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There are many things in life that are a struggle, from Monday mornings to Friday afternoon meetings at work, and finding the energy and motivation to get to the gym. But each of these struggles can be overcome with determination. And that’s why we started Determined Fitness.

We understand the struggle of not having the energy to get to the gym, but that’s what we’re here for, to share our energy and determination to help you achieve your goals. Whether you’re a gym rat or if you’ve decided to make a change in your life to get healthy and fit, we’re here to provide the resources, education, and strategy to help you improve and to continue living a healthy life.

Join a Better Gym

Our Poughkeepsie fitness center has high-quality equipment from Life Fitness, Stairmaster, as well as Hammer Strength plate loaded equipment. We offer a full cafe where anyone can get a snack, protein shake, or egg whites, and for fitness plus members, we offer unlimited tanning and hydromassage. We don’t want to be just a standard gym, we want to ensure that everyone feels welcome, regardless of your age, sex, or fitness level. We are a judgment-free zone — no matter what.

At Determined Fitness, we believe that anyone who has the determination to face challenges and struggles head-on can and will achieve their goals. And we’re here to help. If you’re not sure how to work toward your goals, or even what your goals are, we can help!

Along with our skilled and knowledgeable personal trainers, we want this blog to be a resource for everyone who wants to learn more about fitness. Look forward to learning about using protein, how to tone your arms, the importance of HIIT training, what foods can give you additional energy, and so much more. And if you want personalized training and guidance, we can help develop a plan just for you.

To help you get started, here are some basics on setting your own fitness goals:

Start Now

We’re flattered that you’re reading our blog, but as soon as you’re done, get up and take action! Determination isn’t about writing down goals and never looking at them again. Determination is about putting something you want in front of you, maybe just beyond your reach, and then finding what it takes to reach it.

Name the Thing

Everyone has a fitness goal they want to achieve, and it first needs to be named and described in detail. Is it a target weight? Do you want to be able to run a mile without stopping? Or run a six-minute mile? Do you want to see a difference in the tone of your arms or thighs? Whatever it is, be as specific as possible.

Your Goals Should Have Three Criteria: Measurable, Achievable, and Timed.

  • Measurable: Behind everyone’s sense of determination is being able to see micro successes. And in order to see that these micro successes are being achieved, there needs to be a way to measure your progress. Keep a journal with any weight loss, foods you’re eating, and workouts you have completed. As you continue, you can look back and see what you have accomplished.
  • Achievable: Keep things realistic. Your goal shouldn’t be so far ahead of you that it’s not attainable. Set a goal that will be a challenge, but isn’t beyond your reach.
  • Timed: Give yourself a timeline. Maybe you want to lose 10 pounds in the next two months and then another 10 pounds two months after that. By setting a deadline, you’ll have another factor to keep you motivated and pushing forward.

Accept the Challenge

Everyone knows that getting fit is hard, as much as they realize and understand that Monday mornings are hard. The important part is that you get up and keep moving anyway. Ask yourself what your weaknesses are, what is preventing you from working towards your goals? What are your barriers? The biggest challenges tend to be not having enough time, feeling too sore, tiredness, too much else going on, etc. By accepting and acknowledging these barriers, you can find a way to overcome them.

Tell People About It

Telling people your goals demands accountability. And when you’re being held accountable, you have someone to answer to when you’re not succeeding. This is one of the biggest benefits to working with a personal trainer. A trainer will know what questions to ask, the signs that you have or haven’t been working out and eating right, and can help keep you motivated along the way.

Do Something Every Day

Whether it’s at the gym, going on a walk with the dog, playing tennis, swimming, or even just working in the garden, do something every day that gets your heart rate up. Our gym is conveniently located on Dutchess Turnpike, but we understand that it can be hard to make the trip sometimes. The important thing is to keep moving.

Now that you have your goals set, the next steps are to develop a plan and put it into action. If you need help, working with a personal trainer can make all the difference. Get started today at our Poughkeepsie fitness center. You bring the determination, we’ll bring the strategy.