How To Choose A Gym

So, as I was finishing up my fourth month of working out at home, it just so happened to be my birthday! I decided that joining the gym would be the perfect birthday gift for myself. It had been a long time since I was in a gym and things have changed a lot since then. I had to decide what I needed in a gym in order to make the right choice of which one to join.  These are the things I took into consideration while making my decision. Continue reading →

Excuse: The Weather Is Bad

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My backyard this past winter. Lots of snow!

I live in New England so I hear this one every day during the winter from at least one of my patients. After it gets cold, nobody wants to do much of anything around here. After there’s snow on the ground, it gets even worse. Many people just close up the doors and hibernate for the winter. No wonder we have so much depression around here. Anyway, you do not need to be like this. There are many things you can do even when it’s cold and snowy outside or even rainy. Continue reading →

Excuse: I Don’t Have Space

DSCN0298I don’t hear this excuse as often as the “I don’t have time” one, but I still hear it once in awhile. I understand that some people live in small apartments with other people and there is not much space for exercise. I don’t think it’s a good excuse not to do it, though.  Pic of me in small space…get it? :) Continue reading →

Excuse: I Don’t Have Any Exercise Equipment

4102797678_c24f5d17e5When I’m working with patients in the clinic, I have lots of different choices of equipment I can use with them. But when my patients go home to do the exercise on their own, they often don’t have the equipment they need. Some of them make the effort to go out and buy some equipment, but that is not an option for everyone. I work in an area where buying even cheap exercise equipment will be too much of a burden on the budget for many of my patients. Continue reading →

Excuse: I Don’t Have Time For Exercise

Over the next few posts, I’m going to discuss different excuses that people give me on a regular basis as to why they don’t exercise. Here’s #1:

I Don’t Have Time

I hear this excuse several times a day from my patients. These are people that came to me to learn how to improve the pain they are having from an injury. I give them the exercises they need to do to succeed and then they tell me that they haven’t done them because they don’t have time. It makes me wonder if they are really invested in improving their situation at all. Continue reading →

Home Exercise Equipment

So, I’ve been able to put together 4 months worth of progressive workouts with just the equipment I already had laying around my house. I could probably do even more, but I’m getting to a point where I want more options. I’m also just getting sick of working out at home. So, for me, it’s time to join a gym. But, that doesn’t mean you have to. If you like working out at home and have some equipment you can use to change things up a lot and keep yourself from getting bored, then by all mean, keep working out at home.

Today, I’m going to go into the equipment that I had hanging around that has allowed me to keep working out at home. I have enough equipment that if I wanted to I could just stay at home indefinitely and just keep cycling through different workouts changing sets, reps and weight to keep it interesting an accomplish different goals. Continue reading →

Thirty Minute Workout One: Third Cycle

OK, I know I’ve been a bit absent lately and I apologize. I’ve had a lot going on in the month of April, but all that is over with and I’m ready to move forward. You should be ready for the month three workouts at this point. The purpose here was to use more weights that were a little heavier so these workouts are broken into 3 sets of 10 instead of 2 sets of 15. I still did them in a circuit format where I cycled through all the exercises once and then started over until I’d done everything three times. These workouts still only took about a half hour to complete not including any sort of pre and post workout prep and stretching. Alright, here we go! Continue reading →

Why I Haven’t Joined A Gym Yet


You may have noticed that all my workouts so far have been at home. I’m slowly getting to the point where I’m going to have to join a gym if I want to keep progressing my workouts in a safe and easy way. I have a colleague who always says, “it takes three months to develop a new habit.” This is one of the reasons why I didn’t join the gym right away. I wanted to make it through my three month “trial period” with myself before I shelled out all that money for a gym membership. Continue reading →