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Drop the "holidays" excuses: It's time to get in shape if you don't want to beswimming in a t-shirt this spring
I'm going to say it, and it's going to freak you out: If you want a head start on spring and summer, it's time to get in shape.
I'm sorry, but someone had to put a stop to your never-ending "but it's just after the holidays" excuses. Before you know it, it'll be June and you'll still be cursing Christmas and swimming in a t-shirt. I would know. I've been there.
So, let's get started on some training. If you've ever been to Whole Foods on a Saturday, you've probably been stricken with nausea upon ingesting how many fit men, women and babies have just completed pre-dawn marathons and are sucking down green juices before they go helihiking and then swim a mile in alligator infested waters. Intrepid, that breed.
Next, I'm going to say something else you might not like: There are plenty of training opportunities — but they're going to cost you money. If you're like me, perhaps you need the financial commitment and prescribed training times to encourage you to stick to the program.
A fan of diverse workouts (but please, no hula hooping) below are programs that I've participated in and would personally recommend to you, dear readers.
It simply is the best way to release stress after a long work-day. Or a great work-day. Either way, I've never felt more mentally clear than when I was boxing.
Dudes (and ladies who want mixed company), check out Richard Lord's Boxing Gym.
This time last year, I didn't even know how to spell triathlon. But after a few weeks with Tough Cookies, I learned my body was much stronger than I suspected and was inspired by women from all walks of life who continually kicked my ass.
Rogue offers a rare meet-up opportunity on the East Side. Choose between morning or evening guided-runs and weekly core sessions.
I'll admit I haven't taken from Gilbert myself, but I've heard nothing but rave reviews.
Sign up for private lessons with another friend or join a clinic according to your level. And don't be scared to start at the bottom — I did (and subsequently "got too busy" to continue).
You don't have to be a member of the gym to take any one of their special series. They are paid for as a package, and offerings include everything from kettle bell workouts to "Mommy Bootcamps" and pilates.
Cardio kickboxing, swimming, bowling — you name it, they've got it.
Task-oriented exercises that my coworker does before the sun even rises, and I think she's crazy for it. But she loves it. And she's pretty fit and happy.
Join in on group workouts in various outdoor places across Austin. You'll use lots of bands and your own body weight in ways you never thought possible.
I have to say I prefer it over Pure Barre, but to each her own. The low-impact workouts combine strength with flexibility and target problem areas that you've never been able to zap by yourself in the gym.
Wow. Do I have commitment issues? Maybe. But I also like a challenge... and a schedule. Push yourself, and I gaurantee you'll be surprised at what your body can do. Even in February!