Why won’t you train with me?
This month we have had lots of new interest in training with Wonder Woman Workshops UK. Now the weather is improving, nights are lighter and the threat of summer is looming, more people are looking to get into training which is awesome, but what about those that always have an excuse not to get their trainers on and get outside?
Daisy Peck explores the various different excuses she hears when inviting others to train with her, and how to get over them.
In an age which promotes good health through healthy eating and exercise, it’s amazing that a general response to saying you’ve gone out to exercise is: ‘I lay on the sofa and ate three packets of crisps, I couldn’t do what you do’ or something along those lines and, among many, it is that action that is congratulated.
I’m not saying this is everyone’s response, but it seems to be a common occurrence for many, regardless of age, with a wide and varied range of excuses. However, we’ve now hit the run up to summer, where the phrase ‘summer body is being thrown around as more of a threat than an encouragement, which begs the question…
Why won’t you come and train with me?
I don’t have time
There’s a simple answer for this: ‘make time’. Exercise not only improves your body, but it makes you feel better too; meaning, for me, it is a priority. There are 24 hours in a day, so if you organise your time affectively an hour shouldn’t be too hard to find. Even a 45 minute burst of high intensity cardio is better than nothing. I prefer exercising in the morning as it sets me up for the rest of the day, feeling accomplished and healthy, however, there is something nice about training in the evening and then getting to go to bed soon after!
I don’t just make time to exercise for the purpose of exercising; training is my ‘me’ time. I can put everything else to one side and focus on running that distance, pressing that weight and putting 100% of my effort into what I am doing, and feeling good when I accomplish it. In the fast-paced and stressful world we live in nowadays, particularly in London, getting some fresh air and completely focusing on yourself is, what I think, everyone needs.
It’s gross to get sweaty
Fair enough, getting sweaty isn’t the most pleasant thing in the world. However…
There are plenty of clichéd posts on instagram telling us that ‘sweat is fat crying’ but take it as a sign that your body is working as it should, and that you’re working hard and to a point where your body is working in tandem with your brain to push you to continue working.
If I’m gross after a workout, I take it as my body’s way of saying ‘you smashed that workout’. I take a certain amount of pride in it, especially if I’m getting muddy as well!
Plus, you can always jump in the shower immediately afterwards, and who doesn’t love an amazingly hot shower when your muscles are stiff and sore.
I don’t want to bulk up and look like a man (this one is for the girls)
I hear this all the time, especially as I love lifting heavy stuff. But it’s been proven that building muscle actually means you burn more calories throughout the day, not just when you’re actively working out. This means you, technically, don’t have to work out as much, leaving you with more time in your day (see what I did there…)!
Working with weights, particularly kettlebells torches fat by combining weight training and a cardiovascular workout. The ‘perfect’ body type for women is constantly changing, but to be healthy and ‘toned’, you’re looking at building muscle and reducing your body fat percentage, meaning a combination of lifting some heavy weights and getting your heart rate up.
Women are terrified of getting ‘bulky’ like the stereotypical weight-lifter, or even the bodybuilders. But to get ‘bulky’ takes a lot of time, effort, dedication and proper nutrition. A few weight sessions a week isn’t going to turn you into a hulk!
Also, lifting heavy is awesome and empowering, there is no denying it. I’d take doing some kettlebell presses or atlas stone lifts over track sprints any day of the week.
SO, SO not the case. I can’t emphasize this enough. I’m a big believer in that it’s what you do that counts. So many people, especially in the run up to summer or as a New Year’s Resolution, go to the gym and do half an hour on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the cross trainer and a few minutes on the ab mat before they leave. In cases like that, I have to agree, it’s boring, and therefore you’re unlikely to stick at it.
Therefore, for many, group classes are the answer. The fitness community is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I’ve met some truly awesome people over the last year. It doesn’t always have to be about showing up to the gym and doing an hour of hard-core work, it can be socialising in an active way: going climbing, going and doing an adventure weekend away, all signing up for a race together and enjoying the comradery. I’m currently signed up for the Rat Race Dirty Weekend where a large group of people from WWWUK are all going out, camping, running together and generally having a fantastic time. Similarly WWWUK is going to compete in Endure24, a 24 hour team running event as well as regularly having weekends away around the country where you can push yourselves, but have a real laugh doing so.
Then there’s always the possibility that if you’re bored you need to change up your workout a bit. I rarely do the same workout twice and, if I push myself to the
Then there’s the most heard of…
It’s too hard
Once again, fair enough, working out and training is tough. I quote the ever-quotable Suzinator, ‘if you’re not worried going into a workout or picking up a weight… you’re probably not working hard enough’.
I can clearly remember running 800m when I was 16. It was the pinnacle of punishment at school, two and a half times round our ‘track’ in the field. I walked for some of it, attempted to run it… it took me over 6 minutes. I was in the final 5 to get to the end and one of the girls fainted during it so that just shows quite how unfit we all are.
Fast-forward 6 years and I run 800m with… only a slight roll of my eyes, but I do it. I’ve completed a 13 mile Tough Mudder, an 8 mile Tough Guy and am hoping to get the Rat Race Dirty Weekender done and dusted by the end of the summer. We all have things we hate in training, but it’s a case of putting your head down and getting the job done because you feel incredibly accomplished afterwards.
By pushing through the tough workouts, you put yourself a step closer to reaching your goals. Six weeks ago I couldn’t manage 1 rep on an 18kg snatch, this week, I managed 5 reps unbroken on each side and I was thrilled.
Everyone has different goals and difference strength and weaknesses, but when everybody gets together, we encourage each other and celebrate everyone’s own personal victories. Even though workouts are often not team based, we’re a community and we don’t let any one of our people give up.
So, in conclusion, no excuses! For every reason not to train, there’s always 50 reasons why you should!