Many people around the world start the New Year with a resolution to get back in shape, but that goal can have numerous set backs like busy schedules, boredom, or lack of motivation.
However, some people around Rockford are finding new ways to get in shape.
One option, CrossFit, is a mix of cardiovascular endurance and strength training. It's fast paced and intense, but everyone who has tried it will tell you, if you can survive one class, you'll be back for more.
"It's been awesome. I started over a year ago, and it took me two weeks and I was hooked," Stephanie Sederstrom said. Sederstrom is a trainer at Rockford's Maximum Performance, which offers several group CrossFit classes a week.
"If you need to lose five pounds, if you need to lose 100 pounds, we're here," she says. "We're here to give you an awesome workout, we're here to take care of your food, your nutrition, so whatever you want to achieve, it's totally possible."
Another big part of the class is working together to get through the day's workout.
"It's the people that come here," CrossFit participant Joel Heilman says. "I've got a lot of relationships, a lot of friends that come here. It's nice to come here through the week and see how they're doing and share in this."
Trainers at Maximum Performance are committed to seeing results from their clients, something Joel Heilman can prove.
"I drive like 35 miles to get here," Heilman says. "There are places closer that I could go to workout, but I'll drive the miles and take the time to come here because of the results I'm seeing."
For those interested in a martial arts-inspired workout, the dance studio inside Loves Park's Peak Sports Club is packed wall to wall with people ready to give Les Mills' Body Combat workout a try.
"It's a lot more intense, it's a lot more cardio," Tasha Pehler says. When asked if she would come again, she added, "Yeah, I'll definitely come back. You feel great after it."
The class is a variety of martial arts disciplines combined with cardio and a thumping music beat to deliver a challenging workout.
"I was nervous when I first got into it," Pehler said. "I was nervous I wouldn't get through, but once I got through the end it was worth it."
Body Combat isn't easy, but every instructor will tell you to find your own pace and do what you can, even if you tend to get off beat.
"You will become addicted to it and you will get a taste of it and you will want more," Group Fitness Manager Wendy Beggs says. "One class is not enough."
So what do you do if you don't have the time or energy to make fitness classes? The ActiveTrax at Rockford's YMCA might be the program for you.
"ActiveTrax is very accessible," Associate Executive Director of Programs Brent Pentenburg says. "You know, one of the things about it is that we have the kiosk down in our lobby, but anywhere there's internet access, you can log onto ActiveTrax.com and pull up your workout."
The program begins with a consultation and fitness test, then participants can enter their results and have a workout generated with their preferences. It also helps with nutrition.
"Now you're able to pick your meals so you can have a meal plan and watch your calorie intake, make a food journal, it also helps you pick out groceries for appropriate foods you should be eating on your diet," Pentenburg says.
While choosing to workout alone can be tough, this program prides itself on making sure you won't get bored.
"With ActiveTrax, it's a different routine every single time, you're doing different exercises every single time."
In the end, no matter what exercise program you choose to partake in, always make sure to consult your doctor before to starting out.
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