In a Fitness Center atmosphere you will learn how to exercise firsthand from experienced trainers and other motivated trainees. You can exchange ideas on nutrition and even swap recipes. It would also help to share your workout with a training partner that you might meet at the gym.

    It is not motivating to exercise at home. This is the main reason why we go to work in an office. How much office work would you be able to get done in an atmosphere of screaming children, annoying phone calls soliciting sales, television and radios blaring, etc..? I really don't believe that anyone could concentrate under these conditions, no less be able to focus on their goals of losing weight and firming up.

    Your chances of success are reduced. Do not fool yourself into believing that you will have more time to exercise at home. It sounds good but after a long day, it is much easier to fall on the couch with the T.V. remote in your hand than it is to start exercising in a home environment. If you go to the gym you will be more motivated and make less excuses.

    If you don't believe this is true than check out the classified ads under sporting goods and read about all the treadmills, stationary bikes, nordictracks, and weights that are being sold by people that truly believed at one time that they could survive and actually thrive on a home exercise regimen. I have also visited many homes that contained the typical multi-purpose exercise/clothes holder piece of equipment.

What To Look For In A Fitness Center

There are many guidelines to follow when looking to join a fitness center but because of space I am going to list just a few helpful ones that will start you on the right track.

#1 - Reputation

Find a Fitness Center that has been in business for at least 3 years and has a great reputation for service and professionalism. Is the staff helpful and friendly? Does the front desk attendant greet you with a smile and is it an atmosphere that you feel comfortable in? Ask some of the members for their opinion. Are they satisfied with their choice of Fitness Centers?

#2 - Does the Fitness Center have what you need?

Most importantly, you must make sure that the gym has what you want. If you like to participate in Aerobic and Exercise Classes, does their schedule permit you to take classes at the times that you are available?

#3 - Does the Fitness Center have Qualified, Caring Trainers?

Are the trainers certified and attentive to your goals and needs? Ask to meet with some of the trainers before you decide to join. Are they sincere and do they appear helpful?

#4 - Do not always make your decision on the cost of a membership.

I would rather pay $500.00 to join a club that had all the equipment I needed and the best trainers available than to pay $50.00 for a room with one stationary bicycle and no supervision. My point is... Do not base your decision on price alone. Your health is well worth the extra couple of bucks spent.

I hope that I have been helpful in advising you on your first step to a healthier, leaner, happier you. My best always and stay tuned for more tips in our next issue.

Your Coach & Friend,
John DeFendis (The Fitness Expert)

About The Author

John defendis is a contributing writer for the forum newspaper. He is a former Mr. U.S.A. and has been featured on "ABC T.V.'s 20/20", "good morning america", and "the joan rivers show". He has been a trainer for over 20 years and is the director of exercise with the ifpa. He developed the burn fat build muscle pack and can be contacted at (561) 968-6578.