No Excuses: Starting a Workout Program or Fitness Career

Excuses, excuses!  If only I had kept track of all the excuses I’ve heard from people wanting to change their lives either by getting started with a workout program or beginning a career in fitness… but they talked themselves out of it for some silly reason.

Do you truly want to make a change, but you’re talking yourself out of it or you’re hiding behind one of the excuses below?  Then, you have to keep reading, because I’m about to prove you wrong. If someone else can do it (including me), there’s no reason why you can’t, too!



I Can’t Start a New Workout Program Because…

1.) I don’t have enough energy/I don’t feel like it.

Do you know WHY you don’t have any energy?…Because you’re not working out!!  Trust me, the more you work out, the more energy you will have.  And the more you sit around, the more you’ll feel like sitting around.

Working out increases endorphins, which not only give you more energy, but they put you in a better mood, too.  Give it a try.  I guarantee if you workout 5 days (or even just 3) this week, you’ll feel a huge difference in your energy level.  Yes, there will be some days when you just don’t feel like it, but do it anyways. Five minutes into your warm up, I promise you’ll be a completely different person.


2.) I don’t have time to workout.

You have to make time.  You make time for Facebook, and your favorite TV shows, don’t you?  You even made time to read starting a workout programthis blog.  If you want to change your body and change your life, you have to MAKE time for it.

Even if you can only spare 30 minutes, there are programs out there that will get the job done – thank you Turbo Fire with your HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).  We make time for the things that are important to us.  If your health and energy and LIFE are important to you, then, make just a little bit of time in your crazy schedule to workout.  If you have trouble fitting it in, I recommend waking up just a little bit earlier in the morning and getting your workout in first thing.  Then, you have no reason or excuse to skip it later in the day.


3.) I’m too out of shape to do that program.

Everyone has to start somewhere.  Yes, there are some crazy intense workout programs that might not be suited for a beginner.  However, regardless of the program you’re doing and its level of intensity, your body will self-regulate.  Plus, most exercise videos have someone demonstrating modifications, and the instructor of a live class you should demonstrate and explain these, too. The key is to start, do what you can, and take breaks when needed…and you’ll know if you’re cheating or if you really need a break – take breaks but CHALLENGE yourself at the same time.


I Can’t Start a Career in Fitness Because…

fitness career1.) I don’t have a fitness background.

Neither did I!  Once again, you have to start somewhere!  (You can read how I got started here.)  If your goal is to become a Fitness Instructor I recommend starting with a specialty training in a format you really enjoy.  For me, this was Turbo Kick (the live version of the Turbo Jam/Turbo Fire home workout programs).

With a specialty training, you’ll learn exactly what you need to know to teach that class and get training specific to that workout.  Beachbody has some great Fitness Instructor trainings and certifications such as Turbo Kick, PiYo Strength, Hip Hop Hustle, P90X, and very soon Insanity.  Shoot me an email for more information on these and to find a training near you.  Specialty trainings are super fun, informative, and are often fairly inexpensive.

After this, you will want to obtain a Primary Group Fitness certification.  Two of the most widely respected and recognized organizations for this are AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and ACE (American Council on Exercise).  Both will provide you with overall knowledge of the body and prepare you to teach any form of exercise.

If you’re goal is to motivate, educate, and support people in creating healthier habits – without necessarily having to get up in front of a group of people and lead a workout yourself – becoming a “Coach” is a great option!  You don’t need a fitness background or experience.  Instead, the organization you coach through provides you with all of the resources and tools to help people.  You simply use these tools to help others and serve as their main source of motivation and support.  For more information on coaching, email me


2.) I don’t know anyone who would want to train with me or be coached by me.

That’s because you’re not looking yet!  Almost everyone wants to get in better shape or stay healthy.   And did you know over 60% of people in the United States are overweight or obese?  I guarantee people all around you would greatly appreciate your help and support.  Again, you just have to start and get the word out to your family, friends, friends of friends, coworkers and community about what you’re doing.


3.) I’m not in good enough shape.

You don’t have to be a fitness model to be a Fitness Instructor or motivate other people to workout and eat healthy!  In fact, sometimes it’s even more motivating and people can relate to you even more if you DON’T have a perfect body!  Taking the approach that “we’re in this together” is much more likeable, relateable, and motivating than someone pointing their finger saying, “You should be more like me and do what I do.”  On top of this, you’ll get in better shape just practicing to teach your fitness classes, and putting yourself in the role of an instructor or coach just provides extra accountability for you to stay committed to your healthy lifestyle, too.



Bottom line…don’t be one of those people that looks back a year from now, feeling exactly the same (or worse), wishing you had started today. I’ll let you in on a little secret…If you think you can, YOU CAN.  And if you think you can’t…well…you can’t.  Step one is really just believing in yourself and making the decision to try!


(If you have questions or would like some recommendations for workouts or trainings that might be suitable for you and your needs, please feel free to contact me by emailing

One Response to No Excuses: Starting a Workout Program or Fitness Career

  1. Jennifer February 16, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Thanks for your message! I can totally relate to those excuses! However, ive recently made some decisions and I am on my way to making a change for myself and others. Thanks for the motivation:)))

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