I don't have time to train...
I don't have time to train. I have heard
it all before... I would like to lose 10kg, I would like to increase
my strength or muscle size, I would just like to have more energy.
Unfortunately, I don't have time to train. I am a mother of two
kids, I work a 60 hour week, I have too many things going on in my life.
Sure, it is easy for these Commonwealth Games athletes to achieve their
goals. They don't need to work. They can dedicate their life
to sports and fitness. They are just lucky...
Wrong. There is no luck involved. Yes, some of the top
athletes, the Hamish Carter's, the Sarah Ulmer's and the Bevan Docherty's
do have the luxury of dedicating themselves to training for their chosen
event. They make enough money from their sport to ensure they can
travel to events and take advantage of the best training facilities.
But for every one athlete who has this luxury, there are probably 20 more
that work fulltime and juggle up to 20 hours of training per week on top
of their workload. Do they lack time to train?
The answer... No. And neither do you. If you are unable to
achieve your fitness, weight loss or strength goals there is probably one
of 3 reasons.
1. It is not really a priority for you.
You have time to go out to bbq's, to drink with friends, to watch the
news, or to watch the rugby, but can't find time to train. Obviously
these activities are a higher priority to you. Perhaps you need to
spend some time assessing what really are the priorities in your life?
Is a drink with friends after work 3 days a week more important that
achieving your weight loss target? If so, then don't complain about
your weight and just be happy with it. If not, get yourself out the
door training before you indulge in the evening festivities!
2. You do not know how to manage your time.
In a full week there are 10,080 minutes available to you to train.
Of these minutes you might work 3000, sleep 3360, eat 840. Which
still leaves 2880 minutes or 48 hours available for training. You
probably only need 4 or 5 of these each week to achieve your goals ... so
you have quite a few left for doing the other things that you find
important. Learn to plan your training in advance and you will have
time for it.
3. You really just cannot be bothered!!
See number 1!! Training and achieving your goals is not a priority
for you... don't complain and enjoy your current shape or fitness level!
Get out and start training NOW. You can have the body you have
always dreamed of.
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Division of the sexes
Division of the sexes
is an article written for New Zealand Fitness magazine by Gyms.co.nz.
Check it out in the latest issue of NZ Fitness.
Kate Sheppard. A source of inspiration to suffragist and campaigners for
equality between the sexes, both in New Zealand and throughout the world. We applauded when the suffragette movement resulted in
achieving the vote for women. We beamed with the reflected glory bestowed
upon us as the first OECD country in the world to achieve such parity. We
supported the women’s liberation movement and their push for equal pay for
equal work. We have developed as a nation to the point where there has
been a succession of women leading our country, women regularly holding
high profile positions in some of our leading companies and it can
probably be stated that we are verging on true equality within our country
and in our lifetime.
But what cost do us males endure as a result of this? It seems that every
shopping mall, nay every corner now has a women’s only fitness club on
it! Sorry boys, no entry… find yourself another place to train. No
testosterone in here thanks!
Even before the boom that is women’s only clubs, we had women’s only areas
in established centres. Every effort it seemed was being undertaken to
avoid over zealous males scaring off our female counterparts.
Traditionally, women have enjoyed the privilege of single sex training,
away from the prying eyes of ogling males, away from the muscle building
weight lifters, avoiding the trendy lycra clad body beautiful. These
clubs are a place where every shape and size of female, as well as all
experience levels (from beginner to skilful fitness enthusiasts) can train
in a friendly atmosphere free from intimidation, without fear of damaging
their self respect or image.
We already have a raft of women’s chains well established in NZ.
probably the most well established of the women’s gyms. Many Contours
clubs feature not only women’s fitness centres but a range of other
services such as beauty therapy, hair care, and more, and there is a
Contours chain in almost every large city throughout NZ.
the past 5 years a couple of new chains have arrived from overseas with a
view to challenging Contours’ market share and the apparent monopoly that
they had achieved. Configure Express comprises small women’s only clubs
with a focus on “fitness and lifestyle programmes that maximise the amount
of time you have to spend on your body in our busy lives”. Their aim is
to “work out your entire body, efficiently and effectively in just 30
A noted fitness professional once told me that a new Curves gym was
popping up worldwide every 4 minutes and that it was the fastest growing
fitness franchise. While I may agree with the latter, I find the former a
little difficult to digest! Despite this, Curves arrived in NZ in 2003
and has already established themselves throughout NZ with facilities from
Whangarei to Christchurch. While offering a similar service to Configure
Express, time conscious training, Curves is a smaller club again and is
subsequently ideal for less populated towns and perhaps has a greater
reach than its competitors.
advent of these gyms, there have been others scrambling to grab hold of
the lucrative women’s only market. Club Physical is one that springs to
mind, although I am sure that there will be many others in the future.
have done fabulous things for the female gender, although at the time I am
sure you had no idea that you would be responsible, in a round about way,
for depriving men of access to fitness facilities throughout the country!
Well fellas … it is time to take back some of what we have lost!
fitness has arrived on our shores.
Men of our
decade have been following women in their quest to be more fashionable and
more ‘beautiful’. Enter the metro sexual male. He who follows fashion
tips, worries about his hair and isn’t afraid of the odd bit of
moisturiser. Is the metro sexual also afraid of what others, including
women, think of him in the gym too? Surely not?
If the truth
be told, he probably always has been. There certainly is no written rule
that males cannot be self conscious about their weight, or worried about
self image. In fact beyond that confident outward appearance I am sure
many males, not necessarily even the metro sexual ones, are worried about
their condition and would prefer a men’s only environment to train in.
ActiveLifestyle is a new fitness facility on Carlton Gore Rd in
Newmarket. It offers a similar time conscious solution to many other
clubs. They believe “you don’t have to work out for an hour a day to get
the results you want”. The focus is on improving your fitness and health
“in just 30 minutes, three times a week”. What makes ActiveLifestyle
different? It offers a female only AND a male only environment. It’s
division of the sexes all over again … and what’s more it is popular! ActiveLifestyle
comprises Active Men and Active Women, two private and exclusive clubs
under the one roof, including separate men’s and women’s facilities, a
system that is effective and easy to follow, as well as a limited
membership to ensure that “you won’t be confused, intimidated or bored”.
been attempts at a similar sort of environment in the past. Hillside
Fitness Centre on the North Shore had an arrangement where men and women
could both train in the same gym… however they were confined to different
training times for the differing sexes.
has been started, now will the big fitness industry players follow the
lead. Do we really want them to anyway? Why can’t we both get along? It
seems that this new development of dividing the sexes may be here to
stay. Women’s single sex centres continue to spring up rapidly and are
well frequented. The question on everyone’s lips however is … will the
stubborn old male follow suit?