Fitness resolutions inspire locals for 2012

Trainers and success stories offer their insights
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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After the first of the year, gym enrollments skyrocket and finding a cardio machine becomes nearly impossible during peak hours. Auburn personal trainers say that despite the surge in motivation at the beginning of the year, many people lose their gusto before fulfilling their New Year’s fitness resolutions. Some local success stories say they’ve learned how to beat the work-out blahs and get results. Lena Geiser, a certified personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Auburn, said she has seen clients fizzle out on their working out because they set unrealistic goals. “They try to do too many resolutions at once. Realistically they should stick to one,” Geiser said. “First and foremost choose an obtainable goal. Say, ‘I’m going to add daily activity or exercise.’” Geiser’s rule of thumb is not to pick a resolution you have failed out in the past year. She also said clients often have general goals, like having a supermodel body, but don’t plan the concrete steps to attaining it. “Writing down a concrete plan of action,” Geiser said. “Think of successful business. They all have a business plan of the goals and mission so they have something to refer to.” For those who are already very active, Geiser suggests upping the intensity or length of workouts. Non-food rewards, like clothes or a professional massage can be positive motivation through the tough times, she said. As far as diet goes, Geiser said if people stick to protein and plant-based sources, rather than processed foods, they will be in better shape. “A good rule of thumb is if it has a mother or comes from the ground,” Geiser said. “Your goldfish in the cupboard do not have a mother. Processed foods don’t come from the ground. Heidi Schwalbe, who owns Anytime Fitness, is training with Geiser to get her pre-baby body back. “I have had two babies in two years,” Schwalbe said. “I need to practice what I preach.” New workouts key to one’s success Janna Jones, 53, of Weimar, has been working out for 28 to 29 years. She likes to squeeze her weekday workouts in on her lunch hour. Her gym, Courthouse Athletic is close to where she works for Placer County. It was during a noon spin class that she first met her husband, Greg Jones. She said her son, now 27, has followed her example and workouts out, too. “I really do it so I have a better quality of life,” Jones said. “My son has said to me, ‘Mom I really appreciate that you take such good care of yourself.’ It’s a stress relief for me. I can’t imagine going out to eat with my friends on my lunch break.” The noon workouts give her extra energy throughout the day. Jones recommends switching up your workouts and trying a variety of things weekly. She combines spin classes, with Zumba and weightlifting. On weekends she said she likes to spend a little more time at the gym if she can. In the past she has tried hot yoga, step aerobics and racquetball. “You need to balance it, to mix it up,” Jones said. “When I do something different it challenges me.” The benefits go beyond a svelte physique, she said. “My blood pressure is very low,” Jones said. “I don’t want to be old and walking around with an oxygen tank.” A workout buddy can help Linda Chappell, who owns Courthouse Athletic with her husband Art, said having a workout buddy can also be good motivation. “Staying motivated is difficult whether you're a regular exerciser or just starting out. One way to stay motivated is to choose a positive workout partner,” Chappell said. “We also suggest receiving some personal training every few months to bring new excitement and fun to your exercise regime.” At Suzanne Gove’s gym, ProActive Personal Training, in Auburn, they held a Thinner Winner Contest in the fall, similar to TV show The Biggest Loser. Teams formed to see who could lose the most pounds in 6 weeks. “You'll be more motivated to get to your workout if you know you get to have fun with a friend and you'll be less likely to skip a workout if you know you'll be letting your friend down,” Gove said. Having fun music to workout to and goals written out are also great motivators, according to Gove. The bottom line is people need to have realistic goals to stick with fitness resolutions anytime of the year. “Look at your past workouts and ask yourself can I add more reps, resistance or get out of my comfort zone and try something new,” Gove said. “You've got to shake it up to keep the body guessing, otherwise plateaus of all types are going to set in.” Reach Sara Seyydin at