This is the time of year when everyone should make some type of New Years Resolution.  It is good to see that people want to make a change in their lives one way or another. 

Nikki and I took that same commitment almost a year ago in 2009.  We made the promise to workout on a regular basis and improve our diets.  We got our support system in place to keep each other accountable for our fitness and diet regimen. 

12 weeks later I went from 205 lbs to 186.  My health improved as well as my energy and confidence.  Compliments on our figure came from friends and family.  My staff photo at work looked nothing like me.  So how were we able to be so successful?  I will show you what worked for us. 

  1. We made the commitment where we had no choice but to succeed.
    • We made a financial commitment towards our bootcamp.  We signed up for 4 months.  Many think that you probably don’t have the money for it, but more than likely you do.  We had to make some changes here and there, but with the money paid out we had no choice but to show up to workout since we had already paid the money
      • come to think of it, if you don’t want to make a financial commitment, then how much worth is it to you in the first place?
      • We were so happy with the results we received, we kept paying to attend bootcamp to maintain the shape we were in
  2. We benefited by working within a system
    • First of all, we joined a bootcamp.  This allowed us to get a workout in but not have to pay for personal training.  Yes it was more than just a regular gym membership, but it was less than hiring a personal trainer. 
      • Not only did we join a bootcamp, but we were fortunate enough to be worked out by a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor.  What is the difference between an RKC and other personal trainers and bootcamp coaches?  The RKC understands movement.  Technique is a must in the RKC.  What does this mean?  Better results, less chance for injury.   In the RKC, the kettlebell is only a tool they use for facilitating proper movement during the workout
    • Second of all, we got on a proven diet plan.  We chose the Precision Nutrition system by Dr. John Berardi.  Basically his plan was easy to follow and we kept each other accountable to making sure we kept track of our calories on a daily food planner.  (I suggest www.dailyplate.com or www.livestrong.com)  The planner can be a pain at first but if you take 5 minutes per day to put the food in it really helps you to figure out what works best for you.
  3. We put a support system in place
    • We were fortunate enough to have each other to keep us accountable to our resolution.  There were times where one of us wanted to go get a pizza or sleep in instead of working out, but the great news is that the other person usually did not feel that way.  That was a great way to keep both of us committed.
    • Also, another bonus of being in a bootcamp is you have a group of people after the same goals as you.  The support system is there and in place.  We got to the point that we looked forward to seeing everyone in class (kind of a fitness happy hour sort of speaking) and we got grilled by people on facebook if we missed a class.

There you have it.  Make a commitment, get a system in place, and have a support staff.  If you get all three of these things in place you have improved your chances to be successful. 

Here at Nebraska Kettlebell you can try out our bootcamp for a low cost of $25 dollars.  This cost includes a kettlebell orientation, a functional movement screen, and 2 weeks of bootcamp.

Also Nikki and I have decided to jump start people’s New Years Resolutions by having our NEW YEARS SPECIAL.  If you sign up and make the commitment you will get the month of January for FREE, and the next three months for only $99.  Sign up for an orientation at our sign up page.   This special not only includes a functional movement screen and 3 workouts per week, but it includes a workbook to help get your nutrition on track and workouts and exercises you can perform at home to help keep you in balance and succeed. 

Here is to a wonderful 2010!

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