Getting Into Shape

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Alright, here we are in the new year once again, promising ourselves that we are going to get back into the gym, hit those weights hard and heavy, watch our diets and get into the best shape of our lives.

We all do it. We lie in our beds at night and dream of the day when we can walk around with a brand new body and be proud of our new, muscular bodies.

Whether it means adding a couple of inches to your arms or losing an extra 20 pounds, we make these promises to ourselves so that we have something to strive for. We promise ourselves that this is the year we are going to do it and no matter what, we are going to do it.

Whether it be a new years resolution or just a wish, we all want to get into the best shape of our lives. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. The only problem that most of us have when it comes to getting back into shape is actually “getting back into shape”.

That is, we only dream of getting back into shape and with each passing day, it slowly fades and fades until it gets gobbled up by busy days and hectic schedules.

Before you know it, summer is here and we are caught once again trying to scramble and get into shape. I can't say I blame anyone because we all do it. I mean, let's face it.

Getting back into shape can be downright confusing. You have to plan meals, get the right workout schedule, and find a suitable place to workout. It's more daunting to actually plan your schedule than it is just to go to the gym.

What can you do to make this year different? Well, I'm going to tell you the most important thing you can do right now if you want to get back into top condition. I want you to forget about planning your diet and all that other stuff.

Forget about what supplements you need in order to build muscle or losing fat. Forget about how much water you need to drink in order to stay hydrated. Forget about all the stuff. Not that it's unimportant but at this time, unnecessary.

The only thing you should be doing is setting aside 6 workouts for the following two weeks. Decide right now that you are going to go to the gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two weeks. Make that promise to yourself, right now.

In fact, look in your closet, get your gym gear together and pack it into your gym bag. If your at work reading this, make a promise to yourself that as soon as you get back to your place that you are going to get your gym gear together tonight and head to the gym tomorrow.

The point I'm tyring to make is that getting back into shape doesn't have to be complicated. The most important thing that you can do right now is to take that most important first step and just show up at the gym.

If you can simply show up to the gym and do even 5 minutes on the cardio machine or 15 minutes on the weights, you're already half way there. TAKE ACTION NOW!

If you can show up to the gym for the first 3 times for the first week, you are on your way to getting the body you’ve always wanted. You see, it’s actually going outside of your comfort zone that most people don’t like and going to the gym is very uncomfortable.

That’s why a lot of people never get into shape. If you can go outside of your current comfort zone for a week or so, you will break your current bad habit of procrastination and start to make the gym a comfort zone. Yep, the gym will become a comfort zone to you just as the couch once was.

The first week will be the hardest because you are in an unknown environment and you don’t know anyone. Trust me, I still feel like this when I go to a new gym but this feeling goes away in a few weeks.

All you should be concerned right now is simply showing up to the gym because, without a doubt, this is the single most important (and difficult) step you can take. I know, it’s going to feel very awkward to be at the gym but trust me, after a couple of times, you’ll start to get the hang of it.

After you start to make exercise a part of your daily routine, you can than plan your diet, nutrition and all that other stuff that comes with exercise. I know, it sounds backwards but once you start to see some results, you will want to improve your eating habits. And once you start to see results, every thing else will seem to fall into place.

If you take action today, you will see that by summer, you will have the body you’ve always wanted. Make that promise to yourself now, and get to the gym

Here are some resources to get you started:

Beginners guide to building muscle

Beginners guide to weight training

Good luck and all the best,


As the owner of Building Muscle 101, I am committed to providing you the best practical weight training advice. I've been training for over 24 years (and still train to this day!) and the advice and guidance I provide comes directly from my experience and knowledge.

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