New Year’s Resolution Advise from Madeleine Besser,
Owner of MadTime Fitness
We all know the drill, you start of the year with the best of intentions. Personally, I love a good New Year’s Resolution. A fresh start and renewed motivation, it’s easy to catch the fever. Yes, anytime is a good time to make positive changes in your life, but there’s something about a new year that makes you want to recommit to your goals. For many, resolutions often involve changing your body in some way. Whether you want to be more active, clean-up your diet, or find a healthy balance with both – talking to someone can often help you stay committed…for longer than 2 weeks. So, we did just that. Madeleine Besser, owner of MadTime Fitness in Tannersville, gave us some great advice on taking those first steps, managing your expectations, and staying focused throughout the year.
“Baby steps” says Maddy, it’s that simple. Whether you are new to working out, you took a work out hiatus during the holidays, or you’re looking to ‘up’ your fitness game, the first step is embracing the change.
“People tend to not like change but change is what we need in order to accomplish any goal. The hardest part is mentally preparing yourself to be uncomfortable. Many people want change without being uncomfortable, but that’s not realistic. When I say uncomfortable, it could be mobility, strength, cardio, balance, etc. If we want to get better at something we may not be great at, there will be struggles. There will be failure. The trick is know that going into it and keeping an open mind about it. If there is struggle, there will be growth” explains Maddy.
Do not dive in head first. Let’s repeat that. Do NOT dive in head first!
If you polished off the rest of the holiday cookies on December 31st, don’t workout for 20 hours and eat only lettuce for the next 4 days. “Excitement is great to an extent” says Maddy. But with extreme changes comes soreness, fatigue, discouragement and often failure.
“I suggest trying one to two fitness classes a week or whatever choice of exercise that may be and give at least one day of rest in between. Keep the goal SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Calibrated). Once you know you can stick with the goal of working out 2x a week, then increase the days slowly. First steps are scary with any kind of change because we are in unfamiliar territory but remind yourself there was a reason why you wanted to put yourself in that position.”
Other trends and traps to avoid? There are plenty but one of the biggest traps that will threaten your success is if your ONLY reason for working out is to lose weight. Maddy has witnessed this trend everywhere she has worked and also at MadTime Fitness. “When women find intrinsic motivators, they tend to stick with their goals when they plateau or when it gets hard.” After the initial motivation wears off, it’s
important to remember why you got started in the first place. “Was it trying clothes on at a store? Was it putting on a pair of jeans you own and they were really tight? Was it sitting on the floor and not being able to get up on your own? Was it walking up a flight of stairs and being out of breath? Remembering what triggered your eagerness to make a change will help discipline kick in. I always believed that discipline is what keeps you going to reach your goals. Yes, motivation may get you started but discipline is what keeps you on track.”
You don’t need to join a gym to achieve your goals for the new year but having knowledgeable instructors and the support of others is certainly beneficial. At MadTime Fitness, you can find group fitness classes as well as personal training. Maddy and her awesome team of instructors offer small group suspension training every other month that allows up to 3 women per group. They are looking to expand small group training in other types of fitness in the future, as well. There are no ‘open gym’ hours so you will always be guided to perform exercised correctly. Plus, if you’re not feeling motivated one day, just get yourself to MadTime Fitness and they will take care of the rest! Faith, the gym’s support dog will also be there to provide emotional support and licks you might need! She will always be waiting for you at the top of the stairs to greet you.
The overall goal at MadTime Fitness is to get women (yes, this gym is for women only – sorry fellas!) moving in the Poconos, all while having fun! Women can be intimidated initially when joining a facility or fear the judgement of others.
At MadTime, most of the women started as beginners and gradually became stronger and better at exercises they initially weren’t confident doing. For this reason, everyone at MadTime is very welcoming because they know how it feels to be insecure about certain things.
“We are a community” explains Maddy. MadTime Fitness offers paint and sips, fundraisers, participates in different organized activities, etc. “We know everybody by their first name and check in on those that we don’t see after a while. We care about our members. We offer many different types of memberships ranging from a drop-in fee, 10 class punch cards to unlimited memberships. Our facility tries to make it as easy as possible for women to feel comfortable when signing up. Expect to walk in and make friends and leave with a smile!”
As the new year approaches, it’s time to make the most of that renewed energy. MadTime Fitness is always accepting new clients. Your first class is free and there are no maintenance fees or contracts. For more information, visit MadTime Fitness online or check out their social media.
2989 Route 611, Tannersville, PA