Each Day At The Gym Builds On The Last One

by glenn on April 24, 2012



I loved building with Lego as a kid.  Now my kids love building with Lego.  We spend hours building sets on wet days.  Some of the sets have so many pieces, it takes multiple days to build the set from start to finish.  We even have one set, the “Attack Cruiser”, that we built a little at a time over a couple of months.  Now they spend hours having fun with them. Finishing one of these goliath sets, is a lot like accomplishing your fitness goals.


If you haven’t built Lego before, the idea may take a quick explanation.  Every set comes with instructions.  Each step in the instruction book includes a picture and list of the exact pieces you will need for that step and an illustration of how they fit together.  Each step builds on he last step.  With each step you get the next list of pieces and you see how they connect to the existing structure.  This is not unlike the precision one should take in designing their fitness program.  The structure you are building is your fitness goal.  Each step is the equivalent of the exercise program for the day.  Each life of the step is the equivalent of the particular exercise to perform.



The main facet in this process is defining your goal from the beginning.  When you purchase a Lego set, you purchase it for what you see on the box cover, but what you are really buying is a jumble of pieces. True, they help you complete the finished product you see pictured on the box.  But when you get the box home and open it, it is still a bunch of loose pieces.  That’s why they give you the instruction booklet.  Those loose pieces are like the hundreds of exercises you can do when you walk into the gym.  The issue is to combine them into a program that you can execute in a way that allows you to accomplish your goals.  During the early stages of construction, you might not see how the loose pieces become the picture on the box. All the more reason why you need to picture the finished product.  As you put the pieces together, or go through your fitness sessions, don’t lose site of that end goal.  Some days are harder than others.  You might have trouble seeing the finish line in the current state of construction, but as you add more pieces or rather string together your sessions, you will see your end goal coming into focus.  If you think you will need assistance with putting together your own set of fitness instructions, or program design, consider hiring a New York City personal trainer.  If personal training is not your cup of tea, then maybe your fitness routine will consist of pilates or yoga.


Built to last for hours of fun and enjoyment.  Building a healthy lifestyle for years of enjoyment and good quality of life.  Once you build a Lego set, now you get to have fun playing with it.  Hours of fun for days on end.  It is just like when you have reached your goal weight and are enjoying your new lifestyle.  But, don’t get too comfortable.  There will always be maintenance work needed.  Pieces get loose, pieces fall off.  Sometimes you might accidentally break it.  This is not much different from the maintenance phase of your training.  You need to keep going to the gym if you want to maintain your current level of health.  Some days will be better than others.  Expect that once in while you may have an interruption in your routine.  Realize that the only way to get back to your goal weight is to break out the instructions again.   Call up your personal trainer NYC and get some sessions scheduled.  Like Lego, if you wait too long, the pieces get lost and it is harder to find them and rebuild the set.


As children we may never have thought about how our love of Lego could parallel our fitness programs.  As parents watching our kids build that truck or car to spaceship and then going all out in the gym it becomes a weird observation that actually makes sense.  Building Lego structures and building a healthy you take intense, work, focus, and commitment before you can enjoy all of the benefits.  Remember, before starting any fitness program, see your doctor for a proper medical clearance.



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