Happy Monday!

I was talking with a client the other day about the emails we send out and what she could expect and here is the scoop:

1- Monday

The general newsletter including a recipe will go to all subscribers.

This usually has a sassy or thought provoking and sometimes tabloidesque subject line.

The article is good information but nothing that is critical. 

2- Tuesday

I will occasionally send a note of information or an article

3- Wednesday 

We typically send a recipe.

4- Friday 

Sometimes a testimonial or something uplifting before the weekend. 

Usually this will happen around a holiday weekend or some other time when we might need a few extra words of encouragement. 

5- Sunday

The Pep Talk

**If there were one thing to read, every single week, I would suggest that it be the Sunday Pep Talk**

I write the pep talk every week and I address things that are happening RIGHT NOW with clients. 

This week I wanted to talk to you about how to get started with a fitness program– in general not necessarily ours (although ours is great and we hope you’ll come see us).

Here are my recommendations:

1- If you know what you think you might like to do, try to find 3 or 4 options in your local area that you could try. 

example: You’ve always wanted to take Karate or Belly Dancing

Do some google searching about Karate Dojos/ Belly Dance classes. Ask your friends on social media or ask around in person. 

Consider consulting Yelp, Google reviews and Facebook reviews.

2- Call or email and ask for more information about how the schools/ programs work.

Ask if there are trial programs without long term commitments. 

Ask about the credentials of the instructors and their approach to 

training. 

If you are looking to try out a Karate program and you find a school that prioritizes creating Black Belt recipients and only takes beginners who are serious about going all the way…then maybe this isn’t exactly what you are looking for? 

That being said, if the school only works with beginners and there is no evolution to your training with them then that might not be a fit either…

Consider these things: 

Can you start as a beginner? 

Can you progress to more advanced levels within the program? 

Will they know where to send you after/if you graduate? 

3) Get signed up for your tour/ consultation/ shorter term program and go into it with enthusiasm and an open mind. 

I used to tell people trying my Yoga or Zumba classes that it would likely take them a minimum of 5 times attending before they really knew if they liked the thing… plus you may strongly dislike your first instructor and need to try to find a new one within the same program. That’s ok! Not every teacher/ master/ coach is going to be a good fit for every person. I know that several of our clients don’t really like me but they love some of the other coaches and that’s totally normal. No one coach/ teacher can be everything to everyone. 

4) Take it easy to start! 

Even if you are super fit, just take it easy. 

I had been training 4 days per week and playing sports when I got back into martial arts and I just about fell over from soreness the day after my first Muy Thai white belt class. Had I taken it easy I would have been able to walk those next few days. 

Trust me, it is a good plan to take it easy with ANY new thing when you start because there is “sore” and then there is “barely moving” and nobody wants the latter. 

5) Have as much fun as you can! 

If you like Karate or Belly Dancing, but aren’t sure if that program is a good fit, just stick it out until the end of your trial. Finish it up and then keep looking for something until you find what you love. 

Remember you can love more than one thing! You can love Yoga, Zumba, Crossfit and Boot Camp or soccer, karate and weights. You don’t have to be “monogamous” with your exercise. You can love it all 🙂 In fact, doesn’t that sound great?! What a fun time. 

More than anything else Fit Friends, I hope that this year you will continue to find fun ways to move your body out of love and respect for it. 

We only get one body, let’s take good care of it. 

Committed to your success,

Megan K and the team

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