Count Reps Not Calories

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Thinking about working out, but just can’t get there? Thinking about that dinner later this week at the restaurant you’ve been dying to try? One doesn’t exactly cancel the other out, but you’ll feel better indulging when you know you put in your time. You felt the burn on your glutes, held your plank until the last second and laced up your sneakers one extra time this week. Take one more class that usual, grab a quick run or hop on your bike instead of worrying about caloric intake. You’re a health conscious decision maker, bottom line: wouldn’t you rather count reps than calories? Think about that the next time you’re about to abort the workout to order take-out. More activity, less worrying.

With Purpose Not Momentum

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

We all know fitness theories very from sport and regimen. What might be great for a marathon runner could be wrong for a tennis player. We know the general rules of exercise, like working within your own body’s range. You don’t have to lift 10 million pounds or stretch your leg past your head to feel the burn. We know that form trumps quantity and aim to engage the core before any set. But it’s hard to execute every rep with perfection, especially when fatigue sets in and self-perseverance feels like a joke. To this we say: with purpose not momentum. You know to lift something heavy with your knees not your back, so why would you muscle through the last few seconds of an exercise, throwing technique to the wind? Make the decision to make it count, preserving flawless form to change your body. With this slight change in ideology as you step into a workout, you can change your whole experience.

Momentum alone won’t make you stronger, but purpose will.

Count Blessings and Reps

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

Staying motivated might be the hardest part of your workout. From signing up for class and suiting up in spandex, to finishing strong when that last rep seems impossible. And then doing it all again the next day.

If you’re in a slump, try making a quick list of reasons for eating right and exercising. You may discover you have so many reasons for aiming healthy you can’t possibly write down all of them. Put a short list of the top 3 somewhere visible for a few days, in your car, next to your perfume, in your wallet. It’s constant reminder of your motivation. If you feel yourself feigning, make a new list and put it in a different place.

While your so busy staying on track don’t forget to take pride in the little triumphs. Go ahead and tweet about fitting into your skinny jeans, you’ve worked hard.

Beat Boredom

Written by: Kayte Corrigan

The importance of “switching it up” is paramount! A lull putting you on a plateau or dreading tying up your sneakers is common. Your body is great at adapting and physical demands that were once taxing have become easy. You’ve gotten stronger, now add a new challenge: variety.

Take a new class, try a new exercise, or increase the intensity and frequency of your workouts. Cross training not only gets you over a hump to change your body’s physique and keeping the workout fresh, it also clears the cobwebs in your mind. When you get bored you simply go through the motions without putting real intention behind it. A mind/body connection to any exercise increases results.

Try sticking with a weekly workout plan for one month, and then change it for the next month. Track your progress and reward yourself for completing each month. Above all, stick to it! Don’t let boredom ruin your progress.

HIP Studio offers a variety of classes just for this reason, and we’ve added more! Check out the classes we are offering on our new schedule.

Cross Train with Bag Of Tricks

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