Dusting Off Your Sneaks? 4 Success Tips from a Fitness Pro

If you haven’t worked out in eons – or ever – you may wonder if you’re up to the task of getting fit. Don’t let feelings of self-doubt or fear of injury or failure hold you back! Instead, rely on a fitness pro – like trainer Mario S. from the best gym in Plano, Body Machine Fitness – for expert advice and guidance. Check out Mario’s four success tips for effective exercises below.


Success Tip No. 1: To stay motivated, be OK with not being perfect.

People lose the motivation to workout for a number of reasons. Whether they have sore muscles or life gets in the way – work, family, etc. It’s also common for people to feel disappointed – or worse, feel like a failure – when they miss class or don’t see results fast enough.

However, the first big step to staying motivated for effective exercise is to remember that you’re HUMAN.

As Mario explains, “Just because you miss a class or didn’t lose weight last week, doesn’t mean you’re a failure. You have to keep at it, and one of the best ways to do that is to work out in an environment that keeps you coming back. At BMF, we keep people motivated with our electric, club-like atmosphere and top trainers who know how to keep you pumped.”

Learn how HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts can help you get fit faster here.

Success Tip No. 2: Don’t go it alone.

It’s also easier to stay motivated when you work out with other people. One reason may be that people who work out in group personal fitness classes experience more benefits – both mentally and physically – than those working out alone. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association revealed that, “Those who participated in effective group exercise had a 12 to 26 percent improvement in mental, physical and emotional quality of life."

Mario also believes members at BMF’s Plano group fitness studio feed off each other’s ENERGY. “It’s human nature to want to push harder and do better, when we see someone else pushing themselves, too. Working out with a group of like-minded individuals is more motivating than exercising alone.”

Success Tip No. 3: Be proactive about avoiding injury.*

Getting injured is one of the biggest fears that hold people back from working out. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent injury and even minimize pain post-workout. Experienced personal trainers like Mario can show you how.

Mario spends time with new clients to set expectations and ease them into BMF group workouts – because the workouts can be intense. “The first thing I let new clients know is that we have beginner, intermediate and advanced options available in both our treadmill and floor rounds, and there are progressions and regressions in each. But the most important thing I tell members is – this is YOUR workout, do what you can, but give me 100 percent effort,” Mario says.

Mario’s other injury-preventing tips for workouts include:

· Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable doing – go at your own pace.

· Always listen to and follow your trainer’s cues on proper form – even if it slows you down.

· STOP if you feel any unusual pain or discomfort (not the typical muscle pain associated with an intense workout) – listen to your body.

· Take time to recover properly. Your trainer can recommend recovery techniques such as stretching, smfr (self myofacial release) with foam rollers, cryotherapy, massages and more.

· Be sure to refuel post-workout so your body has the nourishment it needs to recover and be prepared for your next workout. Mario follows a plant-based diet, and he also recommends visiting the BMF Smoothie Bar for smoothies and bowls that are loaded with nutrients.

Pro Tip No. 4: Reach for a slice, not the whole pie.

Mario encourages members to start with small goals to get to bigger goals. One great way to monitor the smaller goals and get actionable insights about your progress is BMF’s Styku 3-D body scanning machine. The Styku is a precise tool that monitors and tracks body fat percentage and inches. It also tells you how many workouts you should do per week and calories you should consume to reach your target goal.

According to Mario, “Every inch and percent of body fat lost counts, and the Styku helps motivate members by tracking both the small goals and the big. From personal experience, I can tell you that the Styku really helped motivate me.”

“When I first came to BMF, I had laid off lifting due to a labrum tear and was pretty down on myself, since I couldn’t lift as much as I used to. My body fat (BF) percentage got up to 16.1 percent. I usually sit between 10-12 percent comfortably, so that was pretty high. I busted my butt here at BMF, and from November to February, I decreased my BF from that 16.1 percent to 11.8 percent. BMF’s workouts really work.”

Want more tips from our plano gym for getting a fit and toned body? BMF's Plano trainer Debi explains how here.

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* Before beginning any new exercise program, speak with your doctor.