1. Read up.
Researching and reading up on your new fitness routine doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it should excite you to hit the ground running. Research can include looking at fitness photos on Instagram, reading tips and advice from expert trainers, and talking to friends who have tried similar workouts. Learning some of the ropes ahead of time will acquaint you with any special gear or clothing you might need. Reading up can also help you set realistic short-term goals for yourself, making your long-term goals more reachable. There are beginner and intermediate modifications for almost activity type, so don’t feel like you have to be a pro on your first day.
2. Remember that no one is watching you.
When you’re new to something, it’s so easy to feel like all eyes are on you. Especially if your new workout is something that involves sequences or coordination (like barre, Zumba, or yoga), you can feel like you’re out of sync with the regulars, and therefore, like you stand out. Here’s the good news: everyone is watching themselves, not you! Even if you’re working out in front of a mirror, there’s an unspoken rule in the fitness community that you focus on yourself, not comparing yourself to those around you. Everyone, including you, is doing their own best.
4. Combine a new workout with a new experience.
Often, the best way to spark a new fitness obsession is to go all in. It can be easy to let your reservations keep you on the sidelines, but at some point you have to say yes to giving it a try. Workshops, vacations, and fitness retreats are a great way to immerse yourself in a new activity. The positive, supportive, and relaxing vibe of a retreat can foster a lifelong love affair with your new activity or routine, and you’ll be surrounded by both fitness professionals who are knowledgeable and new friends who are enthusiastic about learning alongside you.
Gemma Leghorn is a writer, editor and outdoor fitness devotee. She loves running, hiking, snowshoeing, and yoga.
“The EPIC Scavenger hunt is a fitness experience where you will be completing fun and exciting fitness-based tasks on the wonderful beaches and natural surroundings in Costa Rica," says Alex. The challenge, which will last four hours, “will take just as much mental strength as it will physical strength."
What does that mean, exactly? Here's a quick glimpse at just a few of the obstacles on the list, which you'll complete as teams of two:
Throughout the scavenger hunt, you'll be competing with other pairs and documenting your progress with photos and videos. You'll also be enjoying the surf and sun, getting your sweat on, and inevitably having a blast as you make friends with locals and invite them to join you (and laugh along with your antics) on your fitness obstacles.
The grand prize for winning the is $1,000 in membership and prizes, and includes an EPIC membership, gear, and personal training sessions. Alex's advice for success? “Be clever, be fast, be efficient!" And of course, have fun.
Click here to learn more about EPIC Fitness and the retreat, scheduled for April 6-10, 2017. Sign up today (or convince a friend to join you) for the fitness scavenger hunt of a lifetime!
To some, "skiing" means hanging out in a mountain lodge sipping hot chocolate. But to many, skiing is an intense full body workout and a staple weekend activity in the winter. And with any workout, it's important to make sure your body is prepared to move and perform well.
Coach Yvette Lenhart (Strength & Serenity Retreat) is not only a knowledgeable and effective Pilates instructor, she is also an avid skier. One of the most important things she discovered when she first starting skiing was that the more she learned to relax and use her muscles properly and efficiently, the easier it felt to ride the slopes.
Before she skis, Yvette does a series of warm-up exercises that have helped her become a better, more relaxed skier. Read on to see the moves that will keep you nimble this skiing season.
Coach Chelsea Aguiar knows a thing or two about strength training. Our Costa Rica fitcation leader has almost 7 years of experience with kettlebells, powerlifting, competitive weightlifting and coaching, which was all kicked off with an impressive transformation of her own body in 2010.
Read on for her take on why strength training is crucial to any workout program. Plus, check out Chelsea's favorite moves, as well as tips to get started on your own strength journey!