Bridging The Gap

I remember the daunting task of training for my first marathon. I had just retired from playing professional soccer and decided I would start my training with a 10-mile run. The furthest I had run before was five miles and that was in a soccer game which meant starting, stopping, walking, jogging, running, and sprinting. I headed out the door and just started running -- no plan, no pace, just running. At mile three I was feeling great and I was certain I could run the marathon the next day if I had to. Once I went beyond my previous experience, my five-mile limit, everything totally changed. My eyes started to lose focus, my feet felt heavy, I couldn’t feel my legs, and every single step was hard work. I ended up making it home, but I was in a bad place. I was sick, over-extended, and dehydrated. I had to figure out how I was going to bridge the gap between five miles -- my comfort zone -- and 26.2 miles -- my goal distance. I needed a plan.

Over the next 12 weeks, I laid out a plan that increased mileage gradually. Ten miles was easy and 15 was my challenge, then 15 was easy and 22 was my challenge. Eventually, I could run for 26.2 miles and it was no problem.  

There is always a gap between our experience and our goals. If you want to lose ten pounds, and you haven’t done that before, you’ll need a step-by-step plan. If you can’t do a pull-up but you want to, then you’ll need a plan to help you bridge the gap between a TRX pull-up and a bar pull-up. I know the tasks seem daunting at times -- getting outside your comfort zone, trying something new, committing to something outside your daily routine. However, I know that when you learn the skill of bridging the gap, you can increase your fitness level, become healthier, and lose weight. I suggest the following to help you bridge the gap:

  • Find small tasks right outside your comfort zone and work on those. There’s no need to shoot for the moon right away. Be willing to take baby steps and make incremental progress.

  • Be open to trying new things: new methods, new ideas, new workouts, etc.

  • A good coach can help give you information and guidance on what steps to take to get started.

  • Be consistent. We don’t change habits or create change overnight. Move forward. Don't be stagnant.

Let us know where you want to go and we can help get you there. Even people who've worked out at Fit for a long time are surprised when one of the coaches tells them something they haven't tried before. Surprise! That's what we do. We aren't rep counters. This isn't [insert the name of a big-box gym here]. If we don't know an answer right away, we'll get you one. We’re committed to helping you achieve your fitness goals.

FitnessAaron Leventhal