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I frequently come across people who have come to the gym seeking a healthier lifestyle. A number of people have been told by their doctor they need to start exercising or simply need to be exercising more. As easy as it may be to prescribe exercise, navigating a new fitness routine can be more challenging. Here are a few tips your doctor may not be telling you.

Please be sure to check with your healthcare provider regarding any questions or before starting an exercise program.

There are A LOT of different ways to work out.

Just because you don’t like one method of working out doesn’t mean that you won’t love another. It’s good to mix it up and try a bunch of different workout styles until you find the style you connect with the most.

It’s ok to be skeptical about fitness fads.

Just because you see your favorite celebrity sporting the latest fitness fad doesn’t mean that it is actually worth your time. When learning about a new fitness fad it is important that it is backed by science and that there aren’t any negative side effects they aren’t telling you about. If a fad is claiming to do something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Working out can bring a lot of new feelings to your body.

It’s good to know the difference between the feeling of a stretch or a “good” sore feeling from working out and a pain from hurting yourself. If you aren’t sure how to differentiate these feelings it can be confusing to know which one is which and then can make it hard to know how to proceed.

It’s ok to ask for help.

Don’t sweat it if you don’t have all of the answers when it comes to mixing up your fitness routine. If you aren’t seeing the results that you want, or an exercise doesn’t feel right, doing a free consultation with a personal trainer can help with that. Having a hard time finding a routine that works for you? They can help you with that too!

Related: not seeing results from your workout? This might be why.

Small improvements can make a big difference.

Whenever you step in the gym for your workout, try and do one thing during this workout better than last time. Over time, all of those small improvements will add up and make a big difference.

Music can set the tone for your workout (pun intended!).

Having different playlists for different parts of your workout can be a game changer. Jamming out to some Ariana Grande can move and grove you through your cardio workout, Beyoncé can push you through some weights, and Adel can slow you down enough to get a deep stretch!

Related: need some playlist inspiration? Check out the library of FFC-curated playlists here!

Post written by FFC Boystown personal trainer Sedona Buttner.

About Sedona

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Sedona Buttner is a personal trainer at FFC Boystown. Her passion for personal training stems from her ability to help others live their best life. She believes that training can not only be great for losing weight and getting stronger, but also can empower people to do things they never thought possible.

This passion has driven her to get a degree in kinesiology from Cornell College, as well as an ACSM-certified personal trainer certification and a TRX Team Coach certification. She specializes in working with people looking to increase their strength and conditioning, wanting to lose weight, those just starting their fitness journey, and people recovering from an injury. Want to set up a complimentary consultation? Email her at sbuttner@ffc.com!

Linda Spriggs is a certified Pilates instructor and teacher trainer for the FFC Pilates program. Check out her curated playlist!

About Linda: A Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified Pilates teacher (CPT), Linda is a former principal dancer with the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and professor at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School (NYC) and her masters degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She has been a top-tier Pilates instructor in Chicago since 1997, and is currently a level III Pilates trainer/coordinator at FFC South Loop and a Teacher Trainer with the Pilates Teacher Trainer Program at FFC.

Go to workout song: This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris, Rihanna

Why music is so important related to fitness: Music inspires feeling and emotion, Igniting a visceral response through movement… movement heals!

 

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Austin Head is a group fitness instructor and trainer at FFC. Check out his curated playlist!

About Austin: Austin is 1 of 3 exclusive group instructors in the company. He is also the creator of the bootcamp “TRT” (Tread.Rowing.Turf). Follow him on social media @Austin_Head!

Go to workout song: Anything with an awesome beat. House music or hip hop.

Why music is so important related to fitness: I teach to the beat drops. When you don’t think you have anything left, then you hear the beat about to drop, and push a little harder. THAT is why music is so important!

 

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Heather Hamilton is a group fitness manager and Performance Training Center coordinator at FFC. Check out her curated playlist!

About Heather: Heather is the group fitness manager and PTC coordinator for FFC Boystown, FFC Lincoln Park, FFC Old Town, and FFC Gold Coast. She has been a fitness professional for 11 years and teaches many group fitness classes at FFC. Heather is also a nationally qualified competitive powerlifter and a certified exercise physiologist. In her spare time she enjoys gaming and playing with her rescue puppy named Larry.

Go to workout song: anything “chill” or “EDM” – no particular song. I mostly enjoy experiencing the sounds of the gym around me while working out; no ear buds.

Why music is so important related to fitness:  Music is medicine; it can decrease stress, help you fall asleep – while working out, it can help motivate you, enhance physical performance and increase endurance.

 

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About Austin: Austin Martin is a member experience manager at FFC. Check out his curated playlist!

Go to workout song: I don’t have one. It depends on my mood!

Why music is so important related to fitness:  Music is everything!  It motives, inspires, heals – it’s essential for LIFE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dominick DeFranco is a group fitness manager at FFC. Check out his curated playlist!

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About Dominick: Dominick is a dancer, choreographer, director and fitness trainer in addition to acting as the group fitness manager at FFC. He’s traveled the world dancing, performing and instructing classes – and he is a former director and choreographer of the NBA Nets Dance Team!

Go to workout song: anything “chill” or “EDM” – no particular song. I mostly enjoy experiencing the sounds of the gym around me while working out; no ear buds.

Why music is so important related to fitness:  Music is medicine; it can decrease stress, help you fall asleep – while working out, it can help motivate you, enhance physical performance and increase endurance.

 

 

 

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Max Potolsky is a member of the membership team at FFC. Check out his curated playlist!

Max FFC curated Spotify playlist

 

About Max:  Max graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in advertising and entrepreneurship. He is a former realtor who transitioned into the fitness industry after taking the NASM certified training course.

Go to workout song:  Anything Eminem.

Why music is so important related to fitness:  Music is important for fitness because it gets you in the right mindset, which allows you to go harder than you normally would.

 

 

 

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Kristin Johansson is a group fitness instructor at FFC. Check out her curated playlist!

Curated workout playlist by FFC's Kristin

About Kristin: Kristin graduated from Miami of Ohio with a B.S. in dietetics and exercise physiology with a minor in dance performance. Having 25+ years of teaching experience, she loves to share the “love” of hard work and results. Her introduction to each new student: “you may hate me during the next 45 minutes, but after that, we are going to be the best of friends.” She is a former professional dancer and was featured in the halftime show at the Fiesta Bowl in 1992. She loves dogs more than anything and makes the best popcorn.

Go to workout song: Anything Kelly Clarkson!

Why music is so important related to fitness: Being a dancer, music motivates me to move. It turns on my brain, allows me to push harder and for longer.

 

 

 

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