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What Over 350 People Said Regarding Why They Do Or Don’t Exercise

By January 15, 2014 No Comments

I came upon the stat that stated “90% or more of the population believe exercise is beneficial and they should do more of it, yet less then 20% meet the minimum exercise requirements.”  This stat haunted, confused, frustrated, and inspired me.  I did what I knew best and ask the smartest people I know… My 100,000’s of subscribers, clients, and followers of FM4L and my various other programs.

When I first had the idea to create this survey I never could have imagined the far reach it would have.  Within a couple days we had over 350 detailed responses.  The past couple months I have been obsessed with the question, “What stories are we telling ourselves that cause us to workout or not workout?”

A similar, but more important question then came, “How as a fitness professional, can I help those who aren’t currently working out or eating well make that shift to the other side?”

This population accounts for 80% and is who I am so passionate about reaching.

The “other side” being a healthy, strong, active, fit life, which studies show at least 90% of the population wants.

This one blog post contains over 70,000 words…

I spent 10 hours going over each individual survey and personally responding back to each one that asked for it.  The themes and answers didn’t really surprise me, but hearing the same thing said in a 100 different ways was very powerful for me to see.

The answers shared here are certainly biased.  Those who responded were part of the 100,000’s that receive my information through newsletters and Facebook.  In other words, this group is more interested in fitness then the average person, but we can still learn so much from this.

I would encourage you to skip down to questions 4-6 those were the most powerful and interesting to me.

time-and-moneyTime continues to be the #1 excuse people used with money and misinformation/confusion rounding out the top 3.

This survey really cemented in my head where the Fit Moms For Life movement is and where it is going.  I want to lead moms and families that aren’t going to sacrifice their health for the sake of making sure their kids are in 5 activities each week.  I want to lead moms who understand that carving out 20-30 minutes a day for themselves to exercise, is the best investment they can make for their kids.

Question #5 really interested me.  It shows just how many unbelievable ways exercise makes you feel better.  I mean if drug companies could bottle up the positive side effects from exercise they would… oh wait they try to do that, but only create a dozen other negative side effects (have you seen the TV commercials).

Moving forward I will put more emphasis on sharing stories about the unbelievable benefits exercise and eating healthy have on your mood, confidence, energy, patience, and so on.  Sometime I focus too much on weight loss (which from this survey looks like 75% of you find very important), and forget to remind people that there is so much more then just that.

I will then showcase many stories of moms who have created that time for themselves and whose families are prospering because of it.  I will also share stories of families cutting back on expenses that don’t really contribute to the overall health and happiness of the family and have been replaced with investments of money in the areas that truly matter, health, relationships, and giving back.

I was also very interested to see how many just said going to a gym just wasn’t logistically or financially an option and that they would prefer to workout at home.
This encouraged me since Fit Moms For Life is on the cutting edge of combining incredible home workouts, with local in-person community groups that will provide increased connectedness and accountability.  I believe we are on the right track and will go full steam ahead.

I have not edited or deleted any answer to keep the integrity of the results.

Lastly, if you are part of the media or have large followings online and are interested in hearing more about my perspective in this study use the contact form on this website and one of my team members will get back to you.

#1  What gym do you attend and why do you continue to stay a member there? If you aren’t a member of a gym, what are your top 3 reasons why you aren’t a member?

  • Riverwalk athletic club; comfortable temperatures and childcare
  • 1. I prefer to exercise on my own 2. It costs too much 3. Time to get to a gym with a pool is prohibitive.
  • Equinox. Because I am under contract.
  • Cost is my number one and only reason, I can’t afford any type of membership
  • Princeton Club. I like their body sculpt classes, indoor track and hot tub/sauna.
  • YMCA. Its affordable and nearby
  • I have equipment at home. I like to exercise right away in the morning before work. We live in a rural location, so at home is the best fit. I do try to go to yoga once a week after work when I can, this is usually in addition to my 6-7 times a week workouts.
  • Ellipse Fitness, Third Ward is where I workout. I attend for the following 3 reasons: 1. I go with my aunt and cousin 2. It’s a great environment with awesome staff and other very motivated women and men that are wonderful to work out with. 3. I am challenged and get a lot of personal attention
  • The Y, It’s close to home and they have a lot of different classes.
  • The PAC. the classes and flexability of time and the convenience are good
  • Child care is not available at the gyms in my area. Going enough to justify the expense and convenient class times.
  • Nautilus. Because it’s chain, I can use any of them.
  • Fit moms transformation center – I like the classes Dragonfly yoga – I find hot yoga energizing and relaxing. I like the variety of classes
  • Anytime Fitness. I love that it’s open 24/7 so I have no excuses. There are virtual classes for variety, and love high-tech equipment they have available. I also travel a lot for work, and there is a gym close to most of the places I travel too, so I can stay on track away from home.
  • Expense, I exercise at home with dvd’s and wii ‘games’, I exercise in the morning (best time for me), before getting kids ready for school – faster & simpler at home
  • YMCA. I used it regularly during the summer when my kids were going to camp there. But since the fall I haven’t stepped foot in there.
  • 1. Too expensive for something I would not use (I would have a membership just to say that I have one, essentially to be in the “in” group). 2. Too much time wasted to get there and back since I have a large family at home to take care of (7 children). 3. Don’t like feeling like I am a loser, like I don’t know the lay of the land, that I have to fight for the equipment and look like I shouldn’t be using it anyway.
  • I don’t have transport to get there as I am a pensioner.
  • Money and extra time to travel to gym Have resources to exercise at home
  • Anytime Fitness. Easy Access, not expensive for both myself and my husband.
  • 1. Love my instructors and class that I am in. 2. Very affordable $25.00 for 12 weeks meeting twice a week. 3.Good time of day between my day and evening jobs.
  • Cost, travel,
  • 20 miles is the closest and it’s not really a gym. I know no one, have know one to do this with. I’m also great at procrastination with exercise.
  • Cost, convenience & time away from home.
  • Planet Fitness- it’s cheap, it’s open 24hrs and it has all the equipment I need. I like the 30 min circuit too. I’ve tried to work out at home and I always find something else to do. I need to set aside that time and get away from the house for my workouts.
  • 1) I am not a member of a gym because of the financial commitment. 2) Primary reason has been due to insecurities of working out in front of men. The mere thought of it makes me incredibly nervous. 3) Finding time to drive to the gym. I can workout at home for hours, but have a hard time beating traffic.
  • I use the TC now, however I was a member of Capitol Fitness for 6 years mainly because they had a beautiful childcare facility, and it gave me a chance to workout and take a shower afterwards without feeling guilty about dumping my kids somewhere. This self-care is really hard to do when at home with kids. Capital Fitness eliminated their childcare for very corporate reasons and so I was forced to go looking elsewhere.
  • YMCA. Family programs. Fitness challenges
  • Transformation Center -Dustin Maher Time and location, familiarity with what is expected, surround myself with people like me.
  • Your Bootcamp
  • My “gym” is Dustin’s TC! I’ve had an “on and off” relationship with attendance over the years for various reasons, but always tried to get in some exercise at home via tapes when not attending. I found it was incredibly hard to stay motivated when not part of a class and trying to exercise by myself. Thus, my frequency of exercise decreased and my focus of healthy eating was pushed aside a good part of the time. I realized for me to be more successful with a healthy lifestyle, I needed to be part of that community-bond again at one of Dustin’s classes where people are so warm and friendly and have a common desire to take care of themselves! It takes dedication and hard work, but it really is a rewarding type of fun!
  • Time, kids schedules, and time
  • Gold’s Gym – it’s really close to my house, offers a variety of classes and has a decent amount of weights/cardio equipment for me to use. I also pay a great rate per month.
  • Dustin’s transformation center. Strength, weight loss, motivation, don’t want to be diabetic, friends/support group
  • I attend a non-profit community center. Alternatives are the public school or a 60 mile round trip to Fitness Centers.
  • I’d rather workout by myself…don’t want to spend the money either
  • Eagle fitness. It is cheap & I want to go.
  • Ymca
  • 1. The closest “Gym” is 17 miles away 2. Little kids – – single parent – – nobody to watch them on a daily, consistent basis 3. Cost
  • Racquet club, wife is prime member. Workout occasionally with the pro.
  • 24 hour fitness since 1996. I love the group x classes. Feeling healthy after working out and more energy, and a boost of happiness.
  • Expense Time constraint
  • TFC: sense of community and support; belief that “it” will work
  • Money-in school full time right now
  • Anytime Fitness because it is only 3 blocks from my house. The staff/trainers are super nice, friendly and it feels like a community place to work out that is not hard core and judgmental.
  • Too expensive Takes too long to drive there and back..even a 10 min drive each way adds too much time to the overall workout time Didn’t use enough last time
  • Triangle Fitness, Thomasville NC – work provided membership, great classes, coworkers to attend with on lunch break
  • YMCA – family activites, kids sports, place to exercise when cold out!
  • Snap Fitness: Convenient and affordable
  • N/A
  • can’t afford membership,don’t like excusing around strangers,
  • The main reason is finding time to attend. I live 30 miles from closest gym, so it’s easier to exercise at home.
  • Harbor Athletic Club/Prairie Athletic Club Harbor is like a secret gym and a hidden gem. No one knows about it so I can go at 5pm and jump on a treadmill without waiting, awesome classes, cheap hot yoga and TRX, cheaper volleyball at Prairie Athletic Club, love the trainers and instructors.
  • YMCA b/c of support and encouragement of trainers and other members.
  • Great family atmosphere Lots of options for weights, machines, classes Clean and well kept Location Great staff
  • Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms Transformation Center……is there another gym or Women & Awesome Husbands in Madison!!!?! (LOL)
  • Aspen Athletic Club Locked into good monthly price and they have Child care avail and 2 convenient locations for me
  • Harbor Athletic Club Great childcare
  • finances and it is not located near me
  • Bfitness in traverse city Michigan
  • 1. Cost (tiny town with few options/high rates) 2. Childcare 3. Self conscious
  • AK Peak Fitness..challenging, feel like part of a family, do things as a group outside of the gym
  • PAC in Sun Prairie – I enjoy the atmosphere. My kids can participate or be watched in daycare if I need them to. They have a mini waterpark for them in the summer. I play sand volleyball there in the summer. I take specialized classes in Crossfit & Boxing and enjoy the comaraderie among the people in these classes and the many friends I have made there. Plus it is 5 minutes from my house that makes it very convenient and easy to stay consistent in going. No excuse to not go.
  • I like the variety…never the same workout.
  • I know I won’t be consistent. I’ll feel lost at the gym…not knowing what to do. I’ll get bored of the routine. I don’t want to waste money because of the first 3 reasons.
  • Don’t love any around here Have a treadmill Have many DVDS
  • too far to drive, too little time, prefer to exercise at home
  • Planet Fitness and Savvy Fitness — Planet Fitness is inexpensive and good for when I cannot run outside and it’s open 24 hrs/day during the week which I need with kiddos, husband, house, and pets…. Savvy fitness on Wednesdays I see a personal trainer with a friend. This is where she trains.
  • The times I can get to a “location” change weekly. Often it is late at night or early in the morning and I can’t take the kids with. Programs at traditional gyms aren’t motivating
  • WM in Neillsville WI
  • Golds-location and cost, also some friends to work out with
  • Time Money Embarrassment
  • I have fibromyalgia, so I cannot commit to a regular routine. I work out when I can, but this doesn’t justify the expense. Time. The only local option is the YMCA, and it is small with restrictive availability.
  • Princeton Club Express; convenience of working out when it’s a good time for me; not too crowded, not intimidating; good equipment and well-maintained facility; price is RIGHT!
  • I am not staying because I feel lost in a gym. Classes get boring and I don’t know what to do with the equipment.
  • There’s not a good gym in Alma, AR. I found a trainer who comes out to my house for 2 30 minute trx sessions a week.
  • 24 hour. Reasonably priced and wide variety of services (I.e. Group fit classes, pool and sauna, weights, variety of cardio machines, TRX)
  • 1) I am disabled and have more than 27 knee surgeries and am afraid I will be injured. 2) Embarrassment 3) Inconvenience
  • Prairie Athletic Club. I’ve been there 1 year. It is 10-15 minutes from my home (closest since I live in the country) Especially in winter I don’t have a lot of options and enjoy going to the club and being motivated by seeing others work hard. I like that there are a variety of classes offered and available to me with no additional charges.
  • Not enough time (too many things I’m involved in). Budget
  • Harbor Athletic Club: Because of the friends I have made the classes they offer.
  • Princeton club–it is 24 hours, offers childcare, spinning and swimming. I struggle with high impact exercise due to injury.
  • can’t afford it; don’t want to spend the time to travel there & back on top of exercising; I don’t enjoy it
  • #1 Money #2 Time away from home #3 I can’t think of a third yet
  • 1 Schedule is to busy to spend time at a gym 2 I don’t know what to do in a gym and it costs extra to hire someone to help me and the group classes are at inconvenient times 3 Gym membership is too expensive
  • At this point I live in a small town with limited facilities and I am a single parent. I’m working out at home for my convenience and to save money. Gym memberships aren’t super expensive, but I’d rather spend the money on organic, healthy food.
  • Your bootcamp. I stay because I like the workouts
  • Maxx fitness.
  • 1. I like to work out outdoors 2. Free equipment to use at apartment when weather is cold
  • Harbor Athletic Club: I enjoy their yoga classes and also like having a place to workout 24/7, especially during the winter when it’s easy for me to give up on being active. The TC (of course!): I love the community environment and the interval style workouts.
  • I am disabiled and I do my work outs at home. I do not like the stares I get at a gym because of my disability
  • cost, hours of operation and no child care available
  • Money, Embarrassment, Knowledge of equipment
  • K2 @ the TC: I go b/c I LOVE the vibe and I get a great workout while enjoying the camaraderie of some very lively and funny people. I also go to the Princeton Club express on the off days (recently restarted) b/c I tell myself I can make it a very low key workout & I get to record the calories burned on My Fitness Pal (otherwise my net calories would be very high).
  • LA Fitness Pool access and classes. I also attend a studio Zumba class once per week.
  • Camp Gladiator (workout outside in parks, not gym) Go for the friends and fun and enthusiasm of trainer.
  • YMCA They offer a lot classes and are open early and late. It is a change from working out at home.
  • Lodi Sports abd Rec Center- Reason I continue is because it is close in proximity to my house
  • 24hr fitness, I have been a member for years and have typically attended 3-4 x a week until recently. Stopped in the last few months due to pregnancy issues and now I have a 3 wk old.
  • Bootcamp. Community between trainers and members and possibility for results.
  • Yes I am going now. However, I quit my job in Nov 2013 to take a year off to focus on my personal well being and that of my son’s. When I was working I was not exercising. I’m now 40-50 lbs overweight but headed down the scale!
  • Innovative Health – Franklin, WI close to my home
  • Too far to drive. Can’t afford it (gas&membership). I have a 13 year old; too old to join with me but too old for nursery and I don’t want to leave him alone that often.
  • Golds gym. I stay because they have a pool which is kept at a nice 84 degrees. Also they have a women’s workout room.
  • Rocky Run YMCA. I go there because they have a huge selection of hard classes and free.child.care for all 4 of my children up to 2 hours a day included in our membership fee.
  • accountability, availability, consistency
  • FM4L Transformation Center – waiting a week to sign up with 2 other people to get discount after attending FL6W challenge and Santa Slimdown as nonmember. I like the atmosphere there. PEople are friendly, all shapes and fitness levels, lots of encouragement while we work out from instructors and other members. I also like that there is a feeling that the people involved with the gym and program are solid people. Not sure exactly how to describe it. Maybe it’s that they seem to have their heads on straight and are willing to take risks for what they believe in.
  • Anytime Fitness/many locations, great people (made great friends).
  • Building my biz, time with kids, saving my marriage, are getting more attention than my health
  • None near my house
  • 1. Too expensive/not in the budget 2. Distance-need something really close to home 3. Lack of childcare
  • Energy Center Fitness Center. It is very convenient for me and off a variety of classes from high intensity to Pilates, flexibility and Yoga. It needs to be convenient or I don’t get there on a regular basis.
  • Cost Location Monotony
  • I moved recently and joined the WPCRC (Warner Park). I did belong to V-Fitt through the Verona Area School District but the class schedules no longer fit my schedule. I need an excercise routine (5-6 hrs a week) and this suits my needs.
  • cost, time, lack of motivation
  • Anytime Fitness. It’s cheaper than the other alternatives. More space than at home. When I “do” go, it has more things available than what I have at home.
  • Planet fitness. Close to home, inexpensive and everything I need
  • I had a Groupon coupon for 15 sessions, which are almost over. I do not know if I want to continue because the regular cost is more than some gym memberships, and I would be limited to only two classes a week.
  • Bootcamps!
  • Body type Lack of knowledge about equipment Time
  • Anytime fitness. I stay because it is 5 mins from home and I can go anytime. I wish I lived closer to the Transformation Center then I would come there instead.
  • Don’t have time or daycare to go to gym. I work out on my own at home
  • My work has an activity center/gym. I stay a member because it’s free and I can work out every day. If I didn’t have access, I would be a gym member somewhere.
  • YMCA I remain a member for various reasons but mainly to stay active and socialization
  • 1. Cost 2. schedule 3. travel time
  • Planet Fitness it’s inexpensive and suits my needs
  • Capital Fitness. Good classes. Close to home. I attend a gym in general because I live in an apt and it’s hard to work out at home quietly at 5:30am. In the summer I work out outside. Also I need someone pushing me and leading me. With all the workouts I’ve done I still can’t make my own workouts on the spot. Having others watching in a class vs at home with a DVD makes you work harder also. Going to a class at a gym or class of yours gives accountability if you made friends so they push you to come to class.
  • Have equipment at home. Also on the road for work and gym not always available in location. Too expensive if not utilized regularly
  • 1. Not in the budget 2. No good gyms close enough to my home 3. Not enough time in my schedule to get to a gym
  • CHUZE Pricing is good, location is a reasonable distance from home/work (15-20 minutes), it is clean and doesn’t stink, the other members are there to exercise and it is not a “meat-market”
  • Anytime Fitness-close to home, very clean gym, up to date equipment and helpful staff
  • AnyTime Fitness — I’m a member, BUT have a very difficult time getting myself there on a regular basis, if at all.
  • I am a member at the YMCA and am still a member because I enjoy the variety of classes/choices they offer at a variety of times. I also like the option of going to 3 different locations if desired. The YMCA also has many activitites that my daughter can particpate in, including open swim
  • Too expensive, too far to drive, can get a great workout at home
  • Anytime Fitness, and Baraboo Health and Wellness.
  • I do not attend, I have membership to three different gyms. I keep thinking I will but never do, I hate to go out in the cold, bad weather, dark out, etc.
  • PAC I love their classes and it’s right next to my work.
  • a local fitness center, not affiliated with any chain. I go there because of the opportunities they provide not only for myself (fitness classes), but the classes they offer for my kids and the facility has a pool, which my family uses a few times a month.
  • 1,2&3 too far to drive!!!! hours away
  • Small town Community Park and Recreation facility.. It is affordable, child care on site, friendly and encouraging staff. Working out away from home frees me from the family interruptions and phone.
  • time, overwhelmed by how to use equip outside of the classes, intimidation of physical appearance next to other members
  • Transformation Center Fitness in the 608
  • – cost of membership is high – proximity to my home – my long working hours
  • cost, logistics of getting there, don’t like exercising with other people (prefer solo)
  • Janesville Athletic Club
  • Don’t like crowds like being alone and doing my own thing
  • I have all the equipment needed in my home. Do not want others to see me exercising.
  • I am a member at Gold’s Gym for several reasons. I enjoy the free workout classes, the weight and cardio machines, the swimming pool and the hot tub. I also love getting to teach my daughter to swim during the open pool hours.
  • Money, kids, and because people are in much better shape than I am.
  • YMCA and Southeast recreation center
  • Expense, time, motivation.
  • Two toddlers and full time job.
  • Not in my community. Gym memberships are expensive. I would rather workout at home or outdoors.
  • We have a workout facility in our housing community
  • Princeton Club. Because my child’s daycare is inside the building. Convenient for a good workout before I pick up my child
  • – Expensive – Lost “the routine” and can’t seem to get back in it – Feel lost on my own for what exercises to do or how to do them properly but don’t feel in shape enough to join group classes
  • 1. Money 2. Germs in daycare 3. No health insurance ( can’t afford the Affordable Care Act)
  • Ywca
  • Do my exercise at home
  • Snap Fitness and I stay a member here because it is the closet gym to where I live and it is open 24×7 so I can stop in anytime.
  • Group X, Portage, WI I love the variety of exercise and not having to think about what I should do that day. It’s owned by a woman and most days women outnumber men. It’s really wonderful to be part of such a strong (literally) and supportive group.
  • Fit Mom’s Transformation Center if it counts! I like the trainers, the workouts, and the other members that attend!
  • Cost, classes aren’t available when it’s convenient for me, i would prefer not to be locked into a long contract. I have had 2 gym memberships i am good for 3 to 6 months and then life, work or my kids schedules, get in the way.
  • Princeton Club
  • not going to say which gym child care price amenities
  • YMCA. Great classes, access to pool for myself & kids, great hours (open early until late), can use YMCA nationwide
  • Cost, hours, child care or activities
  • Continued cost when I can buy some weights and videos as a one-time cost to use at home. Logistics: trying to find a time to work out and then also figuring out childcare. Neither my husband or I work a job that is strictly 9-5 so would need to find babysitter or cut into family time usually. Time: would take additional time to drive there, and potentially be socializing. I’m an introvert so not very comfortable making small talk with people I don’t know.
  • YMCA….it is convienent to my work
  • Horizons Health & fitness in Middleton, WI It is just around the corner from my work.
  • price of membership, having to drive somewhere just to work out, self-consciousness
  • We recently bought a new house, had a baby and decided I would stay at home with the baby, so a gym membership (financial) is not an option right now.
  • I am a yoga instructor there and so have a membership AND I do most of my own exercise on my own at home with dvds/youtube videos/and your fit Mom’s for Life series. I am intimidated by gyms and would rather work out first thing in the morning in my own home or be outside.
  • 1. The cost then plus cost of gas since live so far from one 2. Small children at home 3. I workout at home
  • Can’t afford it No good gyms here Can exercise at home or school
  • Pinnacle 1. Noon classes 2. Close to my work
  • Live in rural area- too far to drive Stay at home mother/no one to watch son
  • Rural area with limited facilities. No group classes or trainers. Distance to facility and cost.
  • No motivation Boring
  • Fit Moms for Life. I have stayed because of the people- community.
  • Princeton Club – I continue to attend because there are some really good group exercise classes. Who the instructor is makes a huge difference in whether or not I will attend the class, ie. same spinning class, different instructors – one class is great the other one I avoid. Also I have a group of other members who go to the same class each week and I want to see them/exercise with them/chat.
  • Kosama – great work outs, I always feel like I’ve done something. But mostly I really like the instructors. They constantly walk around to check that you are doing the exercise correctly, always encouraging you while working out.
  • Dragon Fly Hot Yoga – feels really really good. total relaxation after a class.
  • Aytime Fitness 1- I like to do weights and machines-treadmill, eliptical, 2-Trainer – guidance and resource 3- can go anytime of day
  • Pac -hours and equipment and variety
  • Not convenient to time available. Cost Lack of guidance
  • Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping. I like that the classes are hard, only 45 minutes, there is change and teamwork/accountability.
  • best fitness, I like the options they offer
  • Pinnacle 1. affordable 2. close to home 3. variety
  • Nomadic lifestyle Lack of time I’m cheap
  • I belong to North Point Wellness and fitness and love the variety of machines, classes and water classes. It is a part of Beloit hospital and clinics.
  • Planet fitness. Clean, doesn’t smell, plenty of machine options, circuit 30 mob option available.
  • UW Rec-faculty discount
  • expense, not sure how to use the equipment properly, having to wait for equipment
  • Have my own commercial grade gym which I use daily 6x/wk
  • 1) Other people drain me! I enjoy my workout time alone as a way to think, release stress, recharge myself. It’s “me time” and I’d rather be alone. 2) I don’t want to pay a membership fee 3) I like to get up and out the door first thing in the a.m. I don’t want to be restricted by a gym’s schedule, would have to drive there.
  • Don’t have a sitter
  • Golds because I like the classes and it’s not too fat from my house
  • Dustin’s programs. I stay because of the friends I have made, how strong and capable I feel now, the variety of each class, and Dustin himself. He’s positive, he sees the best in everyone, his belief is unfailing, and he knows his stuff.
  • Evansville Health Club It is reasonably priced, friendly, close to home. It is a great place.
  • Anytime Fitness (convenience) and Fit Body Boot Camp (the constant encouragement/support and despite being overweight I don’t feel out of place, plus their focus is on health NOT “looking hot in a bikini and/or your stilettos”).
  • Gold’s Gym. Was just given a membership for a gift. My goal is to get stronger, and I hope with a 2 year commitment I will continue. A friend belongs there and I hope that will help me stay engaged
  • Princeton club, close by, pool, hot tub
  • Obligation. Makes me feel like I have to go (instead of want to go)
  • Distance from home, time away from my kids, cost of membership
  • expense making time to consistently go working out around other people
  • Curves, which I chose for location and now I enjoy the folks I see there, which encourages me to continue.
  • PAC. Reason: Convenient, and cheap.
  • Anytime – convenience – for time and location but do not love it – as it isn’t personalized
  • I’m involved in a home gym/personal trainer setting.I like the small setting and individual attention and using trx/body weight exercises. One reason I may leave is cost though and with winter driving and kids sports schedules.
  • YMCA It has reasonable family rates, great child care, TONS of amenities for our family year round.
  • Anytime fitness-just quit after a 2 yr contract….didn’t use it much the past 6 months due to bootcamp Just joined the YMCA bc it is close to my house, has workout equipment and classes, and no contract
  • I need to stay fit. I have a couple of friends and we go to keep ourselves accountable
  • I am a small gym owner
  • Golds Gym, Great class offering,
  • I am a member of Gold’s gym, but I have not been attending. I continue to stay a member because I have their lowest monthly rate ($19.99 per month), I’m in the 1st year of a 2 year contract, and I’m hoping to try more of their classes and find one that I like that fits my schedule.
  • Time Need structure and can not regularly make the classes Do not really know how to workout at a gym.
  • YMCA where my wife works out and where I work out as an alternate to boot camp. Cost is low, good community members, close to our home.
  • I am a member of 24 Hour Fitness but don’t attend.
  • Studiomix (San Francisco, CA) They are primarily a gym based on classes (yoga studio, multipurpose cardio studio, crossfit gym, and spin studio) with a total of like ten machines in the whole place. I like that there is always a class available no matter what your schedule is like and I like to forget that I am working out because I am having fun with other members.
  • Health Issues: (3) surguries between 2011-13, another scheduled for Feb. Chemo and Medication made a former health problem (neuropathy and spinal stenosis) worse and I now struggle to stand, walk and keep my balance. I am frustrated because many things that I used to to, I am unable to do now. Back Surgery may be able to fix it, we will see what the doctors say but then that is another surgery.
  • Anytime Fitness Affordable, $29/month Close to home Always open
  • Aerofit in Bryan TX. We have our membership there, rather than another gym, primarily because they have a pool.
  • Most gyms in my area don’t offer daycare I do not like waiting for equipment I am more comfortable working out at home with my own equipment
  • Speed Cycling The community of people/coaches – enjoy spending time with them and the push me to be better and ask when I miss a few days. Also have great modifications for my pregnancy, to allow me to continue to workout at a high (healthy) intensity!
  • YMCA Love the classes, the instructors and my fellow classmates.
  • 9Round. I like that the workout time is totally flexible, but there will always be a trainer there to tell me what to do. It’s a short but effective workout, the trainers know who I am, and it is one of the most affordable programs I found!
  • 1. just want to go home after work 2. no one to help me and if there is someone there it’s extra money 3. value for the money it costs
  • Price Time Afraid I wouldn’t get money’s worth because I would be too tired after work and wouldn’t go in the morning
  • Fit Moms Transformation Center – hard and varied workouts, awesome trainers, and a great group of friends developed over the years. Supreme Health and Fitness – to get a workout in on my own time about once a week
  • Planet Fitness, affordable, clean, inviting, free extras
  • 10 year old at home & spouse that travels – difficult to leave the house to workout so I have equipment at home & actually use it.
  • 1. travel time from home to gym 2. I exercise with my children sometime 3. convenience of exercising at home (allows for quick and/or short spurts throughout the day) 4. cheaper at home
  • Closest gym 60miles away, otherwise I would
  • Princeton Club–I never go. It is too far from where I live (about 30 min) and we joined when I was training for a mini-tri for the pool…my husband goes about once a week. I prefer to workout at home. We will not be re-joining when membership is up.
  • I am a member for I keep saying I am going to start using it. It is the only gym in this area that is open to women only. I do like co-ed memberships or kids running around. as I type this why do I not go?
  • YMCA-I stay as a member mostly because of my 7 year old and the organized sports but also for my wife and I to workout.
  • Crunch. Close to my house and free group fitness
  • I am more motivated doing individual classes such as zumba,yoga. 2-cost,2-I work from home and trying to save money driving to a gym.
  • Lifetime Fitness in Parker, Co. I go because I got to the point that I didn’t even recognize myself, I hated who I’d become. I want to be a Mom to my kids & a wife, friend, & daughter for as long as I can. I was signing a death wish sitting on the couch ‘wishing’ I was doing something. It is hard & often I don’t want to go, but I feel alive when I do. I feel like I am worth more trying than not trying.
  • I have a workout room in my home with weights, balls, treadmill, bench, etc.
  • I am able to work out on my lunch break at work. Lands’ End has an awesome gym. Without this, I would really struggle to find the time to exercise.
  • Fitness center at work site (30+ mins drive), Fitness center at affiliated work site (15 min drive) and access to aquatic facilities at Westwood (pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi). All free. I go there when the weather or lack of sunlight is unfavorable for jogging or biking outside. I did not join Snap Fitness this winter (to have something even closer to home during holidays and weekends when work fitness centers are closed). For the cost of membership, I invested in more home equipment.
  • Anytime Fitness. I keep thinking I need the gym as an option. Upper body workouts are missing in my life, as well as using weights
  • 1. i can (and do) get to my exercise equipment in my basement quicker than getting ready and travelling to the gym, 2. I don’t want to wait for certain equipment to become available at the gym 3. I don’t always know either how to use the equipment at the gym or have a routine to use it. I can always pop in a video at home though and know what I am going to do.
  • I volunteer there… I’ve been in a slump and seems like I only go there to volunteer. I hardly ever go because the only time I can take my kids that are 5 and up is from 6-8pm and that’s just too late. I usually want them in bed by 730-8
  • your gym… 🙂
  • Not working right now and no extra money for the gym. Used the gym daily before being unemployed.
  • I attend a specific series of classes – interval cardio/weight. It’s the right price and time for my schedule.
  • 1. Want to exercise w/husband and family (family gym memb. too much $) 2. Prefer group exercise and outdoor exercise
  • LA Fitness; close to home, exercise indoors, elliptical machines that are easy on my knees.
  • YMCA – I like taking classes there and having more equipment available than I have at home.
  • cost, other clients too young and more in shape, no idea of what a good routine would be for me
  • Transformation Center – 1) connections to people 2) great exercise 3) good value Formerly member of YMCA for several years
  • Aerofit in College Station Texas It has all of the equipment I need for my workouts plus a pool and racquetball courts which the others don’t.
  • Gold’s gym and Horizon Health & Fitness. I love Gold’s for their variety of classes & the pool. Horizon has a great personal training type of atmosphere.
  • Fit Fun Bootcamp (Dustin Maher): I stay because it works. The trainers provide the workout, all I have to do is show up and do it.
  • Transformation Center! 🙂 1. Always changing workouts 2. Great instructors and members 3. Variety of workout times
  • Local YMCA, and an unlimited membership at a Yoga studio.
  • Dustin Mahers Fit Fun Bootcamps! I continue to stay a member there because I like the workouts, I like being able to do them before work, and most definitely I like the energy of everyone in the class to motivate me.
  • YMCA Affordable & close to my house
  • Gold’s Gym – I keep my membership even though I go intermittently because it’s cheap: $22.50 per month. Mostly go for Step classes (cardio I enjoy) and for the pool when injured or for triathlon training.
  • Dustin Maher
  • It’s too far/inconvenient, can’t afford a membership/cost of childcare (and if I can afford it, I feel bad we can’t afford a membership for both me and my husband), it is extremely stressful to get my kiddos out the door when it is something I want to do and by the time I do get them out, I am late.
  • YMCA. I like this because it offers a family membership and activities for both me and my kids, and it’s affordable and not too far from my house.
  • cost location convienence
  • Wisconsin Athletic Club in the Milwaukee area. I have been a member off and on for quite some time. I put my membership on hold when I have health issues (two knee replacements, torn hamstring, torn rotator cuff) and sometimes do not re-enroll for a long period of time after having been away due to injury. Basically, when anything knocks me off my stride, I lose momentum and am not good about re-enrolling in a timely fashion.
  • Harbor Athletic Club, Middleton I continue to stay a member because I feel great after a workout and I know of the many benefits that exercise has to offer.
  • 1. Can’t afford 2. No child care 3. Live too far away from gym
  • Gold Metal Fitness
  • Orange Theory Fitness – I have joined but they do not open for another 2 months. I am looking forward to getting in on the ground floor of a new group and build a supprt network like I had with your boot camps.
  • I keep thinking I’m going to start going again, they have a pool, refer to number one reason
  • When I have had a gym membership I did not go because I did not push myself. An instructor for me makes all the difference.
  • Princeton Club good equipment, many machines and work out 6 times a week
  • Fit Body Boot camp. I continue to stay a member because I need the commitment in my life or I wouldn’t workout. They hold me accountable to be there on a weekly basis or I get a call!
  • 1. I find it difficult to work gym time into my schedule 2. Cost 3. Not motivated enough to do it I much prefer exercising at home. I just can’t be consistent enough going to the gym.
  • Anytime Fitness – convenient, close to home, affordable. I also attend weekly Insanity classes with a group of friends in Cottage Grove.
  • Princeton xpress – price, location gives me an added option to access to in addition to k2
  • Golds Gym – relatively nice facility that is inexpensive and thus I can afford a personal trainer.
  • We have a family membership because both of my boys are on the YMCA swim team.
  • 1. I can get as good or better of a workout at home. 2. It costs money. 3. It’s inconvenient to go to and from the gym.
  • have everything I need at home cost I don’t get the use out of it that I should so it isn’t cost effective
  • LA Fitness – price competitive
  • YMCA; I am a member because I need a place away from home to exercise.
  • I used to be a member but the monthly cost is too high and being that I work full-time, go to school full-time, am a single mother I also found it hard to make it a routine to get to a gym so I figured why pay for something if I’m not going to use it. Once I am done with school I will hopefully be able to find a way to afford to go to the gym again. I know that you think that these are both excuses but until you live in my shoes and pay my bills you really need to consider that people really do have a hard time paying for things and finding consistant time.
  • Cost Cost Cost
  • Supreme. Fitness is part of my life – always has been. I also teach there, so I do get a free membership. However, I would pay for it if I didn’t teach there.
  • Princeton Club – I stay a member there because I have to I can’t cancel out my 2 year agreement. I joined with a friend to “get in shape” but the friend hasn’t been going and frankly I haven’t been going a lot either, I have been lazy. 2014 is the year for me to get in shape! I would feel great if I lost 40 pounds. I have just started going again and plan to go at least 4 days a week.
  • cost, transportation, lack of social motivation
  • 1. Cost (our nearest gym is $150 per month!!!!) 2. When I was a member of Gold’s Gym, I disliked having my workouts interrupted by the trainers there trying to upsell me on their services (I already had a trainer) 3. I really dislike working out in front of people
  • Gold’s, great classes, fun, nice instructors, plenty of times that have the great classes, good price.
  • The Y – because I used to work there and it is very close to my home Supreme – because I teach there
  • Too expensive, not open when it fits into my schedule, childcare
  • Boring workouts No support Feel judged by others
  • Snap fitness. I like to have somewhere to workout with others and use a variety of different equipment depending on mood.
  • Too expensive on top of Bootcamp. I had a gym membership most of my life, but realized I didn’t go after I started at BC. Too expensive to do both
  • Princeton Club My morning addiction. My mind is not right without exercise. Group exercise and the team feeling of the friends I have made there and the students that I lead in spinning is so motivating.
  • YMCA and 24 hour. I love that both of them offer child care and I can always find something I like to do at one of them.
  • cost no easily accessible gym near my home time
  • Gold’s – less expensive, child care, classes, close to home
  • ymca. Fairly good classes to motivate me to work hard and have a varied work out, as well as community involvement.

#2  What are your top 3 pain points/challenges that you wish the fitness industry could provide better solutions to?

  • I would love it if I could just save time and text the gym my food and exercise log throughout the day (including approx oz. breastfeeding) and they would respond in a timely manner my personal nutritional needs left for the day.
  • 1. Better access to pools! 2. More available for healthy eating 3. Partnering with schools for healthy eating
  • Finding the right balance between fun, challenging, and do-able. So often I feel like I want to die during workouts, so I end up quitting.
  • Shoulder/neck pain. Core strength.
  • motivation accountability accommodations
  • I’m not sure if this is possible; but somehow get the FDA and the medical field on board with current trends that are better for people in the long run.
  • Providing a real community that works together to get results. Personable instructors who interact with everyone and encourage all to work up to their potential.
  • more modified classes to beginners. Classes that focus on nutrition not just fitness, better child care.
  • Just wish these gyms would encourage and motivate people without having to pay for personal trainer!
  • Motivation Variety Nutrition
  • To be honest, i think the fitness industry is doing a great job! more gyms are open 24/7, there are more workout routines available through pinterest, facebook, and other social media.
  • best strategy regime to loose weight or keep it off (conflicting recommendations!), best age range exercises/goals or better adjustments for lower impact, abs!
  • Idk…. price… help with kids … location
  • Mine are lack of motivation; not sure anyone can do much for that except me. I use my kids as an excuse of not being able to get there rather than a reason to go.
  • I don’t think the fitness industry has bad solutions, I just don’t enjoy fitness. I do think, though, that they do not cater to really large, out-of-shape individuals who really cannot do much exercise without literal pain or struggle. Everyone advertises “Can be done by anyone!,” but the truth is, I’ve seen some exercise videos, and boy, I really could not do it without hurting myself (which I’ve tried). Also, not enough large people in videos and the videos can get predictable when you hear the same music.
  • The perfect day of food or a simple good combo plan to make eating healthy easier. A logical cardio to strength ratio for fat loss. Practical improvement or performance goal to keep you motivated on maintenance.
  • nutrition exercise to fit your needs and not theirs
  • 1. back mid and lower 2. knee 3. foot problems
  • Cost,
  • My age of 65, almost, a lot of the exercises or quantity of exercises tear my body apart. Adjustments to exercises for parts of body that are worn.
  • More weight training equipment and led workouts. Affordable access for the masses to engage. Impressing upon people that physical well being, mental well being and healthy life styles as a well rounded approach is the goal for longevity and not just having a ripped/sculpted body – some do this (like you) but that is not the overall impression provided to the general public.
  • *Modify movements for the less flexible. Seniors or those who are overweight are not going to get on the floor to stretch/exercise. *Have races or events that are smaller in scale, shorter than a 5k, like a 1 mile fun run/walk; do a silly, fun obstacle course for kids AND adults. If you can get the kids involved (sometimes) parents will follow. Active play/fun doesn’t feel like exercise. With more and more schools eliminating gym class we need to teach the younger generation about fun games, badminton anyone? I learned to so many sports in HS and I am only now appreciating that.
  • 1) Well, I would love to see a gym just for women. I belonged to a Shapes fitness center several years ago but stopped going because it closed. 2) I understand that due to winter weather sometimes it is appropriate for a gym to temporarily close, but it is frustrating when this happens, and for a beginner it can be a barrier to adherence, it was for me. 3) I worked out for 6 months before learning that muscle burns fat. Educating people that come into a gym about what types of exercise are most effective for desired results. I worked out in a gym for 6 months and had zero results. Even when I asked trainers for advice on how to get weight loss result,, I was only encouraged to run rather than do the elliptical.
  • thighs, calves, and stomach pains
  • Well, decent childcare with compassionate staff. Flexible hours, classes scheduled at a variety of times to cater to those of us with kids on various nap/meal/preschool schedules, etc.
  • Education on what exercise is best for the results I desire
  • That it doesn’t take much. Time commitment is less than someone would think. Teach us what and how to cook. Food is sometimes more important than working out.
  • 1. Better options for joint issues 2. Great cardio without risking injury 3. More trainers paying attention to proper form of clients
  • Something easy and portable or a program that I can do where I am when I have time
  • I’m personally very motivated to workout so I don’t have a problem getting to the gym, trying new workouts and challenging myself. But I do know that a lot of people struggle just getting to the gym…so maybe suggestions like hanging motivational posters or creating incentives (like the GymPact app). For me – the hardest part is the nutrition – knowing what to eat pre/post workout and throughout the day, plus calorie/protein/carb intake based on my workouts. The fitness industry could provide meal plans, fuel foods, recovery meals, etc – what you eat is probably more important than a workout (although fitness is a critical part of the equation) and a lot of people, myself included, need help with that first half.
  • Providing subsequent workout routines ( with attention to age and level, for example, a seniors class with seated routines doesn’t suit all seniors) for members as they need to change-up their routine/challenge.
  • None
  • Better childcare (better hours, quality of workers). More access to a personal trainer or help with plans, machines etc.
  • Keep classes fresh and update provide simple ways to build a balanced exercise plan provide competent instruction ti avoid injuries
  • 1. Options for rural areas 2. Because, limited access to facilities, need workouts that are effective with minimal equipment required 3. Cost to have variety – – same thing gets boring – – but every new workout seems to require new equipment to do it
  • 1. less “used car salesman” type approaches 2. more emphasis on common sense ie fewer calories and more exercise 3. more stuff for older people
  • Eating healthy meal planning, healthy protein shake bar at the gym, free kids care at the gym, 5.00 is too expensive per workout per kid
  • Mothers guilt of leaving a child in the provided center
  • Just like church but maybe less political, I would think the best references are the people that have benefited from the program. Friends bringing friends. How to make that happen to get people in the door. Helping people to own it is another matter and I think that’s more complicated and requires a program tailored to a person’s specific need.
  • Free one time nutritional consultation when new member at the gym Free written program for 3 month stretch
  • Listening to my body for signs that I’m hurting it, need to ease up a bit or it is a good pain that can be pushed through.
  • Lots of conflicting info (to run or not to run…) Best way to maximize results in little time
  • expense of a personal trainer – not realistic for your average american
  • getting there – but I just need a partner and have thought of this many times but my strange schedule makes it hard to have someone consistent. Class schedules
  • 1. Motivation. How do you stay motivated in the long run, even if you’re not seeing any progress? 2. Time of classes/length of classes. I have a busy life and do not live in Madison, so it’s hard to find the time to fit in a class. 3. Cost. I completely understand that trainers have to make a living, but hiring a personal trainer is expensive!
  • Personal Trainers are so expensive After you get a membership, often times you feel like, Ok, now what? Someone with little to none knowledge of how to use the equipment correctly or even how much to do, could easily get overwhelmed or frustrated and their lack of motivation fizzles out. If they aren’t offering any personal attention regarding food choices they are cheating you of 80% of what it means to be healthy. There are so many different diets, fads, methods out there, and all accessible by internet, some with a fee some without, but it’s so easy to become overwhelmed or discouraged when one or more other people’s methods don’t work. I feel like I wish that a membership should come with more personal attention and more of customized plan specifically tailored to them and their body style, age, and metabolism amongst other things. It would help.
  • How to eliminate stress eating or emotional eating
  • shoulders,lower n middle back pain,leg pain
  • i don’t feel that nutrition and strength training are talked about enough. I think exercise is very important, but nutrition really is a key factor. I started doing small groups at harbor that work on nutrition and the amount of information I have learned is invaluable. I wish this information were more readily available and not an extra cost. Why is personal training so darn expensive?? 🙂
  • Unsure about question?
  • Stop telling me that in “just 10 minutes you too could have…. (Abs, glutes, be skinny).
  • Lower the cost of fitness programs. More options and diversity. Help teens get fit!
  • cortizone clothing & shoes….seriously, the correct & proper types needed. meditation
  • Tail bone pain (from giving birth), low back, neck pain
  • strengthen back muscles; Experience back pain due to body pump exercises.
  • I’m a 5’2″ tall woman and weight machines are too large for me. I never seem to get proper fit even with the adjustments on the machines. Free weights work better for me. In exercise classes that require coordination such as the dance type classes, I have not found a beginners class that teaches you the steps before going all out full routine.
  • I always feel uncomfortable in a gym or group workout. I feel like I am going to do something stupid in front of people. In a gym I am never sure if I am using the equipment correctly, and it seems like there is never anyone there to help.
  • Exercise equipment being so expensive.better help within the gym. More diagrams on equipment on how equipment works and what muscles it helps.
  • My knees are not the strongest, so plyo moves are difficult. I have a hard time staying motivated and get bored easily (which is probably why I own ever fitness dvd ever made … almost). Eating healthy, accessible foods on a budget. I live in rural Utah, so fish and exotic greens and veggies are hard and too expensive to come by.
  • knees…
  • knee pain plantar fasciitis back pain
  • There are no simple solutions…you have to want it.
  • Bad back and knees
  • Knees
  • High Cost of attending classes or being a member
  • not sure I have any. I think there is something out there for anyone
  • CHILD CARE 🙂 Educational courses on proper nutrition and hydration Train individuals on proper form/technique
  • Child care for special needs kids Affordable family activities without long contracts Better meal plans that kids will actually eat
  • Really, how much easier could it be? How many more options could I have?
  • Smaller classes (of people) or bigger rooms to fit everyone in (during scheduled classes)
  • How to keep it fun and interesting to exercise, I lose interest after awhile even though I try to do diffent things
  • 1. Recognizing the it’s NOT just calories in and calories out. That sometimes there are other things going on with a person’s mind & body that my be making it difficult or impossible to loose the excess weight. 2. That the one-size-fits-all mentality does work. You can’t work out a 45 year-old woman that same way you’d work out a 25 yr-old. 3.Promising results that can’t be delivered. This becomes frustrating to the client when said results are not achieved and causes the client to question their our capabilities.
  • Work outs specific to my condition, perhaps tiered for pain levels.
  • stop promoting fad dieting/tricks (like cleanses, advocare, etc) that offer a quick fix that doesn’t include a true lifestyle change of healthy eating ane exercise; i hate hearing that something is good for you only to find out a year or so later that it’s really not all that good
  • 1. Many trainers have never experienced being overweight or out of shape and they don’t really understand it. They want to know how someone could let themselves get to that point and that it’s easy to make the life change. For me, it’s an emotional struggle, not a physical one. If it’s a battle you’ve never personally fought, it’s hard to understand it. Similar to being a parent, if you’re not a parent, you think you have all the answers and can give parents advice, but until you actually experience parenthood, you really don’t understand and are usually thinking “man, I didn’t know what I was talking about”. 2. Blanket fitness solutions. A one size fits all program. 3. Simplify as much as possible.
  • knees, back and ankle.
  • Personal training is about profit, not about the person. I get as a trainer you need to make money, but if I pay for a one hour session, I expect to workout hard, not spend 75% of the hour trying to convince me why I need more sessions. Some amenities are extra money. 90% of group fit are free, but then the “good” bootcamps are extra. Should be the same across the board.
  • Modifying workouts for people with mobility issues to reduce injuries and still get optimum benefits
  • I would like a weight training program provided and a tutorial on how to use all the weight machines. It can be intimidating seeing all these big guess lifting weights and not knowing what and how to go about it.
  • Better networking with others in each local community.
  • Joint, back and headache pains are my main problems.
  • not sure
  • I actually think the fitness industry has gone above and beyond providing solutions for people. If someone really wants to be fit, they will find a way.
  • 1) Long-term sustainability…finding that balance between enjoying eating and being healthy 2) Helping discover the right weight for me. All bodies are different and not everyone needs to look or weigh the same….removing that ridiculous perception of that the media say beauty is. 3) helping people to understand that you don’t have to starve or go crazy with exercising and diet, you can make small, gradual changes that will last a lifetime and are much easier to sustain than some fad diet.
  • None really
  • More views of proper form and nutrition tips
  • A comfortable,but challenging workout age appropriate. nutrition help along with workout. shoulder issue,and others,not knowing how hard we can push and do without damaging
  • weight loss for specific areas like stomach and under arms. I lose the weight elsewhere and have been told by doctors I would never lose the stomach.
  • 1) The huge importance of diet in relation to fitness, and that it’s not about eating less, it’s about eating smart. 2) How to counterbalance intense exercise with restorative exercise, and finding the right balance for each person’s unique composition
  • 1. Lower back 2. Right thigh 3. Left hip 4. Both knees heat and ice helps low impact exercise
  • agree on what works and what doesn’t promote healthy lifestyles for families, not just adults
  • have 2 artificial knees so it’s hard to get “good” heart rate levels up due to not being able to run, kneel, etc.
  • Fees, Fees, Fees
  • lower back, ankles
  • The feeling that I am not good enough compared to the other people in the class. The feeling that if I don’t push myself to the maximum every time, I won’t see benefits. Connection
  • Customized fitness programs for people at a more affordable rate. Personal trainers are so necessary but so expensive.
  • money — too expensive
  • Cuter, more flattering workout clothes for the overweight
  • I have one…Nutrition…the trend is changing slowly to healthier eating. More people are realizing how bad they eat and the reasons why they don’t feel well most of the time. I hate to say that I look at other grocery carts in the store and what people buy, and I just want to say something to them. The old saying, “You are what you eat” is true. Our health care system would be so much better if people would eat healthy. I have loved the Nutrition information on the Fit Moms for Life DVDS with Tracey.
  • 1.Get on the same page…seems like there is sooo much info out there it becomes overwhelming. 2. KISS-Keep it simple 3. Keep the workout area clean and maintained well with staff members who are knowledgeable…
  • Home workouts, now, with my new lifestyle, workouts that fit into a mom’s schedule…for example I wont have two hours to go workout anymore, additional education on moves and routines to maximize benefits.
  • No standards in results advertised from shakes or programs (all seem like gimmicks) Advertisement of fit people and no “real” people The “judging” someone may perceive (albeit may not actually be there) when they go to a club and they are the largest or slowest person there.
  • Home exercises; short time frame work outs (30 min or less to do in chunks), how to better incorporate kids into the mix so adults get their exercise in while with kids.
  • consistent weight lost help and stop confusing us with what are best methods to achieve weight lost goals –
  • 1. cost (glad to see this already happening with YouFit). 2. location location location 3. nothing else…they are already meeting needs very well.
  • 1. Believe it or not, the biggest reason I don’t go there in the winter is because the women’s locker room, and especially the women’s shower (for after swimming) is freezing!!! The shower room is about 60 degrees. Make it warmer PLEASE! 2. In the past I had health insurance that paid for part of my membership dues if I went to the gym a minimum of 8 times/month. That was incredibly motivating! My new health ins. doesn’t do that so part of the incentive is gone. 3. My last challenge is that, as a woman and an early senior, I like to exercise away from the body builders. The lady’s fitness area has the men’s area equipment rejects, and often the mats and fitness balls have been taken elsewhere. The women’s are continues to get junked up with unusable equipment. Also, the women’s shower area was not built to industry standards standards and it is not kept clean. Black mold was growing and nothing was done til I complained to corporate officers. These little things add up, and help talk me out of motivating myself to get there. Once I’m there, all is well! But it is clear that Golds Gyms are for men, not women.
  • Lower ABS, Breast lifting, Cellulite
  • 1. Exercise is boring. 2. I haven’t been seeing any results – it makes it hard to know if I’m doing the right thing.
  • More accurate information- we are consistently given half truths that don’t really help us achieve our goals. 2. Help beyond the program- the ablility to show us how to success after the program being self dependent 3. Just the honest truth about the results, that’s it takes not only hard work but discipline and time.
  • I wish it were easier to get a stronger core. I did have an issue with a knee that I couldn’t put on the ground without shooting pain when I first started but that has disappeared. My other challenge is that I don’t always understand what an exercise is supposed to target. I could probably work those muscles better if I knew what I was supposed to work and also what is a quad. 🙂 I think that is the front of the leg and the hamstring is the back, but I have to think about it!
  • Proper nutrition (REAL nutrition), strength training, motivation.
  • Combat the misinformation marketers and news people use to manipulate people in very tough times (all the attention paid to the bogus autism / thimerosal causation) Time Self worth or importance to put you higher on lest of needs
  • I think they do it all now days. Commitment . Motivation and accountability. They have so many programs
  • 1. Easy access nutritional information 2. childcare options 3. affordable memberships
  • Reducing my behind! Really control my weight well.
  • Mental commitment Age appropriate modifications Stamina challenges
  • 1. Easier access to fitness options in smaller towns/rural locations. 2. Affordable 3. Convenient times
  • Nothing I can think of right now.
  • bone health, cellulite, foot pain
  • Making it easier to go. Cost + childcare. Maybe focus on “family health” instead of “get mom back into shape” while the kids do something else. I think you already are doing this, from what I’m reading. Along with that, family food classes would be awesome too.
  • Diet plan and exercise plan for individuals who have very little time to work out due to work family and other commitment
  • 1. Don’t charge additional fees for specialty classes like kickboxing, bootcamp, etc 2. Have activities for children to do other than sit in a room, thus keeping them more active (I live in Janesville) 3. Offer 1-2 sessions of free personal training, which would help get many people in the door.
  • Stop the conflicting information/messages Make fitness more of a journey vs. all the ‘drop 2 jean sizes, lose 10 lbs quick, etc. $$$ – everything fitness related seems so pricey
  • -Dealing with the challenges of NON gym time. What we put in our mouths, how to stay active in general – not just for a one hour work out… -Accountability -Quick, effective workouts and strategies to stay active when not in the gym.
  • Offer more beginner courses, cost, have it be part of a health plan or HSA
  • Childcare for gym members. Trainer that assist you at no extra cost.
  • Fibromyalgia Joint pain not arthritis related
  • flatter/tighter stomach after having children back and neck pain fitness with Lupus or other diseases affecting joints and causing severe fatigue
  • Motivate me to always workout!
  • Motivation – I know this is something you need to find within yourself, but when fitness becomes boring, you loose motivation; More free services for those that need financial assistance; Offer classes and options for the handicapped
  • 1. Will power 2. Motivation 3. Programs that get results in less time.
  • Weight loss training
  • Not sure what you mean. You can really find whatever you need if you look for it and are willing to pay for it. Maybe you mean what areas I need work in – abs, high intensity interval training sounds like the new thing per Dr. Mercola. It would be nice to have a workout for that.
  • Easy access to personal trainer Maybe pay by use for travelers that us a reasonable fee.
  • 1. My knees always hurt when doing impact aerobic moves but they’re the moves that get the best results. 2. As a not-naturally-athletic person, I’m always looking for workouts that are more enjoyable for me. 3. I wish there were more affordable options for home weight sets that have lots of different adjustable weight options
  • cost, childcare, accessibility to trainers
  • Cost
  • The classes offered at my gym are very advanced (the few easier ones are offered in the mornings when I cannot attend because I’m a teacher) or they are very dancing based– I’m not exceptionally coordinated and certainly dont dance, so I don’t feel that is a place for me. Do a better job of modifying activities in such classes Keeping up to date with the kinds of things you tell us, not just sticking to the old “calories in/calories out” or emphasizing more and more longer cardio as the be all and end all.
  • more group classes
  • I’m not a good self-motivator when it comes to exercise. Accountability and feeling like someone will “notice” or “miss” me when I’m not there help get me there. It’s too easy to blow it off.
  • Decreased cost More accessible Further coordination of nutrition and exercise information
  • Motivation, education, cost
  • The nutritional aspect and emotional aspect of being overweight. And Price.
  • motivation
  • Helping educate what “healthy eating” really is, and I can’t think of 2 others right now.
  • after workout soreness, old age joint pain
  • Slow down the world…..time management. Shorter more effective workouts ….like the 20 minute 6 week challenge. Anybody can find 20 minutes!
  • time, enjoyment, results
  • Times available Proper form Friendliness
  • Compact home exercise equipment
  • making exercise enough of a rountin to stick, but varried enough to be fun.
  • Back; a broken wrist making pushups more challenging; being consistent
  • Until I found your video that helped me with weight lifting, there was nothing that I found that brought me through a step by step lifting program. I am over 50 and LOVE Boomin’ Bodies! I knew I needed to lift but needed a video, not written instructions that I did not always understand nor motivate me.
  • 1) I have a hard time coming up with tasty, healthy, simple meals. We eat well, but we eat the same things all the time. It would be great if there were more healthy cooking classes and workshops available. 2) I have a lack of direction in my workouts. Even with using workout videos, I feel like I bounce back and forth between different ones, unsure of what I need to be doing. Clear, affordable exercise plans for a one to three month period would be helpful. 3) I don’t currently have a good support system. My husband and I are accountability partners, but it would be great to be connected to more people with similar goals. Fitness programs with more community would be helpful.
  • time, boredom, functional fitness
  • The price, hours, daycare.
  • Joint pain solutions, nutrition, evening childcare for fitness classes
  • Motivation, tailoring workout to fitness level to avoid injury, finding workout environment that fits my personality (introvert, non-jock, but likes to be pushed by a trainer to work harder)
  • Time! Curves is great, but if they aren’t open a wide variety of hours, there’s no point for me.
  • Membership costs Location and time of programs available Bigger gyms don’t offer personal attention. I need someone to show me the exercises in person.
  • Obesity epidemic Youth obesity problems in the US Basic nutrition knowledge
  • Childcare (although I’ve personally found a solution)
  • – understand some people don’t have a passion for fitness (or nutrition) but do it only because they have to as a way to stay healthy or fit – changes don’t have to be big as little things add up – be understanding that everyone is different – different mind sets, different bodies, different work styles, different levels, etc (one size doesn’t fit all)
  • 1. Provide more reasonable month to month options 2. Do not allow sick children in the daycare 3. No contracts
  • Belly fat Knee pain Shoulder pain
  • Back knees
  • Real talk when it comes to diet: moderation is an option. No more fat shaming. Realizing that health is more important than size.
  • Schedules… Everything class wise is never late enough at night, making it extremely difficult for my family and our schedules.
  • I’m very happy with my experiences in the fitness industry.
  • more child care options (weekends, evenings…) more challenging classes – most cater to least common denominator. A good class should challenge everyone, not just newbies or the super fit. sense of community (=support and accountability)
  • I don’t understand this question – sorry
  • Fun time restraints and fun
  • Hard to find the motivation to add it in. I already have to get up pretty early in the morning for work and am tired in the evenings. More help on ways that families can integrate it into their lives, thus passing on an active life to their kids. Get on the same page. The industry has so many people saying so many different things that it makes it hard to know what should really be done.
  • More on exercises for recovery from injury, less attention on quick fix and more on long term exercise (variety and intensity) and more push for women to do weights
  • Modifications for exercises with people with bad knees. I have arthritis in my knees so it is hard for me to do some exercises. The price. It’s hard to be able to afford to belong to a healthclub.
  • there shouldn’t be an extra fee for fitness classes if I am a member
  • I haven’t had any issues with the fitness industry, having belonged to several different gyms over the past 20+ years.
  • Knees, low back and hips….psoas may be #1.
  • Better pregnancy workouts A way to maintain weight without working out more than an hour a day How to not get bored with the same warmup/workout
  • Finding balance with full time work, family and home life.
  • My main challenge is having a routine when I do go to the gym. Sometimes I feel like I am wandering wasting time thinking of what I can do next.
  • Rural fitness solutions. Improved home exercise videos etc. Cost.
  • Cater to specific groups
  • time of day and safety in getting to the facility during the edges.
  • Have no gimmicks. Making healthly eating more clear.
  • more ab work, better stamina, weight loss & toning
  • Keeping exercise programs from being bring- you do a great job keeping it fresh and new. Address challenges of figuring out all the different therories of diet, supplement, and exercise programs
  • Encouragement to go
  • Need programs for older “beginners” Need to promote atmosphere welcoming to all Make people feel like they are not excercising but having fun
  • Nutrition is never adequately addressed Boredom Plans (what to do for my body type to see results to include exercise and nutrition)
  • hip pain during exercise abs and bat wings (arms lol)
  • whole body results in less time lifting heavy weights while/despite experiencing joint pain monitoring proper form
  • Options for as you age. I have gone to physical therapy more now than when I was young and it was all because I want to get in shape, but I can’t workout like I used too. My back gave out, twisted my knee, shin splints all because I was going to hard. But I don’t know how to work out with out going extra hard. Timers on the showers, people are really unaware of time in the a.m. If I can’t shower and get to work I tend to stop going to the gym. Silly but true. Combo classes so I can yoga and kickbox or some other cardio/ stretch all in the same hour.
  • Making it fun
  • belly fat, loss of balance and strength
  • Bad or unclear research Nonscientific research presented as fact to public Fad diets
  • More information regarding fitness options for women in my age group, 50+, who are in pretty decent shape and are seeking new physical challenges. One thing that makes me crazy concerns running. Seems like I’m always reading articles about women who start running and then immediately have to train for a marathon. Or even a half marathon. While it’s good to set goals I wonder if this discourages others from starting to run in the first place. I’ve been running for years and have never run more than 7 miles at once. Seems like it’s all or nothing sometimes.
  • Daycare @ gyms! Reasonable fees programs laid out easy for beginners
  • Losing weight there’s so many different things that you can do it’s confusing
  • 1. What to do when working around injury or disability. 2. How to workout safely. 3. Starting where you are is welcome. Not just welcome but expected.
  • I’m not sure what you are looking for here. Unfortunately, the recession has made it difficult for many people work out in a gym because of the cost. I know that a gym is not NECESSARY, but it sure helps.
  • 1. A better understanding that being overweight doesn’t always have to do w/ poor knowledge of nutrition and/or exercise, nor a lack of willpower per se, i.e., it’s often the result of emotional issues or possibly an eating disorder (e.g., BED). 2. More coaching on how one can determine and tap into what truly motivates them, so they are more likely to follow thru on their goals (includes proper goal setting). 3. More form/technique checks. I’ve learned that the slightest alteration in how a movement is performed can make all the difference.
  • A way to get a simple plan to start working out when I join, without doing personal training. Make personal training a bit more reasonably priced Would like to see a full service gym near Monona or on SE side of Madison
  • back pain / strenghthening nutrition – don’t just tell what to eat as not everyone likes everything – give options or substitutes. better workouts for people with challenges, such as arthritis. There are a lot of things I can’t do becuz of pain or limited range of motion
  • Cost
  • Drop in options that aren’t crazy expensive compared to memberships
  • Upper body strengthening Affordable programs
  • Effective routines for weight loss
  • What’s a pain point/challenge?
  • That’s a great question! There are so many things to focus on, but basically to be healthy you have to eat right, sleep well and exercise. Sounds easy enough until life… Kids, husbands, pets, chores, etc. get in the way!!
  • – cheaper access to group exercise classes – cheaper access to group exercise classes – cheaper access to group exercise classes
  • 1) diet-exercise – how they work best together 2) best exercises to match my fitness needs 3) how to get most out of a workout
  • Time and convenience and nutrition. There are times when it is better suited for me to workout at home. Id like to design a program with what I have at home. After a month reevaluate. But at a reasonable price. It may be time to go back to the gym and focus on other efforts/areas. Etc. Grocery shopping 101, fast meals at home that everyone will like, how to build in clean eating with kids and work. It would be nice if I had someone to take what we like to eat and modify that. I can’t just start eating quinoa, protein shakes or kale without slowly working that in and how. Etc.
  • Understanding what level I fit into with group classes.
  • maintaining knee health while conditioning thigh muscles
  • 1. Chronic mild shoulder pain when I lift weights 2. overall daily fatigue even when I get enough sleep sometimes is my excuse not to workout 3. better solution to decrease belly fat!
  • Nutrition is a big part of fitness and there is way too much confusion
  • cost (rebates from government for gym memberships.(that’s Canadian) and I will answer from my 34 yrs of listening – people stay engaged when they are given the care they deserve they want to feel special – personal training costs are way to high and some are very ambarrassed by body image.
  • rehab exercises nutrition for weight loss versus performance
  • 1) High impact jumping, bending, twisting, etc hurts my knees, so more low impact options that work the whole body would be nice. 2) I enjoy water aerobics type classes, but it takes a bit of talking myself into braving the cold water and that’s not real appealing w/the cold weather. 3) There are not a lot of evening classes (6pm or later) for people who either work or need to wait until their spouse gets home from work to watch the kids. I am not an early morning person.
  • Weight loss Better arms Better core/strength
  • Time, more affordable personal training, changing the ruberic of success away from external and visual to internal experiential.
  • Even though I have a membership to the gym, I am intimidated by the people, don’t know how to use the equipment and not sure of the cleanliness.
  • Being less intimidating when you are new – a lot of people in classes have been “around the block” so to speak and that can be really intimidating to exercise newbies – or even people that just feel like they might look like a whale trying to do supermans!
  • People who have special challenges and health issues. Everyone caters to the people who can (and I understand why).
  • Cost Classes that work with MY crazy work schedule Be realistic
  • Hiring a personal trainer is way beyond reach of most people’s budget. Music played in gyms is generally too loud (we want it in the background; we aren’t at a concert when we are working out. )
  • As a fitness professional, I struggle to see many fitness instructors (often in my experience the cross-fit instructors) not caring about proper form, or not correcting clients. As a person who did cross-fit for quite a while and really enjoys it – my history has been seeing unqualified people leading classes/opening gyms without proper training and I worry about injuries for clients.
  • I would like inexpensive headphones. Affordable classes like yoga and pilates. A way to keep gym equipment cleaner.
  • 1. Most workouts aren’t fun, or are too intimidating/challenging for beginners. It is very easy to try to start working out and get discouraged. 2. Most “programs” (gym memberships, etc.) are cost-prohibitive. 3. The programs that ARE fun and more easily accessible are too crowded.
  • The boredom of exercise for health.
  • 1. keep it simple 2. nutrition again make it simple 3. problem area focus
  • 1. More flexible options – some people can’t afford a membership but would pay per visit if they could. 2. Quality child care with safety protocols in place, available at the times when parents want to work out. 3. It is hard to separate the scams from the real information, especially online.
  • Be more affordable, more customizable, better hours, more classes offered “off work hours”
  • For my purposes, I have access to information & when I did belong to a gym (which was for MANY years) I had great equipment along with trainers available.
  • 1. consistency with nutrition 2. focus on nutrition and healthy eating habits (self-control) 3. long-term benefits of weightlifting (what 70+ year olds look like who consistently exercise)….and exercise–what lifelong exercise lifestyle looks like
  • Plantar Fasciitis,
  • I think the fitness industry does a pretty good job of encouraging people to exercise. I think the problem is that people (me included) tend to eat more than they should thinking they have or will burn it off with exercise.
  • my own personal opinions are: turn off the music that runs throughout, I treasure the quiet, and today with tech each member can supply their own music that they like. trainers that will follow thru; start paying their employees better wages better wages better workers; one sign of bad management, is constant new employees; gossip; start providing machines that are woman size, not some football player; knees, arms and back…. 🙂
  • 1) best exercises for stripped down home gym which is the way I want go eventually (I have kettlebells, dumbells, resistance bands and a ball) 2) it seems like folks focus on cardio a bit much. True? 3) best warm-up for people my age
  • 1: Pricey gym memberships for anywhere that I feel ok leaving my kids while I workout. Mommy guilt is the worst! A workout is not focused if I feel guilty the whole time! 2: Personal training: most people stop going in some part I think because it is hard when you are grasping at straws with workouts. Buddy groups? Fitness training? Something to educate people who want to be there but don’t know what to do. 3: Encouragement! You can’t stop smiling & being nice once someone signs a contract. We all appreciate support & the bottom line is that some of us, those of us who most need to be at the gym, NEED encouragement & support. It’s pretty easy to defeat yourself when it comes to getting healthy because speed bumps come along far more than finish lines or milestones. SMILE, say hello, offer to meet for a work out, be approachable & approach me!
  • Honestly it seems like one person comes up with an idea and everyone else jumps on the band wagon. Dustin’s workouts are the first I’ve come across that actually make you sweat, but aren’t so hard that I can’t do them.
  • There are exercises I want to do but am not sure how the machine works or what the proper form is. there are also some exercises that are intimidating that i would like someone to walk through with me. I guess these things are available but I’m a “do it now” type of person so it would be nice to have someone just walking around at ALL times. LOL
  • Eliminate signup fees (barrier to entry), staff that is helping/encouraging rather than sitting on their duff, virtual reality group exercise
  • I hate the gym. I MUCH prefer being outside biking, walking, running, hiking, downhill and cross country skiing. I did yoga outside this summer, and take a yoga class now. I take a zumba class as well, through my work.
  • 1. help us consumers find something that we enjoy doing- and then we might move more 2. keep it simple- i am not a coordinated person and my left is always the instructors right 🙂 3. it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to get fit- focus on body weight training and some of the things we can do without spending so much money. there is always a new gadget being sold to keep up with the times, is it really needed?
  • what to do with your kids while you work out – the daycare here is only open 8-12 and 4-8 — I usually work 10-6
  • **exercise is for all different levels **it does not have to be boring….main reason why I quit step class and body pump
  • -Sign-on fees – I don’t join a gym because I refuse to pay a membership fee or sign up for a year. I would likely stay signed up longer than the year, but its the principal. -Gawking men — I love when gyms have a woman-only weight area where nobody feels compelled to offer “advice” -Showers — I love when they have separate rooms, but that’s not often the case. I generally work out in the morning or during lunch, and need to take a shower before going to work but am not always comfortable getting naked around strangers.
  • 1. Old age 🙂 Becoming more sedentary as I age. 2. Motivating the family during the week. Week-end hikes/canoeing/bike rides are working, but getting in another 1-2 workouts is difficult.
  • overuse knee pain, foot/plantar fascitis, lower back pain, stress relief.
  • How important nutrition is to achieving weight/health results.
  • lower monthly rates for seniors 55 – 65
  • Wallet pain: Convince people that the financial investment is as important as any other investment I might make, and really isn’t that much compared to other expenses I might have. Minor aches & pains: usually work themselves out, maybe with some expert advice, and there’s no need to panic or quit.
  • Weak core, bad knees, No stamina
  • Availability of equipment at peak times. Low or no cost instruction to equipment. Low or no cost classes with qualified instructors.
  • Flexibility/stretching Good form is important (people get injured if they don’t and use this as an excuse for not exercising) More availability of healthy, non processed foods (I don’t know if this is really the fitness industry’s job, but anything to help this would be nice:))
  • Back pain Gym needs more early morning classes
  • Better cost investment, better focus on nutrition, and reward schemes.
  • Affordable price, more family friendly (I.e. combining different kids sports programs/a gym under one roof – I am at my kiddos gymnastics classes for 6 hours a week. If there was a gym near by or better yet in the same facility, I would totally sign up!), convenient classes and childcare times (most gyms, the classes I want to attend are either early in the morning when I am sending of my 2 schooled kids off for the day or the class is mid morning, but the childcare is closed.
  • The biggest challenge for me is time, because I have 2 young kids and work full time. The best time for me to work out is early morning, and I really depend on there being challenging cardio/strength classes at that time.
  • 1. I am very prone to arthritis and am not good at pacing myself, so I overdo it, injure myself, and then am out of action during the recovery phase and often beyond. 2. Even if I get a simple cold and stay home for a week, I am not good about restarting. I wish I had some way to get motivation to pick back up promptly. 3. I wish there were more “floating” staff who I could ask about a specific machine if I am unsure if I am doing things right.
  • effective stomach exercises time it takes for an effective workout (for those lacking free time)
  • More information on nutrition and clean eating. Better instruction on the correct form/technique while lifting weights. Additional classes/programs on Wellness (weight loss, staying motivated etc.)
  • Cost/location of clubs
  • 1.neck and back pain 2. I need to know after how long to adjust foods intake, calorie adjustment and how much to eat as you continue long term and short term
  • 1. Multiple back issues
  • Offering affordable classes with times/locations that are convenient. This seems to be easier in a large metro area than it was for me in rural Wisconsin. The other challenge is a program that is flexible enough to allow for physical deficiencies while still being challenging and fun.
  • More 1-to-1 face time w/trainer – someone to be accountable to/Be realistic about goals/Be realistic about what you need to do to maintain weight especially as you get older
  • I’m 50, over weight and out of shape with bad knees. The only way I feel I can get in shape without hurting myself is to use a personal trainer, and I can’t afford that option
  • I don’t know. We are very fortunate in our rural area to have excellant and challenging classes available.
  • Knees, shoulders
  • less complex machines, more free weights less expensive trainer costs(even though I know trainers need to live too)
  • Chronic joint pain in hips and knees
  • time of day
  • An easy, pain-free (due to knee issues), fun workout that was convenient & guaranteed that I’d loose weight/look great… with quick results. 🙂
  • Diet & Nutrition Accountability Social and group gatherings where you can find fitness partners to help on your journey.
  • Starting a exercise program without injury to joints etc (overuse injuries)
  • Motivation/time/friendly atmosphere.
  • More free weights and more area to use the free weights
  • 1. Quash the myth of diet pills/supplements being able to provide results. 2. Tell people that they have to do actual work to get results. 3. Encourage people to find forms of exercise they enjoy rather than doing what’s traditional (weights and cardio).
  • My gym that I will occasionally go to does not have a trainer on site. Having someone there to explain the machines and just push you to do more would be nice. It’s easier to quit early when no one is there watching you.
  • affordability maintaining working equipment maintaining enough equipment to allow easy access during peak hours
  • Providing clarity about what is most effective Stop with the fads Stop dispensing nutrition advice that is based on weight loss but not good health
  • 1. Making all gyms 24 hr accessible 2. Find ways to reduce costs such as if someone volunteers so many hours they can have either a free membership or reduced fees. 3. Provide nutrition/cooking classes along with menus and grocery lists.
  • Cost Childcare At-home workouts
  • Making sure you are using the correct form.
  • Time Lack of Fun Lack of Variety
  • Lose weight easily! hahaha!! Having personal coaches follow up with the people they were assigned to.
  • 1. cardio—I hate doing it and I get winded easily 2. back—my back sometimes bothers me during workouts 3. I need to figure out why I am sometimes so sore after a workout that I can’t even exercise for the next two or three days after, and then I feel like I lose all progress
  • Affordable rates, something for the kids to do that doesn’t cost more than the adult membership.
  • Not having someone available to help if you have questions It can be overwhelming Cleanliness/Equip maintenance
  • Making fitness fun! Providing sound reason why fitness is important to incorporate into your daily routine. Providing accountability when you don’t show up.
  • Daycare at gyms, more video workout options, classes more convenient times.
  • Variety of classes Pay instructors better so they motivate more more available nutrition counseling
  • More child care hours for us stay at home moms that can’t get there between normal morning hours
  • Not everyone can work up to a intense level due to arthritis, etc etc, stop saying it has to be high intensity or go home. Also not just for the young.
  • Motivation and meaningful connections. K2 does this well.
  • If you don’t belong to a gym but workout at home or some other place, what could a fitness professional like myself provide you in order for you to get results, stay motivated, and be consistent?
  • same as #4
  • Maybe a magazine with recipes, research, workouts…something new each month. Unlike something like Runners’ World, which is sort of the same every month.
  • Free basic fitness challenges, nothing drastic, just basic easy workouts, recipes and plans.
  • I appreciate your frequent emails and DVDs.
  • Possibly advice to what I could be doing differently to get better results. Motivation, which you do through email posts.
  • I get a lot of use from your email bulletins. I think community is a real booster.
  • Positive feedback , follow ups to make sure we are not giving up.
  • motivational & informative emails are great! A facebook group or online group (that changes it up somehow) that requires accountability – I have done that with Alecia(?) and it really helped keep me on track
  • Get my kids on bus (715am) so I can exercise in morning or get dinner ready (6..630pm) so I can exercise after work (8-5 in heels and skirt and eat lunch at desk)…. Oh, yeah!!!! exercises to space out through my work day while in constant semi-business attire. I live 30 minutes was work and 15 from nearest 24hr gym… Infuse me with willpower and follow through
  • True encouragement with people who are similar to my size.
  • Some challenges to do.
  • Accountability options. Simple food or exercise tips. Success stories for inspiration.
  • I do not believe that you can provide more than is already out there.
  • none
  • target on specific area’s of need, more consistent encouragement and motavation. My problem at the moment is eating. fell of the wagon at Christmas and hit the candy again.
  • Exercise suggestion, emails,
  • Exercises for balance with a understanding that knees and rotator cuff is not what it used to be. Some way to have a one on one personal challenge that I could achieve and would to try to beat you.
  • On-line community of sharing successes and short comings. DIY resources for exercise, healthy eating advice, resources to seek out for other mental challenges or life struggles people are having. I should go over the Humana Vitality program with you as it takes into account some of these factors. You do a great job of providing all of the above items though.
  • email/text/FB contact or workouts for the day, daily challenges like “3 sets of 10 burpees, report back” and give a web link to show how to do the exercise. I would love to see that!
  • I ADORE your Fit Moms For Life program:) Maybe more of an online community. I attended a webinar with Tracy Fountain recently and felt a sense of health community even though it was all online.
  • I am a single mom, I could somehow use the motivation and energy…
  • I am motivated, I need a place to go to workout and other motivated and encouraging people there to workout with. The online community also helps, for a while I paid attention to the online forum/blog when I wasn’t working out. But I’m not a FB user 🙂
  • I belong to a gym but workout a lot in my basement. You could provide daily motivational posts (on Facebook, Twitter, email) with pictures of people working out and quotes, meal suggestions and a more detailed breakdown of calories/etc. and varied workouts – different types (weights, plyos, etc.) to confuse my muscles and keep me interested.
  • Before our Community Center opened I worked out at home. I would appreciate: Realistic diet/menu suggestions (ingredients easily available). Workout routine suggestions, age and fitness level appropriate (example, all seniors don’t need routines for being seated). Information about when to change no. of reps, when to change to another exercise for each muscle group during resistance training, …
  • Something that wasn’t super expensive.
  • Not sure. I tried working out at home but too hard to do with little ones.
  • Provide free sample workouts that can be done at home!
  • Affordable fitness videos Example: Fit Moms for Life, 6 workout DVD – – Awesome, but kinda get bored with same 6 workouts…yearly DVD set outside of my budget
  • apps that have complete and customizable programs, much like your core program, but as an app. Sort of, let me work with you once every two weeks, and then send me home with an app. with a two week program that I can do.
  • Not sure but I would be open to hearing what others say.
  • I really enjoy your YouTube videos, but wish they were longer. Maybe 20min instead of 10.
  • Teach me how the body works to burn the calories
  • insanity, yoga classes at bliss flow and dragonfly
  • Real life stories are always the most motivating to me. It’s nice to see normal people make changes
  • I like to work out at home, too. I have never tried videos or TV shows, but really I should give it a try and carve out the time.
  • Such a good question. I’ve asked myself this a 100 times. What would I want? I think somehow a personal connection, but I can’t really say quite what/how.
  • I think you already provide a wealth of information Dustin, it’s really up to the person to actually implement it into their life. But, keeping things simple really helps me. I can get off on a rabbit trail so easily trying to research the best way to eat and work out and have wasted so much time trying to “figure it out,” that I haven’t gotten up and actually done anything. For me, I get overwhelmed with so many methods and other peoples opinions. Also, people need to remember that humans are 3 part beings. We can’t just focus on our physical nature, but we also need to get our psychological and social nature involved. Spirit, soul and body we are. Often times the reason a person doesn’t stay committed to fitness routine or healthy eating habits is purely psychological. They may have other issues to address to even get them selves motivated to be committed to their physical health. Low self esteem, bad habits, guilt, condemnation, relational difficulties, personal stress, depression, anxiety, etc…
  • Develop a system to keep me accountable
  • good music, easy workouts,
  • support group to keep me accountable.
  • A great intense workout that isn’t too difficult to learn ( like routines, Footwork, etc) and doesn’t require lots if equipment. Love insanity! Easy to do and motivating.
  • Every other day check in
  • I think “just” getting me close to my initial weight/strength goal.
  • I really don’t know. You seem to be offering lots of long distance support already.
  • For me, it’s all about knowing what exercises to do to be the most productive, and I just haven’t gotten there yet. The biggest thing that has kept me motivated the last 9 months has been the continual weight loss, and that has all been just by watching what I eat. I can only imagine the results I could get if I exercised. I always feel so good when I get done exercising, it’s just actually doing the exercises that is the challenge for me.
  • Maybe private online personal training, coaching, or assessments. I would love to know which exercises I should be doing specifically for my body to get maximum results.
  • I think a person would need accountability and someone to ask questions to when it doesn’t seem to be working. And to work with them one on one personally for their own unique situation. Everyone is different. It isn’t a “one class fits all” situation.
  • Love your newsletters, your DVDs…maybe online videos? Short and long workouts.
  • An eating plan with grocery list
  • The emails you send are good. Deals are always appreciated.
  • Again I do think all the tools are there. I struggle with nutrition, and when I get down about that I slack on the exercise because I feel as though I am defeating myself with my diet and tend to get a “why bother” attitude. I never quit-not for many years-but occasionally take longer ‘breaks’ than I should. Should say that the fault in my diet is not as much quality, as it is quantity. I am increasingly dismay at the very small number of calories it takes for me to apparently be able to shed pounds. Although I can maintain my weight, seemingly infinitely .
  • I work out at home but feel that my motivation is mostly challenged by not making myself a priority. work, life, family balance
  • Meal plans just like you do Meeting place for women to come together to check in that workout at home Personal blods, e-mails, the mass ones don’t work for me
  • Daily texts, messages to make sure I am doing my workouts at home…
  • Not sure
  • Know you clients. Know how much to push and when to let up.
  • See above
  • The K2 program has really done this for me. I’m working out with people who understand my struggle and are really not born athletics. We support each other and they keep me motivated.
  • Not sure. It is too easy to get side-tracked at home.
  • NA. People that workout at home still need to find a workout buddy or group to stay accountable. Someone that will push them and motivate. Watching a DVD can make for a great workout, but doesn’t give you face to face interaction. I have made friends at the gym through doing classes and going consistently. Those friends make working out enjoyable, and make me want to go on days where I just don’t feel I have energy or a desire to go.
  • Ways to modify my workouts so I can still get maximum benefits
  • Promoting a race, or mud run, etc. and sponsor with a shirt (teamwork).
  • more guided CD’s for my age group ~50 yo I like your FMFL DVD’s but they can be a bit daunting
  • I belong to a gym but mainly exercise at home. The thing that would mske a difference for me is accountability.
  • Short, effective things to do to fit into a busy schedule
  • I really like reading your emails. They are part inspirational, part motivational, part educational and I like how personal they are. Keep up the good work!
  • I think you have provided it. I need short workouts and a suggested schedule of when to do each workout.
  • I workout at home 5 mornings a week and sometimes I workout with my friend at her home. I think daily motivational texts or emails would be great. Even better would be some sort of add on or integration with My Fitness Pal (an app which I absolutely love). Accountability for sure – in some sort of online forum or app…it would be great to log my workouts and get support and feedback from other people.
  • You’re already doing it
  • Make me be accountable. Know the right workouts to do
  • New workout material. Still use interval training but I wouldn’t mind new “stations” for myself
  • I try to walk 45 min. daily on the treadmill and appointments get in the way sometimes. Try to do 10 or 15 min. at a time.
  • I enjoy intensity over duration. If you can pack an efficient workout into a short amount of time, I’m in! In the past I’ve done two home workout programs, Insanity and T25. I think I enjoyed both of them because they were a no-nonsense approach to fitness. Get in, give it your all, and get out.
  • I have Multiple Sclerosis and to stay consistent I have to do low impact exercises.
  • A plan of what exercises to do when with what equipment, provide feedback on when to increase weights etc, and some one to be accountable to
  • I have been doing your momma tone tapes for years, would like a new series of tapes to “change it up” even though I have all 12 and I do switch them out every week
  • I do work out at home and have lost 90 pounds doing so – – – just motivation, easy recipes for us single moms on the go – – – how to lose stomach, I think that is my one trouble spot and my arms.
  • Keep me aware of progress
  • I currently use your FF Moms DVDs and Core DVD when I don’t get to the Y and I love these DVDs
  • A check in for accountability …kind of like Weight Watchers, but it would need to have face time…a connection is a must! You have to feel like there is some kind of care and compassion there also trust.
  • I do belong to a gym, but enjoy the emails (even though I’ve been on an excercising hiatus). I’m super excited to get back into a routine but am afraid that my new life as a mom will make it difficult. So I’ve really been liking your emails and website as a resource. I think changing it up and providing new routines are a great way to keep me interested.
  • Come in to my house and throw away crappy food with an explanation of why it is unhealthy.
  • A variety of long and short workouts to fit my life style
  • FB does the job well.
  • accountability – I don’t go to the gym because I have four young children and it’s too much time/hassle to get someplace. But that means it’s just me.
  • I started with the FM4L DVDs. Those are great but group workouts are more fun. Would be nice if there was a way to have accountability partners through the DVD program. Maybe this is true now, but I don’t recall that when I bought the set about 3-4 years ago.
  • Short term, online communities that nature and support
  • More focus on food and what to eat today. Easy tips for working moms.
  • Give me a schedule to follow with a weird work schedule. I work sometimes 12 hour shifts, and with other responsibilities, its hard to make time to work out
  • I would love a very occasional one on one “session” to help set appropriate goals, look at strategies to meet those goals, get accurate body fat % measurement, go over dietary suggestions, etc.
  • we do your fit moms for life 12 dvds, BUT don’t always have an hour+ to commit to before work. How about a 20-30 minute DVD?
  • Exercise routines to do at home–they need to challenging workouts in a short time frame. I have your Fit Mom’s For Life videos, all 12 of them. I worked out to those for over a year…then got bored and also too time consuming because there is too much down time between exercises. I didn’t have the time to complete the routine. I currently only walk/run for 30-35 mins because that is all I can fit into my routine. I would like to bring in strength training again.
  • dvd for a workout partner
  • Help us see healthy improvement and realistic improvement. The scale is usually everyone’s go to answer — yet it’s not a good one. Again, I think you do this already, from what I’ve read.
  • your newsletters are already awesome. The FB and Pinterest community are fantastic. I, personally, really enjoyed the 6-week FM4L challenge. Price was right, time commitment wasn’t huge, and I got sooo much out of it.
  • I think accountability is important. People caring when you work out and when you don’t-some sort of support group. Opportunities to work out with a group and trainer when possible. Access to the trainer for questions/support.
  • Weekly check ins, even in some cases monitoring via cameras for motivation
  • I do workout at a gym and at home with your DVD’s
  • Buddy system, to make me more accountable. I would also like to move to a warmer climate someday.
  • A structured routine that can be done at home and still provide the same results that you would get from participating in a bootcamp or other fitness group
  • DVD’s to work out to Food plans (You do this already, I need to find out which ones I’d use)
  • I workout mainly at a gym, but do run/walk on a treadmill when I’m not able to make it to the gym. I think most professionals have done a great job with providing apps and websites that allow you to connect with others and set personal goals. These can also be a way to keep people committed because they share their success/failures with others.
  • Provide some kind of online group, probably via email vs. FB, where people can be accountable to others while working out at home along with providing recipes and tips and tricks.
  • when I did home workouts maybe a check-in time or reporting results / workouts. Maybe even skyping into a class if someone does it just because of the transportation time.
  • Reasonably priced personal consultation at my home
  • Motivation and accountability – regular check-ins, goal tracking, suggestions for different exercises if the current ones aren’t working.
  • accountability, consistent communication
  • I workout everyday. I’m self motivated
  • helpful accountability (not a nag, but encouragment)
  • Smaller class sizes, where you feel connected, supported and accountable. Motivation and accountability are huge for me.
  • Constant accountability
  • at home dvds, weekly or monthly topics to explore and put time and effort into
  • I think that your video series has it all….testimonies, nutrition education, and encouragement!
  • ease of routine, variety, cost
  • An activity chart
  • online coaching + dvds/youtube workouts. i love your booming bodies and have used your “got core”.
  • I’m forty and know 20 minute jogs and weight training is important
  • Maybe a few more videos for 50+ workouts just for variety. I still love your first though. I also enjoy your newsletters and encouraging messages.
  • I love home workout videos, but they are isolating. A way to be connected to other people, maybe through social media, would be helpful.
  • provide variety and things that are tailored to my goals
  • Its all personal consistency actually you go above and beyond to keep us well informed and with many options
  • Sponsor frequent and short health tips/seminars…like you are currently doong!
  • I’m not to sure. Up beat and try to stay positive. I need encouraging words and help on what exercises will target different areas best.
  • May sound ridiculous but daily accountability.
  • Seriously, it has to be worth my time. You know the grid of Urgent/Not Urgent and Important/Not Important? For me exercise is important but not urgent, so all the urgent things come first. I often think I won’t have time to exercise regularly until my kids are older or gone.
  • I’m not sure. I’ve been trying to figure it out. But everyone else’s needs come first.
  • I would like to see a program where you can do the workouts at home and then meet once or twice a month to exercise as a group and get new exercise routines. I took a FM4L class and liked it because I did the workouts at home but yet we met weekly which helped me stay accountable. I also liked that my group was smaller less than 10 people, the timing of the class worked with my busy schedule, and the workouts were only 20 to 30 minutes long. I also like programs that require little or no equipment.
  • – App, online forum, tracking tool of some sort to monitor progress – Tips for how to know if you’re using correct form – Motivational thoughts and wisdom
  • A local fitness group that involves kids with little expense
  • Daily Support
  • To get professional help at home
  • N/A, because I wouldn’t do it on my own. I don’t need someone to yell at me to workout. But I do need someone there making surei do it.
  • Tough love and accountability checks.
  • Pay on a per visit basis. Provide positive motivational instruction not drill Sargent workouts. It needs to feel like fun not torture. Have a pseudo rave, lol.
  • Accountability
  • Facetime, use mobile device to ” dial in” for real live workouts
  • Good Question….to me, I think this is my job to want to stay motivated, but if you find a way to help would be great! Maybe a daily reminder or encouragement email?
  • I don’t know???
  • I have done some of your challenges in the past that had a tracking system and competitive piece. Two things I take away from that – ways to easily log workouts, etc. to track consistency instead of only seeing progress after 6 weeks would be nice. Also, when doing challenges, maybe allowing people to sign up for different levels. It became clear to me quickly that the only people who had a chance at winning on the points were those that were extremely consistent and did every challenge. If you are just starting out and trying to change your old habits, that is really hard to do.
  • I do bootcamp once a week at Horizons & then use some of your DVD’s & Beachbody’s Combat & Pump DVD’s at home.
  • love the variety and pace in the 6 week challenge videos. I like how you mixed the core, weights, and cardio all together
  • Emails/check-ins would provide the motivation necessary. Also, having to answer to someone would hold me accountable for my fitness. Keeping it fun.
  • Online Facebook 30 day challenges, continue developing dvd series that really talk about form and alignment while motivating pro-action! I love how your dvds get me SWEATY!
  • Have like a free web page for all of us moms to connect to share what workouts we like and progress…..and a program we can log into that helps hold us accountable and gives us challenges…would like to meet other FMFL members
  • A variety of workouts that I can do at home without buying gym equipment
  • Help with time management, balance.
  • Offer consulting at a reasonable rate
  • Great challenging videos. Short motivational tips or new exercises. Options for large group fitness events… walks. Runs. Cross fit type things or events.
  • FaceTime or Skype or online real time workouts/personal training with groups/more than one person at a time.
  • Accountability Follow up Motivation
  • Help develop variations in the program so my program doesn’t become boring.
  • I really like how you stress get an accountability partner!
  • Pretty much what you do with your emails – great motivation, ideas
  • Consistent communication via emails provide reminders and motivation. Continuing education Goals
  • Belong to a gym
  • Short workouts *sometimes I only have 20 minutes Workouts without equipment
  • I workout at home too soi thought I would put in my two cents here. Better music. I hate that cheesy workout junk. Top 40 please. I know rights are hard to get, but workout on disc music is awful! I also need it to be fast and have a variety, I get bored quick. 2 weeks with the same tape an I am done. Different levels so I can follow along, but not just that one really fit person slowing down I want a fat person working right with me! Or bodies look different than the thin ones when we workout!
  • I wish I knew!
  • I like the weight watcher program with it’s online tracking & more importantly the points program. It would be great if a program like yours could integrate that in
  • I believe in many instances self confidence is missing and self doubt is present
  • I enjoy reading your Facebook posts and emails. Others’ success stories provide inspiration. I like to learn about new forms of physical activity to try, too.
  • weekly emails different workout routines to target certain areas of the body sending out monthly success stories with real women doing the program
  • Even though I do belong to a gym I have used countless trainers, at home and in gyms, the following items would help. 1. goal setting and motivation (as mentioned above). 2. regular accountability check-ins 3. greater understanding and compassion towards those who, outwardly at least, appear as though they aren’t motivated. For example, I’ve had many trainers give up on me b/c I don’t make enough progress, don’t consistently follow thru on my goals, or b/c I continue to give into my binge eating disorder. From my perspective, and I do a lot of emotional work with other qualified professionals so I don’t expect a trainer to be a psychologist, I have the desire, or I wouldn’t keep trying over, and over and over (dozens of “diets” and nutritionists, dozens of gyms and dozens of trainers). For some reason I have difficultly, and I know I’m not alone, translating that desire into action.
  • Basic program to start, provide it as people join. For example, if you have not worked out before, give them some basic things to do, such as working on a treadmill, or a specific class or something. Give me something, that is not too intimidating or hard, so I am not ‘scared’ away.
  • Connect people with others in the area to workout together and motivate them, have someone to be accountable to.
  • Offer drop in rate that decreases per class the more classes you take!
  • Other than all the really great information I get from you, I can’t think of anything.
  • Fun, effective workouts that are cost-friendly
  • motivation. if I promise I’ll be somewhere, and I pay you, I’ll be there. But not sure what would convince me to start.
  • I still like your videos, but I joined a gym because I needed someone checking on me, knowing that I was or wasn’t working out. Don’t know what to suggest for folks too far for the personal touch.
  • good instruction
  • personal relationship, understand who I am and what my overall health, wellness and fitness needs are and how to help me achieve them
  • Facebook or online challenge groups, have a program designed with equipment or dvds I have at home. I have multiple workout at home dvds but get bored of the workout or instructor after a week. Need help mixing it up and how. I feel like every program is trying to fix it all at once.
  • what you’re doing. The consistent emails, quality home programs targeted toward real bodies and along with positive support is great.
  • The month challenge that involved daily goals or daily challenges helped me to make overall improvements in my regular routine. The most recent challenge with just weekly goals did not keep me very motivated or consistent. Small daily goals and small steps toward improvement are key for me to stay motivated and get results.
  • help me learn more.
  • Well Dustin I think you are doing it…
  • Constant contact like you do through email and Facebook. Maybe making us report in with numbers (weight, inches, amt of a certain exercise, monthly challenges). It is very powerful when someone like yourself responds personally to me (the little people).
  • Posting routines even behind paywall for registered users. Days I miss a boot camp having a routine to do at home would be a nice alternate. Kind of like the WOD for the crossfit…ahhh…fans?
  • I hate to say this but I am not accountable to myself but if I know someone else is going to check on me and make me accountable then I would be more inclined to workout regularly.
  • Listen and provide support. Tell me everything is going to get better. Sometimes you just need encouragement.
  • Love your videos but would like variety. Enjoy when you send out youtube videos with other ideas. Would like if you could send more workouts, even if it’s just in writing giving the exercises to perform (i.e., squats, lunges, etc.) As the fitness expert you know what exercises work best in and in what order to do them.
  • A daily or every other day check in to ensure I have done or are going to do my workout
  • Workout buddy. And someone to hold accountable.
  • Hmm. I feel like there’s a lot of stuff out there already. But maybe finding it and/or putting it together, getting started, can be hard. It might be nice to have a program/calendar with workouts you check off, and occasional challenges/tests, because sometimes it’s hard to see the improvement.
  • more contact, I don’t care if it’s just a canned message most of the time but once in a while a little personal message to see how I’m doing or at least reach out and make sure I have an accountability partner
  • I would have someone to be accountable to
  • I think that there is great value in having a trainer work with at home exercisers to make sure they/we are doing our exercises properly. This includes weight training as well as cardio. As for motivation – either you are motivated or you are not. If you can’t seem to motivate yourself & workout at home it may not last long.
  • 1. encouraging emails and stories of others who are at different places of their fitness journey (especially those that at different ages) 2. different online challenges and contests where you can win prizes 🙂 3. helping to connect people in different areas–like a world map database where you can connect with different people in different areas (a way to connect with those already doing Fit Moms for Life in your geographical region.)
  • I guess just motivation and accountability on my part. That has been my biggest problem. I’ve done the exercising and done the dieting. Now it is time to put the 2 together.
  • I work out consistently…the sweet avoidance is my problem:)
  • lower prices; more determination from people like people who don’t; I need consistency, and changing those schedules around all the time is not good for people like me.
  • I purchased your core workout(s) which are wonderful. Do you have programs online that I could follow along with? For instance, I have Craig Ballantyne’s home workout revolution and Funk Roberts Spartan workout which I enjoy. I am from Madison, though and would rather support you.
  • I think this can even apply to those who go to a gym! Going does not mean we know what we are doing! Raffle a years worth of personal training!! Wow! That’d be amazing…a personal trainer for a year!!! What do I have to do to get that? Run a race, make a video, sign a paper…tell me! I go to a gym but I go mostly to classes because I don’t know what to do in the weights area.
  • Dustin you do a great job with all the DVD’s and challenges you give, I think it comes down to personal responsibility.
  • I also workout outside of the gym. Mainly in summer I bike a lot. my biggest problem is accountability. I need someone to monitor my progress. track my mileage push me to my next goal.
  • The webinar you hosted on Jan 6 seemed well-attended. More of those? My “kick in the butt” moments have come from test results such as high cholesterol, elevated A1C, body mass analysis.
  • Outside Group activities. I like the comraderie, and the accountability of a group or class setting. Plus, it’s usually less costly.
  • I often find myself in a rut for what i do. Providing some different options for working out, a traning plan, or sponsoring (or maybe being a resource for) events. I.e. My goal this year is to do some longer bike rides. I googled Wisconsin Bike rides there didn’t seem to be many and most of them were fundraisers. I was able to find some to meet my goal, but it would be nice to have some other varieties and not have to always participate in a fund raiser. Maybe there could be a clearinghouse for regional events. Maybe there already is but i don’t know/havne’t found it yet.
  • I get results when I stick to your program. My biggest problem is that my husband likes to bring junk into the house and it is embarrassing but I cannot keep myself from eating it. If it is in the house I have to binge on it 🙁 I get discouraged easily and love doing your videos *I have the first 3 fm4l dvds… I had to stop subscribing due to price and lack of motivation.
  • -Lower your price or offer a weekday option (I live out of Madison) -Offer times that fit (you do)
  • Already supplying me with motivation and exercise routines via email
  • I think you come the closest to reaching the most people. Challenges, encouraging people to reach out to motivate their friends/family. Web videos, fun family events. I’d be interested to see what others responses are to this.
  • When it is too cold to go to the club or I don’t have time to leave home before I have to get ready and go to a meeting, I really like having workouts online to do. Low impact for my knees/ shoulder joints and weight training, but I need to work up a sweat for it to be a stress reliever.
  • I love your FMFL DVDs and other online programs, Dustin. You constantly keep me motivated with your newsletters and new ideas.
  • Not sure. I think a video would be helpful — maybe after meeting and making a connection
  • what you do already, provide video clips or on line challenges
  • I would be willing to pay for some advice on how to set up a space for a home workout in a small house, i.e. space requirements, equipment, rotating comprehensive workouts.
  • I think you are doing a good job… You are constantly in my face! Whether I read your emails or not, I am thinking about that workout I need to do!
  • I have learned that I need to go to a gym — I used to buy equipment for home exercise but never used it so have finally (to a large extent) stopped doing that!
  • I honestly think you’re already doing that!!! I am interested in the supplements, though!
  • Monthly plan, including how to eat accordingly for best results, how to do the math portion of the food to not plateau
  • A way to workout that won’t hurt my back even worse
  • I love your emails. So I guess, any form of communication is good.
  • I find working out at home I don’t push myself without the accountability and camaraderie.
  • You already do – I love your motivational emails & support knowing that I can always come and join a session if I want to try something different.
  • Nothing that I know of
  • Just having the instructor for class is great for me.
  • A personalized plan that would incorporate my at home routines to make them the most productive they can be. Also, emphasis on stretching and/or yoga would be helpful, especially since I tend to do more when my body is pain-free. In terms of motivation, things like the emails you send out are helpful. Even if they don’t make me start moving right away, they do help to keep the idea in front of me, which gets me started at some point. What I like is that they are non-judgmental, but motivating.
  • Seeing your posts on fb and getting email encouragement are both helpful.
  • make a game of it
  • You have provided me with a home workout system. I use the Fit Moms for Life video series to exercise usually 3 – 4 times a week and your emails keep me going. You also provide nutrition information which is vital.
  • that is the magical question….I wish I was consistent and motivated!
  • I work out mostly at home when I can because I do not like the crowds in the gym area.
  • Not much, honestly. When you work out by yourself, you gotta be a self-motivator!
  • You could drive the kids to their events, make supper, do homework, etc. 🙂 I think the biggest obstacle remains the challenge of putting your own needs ahead of the others under your care. My husband and I argue about this. He says it’s just the way it is and we signed up for that when we became parents. That’s hard to accept because we are spending the best years of our lives being parents. There needs to be better balance. I think the change could potentially happen with workplace wellness programs, because we spend so much of our days at work. It would be nice to have the ability to work that in during the work day, so it’s done when we are home.
  • I also work out at home when time is limited. I think an App with workouts or podcasts would be most useful – I have your DVD’s but I also get Jillian Michael on amazon prime streaming and have the Yoga Studio app to mix things up or to use when I don’t have a DVD player available when I’m traveling or want to have a specific workout at the gym
  • I think some of the group setups such as killer kurves and boot camps etc are great ways that no other gym has been able to create and you are consistent. One thing I think could be beneficial is that each client of yours somehow has a database that you can see how they are doing and if they possibly need to change up where they are at when they hit a plateau such as new routines (I know you have many different workouts/dvds) but many times if someone doesn’t know how to make small changes etc they will get frustrated and quit.
  • Home workouts that can be done while watching a regular tv show – intervals, countdowns, etc
  • Help me to have the correct form. I used the FMFL dvd’s but it’s really hard to know if you are using the correct form or not.
  • Short, fun workouts (maybe even ones my kids can do) that provide results.
  • Short, online video workouts with a social reward system for completing them
  • Correct information regarding exercise and food. I’ve been told conflicting things, so it’s hard to know what is true and what is not. Another problem for people is their environment. My husband is way more overweight than I am, yet snacks all of the time and doesn’t make healthy eating choices. I try to, but it’s hard when we eat out. I’ve even taken the step to asking for nutritional information at restaurants or if I know where we are going ahead of time, I try to find out that information ahead of time so I don’t make a bad choice when I get there. I’ve pretty much gotten used to the fact that the best thing I can order on a menu is a side salad. Ugh.
  • Challenges with prizes.
  • Fun enjoyable exercise routines with a variety
  • I shy away from fitness professionals because they seem to think everybody should be size 6 and those who aren’t must not try hard enough. I work out hard and am nowhere close to a 6 and I have body fat but that doesn’t mean I don’t try just as hard of not harder.
  • Accountability – forming a relationship with a fitness instructor who knows you and all the excuses that you can come up with when you are falling flat on your face.
  • Go to a gym and use your videos and nutrition already. Like the emails.
  • New work outs, new challenges, sense of community
  • apps that will remind us to exercise & track our fitness
  • Drive me to class!
  • You already did with k2. 🙂

#3  If you don’t belong to a gym but workout at home or some other place, what could a fitness professional like myself provide you in order for you to get results, stay motivated, and be consistent?

  • Maybe a magazine with recipes, research, workouts…something new each month. Unlike something like Runners’ World, which is sort of the same every month.
  • Free basic fitness challenges, nothing drastic, just basic easy workouts, recipes and plans.
  • I appreciate your frequent emails and DVDs.
  • Possibly advice to what I could be doing differently to get better results. Motivation, which you do through email posts.
  • I get a lot of use from your email bulletins. I think community is a real booster.
  • Positive feedback , follow ups to make sure we are not giving up.
  • motivational & informative emails are great! A facebook group or online group (that changes it up somehow) that requires accountability – I have done that with Alecia(?) and it really helped keep me on track
  • Get my kids on bus (715am) so I can exercise in morning or get dinner ready (6..630pm) so I can exercise after work (8-5 in heels and skirt and eat lunch at desk)…. Oh, yeah!!!! exercises to space out through my work day while in constant semi-business attire. I live 30 minutes was work and 15 from nearest 24hr gym… Infuse me with willpower and follow through
  • True encouragement with people who are similar to my size.
  • Some challenges to do.
  • Accountability options. Simple food or exercise tips. Success stories for inspiration.
  • I do not believe that you can provide more than is already out there.
  • target on specific area’s of need, more consistent encouragement and motavation. My problem at the moment is eating. fell of the wagon at Christmas and hit the candy again.
  • Exercise suggestion, emails,
  • Exercises for balance with a understanding that knees and rotator cuff is not what it used to be. Some way to have a one on one personal challenge that I could achieve and would to try to beat you.
  • On-line community of sharing successes and short comings. DIY resources for exercise, healthy eating advice, resources to seek out for other mental challenges or life struggles people are having. I should go over the Humana Vitality program with you as it takes into account some of these factors. You do a great job of providing all of the above items though.
  • email/text/FB contact or workouts for the day, daily challenges like “3 sets of 10 burpees, report back” and give a web link to show how to do the exercise. I would love to see that!
  • I ADORE your Fit Moms For Life program:) Maybe more of an online community. I attended a webinar with Tracy Fountain recently and felt a sense of health community even though it was all online.
  • I am a single mom, I could somehow use the motivation and energy…
  • I am motivated, I need a place to go to workout and other motivated and encouraging people there to workout with. The online community also helps, for a while I paid attention to the online forum/blog when I wasn’t working out. But I’m not a FB user 🙂
  • I belong to a gym but workout a lot in my basement. You could provide daily motivational posts (on Facebook, Twitter, email) with pictures of people working out and quotes, meal suggestions and a more detailed breakdown of calories/etc. and varied workouts – different types (weights, plyos, etc.) to confuse my muscles and keep me interested.
  • Before our Community Center opened I worked out at home. I would appreciate: Realistic diet/menu suggestions (ingredients easily available). Workout routine suggestions, age and fitness level appropriate (example, all seniors don’t need routines for being seated). Information about when to change no. of reps, when to change to another exercise for each muscle group during resistance training, …
  • Something that wasn’t super expensive.
  • Not sure. I tried working out at home but too hard to do with little ones.
  • Provide free sample workouts that can be done at home!
  • Affordable fitness videos Example: Fit Moms for Life, 6 workout DVD – – Awesome, but kinda get bored with same 6 workouts…yearly DVD set outside of my budget
  • apps that have complete and customizable programs, much like your core program, but as an app. Sort of, let me work with you once every two weeks, and then send me home with an app. with a two week program that I can do.
  • Not sure but I would be open to hearing what others say.
  • I really enjoy your YouTube videos, but wish they were longer. Maybe 20min instead of 10.
  • Teach me how the body works to burn the calories
  • insanity, yoga classes at bliss flow and dragonfly
  • Real life stories are always the most motivating to me. It’s nice to see normal people make changes
  • I like to work out at home, too. I have never tried videos or TV shows, but really I should give it a try and carve out the time.
  • Such a good question. I’ve asked myself this a 100 times. What would I want? I think somehow a personal connection, but I can’t really say quite what/how.
  • I think you already provide a wealth of information Dustin, it’s really up to the person to actually implement it into their life. But, keeping things simple really helps me. I can get off on a rabbit trail so easily trying to research the best way to eat and work out and have wasted so much time trying to “figure it out,” that I haven’t gotten up and actually done anything. For me, I get overwhelmed with so many methods and other peoples opinions. Also, people need to remember that humans are 3 part beings. We can’t just focus on our physical nature, but we also need to get our psychological and social nature involved. Spirit, soul and body we are. Often times the reason a person doesn’t stay committed to fitness routine or healthy eating habits is purely psychological. They may have other issues to address to even get them selves motivated to be committed to their physical health. Low self esteem, bad habits, guilt, condemnation, relational difficulties, personal stress, depression, anxiety, etc…
  • Develop a system to keep me accountable
  • good music, easy workouts,
  • support group to keep me accountable.
  • A great intense workout that isn’t too difficult to learn ( like routines, Footwork, etc) and doesn’t require lots if equipment. Love insanity! Easy to do and motivating.
  • Every other day check in
  • I think “just” getting me close to my initial weight/strength goal.
  • I really don’t know. You seem to be offering lots of long distance support already.
  • For me, it’s all about knowing what exercises to do to be the most productive, and I just haven’t gotten there yet. The biggest thing that has kept me motivated the last 9 months has been the continual weight loss, and that has all been just by watching what I eat. I can only imagine the results I could get if I exercised. I always feel so good when I get done exercising, it’s just actually doing the exercises that is the challenge for me.
  • Maybe private online personal training, coaching, or assessments. I would love to know which exercises I should be doing specifically for my body to get maximum results.
  • I think a person would need accountability and someone to ask questions to when it doesn’t seem to be working. And to work with them one on one personally for their own unique situation. Everyone is different. It isn’t a “one class fits all” situation.
  • Love your newsletters, your DVDs…maybe online videos? Short and long workouts.
  • An eating plan with grocery list
  • The emails you send are good. Deals are always appreciated.
  • Again I do think all the tools are there. I struggle with nutrition, and when I get down about that I slack on the exercise because I feel as though I am defeating myself with my diet and tend to get a “why bother” attitude. I never quit-not for many years-but occasionally take longer ‘breaks’ than I should. Should say that the fault in my diet is not as much quality, as it is quantity. I am increasingly dismay at the very small number of calories it takes for me to apparently be able to shed pounds. Although I can maintain my weight, seemingly infinitely .
  • I work out at home but feel that my motivation is mostly challenged by not making myself a priority. work, life, family balance
  • Meal plans just like you do Meeting place for women to come together to check in that workout at home Personal blods, e-mails, the mass ones don’t work for me
  • Daily texts, messages to make sure I am doing my workouts at home…
  • Know you clients. Know how much to push and when to let up.
  • The K2 program has really done this for me. I’m working out with people who understand my struggle and are really not born athletics. We support each other and they keep me motivated.
  • Not sure. It is too easy to get side-tracked at home.
  • NA. People that workout at home still need to find a workout buddy or group to stay accountable. Someone that will push them and motivate. Watching a DVD can make for a great workout, but doesn’t give you face to face interaction. I have made friends at the gym through doing classes and going consistently. Those friends make working out enjoyable, and make me want to go on days where I just don’t feel I have energy or a desire to go.
  • Ways to modify my workouts so I can still get maximum benefits
  • Promoting a race, or mud run, etc. and sponsor with a shirt (teamwork).
  • more guided CD’s for my age group ~50 yo I like your FMFL DVD’s but they can be a bit daunting
  • I belong to a gym but mainly exercise at home. The thing that would mske a difference for me is accountability.
  • Short, effective things to do to fit into a busy schedule
  • I really like reading your emails. They are part inspirational, part motivational, part educational and I like how personal they are. Keep up the good work!
  • I think you have provided it. I need short workouts and a suggested schedule of when to do each workout.
  • I workout at home 5 mornings a week and sometimes I workout with my friend at her home. I think daily motivational texts or emails would be great. Even better would be some sort of add on or integration with My Fitness Pal (an app which I absolutely love). Accountability for sure – in some sort of online forum or app…it would be great to log my workouts and get support and feedback from other people.
  • You’re already doing it
  • Make me be accountable. Know the right workouts to do
  • New workout material. Still use interval training but I wouldn’t mind new “stations” for myself
  • I try to walk 45 min. daily on the treadmill and appointments get in the way sometimes. Try to do 10 or 15 min. at a time.
  • I enjoy intensity over duration. If you can pack an efficient workout into a short amount of time, I’m in! In the past I’ve done two home workout programs, Insanity and T25. I think I enjoyed both of them because they were a no-nonsense approach to fitness. Get in, give it your all, and get out.
  • I have Multiple Sclerosis and to stay consistent I have to do low impact exercises.
  • A plan of what exercises to do when with what equipment, provide feedback on when to increase weights etc, and some one to be accountable to
  • I have been doing your momma tone tapes for years, would like a new series of tapes to “change it up” even though I have all 12 and I do switch them out every week
  • I do work out at home and have lost 90 pounds doing so – – – just motivation, easy recipes for us single moms on the go – – – how to lose stomach, I think that is my one trouble spot and my arms.
  • NA. (I never workout at home.)
  • Keep me aware of progress
  • I currently use your FF Moms DVDs and Core DVD when I don’t get to the Y and I love these DVDs
  • A check in for accountability …kind of like Weight Watchers, but it would need to have face time…a connection is a must! You have to feel like there is some kind of care and compassion there also trust.
  • I do belong to a gym, but enjoy the emails (even though I’ve been on an excercising hiatus). I’m super excited to get back into a routine but am afraid that my new life as a mom will make it difficult. So I’ve really been liking your emails and website as a resource. I think changing it up and providing new routines are a great way to keep me interested.
  • Come in to my house and throw away crappy food with an explanation of why it is unhealthy.
  • A variety of long and short workouts to fit my life style
  • FB does the job well.
  • accountability – I don’t go to the gym because I have four young children and it’s too much time/hassle to get someplace. But that means it’s just me.
  • I started with the FM4L DVDs. Those are great but group workouts are more fun. Would be nice if there was a way to have accountability partners through the DVD program. Maybe this is true now, but I don’t recall that when I bought the set about 3-4 years ago.
  • Short term, online communities that nature and support
  • More focus on food and what to eat today. Easy tips for working moms.
  • Give me a schedule to follow with a weird work schedule. I work sometimes 12 hour shifts, and with other responsibilities, its hard to make time to work out
  • I would love a very occasional one on one “session” to help set appropriate goals, look at strategies to meet those goals, get accurate body fat % measurement, go over dietary suggestions, etc.
  • we do your fit moms for life 12 dvds, BUT don’t always have an hour+ to commit to before work. How about a 20-30 minute DVD?
  • Exercise routines to do at home–they need to challenging workouts in a short time frame. I have your Fit Mom’s For Life videos, all 12 of them. I worked out to those for over a year…then got bored and also too time consuming because there is too much down time between exercises. I didn’t have the time to complete the routine. I currently only walk/run for 30-35 mins because that is all I can fit into my routine. I would like to bring in strength training again.
  • dvd for a workout partner
  • Help us see healthy improvement and realistic improvement. The scale is usually everyone’s go to answer — yet it’s not a good one. Again, I think you do this already, from what I’ve read.
  • your newsletters are already awesome. The FB and Pinterest community are fantastic. I, personally, really enjoyed the 6-week FM4L challenge. Price was right, time commitment wasn’t huge, and I got sooo much out of it.
  • I think accountability is important. People caring when you work out and when you don’t-some sort of support group. Opportunities to work out with a group and trainer when possible. Access to the trainer for questions/support.
  • Weekly check ins, even in some cases monitoring via cameras for motivation
  • I do workout at a gym and at home with your DVD’s
  • Buddy system, to make me more accountable. I would also like to move to a warmer climate someday.
  • A structured routine that can be done at home and still provide the same results that you would get from participating in a bootcamp or other fitness group
  • DVD’s to work out to Food plans (You do this already, I need to find out which ones I’d use)
  • I workout mainly at a gym, but do run/walk on a treadmill when I’m not able to make it to the gym. I think most professionals have done a great job with providing apps and websites that allow you to connect with others and set personal goals. These can also be a way to keep people committed because they share their success/failures with others.
  • Provide some kind of online group, probably via email vs. FB, where people can be accountable to others while working out at home along with providing recipes and tips and tricks.
  • when I did home workouts maybe a check-in time or reporting results / workouts. Maybe even skyping into a class if someone does it just because of the transportation time.
  • Reasonably priced personal consultation at my home
  • Motivation and accountability – regular check-ins, goal tracking, suggestions for different exercises if the current ones aren’t working.
  • accountability, consistent communication
  • I workout everyday. I’m self motivated
  • helpful accountability (not a nag, but encouragment)
  • Smaller class sizes, where you feel connected, supported and accountable. Motivation and accountability are huge for me.
  • Constant accountability
  • at home dvds, weekly or monthly topics to explore and put time and effort into
  • I think that your video series has it all….testimonies, nutrition education, and encouragement!
  • ease of routine, variety, cost
  • An activity chart
  • online coaching + dvds/youtube workouts. i love your booming bodies and have used your “got core”.
  • I’m forty and know 20 minute jogs and weight training is important
  • Maybe a few more videos for 50+ workouts just for variety. I still love your first though. I also enjoy your newsletters and encouraging messages.
  • I love home workout videos, but they are isolating. A way to be connected to other people, maybe through social media, would be helpful.
  • provide variety and things that are tailored to my goals
  • Its all personal consistency actually you go above and beyond to keep us well informed and with many options
  • Sponsor frequent and short health tips/seminars…like you are currently doong!
  • I’m not to sure. Up beat and try to stay positive. I need encouraging words and help on what exercises will target different areas best.
  • May sound ridiculous but daily accountability.
  • Seriously, it has to be worth my time. You know the grid of Urgent/Not Urgent and Important/Not Important? For me exercise is important but not urgent, so all the urgent things come first. I often think I won’t have time to exercise regularly until my kids are older or gone.
  • I’m not sure. I’ve been trying to figure it out. But everyone else’s needs come first.
  • I would like to see a program where you can do the workouts at home and then meet once or twice a month to exercise as a group and get new exercise routines. I took a FM4L class and liked it because I did the workouts at home but yet we met weekly which helped me stay accountable. I also liked that my group was smaller less than 10 people, the timing of the class worked with my busy schedule, and the workouts were only 20 to 30 minutes long. I also like programs that require little or no equipment.
  • – App, online forum, tracking tool of some sort to monitor progress – Tips for how to know if you’re using correct form – Motivational thoughts and wisdom
  • A local fitness group that involves kids with little expense
  • Daily Support
  • To get professional help at home
  • N/A, because I wouldn’t do it on my own. I don’t need someone to yell at me to workout. But I do need someone there making surei do it.
  • Tough love and accountability checks.
  • Pay on a per visit basis. Provide positive motivational instruction not drill Sargent workouts. It needs to feel like fun not torture. Have a pseudo rave, lol.
  • Accountability
  • Facetime, use mobile device to ” dial in” for real live workouts
  • Good Question….to me, I think this is my job to want to stay motivated, but if you find a way to help would be great! Maybe a daily reminder or encouragement email?
  • I don’t know???
  • I have done some of your challenges in the past that had a tracking system and competitive piece. Two things I take away from that – ways to easily log workouts, etc. to track consistency instead of only seeing progress after 6 weeks would be nice. Also, when doing challenges, maybe allowing people to sign up for different levels. It became clear to me quickly that the only people who had a chance at winning on the points were those that were extremely consistent and did every challenge. If you are just starting out and trying to change your old habits, that is really hard to do.
  • I do bootcamp once a week at Horizons & then use some of your DVD’s & Beachbody’s Combat & Pump DVD’s at home.
  • love the variety and pace in the 6 week challenge videos. I like how you mixed the core, weights, and cardio all together
  • Emails/check-ins would provide the motivation necessary. Also, having to answer to someone would hold me accountable for my fitness. Keeping it fun.
  • Online Facebook 30 day challenges, continue developing dvd series that really talk about form and alignment while motivating pro-action! I love how your dvds get me SWEATY!
  • Have like a free web page for all of us moms to connect to share what workouts we like and progress…..and a program we can log into that helps hold us accountable and gives us challenges…would like to meet other FMFL members
  • A variety of workouts that I can do at home without buying gym equipment
  • Help with time management, balance.
  • Offer consulting at a reasonable rate
  • Great challenging videos. Short motivational tips or new exercises. Options for large group fitness events… walks. Runs. Cross fit type things or events.
  • FaceTime or Skype or online real time workouts/personal training with groups/more than one person at a time.
  • Accountability Follow up Motivation
  • Help develop variations in the program so my program doesn’t become boring.
  • I really like how you stress get an accountability partner!
  • Pretty much what you do with your emails – great motivation, ideas
  • Consistent communication via emails provide reminders and motivation. Continuing education Goals
  • Belong to a gym
  • Short workouts *sometimes I only have 20 minutes Workouts without equipment
  • I workout at home too soi thought I would put in my two cents here. Better music. I hate that cheesy workout junk. Top 40 please. I know rights are hard to get, but workout on disc music is awful! I also need it to be fast and have a variety, I get bored quick. 2 weeks with the same tape an I am done. Different levels so I can follow along, but not just that one really fit person slowing down I want a fat person working right with me! Or bodies look different than the thin ones when we workout!
  • I wish I knew!
  • I like the weight watcher program with it’s online tracking & more importantly the points program. It would be great if a program like yours could integrate that in
  • I believe in many instances self confidence is missing and self doubt is present
  • I enjoy reading your Facebook posts and emails. Others’ success stories provide inspiration. I like to learn about new forms of physical activity to try, too.
  • weekly emails different workout routines to target certain areas of the body sending out monthly success stories with real women doing the program
  • Even though I do belong to a gym I have used countless trainers, at home and in gyms, the following items would help. 1. goal setting and motivation (as mentioned above). 2. regular accountability check-ins 3. greater understanding and compassion towards those who, outwardly at least, appear as though they aren’t motivated. For example, I’ve had many trainers give up on me b/c I don’t make enough progress, don’t consistently follow thru on my goals, or b/c I continue to give into my binge eating disorder. From my perspective, and I do a lot of emotional work with other qualified professionals so I don’t expect a trainer to be a psychologist, I have the desire, or I wouldn’t keep trying over, and over and over (dozens of “diets” and nutritionists, dozens of gyms and dozens of trainers). For some reason I have difficultly, and I know I’m not alone, translating that desire into action.
  • Basic program to start, provide it as people join. For example, if you have not worked out before, give them some basic things to do, such as working on a treadmill, or a specific class or something. Give me something, that is not too intimidating or hard, so I am not ‘scared’ away.
  • Connect people with others in the area to workout together and motivate them, have someone to be accountable to.
  • Offer drop in rate that decreases per class the more classes you take!
  • Other than all the really great information I get from you, I can’t think of anything.
  • Fun, effective workouts that are cost-friendly
  • motivation. if I promise I’ll be somewhere, and I pay you, I’ll be there. But not sure what would convince me to start.
  • I still like your videos, but I joined a gym because I needed someone checking on me, knowing that I was or wasn’t working out. Don’t know what to suggest for folks too far for the personal touch.
  • good instruction
  • personal relationship, understand who I am and what my overall health, wellness and fitness needs are and how to help me achieve them
  • Facebook or online challenge groups, have a program designed with equipment or dvds I have at home. I have multiple workout at home dvds but get bored of the workout or instructor after a week. Need help mixing it up and how. I feel like every program is trying to fix it all at once.
  • what you’re doing. The consistent emails, quality home programs targeted toward real bodies and along with positive support is great.
  • The month challenge that involved daily goals or daily challenges helped me to make overall improvements in my regular routine. The most recent challenge with just weekly goals did not keep me very motivated or consistent. Small daily goals and small steps toward improvement are key for me to stay motivated and get results.
  • help me learn more.
  • Well Dustin I think you are doing it…
  • Constant contact like you do through email and Facebook. Maybe making us report in with numbers (weight, inches, amt of a certain exercise, monthly challenges). It is very powerful when someone like yourself responds personally to me (the little people).
  • Posting routines even behind paywall for registered users. Days I miss a boot camp having a routine to do at home would be a nice alternate. Kind of like the WOD for the crossfit…ahhh…fans?
  • I hate to say this but I am not accountable to myself but if I know someone else is going to check on me and make me accountable then I would be more inclined to workout regularly.
  • Listen and provide support. Tell me everything is going to get better. Sometimes you just need encouragement.
  • Love your videos but would like variety. Enjoy when you send out youtube videos with other ideas. Would like if you could send more workouts, even if it’s just in writing giving the exercises to perform (i.e., squats, lunges, etc.) As the fitness expert you know what exercises work best in and in what order to do them.
  • A daily or every other day check in to ensure I have done or are going to do my workout
  • Workout buddy. And someone to hold accountable.
  • Hmm. I feel like there’s a lot of stuff out there already. But maybe finding it and/or putting it together, getting started, can be hard. It might be nice to have a program/calendar with workouts you check off, and occasional challenges/tests, because sometimes it’s hard to see the improvement.
  • more contact, I don’t care if it’s just a canned message most of the time but once in a while a little personal message to see how I’m doing or at least reach out and make sure I have an accountability partner
  • I would have someone to be accountable to
  • I think that there is great value in having a trainer work with at home exercisers to make sure they/we are doing our exercises properly. This includes weight training as well as cardio. As for motivation – either you are motivated or you are not. If you can’t seem to motivate yourself & workout at home it may not last long.
  • 1. encouraging emails and stories of others who are at different places of their fitness journey (especially those that at different ages) 2. different online challenges and contests where you can win prizes 🙂 3. helping to connect people in different areas–like a world map database where you can connect with different people in different areas (a way to connect with those already doing Fit Moms for Life in your geographical region.)
  • I guess just motivation and accountability on my part. That has been my biggest problem. I’ve done the exercising and done the dieting. Now it is time to put the 2 together.
  • I work out consistently…the sweet avoidance is my problem:)
  • lower prices; more determination from people like people who don’t; I need consistency, and changing those schedules around all the time is not good for people like me.
  • I purchased your core workout(s) which are wonderful. Do you have programs online that I could follow along with? For instance, I have Craig Ballantyne’s home workout revolution and Funk Roberts Spartan workout which I enjoy. I am from Madison, though and would rather support you.
  • I think this can even apply to those who go to a gym! Going does not mean we know what we are doing! Raffle a years worth of personal training!! Wow! That’d be amazing…a personal trainer for a year!!! What do I have to do to get that? Run a race, make a video, sign a paper…tell me! I go to a gym but I go mostly to classes because I don’t know what to do in the weights area.
  • Dustin you do a great job with all the DVD’s and challenges you give, I think it comes down to personal responsibility.
  • I also workout outside of the gym. Mainly in summer I bike a lot. my biggest problem is accountability. I need someone to monitor my progress. track my mileage push me to my next goal.
  • The webinar you hosted on Jan 6 seemed well-attended. More of those? My “kick in the butt” moments have come from test results such as high cholesterol, elevated A1C, body mass analysis.
  • Outside Group activities. I like the comraderie, and the accountability of a group or class setting. Plus, it’s usually less costly.
  • I often find myself in a rut for what i do. Providing some different options for working out, a traning plan, or sponsoring (or maybe being a resource for) events. I.e. My goal this year is to do some longer bike rides. I googled Wisconsin Bike rides there didn’t seem to be many and most of them were fundraisers. I was able to find some to meet my goal, but it would be nice to have some other varieties and not have to always participate in a fund raiser. Maybe there could be a clearinghouse for regional events. Maybe there already is but i don’t know/havne’t found it yet.
  • I get results when I stick to your program. My biggest problem is that my husband likes to bring junk into the house and it is embarrassing but I cannot keep myself from eating it. If it is in the house I have to binge on it 🙁 I get discouraged easily and love doing your videos *I have the first 3 fm4l dvds… I had to stop subscribing due to price and lack of motivation.
  • -Lower your price or offer a weekday option (I live out of Madison) -Offer times that fit (you do)
  • Already supplying me with motivation and exercise routines via email
  • I think you come the closest to reaching the most people. Challenges, encouraging people to reach out to motivate their friends/family. Web videos, fun family events. I’d be interested to see what others responses are to this.
  • When it is too cold to go to the club or I don’t have time to leave home before I have to get ready and go to a meeting, I really like having workouts online to do. Low impact for my knees/ shoulder joints and weight training, but I need to work up a sweat for it to be a stress reliever.
  • I love your FMFL DVDs and other online programs, Dustin. You constantly keep me motivated with your newsletters and new ideas.
  • Not sure. I think a video would be helpful — maybe after meeting and making a connection
  • what you do already, provide video clips or on line challenges
  • I would be willing to pay for some advice on how to set up a space for a home workout in a small house, i.e. space requirements, equipment, rotating comprehensive workouts.
  • I think you are doing a good job… You are constantly in my face! Whether I read your emails or not, I am thinking about that workout I need to do!
  • I have learned that I need to go to a gym — I used to buy equipment for home exercise but never used it so have finally (to a large extent) stopped doing that!
  • I honestly think you’re already doing that!!! I am interested in the supplements, though!
  • Monthly plan, including how to eat accordingly for best results, how to do the math portion of the food to not plateau
  • A way to workout that won’t hurt my back even worse
  • I love your emails. So I guess, any form of communication is good.
  • I find working out at home I don’t push myself without the accountability and camaraderie.
  • You already do – I love your motivational emails & support knowing that I can always come and join a session if I want to try something different.
  • Nothing that I know of
  • Just having the instructor for class is great for me.
  • A personalized plan that would incorporate my at home routines to make them the most productive they can be. Also, emphasis on stretching and/or yoga would be helpful, especially since I tend to do more when my body is pain-free. In terms of motivation, things like the emails you send out are helpful. Even if they don’t make me start moving right away, they do help to keep the idea in front of me, which gets me started at some point. What I like is that they are non-judgmental, but motivating.
  • Seeing your posts on fb and getting email encouragement are both helpful.
  • make a game of it
  • You have provided me with a home workout system. I use the Fit Moms for Life video series to exercise usually 3 – 4 times a week and your emails keep me going. You also provide nutrition information which is vital.
  • that is the magical question….I wish I was consistent and motivated!
  • I work out mostly at home when I can because I do not like the crowds in the gym area.
  • Not much, honestly. When you work out by yourself, you gotta be a self-motivator!
  • You could drive the kids to their events, make supper, do homework, etc. 🙂 I think the biggest obstacle remains the challenge of putting your own needs ahead of the others under your care. My husband and I argue about this. He says it’s just the way it is and we signed up for that when we became parents. That’s hard to accept because we are spending the best years of our lives being parents. There needs to be better balance. I think the change could potentially happen with workplace wellness programs, because we spend so much of our days at work. It would be nice to have the ability to work that in during the work day, so it’s done when we are home.
  • I also work out at home when time is limited. I think an App with workouts or podcasts would be most useful – I have your DVD’s but I also get Jillian Michael on amazon prime streaming and have the Yoga Studio app to mix things up or to use when I don’t have a DVD player available when I’m traveling or want to have a specific workout at the gym
  • I think some of the group setups such as killer kurves and boot camps etc are great ways that no other gym has been able to create and you are consistent. One thing I think could be beneficial is that each client of yours somehow has a database that you can see how they are doing and if they possibly need to change up where they are at when they hit a plateau such as new routines (I know you have many different workouts/dvds) but many times if someone doesn’t know how to make small changes etc they will get frustrated and quit.
  • Home workouts that can be done while watching a regular tv show – intervals, countdowns, etc
  • Help me to have the correct form. I used the FMFL dvd’s but it’s really hard to know if you are using the correct form or not.
  • Short, fun workouts (maybe even ones my kids can do) that provide results.
  • Short, online video workouts with a social reward system for completing them
  • Correct information regarding exercise and food. I’ve been told conflicting things, so it’s hard to know what is true and what is not. Another problem for people is their environment. My husband is way more overweight than I am, yet snacks all of the time and doesn’t make healthy eating choices. I try to, but it’s hard when we eat out. I’ve even taken the step to asking for nutritional information at restaurants or if I know where we are going ahead of time, I try to find out that information ahead of time so I don’t make a bad choice when I get there. I’ve pretty much gotten used to the fact that the best thing I can order on a menu is a side salad. Ugh.
  • Challenges with prizes.
  • Fun enjoyable exercise routines with a variety
  • I shy away from fitness professionals because they seem to think everybody should be size 6 and those who aren’t must not try hard enough. I work out hard and am nowhere close to a 6 and I have body fat but that doesn’t mean I don’t try just as hard of not harder.
  • Accountability – forming a relationship with a fitness instructor who knows you and all the excuses that you can come up with when you are falling flat on your face.
  • Go to a gym and use your videos and nutrition already. Like the emails.
  • New work outs, new challenges, sense of community
  • Apps that will remind us to exercise & track our fitness
  • Drive me to class!
  • You already did with k2. 🙂

#4  What is your opinion to why 90% or more people say they should exercise yet less then 25% get the recommended amount in? How can the fitness industry increase the 25% to a much greater number?

  • Time….same as #4…including positive feedback/ advice
  • Advertise how even 10 minutes can make a difference. I think people think it is too hard to do enough to matter. Also let people know that all kinds of things can be excercise.
  • It’s too hard. It requires such a long term commitment to get better that it’s very discouraging to think about making such a big and permanent change.
  • laziness, everyone knows they need to work out, but fail to put forth the effort to do it. It could possibly be improved by doing free workshops for those that can’t afford to pay for a gym membership
  • I think it has become very acceptable to be overweight. It seems to be more the norm than not. It is hard to commit to yourself and be consistent.
  • working out is hard and the final result is too large a goal for the average person.
  • I think people have skewed priorities; and therefore don’t find the time to exercise consistently. I think the fitness industry needs to continue to educate people about current trends in fitness & nutrition. Also, the medical field needs to support more wholestic health trends.
  • Convince people they do have time for it, that there are places that will support them and help them achieve their goals. I think people are afraid they will be judged if they are very out of shape by their very in-shape instructors, or if they have a different philosophy about food. I think everyone should have a person with whom to make a health plan and have ways to keep accountable, but in an encouraging, supportive atmosphere.
  • I don’t think people know where to start or they are not able to adhere to the routine. Having an accountability partner with a similar physique or goals would hep.
  • i believe it busy sedintary jobs that keep people from the gym. between commuting time, the family obligations, after school activities etc… household duties etc… Alot of people don’t make the time to work out because they do not feel as obligated to them selves.
  • It takes time and I feel selfish when I spend time doing things for myself though I know it makes me better.
  • Motivation
  • Results don’t come fast enough. We are a lazy society in which everything is based on convenience and we want instant gratification. Change the work ethic of people.
  • No one can make you do something that you are not motivated to do. Everyone is in charge of their own engagement and motivation. If you are really ready to do something, you will commit to it. Really the only thing that the fitness industry can do is to keep the awareness going. Fitness isn’t just for that person who can run a marathon on a treadmill. I LOVE it when someone extremely overweight in the gym, as everyone has to start somewhere. I making more awareness that it’s okay to start slow, or okay to be the biggest person in the gym, as you’ll lose the most:)
  • time, commitment, failure because of high expectations, unrealistic goals
  • fear of failure, so why try wake up tired, go to bed tired, come home from work get kids dinner and showered and off to bed
  • Lack of motivation and it’s too easy to justify why I can’t go and make excuses.
  • I think most people just don’t want to, that it is not a priority in their lives. Or that they feel like they cannot do it and would rather not even try since they will just fail anyway. Or maybe it’s boring.
  • In today’s lifestyle people know what they should do but there is not the time.
  • People try to set too high of a goal or expectation. They want to go from nothing to a daily workout. They fail and give up. Fitness is a lifestyle. You do it one step at a time gradually.
  • Honestly, I do not believe that the fitness industry will be able to increase the number of healthy individuals. What it really comes down to is the willingness to be completely honest with oneself about where they are in their fitness journey and health. So long is they aren’t “as bad as so and so” or they are “blessed to have their health” every year, albeit substandard health, they won’t do anything about it. Becoming fit and healthy takes hard work, hard looks at life, and becoming different. Not many people have the back bone to stand out and work hard. Our country if filled with people looking for a pill or a quick fix. It takes a lot more than a program or a mantra to fix that problem. You have to get to the honest heart of a person in order to effect that kind of change.
  • not sure
  • exercises or routines that can be done on breaks at work, work place challenges.
  • The biggest thing is finding the time and energy. After a long day at work exercise is the last thing you want to do. Not sure how industry can help with that.
  • This is a mental problem that each person has to over come time and again. Doing something’s by your self can be extremely difficult especially when it’s something you have to convince your self that you truly need to do.
  • They think they can’t or think they aren’t going to be successful and stop there. Recommending that someone new to getting fit start small and build up from there – providing those start small steps. Start with kids exercising early and safely so they do it for a life time.
  • I think people feel intimidated that they don’t have the abilities or looks of a trainer. The “I can’t do that so why even try” mentality. I think if we instilled an atmosphere of “everyone has to start somewhere” (or something similar) you may get more people to try. Create PSAs to encourage everyone to get off the couch and stretch for 15-20 sec. Positive reinforcement that every little movement counts and that you don’t have touch the floor, just bend at the waist and stretch. Simple, easy moves for everyone to get the blood flowing during a commercial break while watching their favorite show. It’s a start. Encourage the local gyms to band together for a community event, like an open house to see the facilities and talk to trainers and “real people” who work out there and have had success in all areas of fitness, not just weight loss. Focus on the health benefits other than weight loss, like lowered BP, blood sugar, and feeling of accomplishment, better breathing, etc. Contact the members of the gym who haven’t been in a month or more and invite/encourage them back, offer training sessions or a re-orientation for those that have been out for 6 months or more. It would be a nice reminder that, as a customer, you mean more than a monthly income.
  • I think a huge percentage is due to lack of community in the gym. From my experience, most of the women at the gym I attended were engrossed in earbuds and magazines. People seek out community more than they realize, and I think if fitness centers could find a way to enhance community aspects of a work out, people would be more likely to become consistent.
  • I think people in general are busy, too busy, and so they struggle finding time to spend on bettering their health and lifestyle.
  • I think people (myself included) don’t work out because there are too many interruptions. Once one thing after another starts to de-rail your routine they start to add up. Also, people don’t lead physically active lives anymore, I used to spend time working on a farm and those days were much more rigorous, like a bootcamp. If I don’t show up for bootcamp there is no way I’d get that kind of excercise
  • Emphasize that it doesn’t have to be a solid hour. It can be broken into segments throughout the day
  • It is hard to get started because it takes effort. The mentality of “I can’t”. I struggle with the every day. I have to constantly talk to myself to say I can do one more push up, okay one more. The positive self talk is necessary. Plus the positive talk from trainers and peers is necessary. Keeps motivation high.
  • I don’t believe that people who think they should exercise but don’t really understand the importance or don’t stick with it long enough to miss it when they stop. I’ve been there…
  • My opinion is lack of education on the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition. It should begin at an early age and drilled into young students heads, all the way up through college with hopes that the statistics stick!
  • The fitness industry can’t increase the number they can make programs available but ultimately it’s the 75% of the people that need to do it
  • People are lazy and make excuses. 30 minutes isn’t that much and anybody can squeeze that out of their day. Your health should be a priority because if you aren’t healthy, it affects not only you but your family. There should be no excuses and people need to find a way to internally motivate themselves. People can help, but ultimately the only one that can get you off the couch is yourself. The fitness industry can encourage shorter workouts, add variety, create incentives, “competitions” with peers. It also might help to have a conversation with individuals that are struggling to get a better understanding of why they aren’t making it to the gym. I personally love a good challenge so get people to leave their excuses at the door and join a challenge group so they are held accountable.
  • Motivation, time. Exercising alone difficult to learn how to do. Gym is expensive. Motivation biggest issue
  • No answer here. The biggest challenge for me are the needs and responsibilities of work and family that don’t fit neatly into a day to day routine. Example, taking my best friend to the hospital, an hour away, for an all day procedure used up my “me” time and my energy level.
  • I think most people are just lazy.
  • People get busy with other things in life. There is no accountability. Results don’t come fast enough.
  • Simple, Money! I can’t afford to go to the gym! That money goes toward groceries for my children!
  • When people get hooked on the eonderful feeling one has after just a half an hour of exercise, and become convinced of the health benefits, it is easier to keep on schedule.
  • Lives too busy, and pure laziness – – my struggle is making myself wake up earlier to cram 1 more thing into my day. Somehow you have to create Fun workouts that appeal to people who just want to be healthy (not a body builder, marathon runner, etc) and doing it in a way that is accessible to people who may not have the option of a Gym nearby
  • Make exercise something that you can not ignore and something that becomes habitual. Personally, if I do not exercise first thing every morning, I feel sort of rotten (guilty) throughout the day.
  • They never tried it for at least a month. Free month to anyone could work. Then they r hooked. Maybe a fitness buddy given AT the gym….the member get discount if they buy a membership.
  • I think a lot has to do with time. I have a husband who faithfully works out 6 days a week. He is home everyday around 1:30 p.m. and is able to get his workout in before the children get home from school. I, on the other hand, work a “normal” work day so if I want to work out I have to do it in the morning. I went about 6 wks without consistently working out because I was just too tired in the morning. I know I am tired and sluggish because I am not working out. I told myself that I am going to be better with working out and doing it in the morning before work because I don’t have time in the evening. I have been successful in this. I usually do eat very well but through the Holidays I was not so good. Therefore, I am back to not eating any sweet treats until the weekend and am very disappointed that someone at my work brought in a cheesecake and a chocolate cake. I am NOT having any!
  • For me it is family. I have 2 small children and work. After the kids are in bed, house is picked up, lunches are made for the next day and clothes are picked out I try to get a workout in.
  • Lack of motivation to really make a change. A belief that if they commit to exercise, they have to commit to the rest of the program too – take care of pesky health problems, eat healthier, etc. It’s easier to live in the mess than try to fix it.
  • Not enough time Time management Waking up earlier Do exercises or sports they.love Have an accountability partner
  • flexible workout models. 20 minutes 3 times a week is okay. and you can get an awesome workout in 35 minutes too…it doesn’t have to be an hour.
  • We make time for what we value the most…there is only so much anyone can do to motivate someone, and then it comes down to their own priorities and motivations. As a person who has struggled with weight/food/exercise my whole life, I know what I need to do, yet I don’t always choose it. If I have someone encouraging me and doing it along side me, it can help as I’m competitive, but ultimately we all do what we most want to do (work to provide for our family, work to make a name for ourselves, sleep extra, spend time with kids/friends/family, read, watch tv to relax, spend time on FB to feel like you have a life! , etc.).
  • TIME. the fix – hmmmmm. Classes are held at times convenient for those who work (early am and pm) or if you don’t work (morning) but I need early afternoon or late night and there must be others….
  • I think a lot of this can be contributed to the lifestyles we lead these days. Everything is instant, but not so with exercise. Oddly enough, you actually have to work at it. How to increase? Somehow get people to see the small gains and benefits. Somehow build a reward into exercise, because for most people, I would say the exercise itself is not rewarding (at least short-term).
  • I think because they are busy, that would be my number 1 answer. They don’t have other things in their life figured out, and probably feel like “working out” is a luxury and not a priority. People in our society are so “gotta have it now” minded that if they have let themselves go and try to get in to it and don’t see the desired results right away, they give up. People are so drained from trying to keep up with our fast paced way of living that they are just too tired to work out. At least the later one is my excuse. Toxicity in the body from emotional and environmental stressors works the adrenal glands to hard and thus creates a vicious cycle of fatigue that makes physical excersize seem impossible to accomplish. I think if the fitness industry were to help people get committed to a time or an appointment that might help? More personal accountability.
  • Time plays a big factor. We tend to schedule everything except for exercise!
  • remove tv from homes
  • I believe many people don’t exercise because it takes effort and time. They need to make it a priority and it’s easy to put other things ahead of exercising. Too many people think in the short term and don’t plan for their future. They have the same problem with planning for retirement.
  • time, motivation, if they are extremely out of shape they are probably nervous to start. Unfortunately I don’t think it is the fitness industry. I think that work is the biggest time consumer. I know that I work at least 9 hours a day, after work I hardly want to go to the gym, I can imagine that people who do not have this routine do not want to go. I usually tell myself that going to the gym is better than watching TV for 3 hours. I can go workout and still come home to watch an hour of tv. But, that’s easy for me because I am not a huge tv watcher. Going in the morning is also tough for me, but I force myself. I feel guilty throughout the day if I do not.
  • People need to make their health a priority and make time!
  • People won’t until it affects ten personally and terrible food choices become less easy and cheap. People are lazy.
  • Lack of motivation and time. Variety of times, classes and accountability partners
  • The effort. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. If I weren’t doing all that I am doing now, I can only imagine where I would be.
  • Not sure. I am the manager of an apartment community that offers a state of the art fitness center onsite free for all residents and I would agree that about only 25% of them use it regularly.
  • motivation, too busy; help people to understand that is takes time to build up fitness level. We live in a society that would pay for a quick fix.
  • It’s work. It literally takes people out of their comfort zone, physically and mentally.
  • If you could find a way for people to see results almost immediately that would be the real ticket. I have a hard time staying with something if I don’t see results. Everyone knows they need to exercise, it’s not a big shocker. But until we start putting ourselves in front of everyone and anything else, we will never take the time out to do it….unless you see those results right away.
  • I think its because of lack of making time.
  • I alternate between the 25% and the slackers and for me it’s a combination of accountability and plateau.
  • FEAR of FAILURE focus of reality..what is appropriate fitness for your life, age, ability
  • The cost of a membership, or your classes, or other classes is quite expensive for the average household and they can’t afford it for one person, let alone two. Another issue is child care while exercising. And another issue is how busy our lives have become with work, school, church, home & children’s extra curricular activities. People use time as an excuse to not exercise. I think the fitness industry needs to tell people that it isn’t going to happen over night. It takes baby steps. Change one thing at a time. Not a complete overhaul at the beginning of every year. You won’t stick to it. And your results won’t stick either.
  • People are lazy…they want the magic pill so they don’t have to work. You can provide the workout, the time, the diet, but people have to want to change. There are too many excuses. The fitness industry needs to be honest, it is going to take time and it is going to take work, and you probably won’t enjoy some part of it…no quick fixes.
  • I know it’s good for me, but it’s hard to make time when I value doing other things with my free time (which is so little)…like rest, organize my life, catch up with friends, work on projects I haven’t had time to complete…
  • Encourage it in the work place and with family teams
  • Laziness, imaginary lack of time, injury, overweight, tired.
  • It takes time and effort to do something that we don’t feel we absolutely have to do. I think the majority of people also tell them themselves that they will exercise-soon.
  • TIME – Priority, commitments, overexhausted lifestyle
  • Time, the demands are so great in this day and age you have to give something up to find the time, well I do. Money to purchase memberships or equipment Bad habits are easier to follow than change, we are lazy! The mental health aspect needs to come into play more. Reach the kids and get good habits started.
  • its is so easy to stay up late watching TV and then stay in bed an extra hour in the morning, or go home with the kids after school
  • Time, kids, schedules, money, motivation,
  • I think they are like me and just do not like to exerise, it does not hold interest. I think there needs to be some way (not sure how) to make it exciting.
  • Because it’s hard, it takes time and it involves both physical and mental effort. Also, it’s not just about the time spent working out. There is so much time and attention outside of the workout that has to be given to being healthy that many people find it overwhelming and would rather not even try.
  • People choose to not exercise because A.it takes time and B.it takes commitment. We use our time based on what we see as important, and lots of folks just don’t see it as a priority.
  • showing real statistics of what lack of exercise and eating healthy has done to people (increase in disease, obesity, etc) – people look the other way and think it won’t affect them. by the time they get around to making a change, they’re so far down the wrong path it’s hard to know where to start. also, i think some 30-40 year olds have the mentality of “I grew up eating or doing X and I’m fine, so it’s okay to continue or to allow my kids to do it”. It’s a cultural change that has to start with us teaching our kids.
  • I think that this has to be a personal decision and there’s not much fitness professionals can do. There are days I’m up at 4:45 for bootcamp and I don’t stop until 10 p.m. It’s tiring, but a sacrifice I am willing to make. It’s easy to give an excuse and say, I can’t fit it in. The best thing to do is to keep publicizing results and success stories, because that helped motivate me when I saw people in my similar situation making it work. Unforunately, I do think it’s a little bit like smoking, it’s a personal decision for smokers to smoke. But hopefully the more education they get, the more likely they are to make the decision to quit.
  • Motivation.
  • People are lazy. Also, they think their lives are too busy, yet they can sit on the couch and watch tv for hours after work. I have found what gets people excited is friendly competition, whether with work, or friends. Then biggest loser gets a prize. Also, getting a group and picking a goal to achieve together, like a 5k or triathlon. Makes working out fun, gives you an attainable goal to work towards, and again building friendship. There was a huge group from my bootcamp class that all signed up for the tough mudder together.
  • Lack of time and discipline. Not sure what can be done because I wasn’t ready to make the commitment until I was ready…now it is a daily routine.
  • I think it is what motivates people and then seeing or not seeing results. I get discouraged when I work so hard and don’t see the results happening right away so it seems like what is the point? And I think finding the time is a problem for a lot of people. My sister has two young children and by the time she has them to bed she is tired and wants to veg in front of the tv or get things done around the house that she can’t do with the kids.
  • Lazy… Want a “quick” fix. Cost of eating “right”.
  • people are stressed and tired from working too much and eating poorly
  • Unfortunately, I really think for many people it is finding the time. I think they dont want to alter their current schedules to make time for exercise. If the classes or hours of the gym meet their schedule then they go otherwise they dont. People are not making the commitment.
  • It’s very easy to make exercise a lower priority. Since I’ve had kids and I also work full time as a nurse, I’ve realized that being a grown-up is exhausting. In my 20s, I felt guilty if I worked out less than five days a week. Now I’m lucky to get one workout, and my health has suffered because of it. It’s a vicious cycle–i’m less healthy, but i’m also massively sleep-deprived. I have to let sleep win or i can’t function.
  • For me, I don’t get enough in because I haven’t found something I enjoy enough to spend the small amount of free time I have on it.
  • The fitness industry is doing awesome things. I am not usually negative, but my response to this question is the saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Outside of physically pulling people out of bed, I have no idea how to raise that number.
  • most people believe the “experts” but don’t see how to fit it in to their busy schedules. You have to give up something in order to workout
  • I think people have busy lives and “shoulds” don’t really manifest into a healthy lifestyle. It’s easy to say I “should” get more exercise just like I “should” clean out the garage. Neither sound appealing and on the surface seem so monumental a challenge that you shut down before you even start. In other words, it can seem overwhelming to change your life from sedentary to active and healthy. We live in a society of instant gratification. That’s why fad diets and quick weight loss programs make so much money. People don’t want to wait for results. They want to see them now and ultimately change is difficult (no matter how good it is for you). One way the fitness industry could improve would be to show how quickly things can change with your body and mind when you start a healthy fitness program and to emphasize the almost immediate change a person will feel mentally (eg. endorphins that get released during exercise help people feel happier, more energy, ability to keep up with kids, have more fun, love life more). It’s not about fitting that size 6 dress, it’s about feeling good about yourself and your life and enjoying it.
  • Basically lazy. They want but are not willing to put in the work
  • They work are busy raising families or are just toi tired.
  • Motivation… Fear! Cost.
  • As a mother I find it hard to take time away from my family to work out even if it benefits me. I work out early while everyone is asleep or while my daughter is at school. I think a lot mothers/fathers feel guilty even if it’s to better their health. Making time and actually going to the gym and/or getting active.
  • It is so hard to change lifestyle when living with a husband who walks outside and eats 3 times as much as I do and does not gain weight. I feel defeated before I start. Men just don”t understand the frustration.
  • If the fitness world is anything like the food world, I think one of the biggest reasons is the all-time-popular excuse: I don’t have time. People’s lives are totally crazy. I’m shocked at how busy some people are. But the fact of the matter is that no one is going to get well or meet their goals if they don’t put in some effort and devote the time to it. Like with food, it doesn’t have to be a lot of time if you plan it properly, but it is still a commitment. I think the fitness industry would do well to encourage people that it’s not quantity that matters, but quality. I used to run longer distances, do hour long strength workouts, spend time on the cardio machines, etc. etc. up until about 2 years ago. I started doing HIIT workouts for as little as 12 minutes a day sometimes. They made me tons stronger and even helped me gain weight at at time when I needed to. I think more people need to learn this concept of “less is more” from the fitness industry. It has given me so much freedom in my health.
  • Offering different programs that includes people like themselves
  • TIME, there just isn’t enough of it and cost
  • Trying to tie exercise into the benifits of walking your dog, being with your kids,etc. Try to combine exercise with something else so it doesn’t feel just like exercise alone.
  • I don’t think it’s the fitness industry – – – if someone wants to do it, they can and will do it. I’m living proof!!
  • too busy/ tired and lazy
  • Willpower. Willpower is finite and after going through the other challenges in one’s day, it is hard to find the extra willpower to push oneself to work out. Designing workouts that require less willpower–like bootcamps, where one just needs to show up & follow along to get a great workout, K2, etc–is a good way to improve on this. Willpower is inherently unreliable. (For a great read on this subject, check out the books “Willpower” and “Scarcity”).
  • I think for many it’s intimidating and confusing. They don’t know where to begin, how to adjust as they go to continue seeing results and then the nutritional aspect has to be personalized as well. People just freeze an don’t take action.
  • reduce cost, offer more times
  • They think it is hard and not fun
  • They get bogged down with work and family and can seem to make the time to workout. I also think people think they need to workout for longer than an hour and they don’t have that time so they don’t do anything at all. Helping people realize that you can do a GREAT workout in 30 or less…I always say something is better than nothing, even if its 20 min that day.
  • I think it’s a mind thing…they are still unsure of if they can do it…I think that it will take some really good friends to bring people on board for any program ect..
  • Life happens. People (myself included) feel that exercising requires going to the gym and working out til exhaustion (well, I’m not that extreme) and that they don’t have time for that. We need more flexible options.
  • Other things seem more important. Short-sightedness of their lives. Wanting instant-gratification.
  • Time and stress. I literally quit my job so that I could figure out to make the time and have the energy to eat right and exercise. I am a FT single mom and was working 60-80 a week. I had nothing left in me to focus on my well being.
  • The problem with stay motivated and being consistent is a personal thing – I wish I had the same drive that the people I see at the gym day in and day out and never lose their drive and motivation
  • Time. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but out in the sub-burbs of Georgia, there are no sidewalks and people drive crazy. Trying to walk or ride a bike is suicide.
  • #1 is to bring on the incentives through health insurance. My 90 year old father goes to the Y in his community 4 days each week. In turn, Humana pays for part of his membership. Everybody wins. #2. Get the body builders out of the regular-person area. Nothing is more intimidating or depressing than to try to work out beside them. It is NOT motivating as some May claim. #3. Get more people like Dustin! You provide a forum and workouts for regular people, especially women!!! Now, if something similar were to be available for chubby men, it would be great!
  • People get bored. The beat thing the industry can do is surprise people and switch things up.
  • It takes too much time, and most people don’t like it. Exercise needs to be enjoyable and/or take a smaller chunk of time
  • Motivation! I hate that drive to the Transformation Center but am so happy once I’m there. I don’t have an answer to get people there other than to assign and accountability partner right away, but that doesn’t help to get them there in the first place. For me it was important that I was doing this for my family and it would then benefit me. That depends on the personality of a person if that works.
  • They think exercise means belonging to a gym and if you’ve been there, done that and had bad results (felt anonymous) then you don’t want to do that again.
  • Better, more relevant and carefully attentive and effective marketing of fitness, aka need to be sold correctly
  • Make it a culture and change who you hang out with and what you do together. Realize that YOU make the difference and stop trying to think it has to be something else. Choices are in our power.
  • Lack of confidence/ busy lifestyles. Make working out fun, affordable, accessible, family oriented
  • People haven’t found the right motivation. They don’t have a motivating goal in mind to work towards, so they don’t stick with it even if they do start. I’m sure cost plays a part for some as well.
  • People seem to need to see results quickly. If they don’t, they get discouraged quickly or they overdo, get super sore and never come back. They need to realize that it can take time and it is a life-long marathon.
  • LAZY It requires CHANGE I love the work out at home idea, AND work out Buddy plan!
  • My biggest issue is time. With a husband and 2 children(boys 9 and 5) along with work and all my other responsibilities, I lack the time! I frequently remind myself of something you say in your FMFL videos–I have to take care of myself so that I can be at my best for my family.
  • They say they should because they are smart enough to know they should. However, they are not ambitious enough to follow through.
  • too busy, no motivation
  • Time. It’s so hard to find time to go and not feel like I am abandoning my family. The only time I can really go is at 5am. Yet, I go to bed around 10pm to midnight because there is always work to do. Something has to give… I know my views are skewed. I know it. But this is where I’m at.
  • Time…..
  • The biggest obstacle is motivating people that aren’t motivated themselves. Someone has to want to get healthy. However, cheaper membership fees would help more people get into the gym.
  • I think everyone ‘wants’ to be healthy and exercise, but it’s too low of a priority for most people because they don’t prioritize it into their daily schedule – they let other things they deem more important derail them and their schedule.
  • Lack of time’s a big one. Quick and effective workouts are a must. Also, goes back to accountability. Newsletters like yours that keep you connected to like minded people and ideas and stories…So much mental work is needed to make the physical really stick!
  • By helping them understand what the short term and long term effects are. Working to fund out what is causing the lack of motivation(psychology)
  • I think people are just so busy that is one thing they put at the bottom of the list of thing to do today. I know I did for a long time. Until it becomes important to them personally I dont think that will change.
  • Reduce prices for fitness centers that offer more than machines and equipment. I would love to join a tennis club. But, the cost astronomical.
  • I believe a lot of it has to do with finding time in their daily lives, the cost of participating in a lot of these gyms or bootcamps is too high, especially for people with children and just plain old lack of motivation.
  • Human nature to be lazy and procrastinate maybe!
  • I think a lot of people don’t realize that being healthy and fit requires the ability to tolerate a certain level of discomfort – and as long as you continue improving, it is always uncomfortable because you always have to push yourself. Getting strong is *hard*, and uncomfortable when you want to improve and your muscles hurt from breaking down and rebuilding. Building cardio is uncomfortable when you are out of breath and your muscles are tired or burning. People want an easy fix, or an easy way out. There isn’t one. The fitness industry can’t fix attitude. It’s biomechanics and individual preference. Maybe more messaging about how and why results are worth the work/suffering/discomfort?
  • I think gym memberships provide group exercise classes that allow you make friends, have someone to excercise with, and help each other with goals. Providing more discounts and more convenient classes would be a great start.
  • I think that we support our kids and our jobs so much that when it comes to the end of the day, we are wiped out and don’t have the motivation for ourselves. We need to realize that it is okay to put ourselves first sometimes and not everyone else, especially as a mom!
  • Just finding the time can be hard
  • It’s really just people’s choice and priorities. All these quick fix, 3 min workouts and “pills” you can just take to “fix” what is bothering you make it hard. I think the Anytime Fitness has the right idea of low cost and locations all over. I would go to your classes if there was a downtown location. Even 15 – 20 mins of travel time in the morning makes it unworkable, especially since I am on a bus schedule.
  • I think it is partly motivation – for me. I really have a hard time doing it after long days at work ( 10 plus hrs) and I like sleep in until 6 am
  • I think it’s the belief that they don’t have enough time and the failure to MAKE time for themselves and possibly sacrifice time from another area of their lives. Most people put exercise at the bottom of the list of priorities, even if it’s a short list, and it usually gets left off the list when they run out of time for everything. I know that’s how I have been. Also it’s tough to get started working out. It’s much easier to keep up with it than it is to start from scratch. The fitness industry just needs to ingrain in people how important regular exercise is, how people NEED to make time for it, and how it will be easier and more enjoyable when people stick with it.
  • People are overtired and pressed for time and they do not put their health as their top priority. I think cost and comfort level at gyms are two big concerns for people.
  • I feel people say it’s to much time and money. They are not willing to look outside of the box.
  • They feel that they are too busy to give the time for the lengthy sessions that the hype encourages. Also, it is just so hard to actually begin. If someone is in the mode of sitting on the couch, itis hard to break the habit. Also hard to imagine that for someone who is already worn out, that exercise will help them feel better
  • Motivation-trainers are great because you have accountability
  • Time is always a big issue, the convenience/location of facilities is also important.
  • Cost, convienient times of classes etc, accessbility, sustained motivation
  • Motivation, it’s hard work and people want fast results with little work. Education and accountability.
  • Cost and priorities. Many women especially believe that taking that time for themselves is selfish.
  • Time is an issue. Energy. I think the issues are personal and I don’t know what the industry could do differently.
  • Most people don’t like how they look and feel, hence why they say they should get more exercise. Unless they are willing to start and continue exercising, they won’t. It is easier to say “I should do this” than actually doing it. The fitness industry can motivate people to come in by offering deals-membership activation waived if join by this date; free consultation with trainer if you sign up for 3 other workouts with a trainer, etc.
  • people are lazy! they think they don’t have time yet watch tv for hours a day
  • Say they don’t have time….too tired…..yet if they worked out they would have more energy Shorter, more effective workouts
  • time, motivation
  • Dedication- people are not willing to put the hard work in.
  • Lack of sufficient motivation. Lack of detailed, step by step success stories.
  • while thinking it’s important, it’s hard in the moment to get enough motivation to do it NOW (when tired/other things to do)
  • Lack of commitment. Work to build better fitness with our youth.
  • I think if we made it a part of work it would motivate us more
  • Our society is stressed out by crazy schedules. Part of the the problem is making the time and the other piece may be tight budgets. I do not work full time, my children are in college and I am FINALLY putting myself first in terms of taking care of me! I was always taking care of everyone else, going to all the sports and meetings and am a full time volunteer as well. Personally, moving to a climate warmer than Wisconsin would help me greatly! I love to walk in addition to lifting and it has been difficult! ;P
  • I think it is hard to prioritize it effectively because people already have so much on their plates. It would be helpful to see it as more of part of a daily routine, instead of as something extra to do (i.e. to see it as essential, like showering or eating, as opposed to something optional, like watching tv).
  • Everyone knows you need exercise but many don’t make the time
  • Long working hours over- time at work !!! Or they are not ready to commit
  • People are busy, they often place personal exercise as a low priority in their family scheduling.
  • They need to have it at a better price, good hours, and daycare.
  • Not sure
  • I have no answer.
  • Time is a factor, as is a need for convenience. We all seem to live in a state of denial that it “won’t happen to me”,
  • I think everyone knows they should exercise but no one takes the time to fit exercise into their schedule. I would say I was that way 1 year ago. I would come up with every excuse as to why I had no time for exercise even though I knew I needed it. Everyone has such a busy lifestyle but they don’t make time for exercise. I think facts and figures about the benefits of exercise needed along with programs that are cost efficient and flexible will help increase the percentage. I also think giving exercise routines that create results people can see in a short time frame can help. Many people who work full time will not schedule time for exercise but yet they will schedule time for TV, social media, computer games, and socializing at a local restaurant or bar. Priorities now days do not include nutrition and exercise like they should.
  • Will not make the time, lazy, technology takes over, time with kids, flat out don’t enjoy it
  • Same reasons people know salad is good for you but order the burger instead. 1. It’s habitual 2. At that moment it’s what feels good. Exercise is hard work in the short term and the results manifest almost exclusively in the long term. Burgers taste good in the short term and the results, again, mainly manifest over the long term.
  • – Too many desk jobs and hours – Folks addicted to TV – Climate challenges (want to hibernate in winter) Make exercising fun! Give suggestions anyone can do. Focus on the positive benefits.
  • More advertising for healthier lifestyles and why too much junk food and sedentary habits hurts you…kinda like those tobacco commercials. Starting with the kids. It’s making people lazy and unmotivated
  • It gets to be boring doing it alone. Make it feel more like a group effort.
  • More results with less work
  • Pressure from friends or family to do something else that causes them to stay up later than usual to make a morning workout or make it so they miss their evening workout. Another reason is long hours at work.
  • Making time for yourself is so hard! Especially if you are a single parent, struggling for money or any other of the million things that life throws in the way. More friendly/less intimidating to beginners. A wide variety of hours is helpful.
  • I think it’s because people are stressed and tired and already have so much going on. Unfortunately, when you work a 50 hour + work week, have kids, pets, a household to take care of, etc, you’re tired. Some may think it’s an excuse, but it doesn’t change the fact that it keeps people from working out.
  • Kids, work, spouse, not enough hours in the day everyone wants your attention. I don’t think people want to be seen working out by others when you don’t feel good about how they look. It’s a vicious cycle. I hate changing clothes to excerise. The time it takes and the fact that plus size gals don’t have a lot of workout clothing options. Work with employers to give employees time during the work day to work out so they don’t have take additional time away from their family.
  • Time. It’s a very busy world and time to workout falls by the wayside but if the workouts are fun, if they meet at a specific time and the goals can be individualized, that would make a difference. Fun is key.
  • time, priorities not sure what the fitness industry can do
  • lack of time. Continue to pair people up and they should see more success
  • Not enough hours in the day….campaign more at work places….wellness plans with companies
  • lifestyle, too many distractions to help us be lazy. We all know the “right thing to do”, but it’s easy to not do it. In our area it’s the non existence of a gym to go workout.
  • It is not fun! And it takes more time then “they” say it does cuss u have to warm up and cool down
  • I think there are some good intentions, but time gets away from people because they are already over-scheduled and too tired by the end of the day. Living in the Twin Cities, there is a lot of commute time, wherever you are going. Also, I think people see it as not fun or just to achieve a goal, not a lifestyle. I would rather get together with a group to play basketball than do calisthenics or weight lifting, but that also takes a lot more effort to coordinate. It’s also a change of habits, which is very hard to do for the long term. Hard to be consistent in making that change.
  • Need to make fitness centers more fun and inviting
  • Time. With working 40+ hrs a week it is hard to find the time. Cost…. That is a big issue.
  • keep intensity high so the workout can be shorter, lower price of membership/group classes
  • People do not make it a priority and do not schedule it. I find that most people come up with excuses as to why they could not work out. Bottom line, it’s not a priority. I think the fitness industry could be better about offering alternatives (i.e., exercises not requiring equipment; exercise alternatives [to reduce injury aggravation, etc.]; quick workouts for those who have scheduling issues, etc.; family workouts so mom or dad doesn’t feel guilty about spending less time with the family in order to work out).
  • Resistance. Our inner 2 year old. Why do I resist what I know is good for me when I feel so much better after doing it? The importance of rhythm/routine in our days.
  • That is hard one but first people now days think there is a pill for everything and because really no one is going to take the time to exercise or focus on their health and fitness unless they finally decide for themselves that they are tired of being unhealthy, just like people who smoke they know it’s bad for them but don’t wanna give it up and they won’t till they decide to do it for themselves, so I think it’s important to just keep informing others how important fitness is and how much better they will feel and how exercising can also be an addiction but a healthy one 🙂 maybe challenge others to give up one unhealthy habit and start a healthy one… One for each month…doctors also need to write prescriptions for exercise instead of giving pills for everything…I think exercise should be paid for by health insurance as well because it is part of your health and if they will pay for meds to save your life why not pay for exercise that has a great impact on your health!!?? Idk just some ideas
  • Help them schedule their time to find the time to exercise
  • They don’t think they can succeed or are afraid is success.
  • Time is always difficult to find when working out. I understand that you make the time but it is not that easy. Since companies seem to have a vested interest in wellness in the workplace. They should understand and come up with a plan on how employees can get their workout in during the work day. I also believe that life has gotten so busy that they (or I) know that they should exercise but cannot find the time. One last thing is that 90% of the challenge is just getting to the gym. Maybe if the gym was brought to the client that would help in deciding to work out.
  • People think they are too busy. Don’t have a partner to help with motivation Start off pushing too hard and get burnt out quickly and don’t stick with it
  • It is so personal to choose to change your life and exercise.. all have different motivators. I think if a person experiences the good feelings from exercise they may continue. Amaze them with what their body can really do.
  • Most people don’t seem to recognize that they have to plan something to make it happen and plan it at a time during which they can consistently make it happen. Sounds like a no-brainer but apparently it is not. I am a nurse and am consistently amazed that people cannot consistently take their medicine. Is there a general lack of discipline? The fitness industry has made themselves very available so it isn’t availability. They have also made information available at an understandable level. Many people want a quick fix – our culture is good at that. Guess I don’t have a good answer….
  • Not enough time.Working full time, kids in different activities.As a parent running from 6:30 am to midnight. A good workout is hard and somtimes uncomfortable!
  • time – its very hard to work out enough if you have a full time job, kids. energy – I know its a “catch 22” but after working all day, making dinner, laundry etc its hard to find the energy to exercise much easier to sit on the couch.
  • People these days want to see instant results which we know it not always the way it works. For me one on one with a trainer helped me with a routine, structure, and accountability – all that helped me make my exercise program sucessful.
  • Easier said than done
  • Make it easy to do and fun
  • I believe most people think they are to busy and exercise is not a priority. Offer more versatility like a one stop shop, place where you can take the kids and workout by yourself or with the kids, indoor place to walk the dogs when it is cold, and each person should have a good exercise/nutrition plan to be effective – when going to a regular gym such as Gold’s I would get there and never really know what to do so I would walk on the treadmill. After a while this got boring so I joined Farrell’s.
  • everyone has such busy full lives that it is easy to use that as a reason not to go to the gym or workout
  • more accessible schedules: open most hours of the day and back-to-back programs, as well as a variety of programs (weights, body weight, cardio, machines, water, yoga, etc.) affordable long-term (like, LIFE-long) I think most people don’t push themselves hard enough and therefore never really experience the full spectrum of benefits of exercise: physical, mental, emotional.
  • Lack of priority Good question…
  • We need to have less chaos in our days. I don’t know the answer, but that is why I feel like we want to workout, we just are to done with our day to go. Work places need to embrace excersise and allow us time to do it. Maybe going to work places or have the cubical workout?
  • More flexibility to work out during the work day.
  • When I talk to people, it usually comes down to cost & time. We live in a rural area and it seems like it is really difficult to get a group to work out together long term.
  • See #5 people get to the gym and compare with other, don’t know what to do when there or don’t see results fast enough
  • They don’t see immediate results so they give up too easily. Too many excuses. Everyone says “I don’t have time.” Wrong. We all get 24 hours a day. I don’t know how to resolve that, or how to get the message across that you just need to make it a priority. And if you watch TV, as most people do, you have time to exercise.
  • people get discouraged when they don’t see results (we have started to think that we need results like biggest loser and that we are doing something wrong if we don’t get them) we have been burned by fakes in ALOT of different programs (translates into thinking why should we believe in this one) time we are tired in the morning we are tired at night…
  • Make exercise fun and not so challenging
  • Inertia. Shame. Feeling that they are too out of shape to be seen / to get in shape. Fear of failure, as in “I might go workout and not see the results I want but if I don’t workout I won’t fail.” I think emphasizing the whole picture –not just weight loss and the “bikini body”— but mental health and well being is essential. I think more talk about the food we eat can fuel us or fail us can’t be said enough. I think the USA is in a carb coma
  • I think that, in general, people are physically lazy. They aren’t any longer in jobs that physically challenging. We have too many conveniences. We also have way too many other things to entertain us that are sedentary.
  • For a lot I think it has to do with feeling like they don’t have time. 30 minute HIIT classes or routines have been my savior — I can always find 30 minutes! For others I suspect it has to do with feeling like they have to do more/work harder than they may (initially) be willing, in order gain any benefit, while others feel like they’re just “too far” gone and lifestyle changes will simply never stick.
  • Laziness primarily, it is easy to get out of the routine if you go on vacation or have something that pulls you away. Also for me, I would like to have someone near me be committed to do it with me, and I don’t have that support. Not sure what else you can do, perhaps reach out to as many different places as you can, churches, schools, work places, neighborhood centers.
  • too tired after working all day challenges: arthritis, pain, injuries not getting the help they need to set up a workout routine, classes are either too challenging or not challenging enough too expensive
  • making time
  • See above. I think people feel trapped by memberships. Convenience, support, and lack of pressure help to keep people feeling welcome and interested.
  • Based on what I see, I think people aren’t finding an activity that they enjoy and look forward to. They tend to see exercise as another thing they have to do rather than something fun. I think it’s important that people remember that if you miss a day or two or more, it’s totally fine to start over. It’s not a failure….hmmmm wonder where I learned that.
  • There is a big difference between knowing what is good for you and actually doing it. I think instant gratification is largely to blame. People and even the fitness industry has gotten so good at making excuses.
  • see answer to #3
  • Life is busy!! Just wait until you get married and have then have kids…
  • Opinion: Laziness How: More awareness
  • there is a lot of mixed reviews on diet, amount and type of exercise is best – many people put in the time but cannot sustain it because they perhaps do not see or feel the results they hoped for…that is why we need more personal focus at reasonable costs and times that fit into busy peoples schedules
  • We are lazy!!! Everything is at our finger tips we don’t have to do much physically anymore. We live in an immediate gratification world. We want quick convenient and cheap. Lol
  • Time: it takes so long to get to the gym, exercise, shower and get ready, and then get the kids around all the while doing thus b/w snacks and naps for wee ones.
  • People are busy and consistent exercise is time consuming. I found it initially hard to realize that I had to view exercise as my hobby, rather than something I fit in after I did everything I wanted to do. What can the fitness industry do? Support active lifestyles, without requiring a perfect physique in order to participate. I don’t live in Madison, but your Transition Center looks like it’s headed in the right direction.
  • Not making enough small permanent changes throughout a long period of time to make it become a lifestyle change. I have often battled with my weight and varied greatly with my level of fitness. I finally feel like I have accomplished a lifestyle change to think of my health and lifestyle choices differently. I think baby steps to making change in various aspects of my health and fitness is what stuck for me and built upon each other to lead to greater improvements.
  • Advertising is huge. If fitness could be more appealing. Look at the food ads. They are disgusting yet the kids today only know fast food.
  • because its not a priority until they get sick or told that they need to. Truth – it takes work and people just won’t make time for it.
  • not the primary focus of life at the time. It takes something major to change the mind set of people.
  • My guess would be that, in general, it requires a time commitment that would mean they need to cut something out of their schedule that they either don’t want to cut out or sometimes can’t cut out. The same could probably be said for the cost involved.
  • I am a doctor and so little of my patients exercise. Hard to start. Already unhealthy so it is that much more difficult. Doing the wrong exercises. Always money. Time and inflexible schedules.
  • It isn’t an issue of the fitness industry. I work full time have two kids a house to clean errands to run etc… I don’t have any hobbies any more because I don’t have time. Fitness comes in behind family and work and basic maintenance of family until it can move up the priority list or we get longer days I don’t what the fitness industry can do.
  • I truly believe it’s the accountability. Making a phone call/sending an email checking in to see how the sessions are going.
  • Maybe include more activities that aren’t gym related like hikes or bike rides for people intimidated by gyms? (Seasonal things like ice skating and kayaking could be fun every once in awhile too)
  • To most people exercise is not fun. They lack motivation. It is very difficult for some people to put themselves first, even if it is the right thing to do for their health.
  • Realistic and flexible programs, classes. Affordable They’ve never stuck with something for very long, looking for results to come quickly.
  • Great question. It really needs to be part of their lifestyle and not something they think they should do but dread. I think you do a great job of making it fun and trying to build a community of exercises. I wish I had a good answer to the question, but I don’t.
  • They don’t exercise because they are afraid that either they can’t do it, or it will cause pain; or they are just too lazy. Or, they don’t make it a priority. And I don’t have an answer to the second question.
  • Time. Many are struggling with finding time to work, spend family time, and find gym time.
  • Honestly not sure if they can. It has to come from within the person or someone close who can motivate them. People have hundreds of excuses and they will continue to use them until they get pushed (maybe uncomfortable) to start a healthy lifestyle/workout routine.
  • Hard to find the time.
  • Should vs. want. “I know I should work out, but I don’t really want to.” The motivation usually isn’t there. I don’t know how you motivate people to change when they don’t want to, though. :-S
  • Exercise needs to be meaningful work done alongside other people.
  • lack of results, lack of patience to stick with it
  • Laziness.
  • Educate people about all the different ways they can get exercise. Not everyone has to go to a gym or at least not right away if they just want to get moving! Unfortunately no one makes money when someone goes for a walk…
  • I don’t think it’s the fitness industry that is the issue. It’s the work/life balance and finding the time. I find it hard to find the time having 2 kids under 5, work fulltime for both my husband and myself.
  • I believe that americans, in general, are looking for a quick fix that doesn’t involve sweating or working hard for a result. This is a shame because there is a great feeling of pride when you do something that can be difficult for your own health. We tend to be a society of instant gratification, which keeping in shape takes time & a commitment.
  • –no organization in their lifestyle; working hard under stress and then just having the attitude that “I deserve this cookie/ cake” etc., –I think people do exercise, but have poor eating habits and can’t maintain exercise programs with their junk eating–and junk eating providing more injuries and unhealthy body which makes it hard to keep with exercise and people just give up.
  • Time. The world has gotten so busy that most people put themselves last. Add 1 less hour to everyone’s work day and force them to go to an exercise class. Maybe that should be added to Obama Care Plan!
  • Starting slow–more work places should offer opportunities within the work day to be more active–walking clubs, lunch time yoga, etc. Lack of time is a big reason why people say they don’t work out–that is just an excuse. It is just not convenient enough.
  • offer exercises that are more fun… gear them to the age group and offer more like 50 and over exercises;
  • I think people really just do not know what to do. When I see them reading while walking or lightly jogging on a treadmill, I cringe. I guess if you just continue to show them what it takes to get in shape, eventually they might listen.
  • Not accountable. Excuses or don’t want to arrange schedule. Talk with employer about small break work outs. Find work out buddy. Report weekly to someone regarding what you have done for your weekly work outs.
  • I hear from more of my friends is the cost to join, and don’t have the time/
  • See above! We are a society with such a narrow scope of “fitness”-especially for women. We have gotten pretty good at beating ourselves up & making excuses. It’s easy for us, change is not. I don’t honestly believe the fitness industry will increase as long as every billboard shows a supermodel looking face…intimidating & unattainable to most of us. Be real, be nice, skinny does not equal healthy!! We have to empower real society. You hear “empower yourself” “feel empowered”…well, you know, that is wanted, we want that, I want that, but it is hard & many people I know give up before they even get near the starting line. Why does health have to be intimidating? It’s because we have painted a skewed picture. When there is pressure for work, pressure with family, & pressure to fit in…fitness for many slides down the ladder as depression creeps up. So, the short of it….fitness is an option. That’s why less than 25% fit it in. It has to become a requirement, a lifestyle, a mind set….how to do that? I haven’t a clue!
  • There is so much hype out there, everyone wants a quick fix, can I not work out and just eat better, can I drink this shake instead of a meal, etc., so much misinformation, it would help if what was said was actually reality.
  • we live in a fast paced society. Everyone is in a hurry. We are all “too busy”. But really we have messed up priorities. I think gyms that offer free childcare are a great way to start to increase membership. My biggest obstacle to working out is who is going to watch my 3 kids so I can.
  • Difficulty in making it part of your lifestyle. Lack of support from doctors who would rather cure a problem or prescribe a pill. It is a joke to tell people to consult a doctor before starting an exercise program. No one does that, and doctors don’t have a clue.
  • Have workouts outside, and more fun. Like Recess when we were kids. Less costly in groups.
  • Exercise is so beneficial but you have to get to a point where you are doing something you enjoy. People don’t look at exercise as something to enjoy and they can’t get beyond the pain to the point of their body craving movement. While exercise can be challenging, I think sometimes we make it too difficult, too formalized so people don’t do it. I like the NFL play 60 campaign. The goal is to just get out and play for 60 minutes! How easy and fun is that? It sounds better to me than 60 minutes sweating my brains out doing something that will make me sore in the morning and that i don’t like to do in the first place. Playing may do those things too- sweat and sorenss- but it sounds like more fun to me. I think if the fitness industry would stop promising quick results it would help. You can get quick results but if people are out of shape to begin with they are really going to be miserable with a hard core program and most likely not return. I think there needs to be an emphasis on lifetime fitness and encouraging people to just get moving- whatever they can do today. So make it fun and make it doable.
  • Make it fun – include children – it is very overwhelming/discouraging going to the gym and having people 65+ able to run circles around one another. I have wanted to try the exercise classes at the gym I volunteer at but the classes never are compatible with the daycare 6-8 that my four kids can go to. I also feel like I will be the fattest person in the classes and don’t want to embarrass myself further.
  • I think people are afraid…think only body builders and Barbies are at the gym.
  • People are lazy. Knowing what you should dons very different than doing it. The fitness industry can only help people who want to help themselves.
  • Schedule and price. Offering multiple morning options (5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30) and multiple lunch options (11, 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1) make it hard or impossible to not find a time that works. A lot of people say they are too busy. If I’m worried I won’t make it but I’m paying $100/month…I’d just not pay it. If I’m worried I won’t make it but I”m only paying $50/month…I would be it and attend when I can.
  • Working out is hard and time consuming
  • Spirit willing, but body weak? Some believe they don’t have the time (yet find more than enough time for TV/computer). It’s easier not to, or some believe that they are beyond help or that it will take too long/too much energy to reach their goal.
  • Help people schedule their workout into the day that they have and it has to be flexible enough to allow room for life to come up. Maybe have a main plan with alternatives plans when something comes up and ruins your plans for the day, so you still get a work out, but it is condensed.
  • People are so busy and they don’t take time to make the investment in their health (mind, body, soul). Educational awareness of how important exercise is for everyone at every age.
  • Some of us have a hard time finding the time. Not always an excuse. I am a tax preparer and work 14-16 hour days from Feb 1 — April 15th. I do get regular exercise in the form of horseback riding, walking. Trouble is that these are weather dependent.
  • Time constraints (work, kids activities, etc) and desire to really do it. Continue to drive home the point how much exercise really matters.
  • Lack of commitment and a willingness to put in the time and effort. Since must good habits take at least 21 days to become established, offer a rediculously low introductory rate for the first month. Setup a schedule that will get them in there at least 6 days a week. Other are not able to keep that you after the first month, there’s not much hope. I’d say partner them with established gym members that week work with them, but there would be some liability concerns to overcomen
  • They don’t schedule it/make time for it.
  • We always know what is best, just executing it is the difficult part. Getting started is the hardest part, once you get going you feel better etc….it is a cycle.
  • I considered myself active all my life (active vacations & hobbies, daily walking, etc). But until I had to come back from a back injury, I didn’t realize that I needed more than that to be strong and stay in shape.
  • They’re lazy and they know it will be hard work to make a change and they have other things that are a higher priority.
  • That is the big question! If I new I’d be attempting to implement the solution! I believe “not enough time” is the biggest “excuse.” Finding efficient and effective exercise options is key.
  • I think people unfortunately are lazy. They expect immediate results with as little effort as possible. Based on what my friends say, people aren’t truly honest with themselves for what they are eating and how often they workout. It could all be a part of a low self esteem or negative mindset. I am motivated to try a new challenge and workout hard and others would rather never do it to avoid so called self humiliation. Also, we see brutal images of people dying because of smoking cigarettes but there isn’t anything that significant to show how people will die or suffer through not exercising or eating terribly. I also think people think they can eat whatever they want if they work out, when really what you eat really impacts exercise results. I feel like the information is out there and not hard to find. Maybe the only way is to provide an environment that is so positive and supportive it will make a person really take a look at the other areas in their life that don’t meet up in order to trigger change. But people half to want to change enough in order for it to happen. Otherwise, people will just succumb to the negativity of society and other people around them and stay on the couch.
  • Finding time & motivation to work out. Reduce the stigma of exercise from indulgent to necessary (like a dental exam or mammogram)
  • The biggest reason is most people don’t like exercise or don’t stick with it long enough to get past the pain and realize how good they feel with a regular regimen. The other big reason is a lack of time to exercise for people who would like to but are busy with work, family, etc.. I think the fitness industry needs programs that break people in easier. Going to an intense bootcamp class with a bunch of super-fit people must be intimidating and painful to new people and it doesn’t surprise me that people don’t come back. A very popular beginner running program called Couch to 5K does this well because it breaks an onerous task (running a 5K) into small manageable pieces.
  • Excuses, cost, time restraints, little effect for their efforts, and confusion over the right work out to do.
  • I think it is because of a lack if motivation! I think if work/businesses/medical insurances added incentives for being healthier, that that would really help. But in the end it is all up to the individual. We are a lazy generation with a lot at our fingertips z it’s easy to forget what being healthy feels like. It’s helpful to see that eating healthy is not hard nor costs a ton.
  • Great question – I’m not sure! Maybe offering programs like yours in which people feel like they are part of a community and the message is more about empowerment than just getting skinny. Also maybe encouraging other aspects of health like nutrition and emotional well-being.
  • cost make time
  • People’s lives are so busy and they spend so much time on electronic devices that they just don’t feel they have the time. Plus sofa time is a big issue. Not sure how anyone can break through all that!
  • As a mother myself, time is definitely an issue. If I didn’t have the resources to exercise at work I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to find the time. Also, a lot of exercising is boring, which deters people from sticking with it. One of the best forms of exercise for me is Zumba because you just feel like you’re having fun dancing, but yet you’re getting a great workout as well.
  • By having more support like informational classes.
  • They have no one to hold them accountable – call them and say – where were you? What time can we pick you up…If you show up each day for five days – we’ll give you $20/off this month….incentives….usually work for most people.
  • Shorter workouts with visible results. I work out and plan it out in advance. But many people I think get overwhelmed with their family schedules and don’t use what is available for exercise.
  • I feel most people are too tired and don’t have the time to workout after working all day. They want to spend their time with their family or have things that must be done at home.
  • In my opinion, people are generally busy. Between work, children & others, it’s incredibly difficult to want to do more. Even if it’s to benefit the person. Tired is tired. Exercise takes time & energy.
  • There is a very high factor of low self esteem or belief that many programs are beyond the physical skill level people have. Plus there is the I don’t have time, money, etc. to invest in themselves.
  • Find people time to exercise. Make it easy to come in and work out immediately. Again, a personal trainer that holds you accountable.
  • I really don’t know.
  • Part of the problem is the perceived, and sometimes actual, time that is needed. The other is that if I go through an extended period of not exercising, I forget how good I feel when I actually do it. Unfortunately, its just too easy to fall out of the good habits and ways of thinking. I’m also one who does not like to go to a gym for exercise. I’ve done it in the past, but it really is not the most satisfying way for me to exercise, and, is one that I can easily talk myself out of. I’ve always preferred something I can do at or from home–walking, biking, yoga, for example.
  • They quit easily when not seeing results right away, laziness, blame weather,job, family etc.
  • Have to really commit to the process and to accept that change is slow not fast
  • people feel a time crunch. 8 hours of sleep 9 hours of work, dinner, homework for kids leaves only a little time
  • It’s easy to say you’ll do something… but doing it takes time, effort, & a serious commitment in order to see results. In today’s society we want results NOW. Cheaper prices might help & more childcare options. As a mom I loose a lot of time with my daughter when I workout. It’s a sacrifice I make to stay in shape & happy, but it kills me to miss out on daughter time!
  • People are much busier these days. Work, shopping, home chores, kids athletics all take time away from what people feel they need to do. Fitness has to be accessible. Fitness location have to be close to home or work. There has to be some accountability to some one for using the facility. Maybe rewards for showing up so many times per week or month. Nutrition has to be apart of the package.
  • They have to make it a part of their lifestyle. Carve out time in their day.
  • Finding the time, making the time, knowing how to get started, understanding the tie to overall well being Fitness industry needs to tie in to other influencers: schools, dr, nurses, physical therapist,chiropractors, youth organizations, senior groups, women and men’s groups, insurers and employers
  • Time, I have very little free time due to work and kid activities. I have to work out early morning or 7:00 or 8:00 at night. I prefer to try to get up at 5:45 and get 30 minutes of exercise, but I don’t consistently get up early enough. I do not watch TV so it isn’t a matter of replacing tv time with workout time, I just really don’t have much free time due to my kids activities after work. Some nights the kids and I will work out quick when we get home while dinner is cooking. That requires me to plan ahead which is another thing I am learning is critical to success!!
  • Lazy, too easy to sit down in front of TV after work, too hard to get up early b4 work
  • People are tired and time constrained and exercise or not exercising is a habit. Gym facilities or other locations need to be fat friendly. They can be intimidating, from the equipment, other patrons, even to the people you are paying to help you. And I think honesty might help. It is hard work, it takes time and commitment. The fitness industry markets beautiful women and men and tells us that we can look just like them in 30 minutes.
  • It is hard to find the time with work, kids’ schedules, and trying to have a little social life. Developing workouts that easy to follow and can be done anywhere would be helpful.
  • I can’t and don’t want to speak for other people. But for a lot of people, I think it just isn’t a high enough priority and/or there isn’t enough time in the day. It’s hard to work out when you have to commute to/from work, work all day, and come home exhausted and starving.
  • Time management and dedication
  • It is easier not to work out than to get into the habit – listening to my mom she always has a lot of hurdles to overcome 1) rather workout outside and can’t in the winter 2) time 3) things always come up that seem more urgent
  • People are not sufficiently motivated Provide financial incentives
  • With today’s world I would say time, money, and many are just not ready to do it. Many times people get excited start something but cannot stay motivated or do not have the support. No matter what a gym or instructor does if things are not supported at home they will drop out or not even try even if it is something that they want to do.
  • People work long hours and then come home to their families. By the time exercise is possible, they are exhausted.
  • I think time and laziness are two key factors. Some days I would rather spend the time with my kids than working out since I work full time.
  • 1. Fitness/healthy food seems more expensive to most people. Even though it might not be when you consider long-term health, for many people it’s the upfront costs that they either cannot afford (now), or don’t think they can. 2. Many people are overwhelmed with daily life and financial obligations, even if they want to exercise. They may be a single-parent household with children and work multiple jobs, leaving no time to exercise. This sort of goes along with number 1. Many low-income people simply do not have the financial resources to buy memberships to gyms, exercise equipment, or even basics like appropriate shoes or winter outdoor clothing. Even if they are motivated enough to work out at home on their own, many don’t have the knowledge or access to good quality exercise programs. If they are able to do something free and easy at home, it can be hard to keep it up and injuries can happen (lack of coaching, knowledge…etc.). 3. Lots of people are “lazy.” It’s easier to go home and sit on the couch for many people. Even me, who loves exercise and stays fit… often if I go home from work without working out, it’s easy to sit on the couch and skip a workout.
  • Laziness
  • Because people are lazy they want everything for nothing. Also cost is a factor. The economy today isn’t great and people don’t have a lot of extra money laying around.
  • Speaking from experience, it’s just hard to get started with a workout — once I do, I like it, but it’s easy to put it off
  • I think it would increase if people felt like what they were doing wasn’t exercise. I’m also one of those people that is not coordinated enough to do the dance/hiphop type moves. I looked at Turbo Jam, but there was no way I could have kept up with that. Even Tae Bo makes my head spin. I want something simple and straightforward, which is why I’m only using your DVDs—I don’t feel like crying during a workout because I can’t coordinate myself enough to do it.
  • Here’s why for me: I would love to exercise every day but my husband thinks other things are equally or more important: the kids’ exercise, clean house, good food, fun together
  • Personally I just need to stay focused, I don’t make myself a priority and that can lead to me skipping workouts. I also I feel very frustrated because I feel like I’m putting in the effort but not seeing results
  • I can really attribute that to one thing – not being fully ready to make the necessary changes/knowledge of behavior modification. I think that is one of the biggest things the fitness industry lack is focus on behavior modification – if I worked out with a trainer once a week but do nothing and still eat like crap the rest of the week I am really not any more healthy then I was before and not making enough changes for it to impact my life/my goals
  • Time. Make the days longer and my responsibilities less.
  • Workouts are not stimulating and tend to be boring. Need to do something different each and every time you hit the gym.
  • Workplaces should offer times for it. Make it more social.
  • Peer support/family support to actually go do it. Accountability.
  • Lack of motivation – jobs are stressful, kids to deal with – just plain tired – when the time does become available, they ‘relax’ instead. More convenient times for moms – early mornings or later evenings; child care; classes geared toward beginnings and advanced rather than combining them – too discouraging
  • Its an inconvenience and it’s scary and intimidating if you’ve never worked out before
  • better ad campaigns- bring it home- do you want to live longer to see your children grow up- then get off the couch & move!
  • Time consuming
  • because they are not physically able to exercise to the level they are told they need to to get results
  • Not enough time. Or a perception that there is not enough time.

#5  If you exercise regularly or want to, what are the reasons you are telling yourself? What pleasures or experiences are you trying to get, or what pains are your wanting to avoid or reduce? The more specific and detailed the better. Remember this can be 100% anonymous.

  • I want to feel cute at a party without wearing spanx. I want to not worry about showing a bit of muffin top accidentally during movement throughout the day. I want to avoid shoulder/ neck tension and pain I tend to get with certain upper body excercises…probably due to my profession. I also want to avoid pushing myself to my physical limits like I would when I didn’t have kids; it makes me need a nap which I don’t have time for
  • I exercise for good health. I’m 52, and my daughter is 10. I need to live.
  • I want my body to feel and look healthy. I want my mood to be healthy and happy and consistent. I want to know that I’m doing something good for myself.
  • I am working on exercising more regularly, my main reason behind my motivation is losing my baby weight. I would love to be able to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes!
  • Strength. Fitness. Well being. I struggle with an overuse injury in my shoulders and years of poor posture that I am working very hard to correct and overcome. I have adjusted my diet. Changed my exercise program and done a lot of body work-massage, acupuncture and yoga.
  • i want to be healthier so i can see my grandkids. I want to be strong enough physically to be able to save lives in the event it is necessary.
  • I tell myself that it will payoff in the end; and most importantly that when I am older (senior citizen) that I want to be healthy and able to get around well. I don’t want to be on a boat load of medications; and I don’t want to lose my mobility; and most importantly my faculties.
  • I want to be a healthy old lady who can bend over to tie shoes at 90 and not fall and break a hip. It is my goal to be active for as long as I can. I exercise to stay young. Fitting into my size 6s is a bonus.
  • I workout because it keeps the depression I suffer from at bay and I feel great afterward.
  • i like to exercise regularly it increases my mood and. I eat healthier makes me feel good to see a tone body and my clothes fit good. I don’t mind trying things on or shopping. I like to feel healthy and fit. I like to push my self a little more each time to build up better endurance.
  • I want to have more energy and just increase my overall health. And I want to be happy about the way I look.
  • I don’t want to be fat and have health issues like my mother. I want to be a good example for my kids and I want to be around to see them grow up and experience life.
  • I’m not in it to be “pretty,” I just like the way I feel. I like being able to take a few flights of stairs without getting winded, and I like feeling healthy
  • healthier lifestyle, loose a little weight (5-10), more energy, I really DO feel better (physically and emotionally – confidence- starts off my day better & more likely to eat better) when I exercise daily
  • “I am feeling better.” “I have more energy.” “I deserve this”
  • Oh goodness, I want for so much to happen and then if I mess up once I set myself back days, sometimes weeks rather than just picking up and starting the next minute. I can be very positive but when it comes to me and my self talk, it’s very negative. I definitely need to change my sinking thinking thinking.
  • I don’t exercise, but the reasons I tell myself why I should are: To be an example to my children To be an attractive wife for my husband To feel more comfortable in my own skin To not feel pain in my joints and legs To feel like I am in the “in” club To make my athletic husband proud To prove I can do it To be able to participate in activities with my kids
  • I need to keep my health and I also want to lose some more weight.
  • I feel better and have more energy when I work out. The more I work out the more I want to work out. I eat less when I work out. I can’t afford a new wardrobe…these pants need to stay fitting me.
  • I am struggling to maintain consistency. I have not fully adjusted to my way of life, which lacks independence. I do not want to look like everyone else. I want to be an athlete. I want to have the mindset of an athlete. I want to be lean and trim. I do not want to have to worry about how my clothes are going to fit from day to day. I want to stand out and shock people when they find out my age and that I am a mom. I want to be an example to others. I want to be active and healthy and adventurous and I want to instill that in my daughter. This is completely terrifying to me. I have never been successful in any endeavor. I am afraid I will fail and I am afraid to succeed. I do not like negative attention, I do not like to stand out, but I also do not want to blend in. At this moment in my life I am at war with myself. The truth is…I want to be different and have a different mindset than anyone else. I just have to be true to myself everyday.
  • It is part of my schedule. I do love aerobics with strength training and circuits. I have Thyroid problems and need all the exercise I can squeeze in.
  • Too tired, don’t want to get sweaty because then I have to shower. The pleasure I get is feeling of accomplishment.
  • The I’m fat doesn’t do it ! The fact that my balance is getting worse and that all of my muscles in my body are tightening is what gets me to do some exercise. I need to regiment myself to an appointed time and do the. Need to make an appointment with myself.
  • I tell myself that I am not doing this just for myself, but for everyone that cares about me and that I am doing this to ensure I have a healthy long life. Also, I don’t ever want to go back to the way I was. I don’t want to gain weight, I want to keep my energy level up, I want to set a good example for my son and others close to me that are struggling.
  • I am keeping up my energy level so I can keep up with my 5yr old. My 41yr old body just isn’t the same. I feel better, I have more stamina and I just feel stronger when I exercise regularly. I have hypothyroidism, so it is super hard, if not impossible to lose weight so I am trying to focus on how I feel and how my clothes fit rather than the number on the scale. In fact, the scale is in the closet and out of sight. It was too much of a disappointment to see the number stay the same after all the hard work I put in the gym (and the kitchen). I still haven’t found the right combo of exercise and diet to change the number on the scale, so I just focus on the other things for now. I’m not consistent all year long with my workouts. I will be faithful for several months and then stop for a couple of weeks or a month. Vacations usually throw me off my schedule. But I have found that when I get back to exercise I haven’t lost as much ability as I think I would. I am usually able to get back to where I left off within a week of regular workouts. And I continually motivate myself with reminders at how far I have come. Just the other day I was thinking that I couldn’t do a full sit up a few months ago and now I do as many as I want. I have tried just about every diet that is out there and for me it’s not as easy to lose weight by counting points or cutting the carbs or having a shake for lunch and dinner. I in my 20s I tried all the latest weight loss supplements that came out. Until I realized they were a waste of money and the effects didn’t last. Dear God, I even did the cabbage soup diet. What a disaster! Ha! I have found that a modified Paleo diet works for me to maintain my weight and not gain and to feel good. I can maintain really well, I just can’t seem to lose. But I keep trying.
  • I do exercise regularly. Reasons: I love it (I didn’t always but I look forward to my workout more than every other daily activity) I love to track my timing and try and beat myself (I enjoy trying to beat the people from the Insanity workouts:) I love when I get to bump up the weight of a particular exercise, or when I can complete a circuit without pausing. I am also working out for the reasons of having more energy, reducing feelings of stress, avoiding illnesses. One reason in particular, I love going to the mountains and hiking. It always gets me when I see 70-80 year old women hiking…those women are my heroes! I refuse to become one of those women who knits her way into old age… I want to be able to play outside like those women I’ve seen on the trails of the Rocky Mountains. I can’t wait to sport a bandana, fanny pack, and walking stick.
  • I struggle with the motivation as I lead a VERY busy lifestyle, and I struggle with attention difficulties, so trying to prioritize and stay motivated and energized are difficult tasks for me.
  • I’m not sure I particularly believe in the pleasure/pain principle. I workout because it benefits my outlook on life. I know if I do it I will be stronger, physically better, happier, etc. I do it because I want to meet people with the same goals, who have kids and are on the same path. When I go to gyms and nobody talks to eachother that’s boring.
  • Live longer. Stay flexible. Stay in my current clothes. Attractive to my spouse. An example to my children
  • Exercise will help me live longer and some day be active with my children’s children. I also want to retire to enjoy life.
  • I don’t particularly like getting up at insane o’clock but love the feeling of being with so many others who are having a great time challenging themselves and each other, the supportive atmosphere, and the feeling that I’m ready for whatever the day will bring when the workout is done. If I argue with myself just before the alarm goes off and my ‘bad’ self wins I feel guilty all day long – now that guilt is enough that my ‘bad’ self hasn’t won in a very long time. The stress relief from working out is also a huge reason I stick with it.
  • Exercising gives me more energy throughout the day, makes me stronger and more limber, tones my body, and keeps my heart healthier! I know I can’t fend off the entire aging process, but exercising helps to keep more aches and pains at bay. Reducing my weight means less stress on my joints and just makes life so much better!
  • I like working out. I feel healthier, have more energy, eat better plus I think it’s fun and lifting weights and running is a great stress reliever. It’s also one of the few times I get to think to myself and just listen to music. It sounds anti-social but I don’t get to be by myself often so my workout is me time. I also tell myself that even if I don’t feel like it, I’ve never regretted a good workout. I hate feeling lazy so even if I just go for a walk, at least I’m moving.
  • to maintain weight. To not be diabetic. To not be a quitter. To meet friends that I don’t work with.
  • I want to avoid being confined to a chair by the window in my senior years. I love the endorphins after exercise. I like the feeling of being in control of my body and what it can do.
  • I’ve always worked out 4 days a week. In November I hurt my elbow…I’m going to have to have an MRI…so I’ve not done much…
  • Trying to lose weight. I don’t get pleasure out of it &I don’t see the results so it is easy to quit.
  • I rotate daily between the eliptical and treadmill at my house every morning for 30 minutes. I do it to my myself feel better, and My vitals are right on. I continue to help keep me healthy for me and my family. I will comtinue hoping my clothes fit looser and my confidence grows bigger!
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  • I want to be healthier. I hit the big 30 last summer, and realized I’m not getting any younger. I want to have more energy, make healthier choices, and set my kids up for success – – I just have to figure out how to juggle everything and fit one more thing into my schedule!
  • My biggest problem is feeling really good and strong one day, and then overdoing it and straining a muscle or tendon.
  • More energy. More self esteem. I feel my most beautiful at the gym. Muscle building is key o looking and feeling strong, or healthy. More servers t the gym to improve. I would like to be asked what they can do. I’m a member, I know what we want. Ex. More yoga, better mats, etc.
  • I want to exercise regularly because I feel so much better and feel better about myself. For me, it’s not so much about losing weight it is about feeling better and not feeling tired or sluggish. I don’t have any pains
  • I want less flab. I lost all the weight I gained with my two pregnancies but am left with a flabby tummy.
  • I exercise regularly because I think I’ll live longer. My quality of life as I age will be better. Reduce risk of cancer, heart issues, type II diabetes, etc. It feels good, love the endorphins!
  • I.love exercising.but my knees hurt alot
  • I exercise regularly because I made it a habit. I love feeling healthy and fit and strong and I know the long term benefits. But none of that matters if you aren’t willing to make it a habit. No one WANTS to go to the gym but everyone LOVES finishing a great workout. (I know there are a small percentage that love going to the gym but you are asking about the majority of people).
  • *When* I have been in regular routines of exercise I am motivated by the desire to look better for myself, look better for my husband. I want to set a healthy example for my kids (2 sons and 2 daughters), I have PCOS, which increases the risk of several diseases including DM2 and cancers, so those are motivating factors for me. I also (eventually!) feel better and have more energy when I am regularly working out and eating healthy…it is just hard to get back into it when you’ve been away a while!
  • lose weight, feel good, feel accomplished. Having coworkers to work out with really keeps me motivated because we rely on each other to be there. It has truly become part of my daily routine and not one I intend of losing anytime soon. This is probably the most consistent I’ve ever been about sticking to a gym routine. It’s just so easy to build it in as part of your day because you already have to be at work anyway.
  • I want to be able to walk, run, climb, hike as I get older. I want to maintain flexibility and not be limited in what I do. I have a degenerative disc in my lower back and exercise keeps me off pain medication and moving. The cardiac benefit is also important. I have a father who had two triple bypass surgeries and a sister one year older who had a heart attack and now has 3 stints – she is only 48!
  • I really want to exercise regularly! I want to lose weight and be fit. I’m tired of my aching back and knees and I really, really want to do a triathlon. For me, I have sooo far to go and I am definitely an instant results kind of girl. I have zero patience for slow and steady. So I go out hard and burn out quickly. I haven’t figured out how to maintain the habit long term. My “need” hasn’t been strong enough yet, although it should be…
  • I signed up with Snap Fitness and right away with a personal trainer a year ago, it was great. I had an appointment to be there 3 days a week at specific times, I enjoyed the conversation that we had and valued his advice and how he made it so simple for me and so routine. He seemed to really care and kept me accountable. He ended up having to relocate and our sessions ended. It was 3 months worth of training through which I greatly benefited from. However, for whatever reason (possible medication related or stress related) I did not even loose 1 lb working out 4 days a week for an hour. I gained weight! And I wasn’t at home eating twinkies and chips either. I feel like I eat pretty healthy. After about 5 months of seeing no results, I gave up. I got discouraged. Then it was summer and the kids were out of school and I parent 5 young children and so with all of that business I did not have time for me. My husband owns his own business and doesn’t have a lot of free time either. I have since then not gotten back into a commitment of 3+ days a week, though I would like to, I am still feeling discouraged and since I also battle mental health issues, I am also experiencing the fatigue that makes it really hard to get to the gym and work out. I just feel so tired all of the time and don’t want to go anywhere and am in the process of trying to figure that out physically if something else is going on. Because I do change into gym clothes and usually need a shower after wards, it’s hard for me to fit this into my schedule when I have kids to care for, meals to make, house to clean, bills to pay, kids to pick up from school (they go to private school) etc… Just so busy. I hate it. My husband get’s up early every day to work out 5 days a week at 5:30am! He does P90x and Insanity downstairs in our basement and he looks great! I feel fat and tired and ugly. (I want to be 125lbs, but I am 150) But, I have issues with falling asleep and 5:30 in the morning is the middle of the night to me. I barely get 7 hours of sleep as is, so I couldn’t do that early morning work out. In fact most of my energy comes late in the day anyway (weird). I just feel like there is so much against me on this. I would like someone to rearrange my life and figure out how first if there is anything physically wrong that is keeping me tired all the time and two figure out how I can make sure I can get this incorporated into my life, have my family support me and keep me accountable and give me ideas of what to do and what to eat that is tailored to what my body would function best under.
  • Health! Lower blood pressure! Less body fat! Being a better role model for my daughter!
  • try different workouts so i want make my pain any worser
  • I feel better when I exercise (more energy, less aches and pains,). I used to have some back pain when sitting on the bleachers for a long period, but since I’ve been exercising a lot, I no longer have that pain. I look and feel younger. I watched my mom suffer from mixed connective tissue disease and read that exercise can help alleviate the pain from that, so I was determined to prevent that from happening to me.
  • I guess number 6 answered a lot of this, but one huge issue for me is Happy Hour. Most people know that if they want to do something with me it has to be after my workout. I do not let them sway that decision. Unfortunately this does put a strain on some friendships, but I suppose you can think that they are not strong enough then. I love all the people I meet at the gym and everyone is very encouraging. I have depression and regular exercise is very helpful with that – especially since it’s cold. I have workout in my routine so much that it would be weird not to go. Plus some people at the gym would point out they hadn’t seen me in awhile :).
  • Health and endurance! Being fit and healthy to have a long active life well into old age!
  • I tell my kids I am working out to live longer for them and to be a fit, strong, happy mom. I write my goal on my mirror w a dry erase marker to see my goal multiple times a day. Then my hubby sees it too and reminds me. I like having muscles and looking good “for my age”.
  • To feel better, lose weight, be healthier look great!
  • Feel & Look better. Feel & look better (again). Fat, Low endurance, & looking or acting my age! (seriously)
  • My stress level and state of well being greatly increases when I exercise regularly. I also find that I eat better.
  • To stay strong and fit; Meeting with friends, break from kids, feel emotionally better, helps me stay balanced as far as mood
  • I need to exercise regularly to prevent back pain, injury, and knee pain.
  • I would love to exercise regularly. I am overweight. I have lost 30 lbs in the last 9 months all by watching what I eat and how much I eat. I would love to lose 30 more lbs, and I am sure that if I don’t exercise I will never reach the ultimate goal I have for myself. I want my husband to look at me and still be “interested” in me, not just love me. But mostly, I have lost all self esteem with every pound I put on, so the confidence that I have acquired in the last 9 months is more than I could have ever imagined. Mostly I just want to be happy with myself and not be sad when I look in the mirror. And it would be nice if all my aches and pains went away with the weight too 🙂 But you can’t have it all…..
  • I just tell myself that since I’m up any way that I am going to gym. I really like my workouts when I am there, it’s just getting there sometimes is the hard part.
  • Sure, I want to rock the cute tiny clothes I wore before infertility/kids packed on a ton of weight, but mostly I want health and energy. Exercise helps with depression and mood. I am a better Mom and wife when I get a workout in and feel better about myself when I eat well.
  • To be fit and healthy…. sense of accomplishment. “My day is half over before most people are out of bed”
  • I am trying to lose weight and have a healthier body. I want my sleep apnea and acid reflux to disappear. I want to lose some of the medications I take. I’m only 43, I don’t want to be on all these pills for the rest of my life. I want to play and compete with my children in sports. I want to feel better and be able to do those things with my kids and not always tell them no when they ask me to play or swim or run because I have no energy or a healthy body to allow me to do those things.
  • I exercise because it is good for my body, to prevent the maladies of age, to keep up with my kids, and to be able to continue to do the activities with my kids such as hiking, skiing, swimming,etc. In all honesty, I hate working out…I hate sweating, breathing hard, my heart pounding…it’s similar to symptoms of a panic attack…but I still go back to it.
  • I want to have more energy in the day and I want to look better.
  • To be healthy and to set an example for my kids… I also KNOW I feel way better. I just never seem to lose weight and then quit for all the wrong reasons.
  • I am trying to live healthier and with less pain and injury to my body. I know that working out and getting exercise is important as I age, and I don’t want to be a worn out old woman some day.
  • I feel SO much better, the more exercise I get. I don’t get that feeling from the physical activity of house, yard, barn work. I get it from structured exercise. Being in my early 50’s I am horrified at the thought of getting old and weak. I have always been strong and fit, and want to stay that way.
  • A long HEALTHY life, no drugs, little pain, and defying my age, wanting to be more comfortable in my own skin for my husband… he loves me more than anything and had one hot wife prior to our three children, and though it’s not a concern for him, I want to feel HOT when I am naked 🙂
  • Be able to enjoy life after 60 and be active Cope with the arthritis that is rampent in my family. Sleep better. I have an obsession with food and the healthy recipies allow me the obsession but cook and experiment in a healthy way.
  • Stop the weight gain, improve the shape of my body, increase my endurance in work, home and play
  • It is good for me, keeps me from gaining weight. Good feeling to accomplish running races
  • To not have a “mom” body
  • I go for a while and exercise regularly and then I fall off the wagon. I just want to find some way to keep at it and get results. Sometimes I get results and sometimes I do not. It’s frustrating.
  • It makes me feel more “alive.” I feel happier, healthier and less stressed. I enjoy working out with others in the bootcamp setting.
  • I just want to feel better.The fibro consumes me. I excercise with the hope it helps my symptoms somehow. I dream of being able to run a 5k… I know that will most likely never happen, but I still hold that vision out there.
  • I’ve been excercising my whole life, but only have truly committed to 4-5 days a week about a year ago. I love the way it makes me feel. I love an intense, challenging work out. When I work out I eat better; I’m a better mom. If I’ve had a rough day the last thing I want to do is work out, but it’s the one thing that will guarantee me a better mood. When I’m working out regularly I don’t feel bad about an occaisional glass of wine or dessert. I love that my kids see me working out regularly. My husband doesn’t work out with me, but is 100% supportive of me doing it. There is a strong history of heart disease on my mom’s side of the family – this is also a big motivator for me. As I near 40, I want to ensure I have an active, healthy lifestyle that will continue for many years.
  • I want to be healthy. I enjoy how I feel after K2. The day goes better. I feel better. I feel more alive and alert. I’m trying to reduce all of the saddness in my life, by concentrating on doing something for myself.
  • To feel better, lower my blood pressure, have more energy and better sex with my husband.
  • If you workout often enough, it becomes a part of your life. A priority. It makes me feel good, so I enjoy doing it. The gym doesn’t have to be a scary place. I think most people avoid the gym because they think they aren’t in good enough shape, so they say “I’ll start going once I get in better shape,” but never have the tools, so then don’t get into shape and ultimately never end up at the gym. The gym is for everyone, so grab a friend if your shy, and start going. And utilize the amenities of the gym. Group classes are great because you don’t have to know what you’re doing, they show you.
  • I want to feel better overall and reduce my chronic pain. I also want to age well and know that a body in motion stays in motion. My parents never exercised and now at 84 they can barely move.
  • To maintain weight and/or lose weight. To train for half marathons. I keep signing up for half marathons so I have a goal to reach and motivate me to keep working out. My goal is to run 50 half marathons before I turn 50. I’m at 21 completed and I’m 34. If I average 2 a year I will easily be able to get to my goal. I signed up for 3 this spring!
  • Must be in top form to continue to do Tough Mudders. Goal to keep cholesterol in check without medication. Want to stay “young” as long as I can.
  • I feel much better mentally, emotionally, and physically after I work out. The effect is instantaneous! My whole day is better. I am not as discouraged and am more energetic.
  • To me exercise has become my therapy. I find I dont think about all my issues while I am working out. Its become an obession of sorts that I am able to escape from my life and then afterward I feel so good about myself that I have a new persceptive on my issues/life. It really is amazing therapy once you get the high you crave it. I wish everyone could understand what I am talking about.
  • I started exercising regularly at age 12. I desperately miss the endorphin rush I got from hitting my stride during a run on a beautiful day, when just the right song came on my ipod. At this point,
  • I would like to feel better, mentally & physically.
  • I love to feel strong. I have not worked out on a regular basis for over a year and I do not like the way I feel. I feel creaky and tired and old. YUCK! I am jumping back into it full swing by starting a workout group in the church where I work. I am held accountable when people look to me for guidance. So, I must set a good example and practice what I preach.
  • I am watching my mom at 69 not be able to participate because of her health. See can’t enjoy the grandkids like she would like to. Her weight is one of the reasons her hips and feet hurt. I don’t want to end up like her. I want to be more like my great aunt who was able to travel until she was in her early 90s. I work full time now so a lot of things I would like to do will have to wait until I retire, I want to be healthy enough to do them then.
  • I do exercise regularly and the reasons I tell myself are that I want to be healthy and I want to be happy and I want to set a good example for my children. I want to be active with my sons and I want to be able to buy what I like in a clothing store without worrying whether it’ll accent my fat or won’t come in my size. I also want to have more confidence and take my business to the next level, which I think can only happen if I feel healthy and energetic and can stop worrying about whether people think I’m too fat. I feel like there is a perception out there that a fat person doesn’t have control of their life so they can’t be a good business owner. I don’t want to feel that way. I love what I do and I’m good at it and I want other people to see that too. It takes less convincing if you are happy and healthy.
  • Workouts make me feel good
  • Ti feel healtier and stringer and have a mire fit bidy
  • My mind,and body feel so much better when exercising..i need it for my health at my age..It would help so much for my depression…and that’s probably why it’s hard to make that move!
  • I joined bootcamp and attended pretty regularly for 8 months, and I have all the tools I need To stay active. I love how happy and accomplished I feel after. Winter is rough as ice/snow get in the way of keeping active, but I use playing with my daughter as a workout. I try my hardest now to make it feel like work and have fun.
  • I hate being labeled obese. I see it on doctor information and once a doctor was having his nurse write his record of the visit using a dictophone . I was in the other room and heard him talk about me being obese behind my back.
  • I want to be fit in my fifties, sixties, and beyond! And I know that it starts in my twenties with setting the stage for strong bones, core strength, and flexibility. I personally enjoy exercise, so it’s not a challenge for me to wake up and work out. But on the harder days, I remind myself that my 20-something body will never regret a workout and that my 50-something body will thank me later! I also believe that fitness and healthy eating are directly related to my faith and my desire to respect and care for the temple God has given me.
  • Pain I want to avoid is my hip and lower back.
  • I love reaching a goal. I am a runner and I love meeting a mileage goal or completing a race. I come from two overweight parents and do not ever want to live the life they live.
  • I exercise like crazy having a horse farm, 2 labs that need exercising . using a fit bit I average 25,000 – 30,000 steps a day. I eat well and then I eat junk. I love exercise but shoot myself in the foot with my sweets. I eat lots of veggies etc.
  • I woke up one day during the middle of the night with a chest pain and when I went to the dr., she ran me through many tests and all came back positive, Thank God but that was my wake up call that I can’t live like that anymore. I was topping the scale at almost 400 pounds and I didn’t want to reach that number so I took matters into my hands. I am down 92 pounds at this current time and continue moving forward. It feels good to fit into clothes that I haven’t fit in for years, to hear people say WOW, look at you!! I look at my picture and am like wow, I didn’t see myself as a big girl, not that big anyhow. LOL But my license picture doesn’t even look like me anymore – – I actually have a neck now – – you couldn’t see it before. LOL It just feels good!! And to be able to be outside and run around with my kids – – – no better feeling in the world!!
  • I would love to exercise more, I know it will give me more energy , but after a full work day and taking care of my 8 year old as a single mother, I just want to rest. I need to lose weight so that I can feel better and be in less pain
  • My mother is very out of shape and limited in the activities she can do now that she is 82. I want to continue to lead an active life. Also, I want to look good and feel better.
  • I’m 39 with a 2 year old. I want to be able to run, tumble and play with him and someday my grandchildren. Both if my grandfathers, my dad and my step dad all died from cancer at a young age. My mom is obese and has heart disease. I don’t want to be them. I refuse to be them.
  • I exercise regularly to stay healthy, mostly.
  • It’s something I do for myself. I take care of everyone else, and treat myself to exercise.
  • I want to live a long time and never stop all the activities I love. I get so much energy from exercising and it changes my mood and my perspectives as well. (My husband agrees) 🙂 The older I get, the more pains I may feel, but I’d rather have pains from exercising than have pains from doing nothing at all. At least I have a reason for the pains 🙂 The stronger I am (from weight training) , the less pains I feel. My body can handle everyday activities. My kids are very active in sports and I want to continue to do things with them….not watch.
  • I am getting back into the routine after a hiatus that was longer than I intended. I have 150 days until my first half-Iron of the season. Need to rebuild and get better. Bike is in my living room and as soon as I have some help so will the treadmill. Now to make my bed not so appealing in the mornings 🙂
  • Exercise makes me feel better about myself on so many levels. Plus when it’s therapy time when I workout with my friends.
  • I tell myself I need to lose weight mainly, so I can look good. But I also pay attention to my body as well. Things become easier when my core is stronger (like getting out of bed kind of requires you to do a sit-up…I guess one could literally roll out)…proper form is easier to hold and maintain when sitting or even doing physical activities. Back pain is one that keeps me somewhat motivated…I used to have back spasms often, now I feel like with a stronger core (albeit it’s not as strong as it was before marriage but I’m recovering) my back has spasmed a lot less.
  • I want to be able to wear ANY clothes that I try on – so need to get in better shape and lose the weight. I have chronic pain in my back, knees and neck. Working with a PT now to get that moving in the right direction and so I get back to exercise without injuring myself again. I do feel much less stressed and can breathe deeper when I exercise. I have much more patience for my 7 year old son who as boundless energy.
  • I feel 100% better after I exercise – it that simple but I still fall into a pattern or stopping at times and it’s very frustrating.
  • If I don’t exercise, my joints hurt; my blood pressure shoots out the end of my finger tips, causing an explosion…or perhaps the exercise just keeps me calmer so I don’t explode? 🙂
  • 1. The endorphin high is very real and helps with depression. 2. I love exercising with friends. It doubles the high. 3. I feel so much better when I exercise regularly. 4. I am trying to reduce or slow the aging process! Also, I’m trying to slow the progression of osteoporosis and arthritis.
  • I workout to: -look better and be able to fit into more fashionable clothing -I don’t want my kids to have the “fat” mom -be desirable to my husband -raise self esteem -prevent diabetes which runs in family.
  • I tell myself that I owe it to myself and to my family to live a happy life, and at the current state I be living life just not to its fullest due to my health. I am taking my life back not for anyone or any thing just learn to live again.
  • I mainly want to lose weight at this point. I like getting out of bed and having legs that have some stronger muscles. I enjoy taking off at a run even if it’s to get out of the cold faster and not being winded at all. There are two reasons I started with FM6W: to take care of myself to handle having elderly moms in town (you’ve heard this one) and menopause made changes to my body that I didn’t like. It was like it started to sag all over. Wow! That’s at the other end of the moms with new babies. After working out – and not even being consistent with it – I feel much better. I know if I worked harder on the nutrition aspect I would see better results. I eat good food, but just too much. I need to figure out the best way for me to keep a food journal that is realistic.
  • Went from a size 16 to a 2 in 1.5 years; I worked my ass off, I am NOT going through that again. I now know proper nutrition and have great workouts (through a personal trainer) to do that are varied (I hate routine) and keep me motivated.
  • Long term health… If I can’t keep marriage, but I’ll date soon, but I’ll find time to work out if when that happens
  • I want to look good in a swimming suit for winter vacations
  • I want to be healthy, have confidence, and be alive so see my grandchildren. My parents both died when I was 29. My daughter is everything to me, and I want to be there for her and be a good role model. I want to feel healthy sexy and strong. Being overweight makes me feel embarrassed and ashamed…I want to change that.
  • Autoimmune disease runs in my family (my mom is slowly deteriorating due to Lupus and two of my sisters have been diagnosed). I may have the same predisposition, but I want to do everything in my power to avoid going down the same health road that they have, or at least delay it. I’m a runner, and I’ve found excitement in getting fast enough to medal in my age division for a few 5ks, get that medal for finishing a 1/2 or full marathon, and setting a PR in any of them! I want to set a good example for my three young boys, and I’ll admit that reducing the belly and side flab plays a part in it as well.
  • Want to be in good shape for life (like keeping up with my grandchildren and looking a disaster in my swim suit). Want general overall health and weight control.
  • I want to be healthy. I want to feel good about myself-inside and out-. I love challenging myself. Increasing the # of push-ups I can do by just ONE every week. It’s small, but doable!
  • Reasons to exercise: 1. Helps me with weight control (and sometimes loss) 2. Helps my mental/emotional status(combats anxiety and depression) 3. Makes me feel good
  • I excercise because I like to move and not be seditary. I excercise because if I do not (it happened this summer for a month other than walking) I feel sluggish, lazy, etc
  • bone health, avoid broken bones, stop weight gain
  • I want to feel good about myself. I love the feeling, post exercise. I feel like I breathe better. I’m happier. I am a “wanna be” though. I’ve been tackling my 15 post-baby pounds for 7 years now. I will turn 40 this year. Before 2014 started, I was set that I was REALLY going to do it before September’s birthday. And yet, here I am. I haven’t gone. I’m scared of failing yet again and again and again. I’m afraid of seeing the same 5 o’clockers that are so much more dedicated than I am.
  • Sick of being fat and summer is coming
  • Exercise does more for me mentally than physically, but then once I see the physical results, it becomes more of an addiction. I love how it feels after I am done working out, and that is what keeps me coming back for more. I love feeling strong and knowing that muscle helps burn fat and builds your metabolism at the same time.
  • I just want to feel good. I want to go on vacations or excursions and not feel like I’m not strong enough to do something. I also want to feel good in my skin. I want to feel like I look good in my clothes and would love to look good in a swimsuit.
  • I work out b/c I like to sweat, I like pushing my body super hard and feeling proud of myself afterward. I like the energy exercise gives me. I like the type of joyful, active people working out has introduced me to. I want to stay healthy and active well into my “old age” and won’t be able to continue to do that if I stop exercising and eating healthy. I exercise to hopefully someday soon get out of the plus sizes. I exercise b/c it helps me reach my goal of feeling as good about my outside self/body as I do my inside self/soul. I exercise b/c it honors my body, my soul and my creator. I exercise in the hopes that it will inspire my whole family to remain/become active as well b/c I want them to feel as good as I do leading a healthy active lifestyle!
  • I need a hip replacement and know that for every 5lbs of excess weight I carry it puts more street on an already overtaxed joint
  • I exercise because it makes me feel better. If im stressed I normally dont want to go to the gym but I force myself because I know afterword I will feel better.
  • I want to feel better. I would love to get my weight under control while I still can. I am only 20 lbs away from my healthy weight and I don’t want it to go over that amount.
  • I exercise 6 days a week and I do it because I am so fearful of weight gain and being out of shape and I do it to be healthy for myself and my kids, I also have Lupus and exercise is supposed to help keep my joints moving and is supposed to help with my fatigue. It is challenging to keep going once you have hit a plateau where you no longer see any changes and you still have that belly pooch from having children, but I keep going in hopes I will find some workout or exercise that will help.
  • I want to feel young forever yet I don’t consistently work out. I am healthy and active but need muscle tone and need to shed 20 lbs. I am 62.
  • I exercise regularly to play a full contact sport (roller derby). Since I’m 39 (on Friday), I absolutely *have* to stay fit to prevent injury. And the stronger I am, the better I can get.
  • I do exercise regularly – my reasons are to stay healthy so I can someday enjoy grandkids (too young for that yet). I enjoy the group classes and have made some close friends there. My primary purpose for my healthy lifestyle (wasn’t always healthy) is because heart disease runs in my family. I have seen what it does and I do not want to experience that.
  • When I start exercising, I feel great and I feel younger and more energetic and have more want to get out with my kids and do things! I also find that I feel more confident and I would like to look as good as I feel.
  • To lose weight be healthy and tone up
  • I want to be in better shape / toned all over. I know it’s good for my health and joints. I have more energy and eat better throughout the day because I have already worked out. I’m getting older so a quick workout doesn’t do it anymore.
  • I know that I need to get more exercise in. I have recently lost 90 lbs and need to create some muscle to tone my body. I am pretty fit for 64 but still want to do better.
  • I exercise regularly because I like the way I feel when I do. I like to feel strong, fit, toned, and healthy. I sleep better and have a better attitude when I work out. I stay consistent (or attempt to sometimes!) because when I “fall off the wagon” with my workouts, it’s too easy for me to quit. I have to stay consistent because when I skip one or two workouts, it quickly becomes 6 or 7 and then I have more work to get back on track. I want to maintain a healthy weight and look good well into my older adult life. I don’t want to be overweight like my best friend and mother are. I want to always be attractive to my husband. I feel more attractive when I exercise regularly, and I have more self confidence. I’m also trying to avoid aches & pains that come with being overweight and inactive. When I exercise regularly I can eat more of the (healthy) foods I like because my body burns more calories.
  • I want to maintain a healthy weight, want to be a good role model for my daughter, I want to keep my back pain away, and I want to look and feel better.
  • I workout everyday for ME. I feel better about myself and feel like I can deal with people better. It’s my happy drug. I like to see my progress. Keeps me fit. There’s no I’m not going to do it. I’m in it to win it!
  • more energy able to regain control of my life fit in clothes health want to be around for my children and (future) grandchildren and be able to do things with them
  • Keeping fit for when I have grandchildren. I see SO many overweight people it’s scary I never have had this problem but as I age I don’t want to either.
  • I want to be healthy and strong, especially as my body is changing and naturally weakening with age.
  • Exercise is the most beneficial thing I can do for my stress level and anxiety. Without it I feel much more anxious and feel I have less control over my life. Becoming stronger has also alleviated many chronic back/neck issues I have had. Lastly, I want to set a good example for my family and hope to lead a long healthy life.
  • I workout 5-6 days a week I do it for my health, my mother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and I do as well and don’t want to live in pain like she did. When I don’t workout my body tells me. But it has taken 6 months to get to that point. I workout for myself, not for anyone else.
  • It keeps my eating disorder in check and calmer anxiety, I feel in control when I exercise and it helps with negative self thoughts.
  • I need to lose weight. I want to look better. I want to be strong and fit and have more energy.
  • I really enjoy the instructor for the class I go to. She is energetic and motivates me to try harder with her words of encouragement. I also like to try to go to classes where there is a set time, because then I hold myself accountable to get there versus if I just go to the weight room or cardio room. I can make up excuses not to go to those rooms, but with the classes, I meet up with people and feel like I am being held accountable. I always feel good about what I have done after my classes (usually a yoga class) and I have found the yoga helps reduce pains in my body.
  • I need to get healthy so I can go swimming with my kids and not be embarrassed, I want to go to Disney and ride the rides but I know I’m too big right now. I look at the future and what I want to do and keep working towards that end goal
  • The biggest motivator for me is the connection between my body and brain. The exercise releases the feel good hormones and I no longer suffer from depression, eapecially Seasonal Effective Disorder or winter doldrums. I love the outdoors and want to be strong to enjoy it. If I am going to live in this world to an old age, I want it to be a healthy old age where I can take care of myself and those that need me, instead of others taking care of me. I see so many people suffer because they neglected and abused their bodies and pay for it in older age. I also see the connection between feeling and looking healthy, to how I respond to people. And, of course there are the benefits of enjoying your physical relAtionship because you are comfortable and feel good about yourself…..makes a huge difference there too. I wouldn’t trade exercise for anything. My challenge has been the healthy eating but am finally learning that
  • better health, lower stress, better appearance are the positives; getting restarted and going through the initial pain associated are the negatives; reestablishing a regular routine is another problem- it’s easy to come up with excuses as to why not to start/ do the exercises that day.
  • Not at the point yet where I exercise for pleasure. It is nice that I am not constantly sore which I was for the first 3 months or so. I know I need to exercise and eat better for my health and well being, therefore I do it.
  • I want to look good and attractive
  • the main thing is it is a mood stabilizer for me. if i don’t exercise, i get very moody and “dark”. weight lose and overall health are also important.
  • Maintain my health; loose weight; have clothing fit easily. Consistency is what I’m attempting to reach.
  • Tone arms tone stomach ass and legs if u stop u loosen up idont wanna gain more weightif
  • I want to be healthy to live to see my grandchildren and enjoy them, God willing. I am 53 and my mother died from cancer at 57. I am seeing and feeling the results of regular exercise and it feels wonderful! My biggest challenge is doing exercises that do not stress my feet as I have suffered multiple stress fractures in my feet and left leg in the past. I knew I needed weight lifting!
  • Primarily, I want to be in amazing shape long-term. I want to be extremely fit as a great-grandparent. I want to be here as long as possible with my kids, and I want to be healthy and vibrant. Therefore, I need to take amazing care of my body! That is my biggest motivation.
  • I’m trying to be healthier overall.
  • I keep wanting to look better and feel better. Detox sweat out daily stresss
  • Stay in shape-look and feel better-live longer.
  • I want to be in excellent shape and be able to grow old while being energetic for my kids. I would like to be able to look up to myself and think positive thoughts about myself, and have better self-esteem. I would like for my belly to quit hurting all of the time.
  • Get back to my pre-pregnancy fitness level and reverse some of the premature signs of aging, regain libido and stamina/energy levels
  • I love the satisfaction of accomplishing the exercise and feeling strong and sleeping better and looking better.
  • I’d like to feel better about myself. I’d like to feel sexy again. I’d like to know my body is working to its potential.
  • I exercise to lose weight and be fit. I am trying to reduce the aches and pains I get as getting older. I also want to revamp my “lazy” plan for exercise. I am 38 years old and have two kids ages 13 and 11 and I see them picking up my habits regarding exercise and it upsets me. I now realize I picked up my habits from my childhood and want to change the path for me and my children.
  • General health, injury prevention, play sports helps performance, feel much better overall
  • For me, learning that exercising just 3 times a week had the same effect on your brain as mild antidepressant really motivated me. I experienced postpartum depression after having my child but I didn’t like the side effects of the drug I was given to combat my depression. I don’t exercise to look good in a swimsuit or for any superficial reason whatsoever- it’s all for my mental health. The bonus is that now I look good in a swimsuit.
  • Be fit, wear clothes that don’t feel tight, don’t get diabetes, feel good about myself, remember that refreshed energy feeling that comes afterwards
  • My goal weight is 115. I’ve been slowly losing weight for the last 1 1/2 years from 184 to now 126. I was 115 after I lost my weight from my first child and kept that weight until I got pregnant with my second child. It’s coming off a lot slower and is much more challenging living around unhealthy family members. My 10 year high school reunion is this summer. If I don’t shed these last 11 pounds soon I will be PISSED 🙂
  • I walk every day. I need to to keep my weight down, joints working well and energy up. This is very important as I am turning 68 in a month. Use it or lose it is my motto to keep myself going. And you lose it very quickly at my age!
  • Maintain my weight and tone my body
  • I want to stay in shape and have signed up for another Tough Mudder event so that I have something to work towards again. Another reason I work out is to stay toned so I look good in a bathing suit during the summer months.
  • Being athletic and being involved in sports is very important to my self identity. Most of my free time is spent playing or reffing (also physically demanding). I want to help my team and be constantly improving. I also have joint pain that is reduced by strengthening my muscles. It seems like my body always has issues, but working out has helped with my depression and anxiety. So it balances out.
  • Working out makes me feel better and puts me in a better mood. I have a bad knee and my shoulder bothers me sometimes, so I have to be careful with those areas.
  • I need to lose weight, lower cholesterol, take pressure of my joints and organs, have more energy and ward of depression. Even knowing all this I still don’t get to the gym.
  • I have been a member of a health club for 30 years and have worked out more days than not. I have had some injuries, but when I recover, I always go back to working out. Before I belonged to a health club, I started running and it is the “runner’s high” or the endorphin rush that keeps me coming back.
  • feel better about myself feel better mentally health
  • I want to live longer; I want my body to be injury free & loser (I get this from Yoga); I love how I feel after working out; I love pushing myself; I HATE feeling like I could have done more; I am able to stay still much better after I have worked out; I love getting sweaty; I love releasing stress via exercise
  • Have to exercise…..otherwise playing with the kids takes too much of my energy
  • to maintain a slender figure and have my clothes fit well.
  • I am older an need to be watchful of my knees and back….
  • My parents and sister are all overweight and so is my mother-in-law. My father-in-law is slim more naturally (doesn’t work out to achieve it). I see their limitations and don’t want that future. I want to feel comfortable in my body, which isn’t easy after having 3 kids. I want to be able to keep up with my energetic young children and eventually grandchildren and the children and youth that I work with at my job. Although my husband tells me I’m beautiful, I want to actually feel like I am desirable for him. It’s hard to believe him the way I look now. I want to have fun shopping for clothes instead of it being a reminder of how far I have to go. I don’t want to have the physical limits that I do now, but have no problem participating in most opportunities.
  • I have lost 140 lbs and want to lose another 50 to be at my healthy weight. I have been injured and want to work my way back to my previous level of fitness and not be injured again.
  • I want to be healthy. I have high blood pressure, arthritis in my knees, I don’t sleep well & diabetes runs in my family. I try & remind myself how much better I feel when I exercise. My son is also getting married in Sept. I would like to look good for the wedding. The main reason for all this though is to be healthy above all.
  • I love how I feel when I am done with the workout and it helps me make better choices throughout the day. I love the way I feel and look. I have reduced my back and neck pain, and have much better posture.
  • I like how I feel when I work out. I also like the fact that I’ve weighed the same for over 20 years (except the baby weight I’ve almost lost…). Finally, I remember a time over 20 years ago when I was training for a college club sport. By the afternoon of the first morning practice, I could barely walk down campus because I had been out of shape. I vowed to never feel that pain again (never let myself get totally out of shape).
  • I go in and out of seasons of exercise. It is harder to get back in once I have stopped for a while. When I am in a 6 month active season I get addicted to it and fear stopping. Usually injury slows me down. My motivator is wantingto feel alive and expansively capable and strong. When I don’t exercise I feel lethargic and collapsed which has a tendency to relish feeding frenzies.
  • Oh so many reasons…. It relieves stress, also with having hypothyroidism it gives me so much energy that I would not have without exercising, it is also the one thing that I do for myself as a mom, my me time…oh and not to mention I love haveing the confidence and feeling great in my clothes 🙂 but mainly over all for my health especially since I have a thyroid disease
  • I make it fun! I dance with my Kindergartners for about an hour everyday! I also do some yoga as I brush my teeth
  • My number one reason is exercising changes my mood (reduces my stress, changes the way that I talk and deal with my family). I have a desk job which does not help my back. I go to gym to ease back pain. Pump those endorphins and reduce stress.
  • Not sure when to fit it in, but honestly lazy and won’t make it a priority. Think if I start I won’t stick with it like every other time, have a hard time keepin up the momentum. I know it will make me feel good, gave more energy better mood as I have felt in the past when excising regularly. Just need to find a partner to check in with and get moving. And try an remind myself why it is worth it!
  • I have lost 140# from bariatric surgery 5 yeaes ago. This was not the easy way! I work out 6 days a week for an hour to keep in shape since I love to eat. I love feeling strong and healthy and looking good. Exercise keeps depression at bay as well.
  • As an RN, I see so many people whose quality of life could be so much greater if they had continued to simply keep moving. Exercising seems to generally encourage better choices. I don’t car about living longer as much as I care about maintaining the highest quality in my life so that each day I love I can love and serve others and have meaningful relationships. Exercise is key in achieving those goals.
  • to keep my cancer at bay
  • Besides wanting to lose weight. I really like how it makes me feel. I feel more aches and pains when I don’t workout. I get real crabby too! I really miss how I use to feel when I was able to workout 5 times/week. I don’t mind being tired from a good workout. I was much happier when I was stronger.
  • makes me happy.if I don’t exercise for a couple of days I get very cranky. Also would like weight loss, muscle tone. Lastly, I want to be able to do whatever activities I choose without physical restrictions. ie hike up a mountain, charity race with my kids, bike
  • I enjoy the way exercise makes me feel-it gives me more energy and motivation for all that I need to do in my day. It keeps me eating properly and my regular exercise makes me feels great and lowers my stress. I have learned to make me a priority making me better at everyhting else i do.
  • I want to enjoy it and look forward to it. Id like to help my fibromialga pain.
  • I want to remain active as I age. The more I can do to keep in shape the easier I find living my life. My biggest obstacle is a consistent time in my schedule. But I have been working to make this time.
  • I exercise regularly but believe it needs to be a personal choice – make working out a part of your life. A choice to live a specific lifestyle. I want to sweat and know that I have worked out. Currently I don’t experience any pains and my main focus is to lose less than 10 lbs and tone. (I am 52 yrs old).
  • I have lost 80 lbs over 2 years and want to tone and lose a bit more
  • Gives me more energy. Staves off depression and anxiety. Gives me “me” time. Better sleep. More positive attitude. Sense of accomplishment. Improved self-confidence. Hopefully, extend my longevity and my ability to live longer and more fully. To avoid sickness, weakness, disease and decay. To remain vibrant, no matter my age.
  • Being able to eat what I want and still fit in my clothes. Looking good in a swimsuit.
  • It feels good even though it can be tough and I feel better about myself. I enjoy the challenges and meeting others.
  • I like to be able to walk upstairs without getting winded, that is why I make sure to do a little something. I also want to have a healthly heart and live long. As I said I have had to go to PT for lower back and knee. I want to enjoy retirement when I get there. I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when I get a good workout in
  • Tring to lose weight, be healthy, look good, live longer and better, have a more active lifestyle, stamina to hike and travel by foot/bike when vacationing
  • I want to feel strong & healthy and I am tired of telling myself that “someday” I am going to fit in my smaller sized clothes. I am 56 yrs. old and I want to be my best me and as I am getting older, it seems more difficult. My mother is 80 years old and cannot walk for long distances. She is overweight and has type 2 diabetes, back and hip problems. My mother-in-law is 72 and in worse shape. I do not want to end up like that. I have 12 grandchildren and want to continue to be able to physically do things with them for a long time.
  • Its my escape, my me time and when I solve/work off all the days frustrations
  • I love the way exercise makes me feel. It clears my head, helps me sleep at night, energizes me, provides stress relief, and helps me maintain my weight. If I can’t exercise for some reason, I feel dull and tired. I want to remain healthy and active in my old age. I don’t have to live forever, I just want to live well for as long as I can.
  • MY knees have started hurting me….I want to avoid that! I need to lose weight…I have diabetes, heart disease in my family I want to avoid what I can I want to be the small sister for once…I don’t want to be the girl who is heavy with the nice smile…I want to be proud of my body and what I can push myself to do and accomplish!
  • Loose weight and feel better about myself
  • I want health for myself. I want to be able to lift groceries and bags of cat litter or my bike to it’s storage rack by myself. I feel more capable and strong after I work out, more able to stay even through the minor parts of the day. I want fitness to be a language my children are fluent in. I want to be here for them as they grow. I want to reduce the probability of degenerating or diminishing in some way as I age. Exercise is the best way I’ve found to reduce the stress the rest of my life creates, and it does an incredible job.
  • I had children very late in my life. I am 58 with two children in college. I want to be live and be healthy so that I can enjoy not only their adult lives, but also the experience of grandparenting. I have just retired but have lots of things I want to do. I want a toned body that makes me proud to wear a swim suit at age 60.
  • I do feel better when I’m done! I’m trying to wean myself of my perceived need for instant gratification. Food gratifies me instantly, but the back side of that “high” is hell. The 1st 5 minutes of exercise is often hell, especially HIIT routines, but the after effects lasts for many hours, more hours than that food high lasts. I also want to exercise to lose weight to improve my health and get off a couple meds.
  • I want to get stronger, so as I continue to age I don’t get so worn out as easily, currently I am 57, but not in as good of shape as I should be. I want to be able to walk for 18 holes of golf, in all weather. I also want to lose weight and figure out how to keep it off, truly change the way I eat, making easy meals, simply and healthy ones.
  • want to lose weight, strenghthen back, lessen pain from arthritis, have more energy, socialize (meet more people), sleep better
  • Want to fit into my clothes, want to feel better, have more energy
  • Health, attractiveness, energy, happiness.
  • Core strengthening has helped me avoid all back pain for the past 10 years. It’s been life changing. I always remember that. Since starting the FMFL DVD’s I’ve been so motivated to increase my strength and its been a huge change since I started.
  • I want to look good in my clothes, I have 2 weddings coming up that I am in, I won’t get pregnant again until I am back to pre pregnancy weight. Instant gratification=I feel better about myself when I routinely work out.
  • I sleep much better when I am working out regularly. I have noticed when I don’t work out now I wake up sweating in the middle of the night – yuk! I also like to be able to eat whatever I want to with out thinking too much about that 1 piece of cake I had at a kids party the other day. Food is a pleasurable thing -at least for me. I can’t live without so I feed myself as well as I can so I can enjoy “extras” when I want to. Working out is a key to that too. Even though my curves workouts are pretty low intensity as long as I go my min of 3 times a week I can tell my body is burning the foods I feed it but I am also not feeling the need to overeat. My cloths fit better after consistent working out too. I have been busy and traveling with the holidays and this extra cold weather so I haven’t been to curves in about 3 1/2 weeks and I am really ready to get back to it!
  • I feel that being in shape improves the quality of my life. I am in my 50’s so I have aches and pains that i hope will be better if i am at a proper weight. Unfortunately, I am overweight, due to eating excesses. Hate myself for that.
  • being healthy today and in the future, maintain a healthy weight feel proud of myself when I look in the mirror – that I look good – my husband is still excited to see me – that i fit into my clothes and the scale stays within my acceptable range
  • I want to be healthy and fit but am mad that my poor choices got me where I’m at now. I feel like I have so far too go that it’s almost out of reach. I want to feel confident in my skin. I don’t want to get sick or have pain because of my eating and lack of exercise. i Iam an emotional eater…. and I have a desk job all day. I don’t want to workout at work as I see these people all day and just want to get home. once im home its dinner homework housework bills sleep. 🙂
  • Reduces stress; I feel better about myself for accomplishing difficult workouts; obesity runs in my family–terrified of that b/c it would be so easy to be obese.
  • Long term health, confidence as I go through my day, energy to accomplish the things that I want to do.
  • My improvement in confidence when I am in shape is incredible. I also feel happier and less stressed after each workout. I enjoy clothes shopping now and getting dressed nicely because things fit better, and I also feel like my lifestyle change has helped to inspire others. I used to do mostly cardio but I love feeling strong after incorporating strength training into my workouts.
  • I feel crappy if I don’t. I want to be able to play w/my grandkids. They call me the “cool” Grandma because I do stuff w/them. Sometimes I like to indulge in food. I don’t want to be crippled up on a scooter suckin’ on a O2 tank
  • I always feel more empowered to be a better person in body mind and spirit. I am happy that as a mom of 4 I worked hard prior to and after the kids were born and set a good example for them. As I am now in my 50’s I think I aged okay . without surgery.
  • to fell better, to look better, to be healthier. Pain of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments is what I am trying to avoid.
  • My reasons for wanting to exercise regularly: lose extra weight, increase muscle tone, increase strength and energy, be more physically and emotionally “fit”.
  • My motivation is strength and my kids. I know weak and it was terrible physically and mentally. I remember that every time I hit the start button on my DVD. It also helps that I look better and can see results. Watching my kids do it with me (they are all less than 9) so that they see why it is important.
  • I’m trying to offset my desire to enjoy food and drink combined with a sedentary desk job. I love to exercise. I would prefer athletics particularly team sports but even racquet sports but they are either a. too much of a time commitment or b. require more scheduling etc… then doing a set workout program like boot camps. Again the time thing.
  • I just joined a running training group because I have always wanted to run but I’m not a person that consistently does training by myself, I start out too fast and injure my knee then start again at square 1.
  • I think about wanting to be more graceful and agile so that I can dance at clubs or run to catch a bus with a 20 lb bag on or even participate in a physical activity at the drop of a hat (or be surprised by a tropical vacation without panicking)
  • I want to be strong and in shape. I want to look good. I want to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Regular exercise really contributes to my mental health being in good shape. It’s good for my heart. (Food and bingeing is a problem for me, so lately I haven’t seen my body change or weight decrease in a long time, and those are also benefits). I just feel so good overall. I never regret going to the gym, but I regret not going. I do 30 min of cardio 3/week. Also strength training 3.times/ week.
  • Like the way I feel after a workout. I have always tried to be active, but when I’m not, I just feel sluggish. I need workouts that motivate me, that give variety and bring results. I’m considering trying the Shaun T25, but think that may be hard on the knees. Your physical fitness has an impact on every part of your life, physical, mental…it just feels good to feel good!!! 🙂
  • I exercise to become stronger and more fit. However, I am over 50 and deal with joints, tendons, and ligaments that aren’t as young as they used to be. It is hard not to be intimidated at the gym by those who are more fit, stronger, and can do thing I can’t do. I know I will never be able to run even a 5K, and that is very frustrating to me.
  • Less weight equals less knee pain. I like to be the mom running and jumping with her kids I do it to be a better me
  • I want to be healthy. I know I will feel better during/after I exercise. Thinking about my future, I want to know that I have done as much as I possibly can to continue to be healthy and mobile as I get older. It’s fun 🙂 I like to compete.
  • I feel so good. I’m rarely sick. I have a desk job and I don’t get the shoulder aches that I used to.
  • Lose weight, with all the things that go with that. Easier movement, less achey joints, and my husband and I are trying to get pregnant, so weight loss (in theory) should speed that process and help us keep up with the kids if/when we get them.
  • I know it is healthy. I need to lose about 50#. I know I feel better after I exercise. As I get older, I am trying to avoid debilitating injury. Currently, I am suffering from either stress fractures or plantar fasciitis. I tend to overdo it on the weights.
  • I tell myself every morning that it’s a choice, if I want to be happy about my body, I need to make a choice to get out of bed.
  • My family has a history of arthritis and osteoperosis so I am trying to avoid the pains that I see my 70 year old mother is having
  • 1. I feel so much better – mentally, emotionally and physically – when I get a good, hard workout at least every other day. 2. I like looking good and feeling attractive, and working out is a critical part of maintaining that. 3. I want to stay fit into my old age, and being active now will help me get there.
  • I want to look and feel better about myself. I want to be healthy for my kids as a rolemodel. I want to run a 1/2 marathon in june and do a triathalon… bucket list items
  • I have been a runner for over 25 years. In the past 6 to 10 miles daily, but with knee and hip issues it is now 4 to 5 (combination of walking & running). My only reason for working out regularly all these years is that there are serious heart health issues in my family going back a number of generations. I want to do what is in my control to change the course of my future health. I have been fortunate and never had any weight issue, but being thin isn’t as attractive (mentally and physically) as being in shape.
  • I want to live a long, healthy life and have an impact on my great grandchildren. I want to ski, skate, move, bike and be free well into my 90s and laugh and play through life.
  • I need to. I feel so much better when I do. Back pain is gone, knee pain is less, energy level is up, feel high on life! It’s the best medicine.
  • I want to be healthy, strong, and be happy how I look in clothes and out. I also want to age well and know that fitness is a big predictor in that.
  • here in NY it is the weather…winter and ice will prevent me from venturing out; when I was younger it was my kids schedules; then I had to take care of both my parents who were in Hospice at home with me.. so life in general… I do realize a lot of it is too many things get in the way. Stress is the number one thing, weight loss, I want to look better and feel better.. I am 100 lbs overweight, menopausal, and not feeling very good about myself… I actually avoid socialization because of how I look…. I had so much stress the past ten years, I lost my hair…. 🙁 cuses…
  • I am 44 and want to stay in shape so that I can someday hang out w/my Grandchildren. I only have one awesome 7 year old which kind of sucks for him because he is going to have to deal w/mom& dad getting old by himself. The longer I can stay healthy and alive the easier it will probably be for him (I’m not sure why, though).
  • Completing a half marathon in 2 hours or less! More defined stomach area.
  • I will start next week….lazy. I won’t walk when cold, afraid of slipping on ice, and in my town, there aren’t very good walking areas. I really want to workout, but, my motivation is HORRIBLE, and I need to lose about 50 pounds.
  • I am trying! I want to look at myself & feel proud. I want to feel comfortable in my clothes. I want to feel sexy for my husband. I want to prove to myself that I am strong & worth the time it takes. Specific changes: I want to lose my belly & see abs! I want my shoulders, arms, & back to look toned & strong. I want my back to be stronger so it doesn’t hurt like it does now. I want legs that are defined so I can wear skirts without feeling self conscious. It would be amazing to feel confident in a swimsuit! I want results of bloodwork to show a healthier me. I want to be in charge of me, I don’t want to be controlled by bad habits, feelings of defeat, & the intimidation of a gym (referred to as a meat market!!).
  • I exercise regularly because I know I feel so much better when I do. Sometimes life gets in the way, i.e., company visits, sickness, etc., but I just have the Nike slogan in my head most of the time, just do it!
  • I love exercise. I love pushing myself. I love sweating. I hate it while it is in progress but I always feel great afterwards! My frustration point is I never lose weight. Sure I lose inches but not as much as I need or want.
  • Exercise is essential therapy for me to relieve stress, help me sleep well, and keeps my weight in check. I was blessed to have a wonderful friend to help me get started 10 years ago. She encouraged and challenged me. I had astonishingly good results within 3 months, people started noticing, and I went on to finish 5 marathons and other races over those years. I drifted a bit after I divorced my husband 5 years ago. Last summer I found out I am pre-diabetic. That was the kick in the pants I needed to get back on track. I lost 10 pounds by ramping up the running and some diet changes (mainly going low carb and gluten free). People are again asking – Have you lost weight?? And my clothes fit good again. I won’t drift again. I will be 52 in a few weeks and expecting a second grandchild this year so have a lot of incentive to stay healthy and active.
  • Exercise makes me feel good, even if I experience pain the next day. I am NEVER sorry that I showed up, and did it. Work gets in the way, and so does the cost of having a personal trainer. I tried that once but can’t afford to continue.
  • the exercise will only last a certain time, it is fun to try something different, it is my “me” time, i like the way i feel after i exercise, i like my level of energy, i like how my clothes fit, it is fun to have my blood pressure/lab work done because it is so good,
  • I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. The gym I am a member at has an indoor track, but when I do the C25k on my phone my knees are killing me by the next day. Time is a big factor as well as not wanting to get all sweaty or have time to exercise and shower before work. I feel like I’m unable to get up early.
  • I do it for myself. I think you need to take proper care of the one body you are given. I also have a great group of friends who keep me going on days it would be easier to pass up!!
  • I look better, feel better, have more energy, less pain, and can amaze myself at what my body can do when I train it well.
  • I want to be strong. I don’t like the “you’ll look so great in a bikini!” attitude, because that puts pressure to look like an airbrushed magazine cover – not realistic. I work out to be fast, strong, and mentally/physically healthy. Bad day? Work out. Feeling fat? Work out. Most of the pains I feel are good pains – sore muscles! If I feel bad pains, the ‘cure” is often to work out..strengthen supporting muscles to prevent injury.
  • I am 64 years old and want to stay fit and strong and maintain a healthy weight as I age. (Age more). I want to be able to care for and play with my grandchildren.
  • I want a healthy life w/a healthy family who has a healthy dog. My day goes better when I get up early and workout. I can handle the day-to-day stresses and bounce back quicker from the greater hurdles. My joints and back do not ache (as much) when I’m in shape and keeping up with a daily routine. I think people want it overnight and they aren’t willing to put in the daily time (no matter how small).
  • I want to fit into my nice clothes better. Reduce weight so I reduce foot pain. I want to be healthier, my waist has expanded to an unhealthy size since Christmas. I was doing really good right before Christmas and even the week of, but then I got sick and didn’t exercise for a week and my body just expands too rapidly when I don’t exercise and I have eaten too many treats.
  • I exercise to have energy, feel good (less aches and pains) and to have a positive mental outlook. I want to be enjoy life to its fullest with my family and don’t want to miss out on anything because I can’t physically keep up.
  • I would like something regular but would like it to be outside and part of some activity rather than inside a gym and costly
  • I want to continue to stay fit as I age. I want to continue to look good, and not just “for my age”. I need to exercise for the mental release.
  • I want to be healthy and my body to be fully functioning as late in life as possible. No walkers our cans for me. I want to feel good about how I look.
  • Try to stay fit and trim and to be able to wear most of the clothes in my closet. To like what I see naked in the mirror. For long term health.
  • I’ve been telling myself that I like the new feel of loose pants more than I want the second cookie…etc. I sometimes have to modify excercises because my back is pretty weak (spinal fusion surgery when I was 15) (I’m now 52). I want to gain strength to avoid back pain, and not feel 80 years old before I look it. It feels great to be stronger and have more energy, and it’s also nice to finally be able to put a check mark next to “exercise regularly” and not have to worry about it anymore.
  • 1. It has a huge impact on my mental and physical health 2.It helps me sleep better. 3. I have lost more than 30 pounds and feel much better about myself 4. I am more aware of my eating habits
  • Important to me to be fit, look good, and most importantly … feel good. The emotional boost I get from physical fitness is critical. The health benefits are key.
  • I exercise regularly and it has been something I’ve never been willing to give up even in the busiest of times. I don’t think I give myself an option to give it up. It’s like my “moving meditation”, it keeps me sane. It’s the only time I can let my mind wander and I’m not interrupted by the stress of life. I also used to be in sports so I have a bit of a competitive edge in me. I don’t have the desire to compete on that level anymore but it’s still inside of me. Being able to go to bootcamp and keep trying to be able to do more pushups, pullups, etc. or do is motivating for me.
  • Keep a healthy weight & cardiac health. Try to reduce low back pain
  • I exercise regularly to be generally healthy, reduce water retention and keep my lower back from hurting. Weight management is another good reason but is mostly related to food intake and I’ve never had a weight problem so this is a lesser issue. I like the feeling of accomplishment after a tough workout and like feeling more strong and less “jiggly.” Social reasons help too…I have a great running partner and am attached to my bootcamp people. 🙂
  • I want to lose weight, feel better in my own skin, lower my risk of disease Expecially those I have a family history of. I have noticed it is harder to lose weight as I am getting older and what worked before isn’t working. Food is one if the hardest things to know what to eat, when, how many calories etc. I know I feel better when I exercise and look better but it is easy to let life get in the way.
  • In my head, I still picture myself as my 24 year old skinny self… Until I walk in front of a mirror or see a current picture of me and then I remember. Up until that point, it is easy for me to forget my size… But I know I can get fit again. I did it 3 years ago before I got pregnant with my third. This time around it is not coming off as easily.
  • I turn 40 next year and I think this might be a pivotal decade for developing habits to help me age in a healthy way. Also, if I exercise regularly I feel better physically and emotionally. I want to be healthy and fit not just for me but to be the best mom and spouse I can be.
  • energy lose wt….tone…..strength
  • I want to be healthy to enjoy the grandkids and have a decent quality of life as I get older (I am 65 now). I enjoy how I feel after strength training and water aerobics. I feel better after moving — I definitely find that “motion is the lotion” as a Pilates teacher I know says.
  • Although I truly hate working out some days, I hate not being in shape even more. My conscious will nag at me if I don’t exercise regularly. Exercise helps me greatly reduce stress from my everyday life. I want to be around in this life for as long as I can; I want to see my kids grow up and know my grandkids – although exercise can’t guarantee that, it sure does help. And I don’t want to look 35…I’m not ready to be old!
  • For me, exercising and healthy eating go hand in hand. It seems that when I’m on a good exercise schedule(working out 4-6 times a week), I make much healthier choices with my food options. I know that this is a lifestyle and that I’m so much happier when I’m following this lifestyle. My problem is that after a while, I begin to stop exercising on a regular schedule and go back to some not so healthy eating choices. The weight I’ve lost (and the fitness I’ve gained) starts to come back on and my clothes begin to feel tighter. I need to stop this roller coaster of gaining and losing weight and stay on the healthy eating and exercise schedule that I know is best for me for a lifetime, not just do this for a period of time and then go back to my old unhealthy ways.
  • I know I need to. I know I’d like to. But it’s not a want – yet. When I DO, I feel SO much better the rest of the day, but if it’s between laying in bed an extra hour…….or sweating on a treadmill or doing bootcamp, my bed wins.
  • I want to be fit, want to look fit, pain reduction from back injury, mental awareness, overall health. My goals are to physically see muscle also.
  • I would want to loose weight and be more healthy but every time I exercise I end up hurting my back and making it worse.
  • I love the way I feel when I’m exercising regularly. It’s an amazing high. I love feeling healthy. I love the way my clothes fit. And of course, the compliments I receive from others.
  • I enjoy the feeling of pushing myself to do things I never thought I could do, especially at 51 years old. When I exercise regularly it helps my stress levels, allows me to enjoy the weekends without worrying about every bite I am putting in my mouth, and being fit I feel/look better.
  • I’m part of the 25% most of the time, but not always. I try to do something everyday, even if it’s parking farther away and walking. Even though it’s cold out or snow on the ground, I make myself go for a run outside (I hate treadmills) because I know I’ll feel so much better about myself than if I slack off. So in the short run, I don’t want to run when it’s 8 degrees out, but my ultimate goal is to feel good about my body, my weight and me, so I do it. I think you have to find that intrinsic reward for each person. For me, I like to surround myself with like-minded exercisers, people who push even more than me (e.g. Ironman). I know I don’t want their level, but I do feel the need to have my own personal goals so I can achieve what I want to do. That way, they’ll let me hang with them! My hubby & I have noticed that almost all our friends are fit & healthy (the ones we spend the most time with). We consider running Crazy Legs a great social event whereas someone that loves to eat out & weighs 350 probably isn’t going to want to hang w/us or run Crazy Legs. Exercise is hard work, it’s hard finding time to do it and you have to do it consistently, but when it’s done right, it’s so worthwhile.
  • 1) Health issues. I have to work at it or I will be taking more medication whcih I definitely do not want to do. 2) It is just plain fun.
  • I feel better physically and mentally when I exercise. I can focus better at work, and am more likely to get things done at home as well. I am trying to lose weight, and to reduce some of the pain in my shoulders and knees.
  • Have to work out due to my job. I am a Physical Education teacher who needs to be in good shape to keep up with the students I see. Have to be a good role model for them to follow, being over weight and can’t bear weight on certain exercises in fitness stations we do is an embrassment. Exercise is also my stress reliever after a hard day at work, makes me calm, sleep better at night and I lose weight/slim down.
  • One day at a time. I’m establishing a new habit. I know I feel better if I work out.
  • I want to avoid diabetes and heart disease and feel like I can just burst out running anytime I want to.
  • It makes me a better mom (healthier & happier)!!! I am trying to look better so my daughter is proud of me & I set a good example for her.
  • I had been suffering from hip pain and had practically stopped using your videos because of it. I found out I had a bulging disc in my back. I got a good physical therapist who told me that my abs and core were very week (even after doing your videos for over 1 year). She said I was probably using my back instead of my abs when doing the exercises since my abs were so week. She gave me some very basic core exercises to do and my core is getting stronger all the time. I have started doing the videos again but I don’t do many of the back exercises since my back has been working overtime for my abs. The pain in my hips is gone. Also gone are the leg cramps. When I occasionally get leg cramps, I do my simple ab exercises and they go away. I lost 12 lbs in the last year also. This I did by changing my diet to Paleo. I had cut out processed foods and soda several years ago but really didn’t lose any weight. When my hips got bad, I stopped doing your videos and stopped really watching my eating. My weight shot up 8 lbs. January 2013, I started watching my eating again but didn’t see much movement in the weight until I started Paleo. Now I very seldom have any grains, dairy or beans. The weight is coming off very slowly but it is coming off.
  • I work out in the early morning 5 days a week (typically). It’s a great way to start my day. I feel better and eat better throughout the day. I also exercise to be a role model for my 2 daughters (10 & 13). Lastly, I will turn 40 this year and my metabolism isn’t what it used to be (eat anything and not gain a pound). As much as I love shopping I don’t want to HAVE to buy new clothes.
  • I feel better and I’m a better person mentally and physically when I exercise
  • working out gives me more energy, makes me more alert and ready for the day. I feel better when I do get up and work out. I also just want to get in better shape…it isn’t about losing weight for me.
  • I like running because it’s ‘my time’ in the out of doors. I struggle during the winter running inside because I don’t have the same enjoyment
  • I want to be healthier/fitter. Weight loss of course. I want to be able to walk when I’m 80. I don’t want to die of a heart attack when I’m 50. I like feeling strong. I like being able to be spontaneous and not hold back because of my weight or lack of fitness.
  • I want to exercise to lose weight, have less aches, and more energy. But, I work three jobs right now and run my kids to all of their events. I have tried to do your workout at the YMCA when I am waiting for my kids to finish their swim practice, but free weight space is not easy to get. Plus, since I am one of the coaches, everyone wants to talk to me.
  • The most important factor for me is that I want to be someone I’m proud of. When I feel lazy, I subconsciously ask myself, “Do you want to be the person who just stays lying on the couch or do you want to be the person who does what is healthy for you?” And I always want to be the person that makes me most proud, so I do it.
  • I went into a “lack of caring” mode when my dad died. I am finally working my way out of that, but it’s taken 2 years. I was once pretty fit and strong. I was able to fit into small spaces. I notice I no longer fit into small spaces. 🙂 I liked that I was able to do household tasks that were strenuous, like gardening and painting with ease. I now struggle a little bit to do those things, and I don’t like that. That feeling motivates me to work harder. It is much more than how I look or what size I wear. It is to be able to live a good life.
  • I need to have variety in my workout and it needs to be time effective
  • I want to be healthy, live long, look good, feel happy.
  • #1 would be to lose weight, but a close 2nd would have to be to just live a healthier lifestyle. Healthier eating and balanced lifestyle between work, home, exercise, and relationship not only with God but with family.
  • I feel terrible when I don’t exercise – fat, lethargic, cranky. Exercise makes me feel proud of myself and accomplished.
  • I hate the way I look so looking better is a motivation. I also want to feel better which I believe effects how you look.
  • I exercise because it makes me happy and it’s part of my social life. My friends bike, ski and run with me. It’s my lifestyle. I am also a health care researcher, so I’m very aware of what obesity does to the body. I know how food effects the body. I also exercise and have access to great facilities and equipment because I am financially in the middle class. I have enough income to do these “extra” things.
  • I enjoy buying smaller clothes or clothes that fit better and being able to keep up with my children. I don’t like being super sore after a workout or a workout that takes up loads of time with minimal results.
  • I need to stop being lazy, get off my butt and make myself stop “imagining” I am at the gym but to really get to the gym…..
  • I feel better when I exercise, both physically and emotionally — I know that — but it’s still hard to keep it up alone.
  • I want my clothes to fit better and I want to be able to shop for more flattering clothes. I do not look all that large, except for in pictures, I think. I’m 5’4″ and last time I weighed myself was around 150 lbs. I want to lose 30 lbs.
  • Exercise is fun. Dancing, aerobics, sports. Connecting with other people and knowing you’re losing weight or staying on track to be healthy if you are already at an ideal weight.
  • I really want to lose weight, be more fit, keep up with my kids, and avoid health problems later in life
  • I exercise regularly for a few reasons – the main reason is because it keeps me from being a stressed out crazy person 🙂 regular exercise helps me clear my head, feel more focused, gives me more energy. I also workout because truthfully I want to feel good about my body and being healthy and fit and a smaller size than what I was and hopefully soon than what I am now gives me more confidence and makes me feel better inside and out. I like knowing that I am getting stronger and faster and that my body is able to do things that it couldn’t do when I was 19 and now I’m 29 and feeling more fit then I was then. I also tend to workout with people who have seen the changes I’ve experienced and it’s nice to know that 1 I’m not struggling with this alone and 2. That I can and have inspired people 🙂
  • I want to work out more for my healtg to lose weight, and to be a good role model for my kids. The pleasure I get is feeling good about myself. The thing that slows me the most is my knee pain as I dislocated my knee two years ago and even after PT it still hurts when I exercise.
  • Aging gracefully and being mobile is the reason that I workout as much as I do. I try to do different things like Zumba (which is where I started), Pilates, Yoga, and most recently Boot Camp!!! Since I starting working out 1 year ago this month, I now can do things that I never thought possible. For example, just last week I went Roller Skating!! I forgot how much I enjoy that activity. If it wasn’t for my workouts, I would have been missing so many opportunities to enjoy life. I hope I can stay motivated and never forget where I was before exercise.
  • I’m 36 my husband died at 34 2 years ago and I was left with a 1 1/2 year old I run an adolescence chemical dependency program. I need it for stress reduction, time for myself, and to feel good about my health and body.
  • Trying to stay healthy and avoid diabetes and heart disease for which I am at a genetic risk. To feel better about myself, and to feel strong
  • I exercise nearly daily because: 1. Fear of being fat 🙂 2. Stay healthy to run with my kids 3. To be sexy to my husband 4. To reduce stress 5. It’s my me-time 6. Social aspect
  • I am a new mom but I am also a figure athlete so I try and get to the gym every day access if I don’t I do a workout at home. I make it a part of my schedule.
  • Trying to lose the baby weight before pregnant again.
  • use it or lose it. Want to remain as healthy and mobile as possible. Really feel the key to aging healthfully and hopefully is to remain as active as possible.
  • Improved health and mood.

#6  Thanks so much for your time, I am honored that you would take a few minutes and care enough about the health of yourself and our world to educate me, in order to help more people. Is there anything else you would like to share with me? I have two ears fully listening 🙂

  • It would also be nice to hear stories of successful fit families of various ages of how they all pitch in (laundry, food, childcare, etc) to make time for each member of the family to be healthy as well
  • I have been a long-time exerciser. I have also been in Weight Watchers a few different times, always gaining back what I had lost. I have recently given up gluten, and I feel some hope in getting healthier for the first time in a long time. I am reading Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter. He refers to his theory as a game changer. I would agree.
  • I love your program and am so grateful I found it! It really is making a huge difference not only in my life but my entire family as well!
  • Thanks for all the knowledge from over the years, and for introducing me to Tracie. I have made live changes because of being educated by you.
  • I appreciate your emails and your program – thank you for working so hard to help others care more about their health.
  • I really do like the total message you are sharing with people (I’ve tried to follow others with a total body/mind/health message, but yours resonates most with me) – keep it coming! I have a long way to go, but every little step in the right direction keeps me going. Thank you!
  • I love to exercise. I love to participate in sports. I hate that I’m 75 lbs overweight. I feel defeated by my daily scheduled work and kids’ needs.
  • Maybe make some clips of your videos for sale so that customers can make informed decisions.
  • It’s hard not to judge your fitness by a scale number. I list about 25 pounds doing some strength but mostly long distance running. Now I’m doing less cardio and more strength but the scale shows 10 pounds more than my leanest running weight. My clothes still fit but hard to swallow that new number.
  • Thanks for all you do. Love hearing your mom share at Kim’s Women’s Health Fair.
  • I’ve tried some of your DVDs and enjoyed them but are unable to do. I have a 7 minute work out app by Lolo. Which I’m trying now . Can’t do all of the easy exercises but can do some and it helps relieve some of the lower back pain and leg pain. Plus I tell myself , ” it’s only seven minutes ! ” That does help to get me doing more. I do a lot of lifting and climbing every day, but not the right kind to stop the muscle tightening. For two months I was lifting and hauling oak from a tree that was down. I do a fair amount of work , caring hay, 50 lb. bags of bird feed, dog food . Push wheelbarrows, shoveling and 2 hrs. Snow blowing ect. Have to figure out different ways to stretch muscles .
  • I saw on the board at Humana that you are starting to do some work with the people there. Perhaps I could assist with an “outreach” program with those folks via you to also improve upon our internal engagement with our Humana Vitality program and introduce more of those folks of all of the offerings at the Transformation Center. I am extremely happy for your success Dustin and all that you are to so many people. All the best, Rob Van Domelen
  • I admire your commitment to this cause and your willingness to look outside the box for solutions to the health issues in our country. Good luck in all that you do! If I were in Wisconsin I would come to your facility for a workout or two. Stay warm!
  • Thanks for taking the time to try to help people better themselves and get healthier. Even if you aren’t able to help me much, it was nice to at least share some of my struggles, so THANK you very much.
  • I’d be happy to share my perspective with you anytime. Keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂
  • You are doing a fantastic job! Thank you for being there for me!
  • Just thanks for all you do!!!
  • You Rock! 🙂
  • My son is getting married in June. I’m 5’7″ and 122 pounds but not as toned as I’d like to be…especially now with my elbow it’s an issue. I’m also 56….don’t tell a soul as I don’t feel that old.
  • Motivation is key! With motivation comes determination comes results! I have to rely on co-workers and facebook to motivate me to keep going!
  • thank u for all u do for people
  • I’ve been following you, via your emails, and a couple of DVDs for about ten years when I first heard you on Wisc Public Radio. I moved to Charlotte, NC a few months ago, but still appreciate your Emails an info. I bought your DVD for seniors and really only used it a couple of times. I thought your effort to use a senior as you model was a good idea, but for me not very motivating. Thanks for the opportunity to write to you and hope my comments were a little helpful.
  • There should be a healthy eating guide at the gym. Free, education on that weekly, not just exercise. It’s all up to us to find healthy ways to eat, internet, etc. its time consuming. The fitness place should help in that area too.
  • Thanks for what you do Dustin!
  • We need to.know more about how the heart etc works and muscles.if we knew more about stroke and the effects that MIGHT help
  • Make it FUN! Create community! From what I hear about what you are doing…you are awesome! Great work.
  • For me, I am a stay at home mom who home schools and has 4 kids (1, 3, 5, 7). I know the importance of working out and I feel better when I do, yet I haven’t made the time for it lately. Part of it is since I haven’t for so long (really nothing consistent since the beginning of the pregnancy of my 16 month old), it is frustrating to see how far I have to go, and I honestly want an easy fix, rather than putting int all the time again! I have lost 50# in the past, and I am still about 35# below my previous max wt. Also, because of our life the only consistent time I can work out is early morning and I still have kids waking up most nights and I’m having a hard time pulling myself out of bed! Another thing I struggle with is the top priority in my life is my faith and living a life in line with my Biblical convictions. I want to pour my life out for God and others. This doesn’t mean neglecting myself, but I do often find myself at odds with the cultural view of taking care of #1. I understand I can honor God with my body and I should be taking care of it, and as I do that I can better help others, but sometimes I struggle with what that looks like. What does it look like to take care of it, and when does it become too great of focus in my life, taking away from others. I don’t think there is a black and white answer for everyone…that’s why we need people in our lives to help us assess what is going on in our hearts. But, it’s something I wrestle with. I know I absolutely can use this an an excuse not to do what I need to, but I also am cautious not to make my health, working out, eating healthy the most important thing in my life. I don’t want to be 80 years old and regret the emotional energy I wasted thinking about food and wishing I looked differently (which I realize is different from taking action and working out, but as someone who has struggled with weight and food my whole life, they can consume my thoughts). I believe in a God who is sovereign :o) I can do everything perfectly and still get in a car crash tomorrow :o)
  • No, but thanks. I am eating in a different way since December 9 and feel great. I will add more exercise in the coming weeks. I tend to avoid the YMCA in January – WAY too crowded!
  • I appreciate you. I have received your newsletters for quite a while and I enjoy them. I think you are a very awesome guy and I wish you all the success in the world!!
  • Thanks for listening to me complain. I guess, you asked for it:) Hope this helps you. I do appreciate your email updates and as busy as you are, how you take the time to help people on an individual level. God Bless you Dustin! Thanks.
  • I do your FMFL videos, even though I am not a mom, and love them! Sometimes it is hard to decide if I should do those or go to the gym!
  • Even tho I no longer live in the Madison area, I read your blog regularly. And I tell lots of other moms about it. I love that you promote the idea that food, exercise, and the mental aspect of being healthy is all intertwined. You think whole person is important. I also like that you help others think about where their food comes from. Thanks and keep up the great work you are doing!!
  • This is Going to be my year of Success. I deserve this, I can do it. Thanks for giving me this opportunity.
  • Thanks for doing this survey. I hope that my opinions helped a little bit.
  • I think the most important influences are education and example. Keep providing good information about health and fitness and those that are successful are examples to those that are thinking about getting started.
  • Would love to have a personal visit to the Vancouver area…share some of your knowledge with us in person. 🙂
  • I would really like to do the bootcamp on the Eastside this summer, but I would need a deal as I can’t afford the full priced one. HOpe that’s an option. Thanks for continuing the emails!
  • 2014 slogan: I AM A PRIORITY 🙂 (not a resolution) but certainly the truest statement I could make.
  • I would love to do more of your in person stuff but I really can’t afford it. Keep up the good work and keep offering things for kids and the whole family, we REALLY appreciate the yoga it is affordable and fun! Lori
  • Thank you for the cold weather indoor workouts and the 12 days of Christmas workouts! Truly helpful. I’ve done a few different videos, and find I get the most out of the fit mom’s workouts.
  • Thank you for creating the K2 program! I love it and my group members.
  • Thanks for your email and Happy New Year!
  • The biggest problem for me is not seeing results as far as weight loss. I feel healthy, eat well, and exercise regularly, I have no health problems and am not on any medication, my lipid panel looks great, but I am still in the over weight category.
  • Dustin….I started out with your bootcamp at Elver and it and you inspire me! Thanks for all you do.
  • Dear Dustin 🙂 I am a P.E. Teacher and have been for lots of years. Due to budget cuts I lost my job last year. As a result I have become depressed and gained a lot of weight. Yuck! So, my friends have begged me to restart my workout group, since I did not find a full time teaching job this year. (I did this in years past and everyone loved it.) So, this week we started it. It is a station style workout and takes about an hour. I call it a Fabulous Females Club and tell them we are a team and have to work together to keep each other up. (I have been coaching so long, my brain only thinks in terms of team concepts.) I live in a suburb of Dallas called Rockwall, TX. I have lots of friends who pay a ton of money for bootcamps they never go to. I am charging $40 for 4 week sessions. We workout M, W, F at 8:30am and T, Th at 8:00pm. (This is when the facility is available for me to have classes.) I know that is about the same as a gym membership, but it seems cheap for a bootcamp. I am wondering if I called it a bootcamp and charged twice as much if more people would join. Hmmmm. I am thinking it is time for a new direction in my life and I am wondering if this is the direction I should take. I really have no sense of purpose without my favorite job in the world. So, I am wondering if you have any advice for growing my “Fitness Club.” What are your thoughts? 🙂 Christi
  • I lost 50lbs through your DVD Fit Moms for Life program. Then my marriage fell apart and I fell back into old habits of eating when I was stressed and depressed. I gained back all the weight I lost which made me feel even more depressed. I finally managed to break that cycle in September and since then I’ve changed my eating habits and lifestyle and have already lost 25lbs. I’m feeling so much better and I’m glad I am doing it. I think that for me, eating was a way to avoid thinking about how bad I was feeling. I’d get that temporary euphoria from eating something delicious and fattening which would, of course, go away right away and then I’d be sad all over again. So what did I do? I’d eat more. What I’ve come to realize is that I can love food. I don’t have to stop eating to be healthy, I just have to change my relationship with food. I can also indulge once in a while, like I did over Christmas, and that’s ok. The key is to eat the right foods the majority of the time. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few months experimenting with healthy recipes and finding new foods to love that aren’t bad for me. I’m starting to feel like it is possible to have a healthy balance between loving to cook and eat, and still having a healthy mind and healthy body. But in order to get to a healthy place, I think a lot of people need to get to the bottom of what’s mentally and emotionally going on that caused the weight gain in the first place. It can be a lot of work….maybe that’s why a lot of people don’t want to do it. It’s hard to face your demons. Some people drink away their problems, other people eat. The problem with eating away your problems is that your weight is a giant neon sign to the world telling everyone that you have issues. Not fun. But if can be overcome. That’s something worth sharing with people. Dustin, ever since I heard of you, I’ve liked how you help people. Your approach is about showing people how to be healthy, not fad diets and that’s great. Keep it it!
  • Keep it up!
  • Dustin,I think you are going the right direction for everyone, providing a”community” for us to belong too. I just need a big shove to get myself to walk in that door…
  • Not sure if you already have this at your center,but a winter program for moms and their children would be fun to keep active. Or have outdoor workouts for just moms ie:snow shoeing , cross country ski, hiking. I learned a lot from bootcamp a few years ago, but living in Wi I’ve come to enjoy the snow and wouldn’t mine workouts that involve the outdoors.
  • You referred me to Tracie Hittman a few years ago and she thought I may have hypothyroidism type 11.I went to a doctor she referred but nothing really came out of it. Most doctors do not believe in it and said you can have symptoms but not have it. Then I had surgery to remove an ovarian cyst and 2 years later may have to have my uterus removed. It is worrisome and hard to keep up daily exercise.
  • How do you help people that has mobility issues like myself.
  • If you would offer “boot”camps around the state I would love to attend one or more. Live in Eau Claire area.
  • LOVE your workouts! Would be cool if bootcamps could have more if the camaraderie of K2.
  • My personal struggle is that although I eat a vegetarian diet and avoid the CRAP the majority of the time, 5 days per week working out and I can’t drop these last 35 pounds. I’ve been stuck for over a year. It’s frustrating. Very frustrating. And my doc (an HMO) says all my bloodwork is great and says some women just hold weight when they reach my age. I don’t believe that.
  • I avoid gyms because I am completely intimated by the younger crowd. Not that they target me or pick on me, it’s my own insecurities. I prefer to be in a Pilates class with people my age or older (I turn 50 this year!!) :-). I would love to see athletic apparel marketed to the overweight. I think what you wear gives you a bit of a confidence boost and more motivation. People who need to exercise want to and can look cute too.
  • Thanks for all the inspiration. In your DVDs, you really cover all aspects of fitness and what you need to do to lose weight. My goal is to get to Madison some time soon and do a workout or visit a class of yours. I taught at a health club in the Twin Cities for 18 years, had 5 kids and now would love to get back in the fitness industry. I always enjoy your emails. Thanks for all.
  • Even though I feel like my exercising takes time away from my daughter…single mom.. I feel that it sets a good example for her and she has even gone running with me…hopefully setting her up for success in the future. Just another thought…if moms/families could set up co-ops for child care it would be benificial because paying for a gym membership along with childcare can add up and be a detriment. That is all. Thank you for all you do!
  • It seems like its really hard for people to workout when they have an injury (both physically and mentally). For instance, when someone breaks their foot, it hurts them to do a lot of things so they exercise less. Because they exercise less, they may become more depressed and eat unhealthy…which makes them gain weight…more weight on the bad foot…which makes them depressed and eat more…turning into this downward spiral. Figuring out how to stop that spiral is hard…and I think if you are active long enough, you’ll eventually have an injury like this.
  • I wish I could go up to the people in my gym who exercise on a regular and consistent basis and asked them how they continue to stay consistent and motivated!
  • I love what you’re doing. It’s unbelievable somebody so young and fit even cares about us “Moms”. We love you Sweetheart…..from a Mothers heart.
  • I love it that you are there for the regular person and not just the fitness elite. Keep it up. Thank you!
  • I am a mom of four ages four and under. 2013 was the first full year since 2007 that I was not pregnant for at least part of it. At my highest pregnancy weight,, I was 195 pounds at my highest non pregnancy weight was 167 (I am only 5’3″). Now, less than 13 months after my youngest child was born, I weigh 128. I. was even featured in am advertisement for my gym, The Rocky Run YMCA. I owe it to a strict dedication to exercising every day, counting calories, and making time for myself. Some days are easy, and some days are mighty struggle. It has made me a better wife, mom, and person in general.
  • Just thanks. I don’t think there is another all encompassing program like yours. I was a member of Princeton for 2 years and it was a waste of money. I had no clue what I was doing. One meeting with a trainer just doesn’t do it.
  • You are starting a movement and I love your passion WITH compassion for moms. Keep up the good work Dustin.
  • Thank you for all you do!
  • I’ve been doing your Santa Slimdown. In the instructions you tell us to have the water/lemon juice first thing in the morning. My dilemma is that I usually exercise first thing in the morning (5:30/6:00am) and have been told to have an energy drink before excerise. Can I have the lemon water followed by the protein powder a few minutes later? Or does that defeat the the purpose of the lemon water on an empty stomach? I appreciate all you do and enjoy your emails. I would come to the transformation center if I lived in Madison!
  • I purchased a Nutri-Bullet and am surpised how GOOD a fruit or Veggie blend can taste! It’s Fast and beats grabbing crappy food at lunch time! and it’s mobile, so I can take it with me in the car!
  • You seem very dedicated to your profession and truly seem to want to help people. I hope this is your true persona because I would be let down otherwise. Mind you, I understand you want to make some money but I do hope you remain true and honest to your members/followers.
  • I like what you do. I haven’t taken any of your classes but have access to your dvds (verona schools). I like that there are “real people” on them that can’t always give/do 110%-It makes it human. I hope that made sense.
  • I think what you’re doing with your transformation center is awesome. I think a concept of family health is the key. I don’t know what that would look like, but I think it could be very successful. More than likely, more expensive than my family can afford, but still, pretty cool.
  • So happy that you are asking these questions and trying to make a difference!
  • Just a big THANK YOU for all you do and all you are!
  • Thank you for continuing to send me emails it allows me to gather and use knowledge when I can
  • I would like to add that the company I work for as of Jan 1st is now offering a mini bootcamp on site two days a week at lunch for staff members. I think more companies should do this. I think society in general needs to focus on fitness more. I was in Colorado last summer and the way they live there vs here is so different. It seamed that people there are very active and its important for them to be healthy. I did not see a single buffet restaurant but I did see health food stores on every corner. Also most places we ate offered very healthy choices including vitamin and protein shots in your drinks. The activities available for people are endless and I wish Wisconsin would follow in there footsteps.
  • I very much want to really believe I can be in the best shape of my life. I want to have a very active retirement, biking , snorkeling, hiking , etc. being out of shape stops me from putting on a swimsuit or even wearing shorts or tank tops. I do want to change, just always fail after about 2 weeks. I have free weights and an elliptical machine.
  • I have moved from Lodi to Door County.
  • I admire your commitment to helping women learn how to get in shape and be healthy.
  • Keep up the great work!
  • Thanks for all your work in health and fitness. One other thing, I have a couple of your DVDs and wish there was stretching included with each workout. Maybe you do that on the new ones. Thanks.
  • I think you are truly sincere in what you do. Wish I lived in Madison so I could participate at the Transformation Center
  • I’ve never taken any of your boot camps or tried any of your DVDs, but I still get inspiration and knowledge from you just by being on your e-mail list. I do home workouts with Beachbody DVDs (ChaLEAN Extreme, T25, Turbo Fire) and I take lots of different classes at Dragonfly (I currently have a free class pass, which is why I said “no” to the question about belonging to a gym. I didn’t pay for the classes so I don’t consider it to be a gym I belong to.) Someday I’d love to try one of your bootcamps, but it’s tough for me to make it to a regularly-scheduled class because of my schedule (at home with kids, plus 2 part-time jobs). Thank you for being such a valuable part of the Madison health & fitness community!
  • Your program seems different and reaches out to a group that is often overlooked. I really appreciate that about you. We need more programs that allow people to feel comfortable in their own skin and be proud of small attainable goals.
  • Over the years I have spent SO much money on classes, supplements, books, memberships…and I still struggle with weight and exercising regularly. I know my “mental health” attitude about working out needs addressing, but haven’t found anything that clicks and sticks.
  • Nope 🙂
  • Any ideas on how to get over my weight loss plateau or in general would be great too! Thanks!
  • Keep stressing the benefits of weights instead of just the cardio aspect of workouts. I’m 57 and want to go into this next phase of life strong and able to enjoy my life to the fullest instead of accepting that the good days are over . I don’t want to say “i can’t anymore” because I didn’t take care of myself!
  • I think you do a great job and have felt great while doing your workouts. I need to get back too it!
  • Proud of you!
  • I think that there is a real need for something like a personal trainer, but online. i don’t have the money to hire a personal trainer, but think some kind of coaching online + your dvd products could be a good combo. also- i know you really believe in groups. but persnoally, i have been exercising for many years, and can definitevly say i much prefer individual activity- running, eliptical. i’m a very social person, but exercise is “me” time, and i like it that way. anyways, you are always an inspiration. keep on the good work.
  • Develop some exercises to help people that have hip replacements (Burpies aren’t good)If I’m 43 tell me please what I must do I only walk 2 times. Week 30 minutes not enough right! And I’m type 1 diabetic if I over walk I get sick and start shaking? Help
  • Thank you for all that you are doing for “moms!” I have always done workout videos since the birth of my three children, beginning in 1986. Wish your videos were out back then! I was a Denise Austin fan back then. 🙂
  • Keep up the great work!!! Your emails are very encouraging.
  • Thank you and keep it up!!
  • I really appreciate your email blasts with fitness and exercise ideas!! Thank you for one of the people in the background that greatly appreciates your efforts to get everyone in shape!
  • Thank you for asking.
  • Menopause sucks and makes wt loss and being healthier more difficult.
  • I really did enjoy the FM4L 6 week challenge that I did at the transformation center this fall. I just wish it could be a a longer term program. Especially in the winter months when I can’t be outside exercising.
  • Thank you for everything you do to help people lead healthier lives.
  • Appreciate you reaching out to subscribers for input. I’ve never known of a trainer who actually cares about his or her clients so much. Thank you.
  • I need more motivational support. I share exercise time 3x a week with other moms but sometimes I feel like no one’s taking it seriously or making it at all challenging. It makes me feel bored and alone. I’m part of the Live Fit community here in Tooele Utah, but that’s more of trying to help people make healthier decisions. I need to be around more health-minded people who make fitness a higher priority.
  • It’s very frustrating to always hear about how losing fat is the most important thing. I very much believe that overweight people can be athletes and be healthy but it’s rarely talked about. Because the emphasis is put on losing weight, people get discouraged if it doesn’t happen and will stop working out. They miss out on all the other amazing things exercise does for you. Hormone regulation, heart-health, etc. I believe that exercise should be fun/enjoyable, but the pressure to lose weight can really distract from all the other great things.
  • I think you’re doing a wonderful job. Although I don’t know what your workouts are like, I would bet they’re fun.
  • We need to work on corporate America helping employees become MUCH healthier. Companies need to order HEALTY lunches (not pizza); they need to instill “walking meetings”; they need to facilitate “fit challenges” among employees with rewards (healthier employees = lower sick time = higher productivity = less doctor appts = lower health insurance rates); every company should have at least one treadmill desk; they should outlaw unhealthy snacks in vending machines; they should offer discounts to gyms; they should have a fitness person come in once a month for informative talks
  • Get more evolved with employee wellness programs. For example virgin health miles….good program and my company uses it and then when we get so many miles we get $.
  • Cost is the big issue for me. I wish it wasn’t so expensive to join.
  • Thanks for your emails & the sample workout & videos. They are helpful to me especially since I no longer have the time to spend at a gym, ride 50+ miles or go running anytime I want. Now that I’m working out at home (elliptical, DVD workouts, etc.), the variety in exercise is so important to keep it fun.
  • I am grateful for the work you do and applaud your efforts to encourage people to get active and take care of them/ourselves.
  • Thanks for all you’re doing, Dustin. I’m still struggling to get my priorities in order. I’ll get there.
  • You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.
  • I wish o could have kept weight off without surgery buut it is a tool I needed and can work only if committed. Surgery patients often think they will keep the weight off easily but it is not always the case. I struggled for years yo yo dieting.
  • I admire the work you do and find you to be inspirational! Keep up the good work and keep fighting the good fight.20th century Jesuit Alfred Delp wrote:”If through one man’s life there is a little more love, and kindness, a little more light and truth, then he will not have lived in vain.”
  • Thanks for the great emails – wish I lived closer
  • I think you do a great job connecting with your clients
  • I know for me, I felt insecure not knowing how to do exercises properly-maybe offer a small group on occassion to review proper techniques of some of the basics.
  • Your program is the only one that provides motivation and support at a reasonable cost. I live in the country and would need to drive 15 minutes to a gym. I do not have time immediately before or after work when I would be closer to a gym. Later evening has been my best time but only if I can do the workout at home. Thank you for looking out for moms.
  • Cost is a big concern too. There are many places people might join but they are way too expensive. Core Power Yoga and Crossfit are over $100/month what to pricy in my mind especially for families.
  • I think you are doing wonders! I appreciate your helpful emails and other information.
  • Making time and staying motivating for the long term is challenging. I’m good for months at a time, but find myself stopping at times
  • I love your program and your passion for trying to get people motivated toward better health – mind & body. I wish I lived closer to Madison.
  • Just find a way to make each person feel unique and beautiful in their own skin 🙂 too easy right
  • Thank you for all you do, Dustin. You have been, and continue to be a great source of motivation for me. I enjoy reading about all the lives you’ve changed! Keep up the good work!
  • I live in Evansville and need a exercise partner — especially to lift and play tennis with me. I need the push that a partner would provide. 🙂
  • Thanks for listening! Like Tracie Hittman/Fountain says, “We’re all experiments of one.” In my experience, one training solution, exercise routine, or approach to general health doesn’t fit all. No one can “cure” me but me, but others do have the potential power to help me find those answers within, more quickly than I can left to my own devices . . . if their heart is open, they’re willing to looks past their own egos and patiently listen. As St Benedict said: “Listen with the ear of your heart.” 🙂
  • I think much of the issue is for the individual to make commitment. I sure wish your transformation center would have been closer for me. But it is just too far, and traveling the beltline to get there, even further than Gold’s is just more time on http road than I can do.
  • My biggest problem is wanting to jump in to a class, but not able to do a lot of stuff becuz of my joints. I cannot do any impact exercise. I was in a group workout with a personal trainer and everything he asked us to do I was unable to do becuz of my pain. I told him that, got frustrated and ended up walking away to do my own thing. The last time I took a group class, I fell and dislocated my shoulder!!
  • Good luck Dustin!
  • I like competition. It would be cool to incorporate that into workouts that can be done at home. Somehow.
  • I think that women in particular, if they were not active in sports during high school and college that they have a much harder time committing to working out regularly. To add something later in life and continue it is tough! We start as very young children brushing our teeth. We need to help kids – young ones – not only getting into the habit of brushing teeth but also making exercise a “habitual” part of life as well. In addition I think people just simply don’t know how or what to eat to eat in a healthy manner. My dad was a farmer and a nutritionalist and my mom a chemist – they made great wholesome food for my sister and I growing up. We have been lucky in that respect. But I am amazed at what people do and don’t think is healthy. Education is key! People have to relearn how to eat healthfully after years of poor choices, and that is difficult too. I listen at curves as our head coach talks to the women about food choices. It is like they are learning a new language. I guess in closing the last thing I would like to say is that each and every woman and her body is different from every other! We are like snowflakes. Unfortunately what works for some doesn’t work for others, but I think if folks like you keep trying, you can’t help but change some of those statistics you quoted. Best of luck to all who join the journey!
  • Thank you for all you have done, and your continual encouragement.
  • Thanks for your dedication to fitness and moms!
  • Personal trainers are so intimidating. They should be inspiring but I find them such an anomaly. How do they keep their priorities for fitness above time spent with family? Just the ones I’ve encountered.
  • Just thanks. I started with your programs several years ago – just when you started putting out the Fit Moms for Life DVDs and they’ve made a huge difference in my health and outlook toward fitness. My teenage daughter now uses them to stay in shape!
  • Random suggestion: Would love an evening bootcamp near the east side in the winter! I have struggled to get up early much more in the winter than in the summer. Thanks for all you do!
  • At the age of 55 I see myself working harder to maintain what I have. The girls I work out w/ are 20 years younger and I can whip their butts. But they are starting to catch up!! I feel for the younger generation. They aren’t held accountable for their actions, they have very few rules which leaves them floundering in society w/o any direction. Which leads to low self esteem. This leads to them doing nothing. And the cycle keep repeating itself. I’m all for trying to break the cycle but how do you do that when their outside negative influences far out weigh your positive reinforcements???
  • Love you a lot Dustin and would love to meet with my gang someday before you become too famous.
  • I love that you are having such a positive impact on many people’s health! I did try your classes through a Groupon deal, but I was not able to afford to continue at the rate you need to charge to keep your business going and profitable. I did lose a couple pounds and started to be able to tell I was getting stronger and more fit, but my knee was starting to bother me more w/the intense exercises and I felt nauseous/like I was going to get sick if I pushed myself to keep going with the rest of the class (and I am not obese; I would be happy w/a 5-10 lb. weight loss). On another note, I watched the family videos you recently shared. I also grew up in a smaller house than most people around me (and in MN too), so I felt happy for your humble success and desire to help other get and stay fit. Stay humble!
  • I think your program is successful because it hits the emotional as well as the physical. It sets goals that are individualized and you are genuine. It’s easy to want to keep going because no way am I letting Dustin down!!!! I trust you and that is powerful and meaningful.
  • It would be cool to have a remote access boot camp. For cold days, snow days, just can’t make it in or across town days. Use a web conferencing tool that would allow remote participants to ask questions or get feedback on proper form etc… like they are in the room without having to be physically present.
  • I actually signed up for the training program with you and was wondering when you would be contacting me.
  • Even though I don’t live in Madison anymore I still really love getting your emails! They always seem to come to me when I am ready to say screw it or thinking about how nice it would be to curl up on the couch and just watch tv for the night. So thanks for putting all the time and effort into them!
  • Again, if you could just send out a quick workout every now and then to change up the videos of yours I am already doing, that would be great!!! Healthy recipes are always good too!
  • It seems that most workouts require some form of jumping, or squats or lunges that my older joints can’t handle. A WHOLE workout without those components would be awesome.
  • I am a licensed Physical Therapist assistant and a certified athletic trainer. I know all the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise. I try to follow a schedule but sometimes fall short. Not because of lack of motivation but simply lack of physical ability after taking care of household chores, running around with a toddler and 2dogs and other commitments. I need more energy!!!!
  • If we could find a way to engage ourselves in meaningful physical work, more people would exercise. People need to be walking/biking to work as much as possible.
  • Keep up the good work Dustin!!
  • I love your product and services… I just can’t afford it. I am a past client with bootcamp and LOVED it
  • I think that you are doing wonderful things for people to take charge of their health. My only question is your focus on weights & balance balls and not on cardio. As I mentioned heart health is a big reason for working out & have always believed cardio was the way to combat that. Can you tell me if that is accurate or not? Thank you!
  • Your videos are awesome! Your sort-of recent email post where you discuss that you don’t exercise more than 15+ minutes at a time really encouraged me. There was a struggle I was having with feeling like if I wanted to get benefits out of exercise, it needed to be for 30-60 minutes. I can’t always get big chunks, but it was encouraging to know that a little bit is still good and healthy for long-term!
  • Thank you for what you have done for your mom and others.
  • It would be great if there were more opportunities to experience activities that I haven’t tried before or need someone to go with–maybe set-up local hikes, kayaking, biking, etc…Something where people can try out new ways to be active…
  • much has to do with how a husband treats his wife… I noticed that those who are treated as though they are loved and not treated like another tool in the house, will look like a princess.
  • Keep up the great work! I enjoy rec’g your e-mails and hope to get out for a bootcamp at some point. My e-mail is johnshea33@yahoo and phone is 608-770-0086 if I didn’t make myself clear on any answers.
  • You are a great inspiration! But, you’re so far away! I need someone who cares but who will push me, teach me, hold me accountable…& do this without breaking the bank! I’m a stay at home Mom of 3 year old twins. It’s not an excuse, it’s a privilege, but it means they are my first priority & funds are not available to dish out for myself beyond my $100 gym membership (for me & my kids). I’m hungry for getting back in shape…I need a trainer. Ideas? Thoughts?
  • Just great job Dustin! I appreciate everything you do, are doing and will do. You obviously care and that shows!
  • would you ever consider having a “drop in” style bootcamp or killer curves in the evening? I don’t live in Madison but this is something I would consider driving up after work for.
  • Thanks for all you do Dustin! You are a treasure!
  • I’d like to know how to make my husband understand that he cannot bring junk food into the house. He went to prison for a while and I lost a ton of weight just because of this main thing. He thinks that when I’m depressed I lose weight, but when I’m happy I’m heavier. I get upset when shopping having to get larger clothes and end up crying in the dressing rooms. Just having someone expect me to be accountable to them would help. I’ve tried having an accountability partner online, but it never worked out well – it seems like I do best by myself or whomever I talk to isn’t mean enough about wanting me to report to them.
  • Keep up the good work! I’m moving to Hawaii in 6 weeks and cannot wait to get fit again!
  • For some reason I actually like working out. I started running at age 50 and doing a strength routine about the same tine. Friends admire me at times, but I think they also think it isn’t hard. I’m always sweating, often freezing at the start of a run. Don’t want to exercise at times. But I just do it. I love getting your daily emails.
  • Your programs have been the only ones that have worked with me! You are an excellent role-model for living w/a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle. You approach health from all angles and are always trying to improve on your techniques. I hope you find some good info from this survey and I look forward to hearing the ideas from others.
  • Thank you! You are probably already doing what I want, but I forget about your exercise videos sometimes. Maybe in your name the email comes from you could mention Fitness, because right now it just says your name and I am sorry, but sometimes I don’t connect your name with fitness. I get way too many emails with just names and I don’t have time to open everyone I don’t recognize right away.
  • You are doing an amazing job, Dustin, by reaching out to so many people. You’ve not only improved my well-being, but that of my family’s. “Dustin Maher” is a household name at my house and my family keeps me accountable to your standards.
  • I wish I was a young mother instead of a 62 year old gramma — I would love to join your Fit Moms. I have tried one of the boot camps — a little too strenuous plus hard when the others are half my age.
  • I check out a lot of information on the internet and there is such a wide variety of opinions on the right combination of diet, exercise and supplements to accomplish my goals. They ask have something to sell and I would like some help making sense of it all.
  • You are doing a great service to busy mothers! Time is not on our side! We need all the help we can get.
  • Recently my yoga/cardio/strength training was disrupted by hip pain, and a strained hamstring due to a fall. The hip pain concerned me! So I’ve backed off considerably, and focus on a lot of walking. Have a FuelBand, which is a wonderful device for me to ensure I am moving enough each day.
  • I think fitness professionals sometimes don’t understand “normal” people (as evidenced by this survey) because FPs LOVE exercise and everything associated with it (eg healthy eating, etc.). I would guess that most people are never going to love exercise as much as FPs do. Even those of us who are regular exercisers don’t necessarily like exercise. We like the effects on our bodies and how we feel when we’re done. The workouts themselves often suck and are truly not enjoyable so we really have to try and focus on the effects of the exercise to keep motivated. FPs need to understand this distinction better because getting most people to love exercise the way they do is sort of a lost cause. Focus on the effects of the exercise and you’ll be better able to motivate people.
  • A reward program for attending would be fun and motivating. Whether it is money off your monthly membership, credit to your store, or the ability to attend special classes or seminars.
  • I REALLY want to get fit again. I just have to have done sort of physical goal. My sister recently got engaged and announced her wedding date is set for July. With two already gorgeous sister-in-laws (the kind that look great in every picture) who have both announced they will be pregnant at the wedding, I realized this is my chance to finally be the “skinny girl” (besides the bride) in the family pictures. Selfish motivation, I know… But if that is what gets me there in a healthy way, then awesome!
  • In case you haven’t seen it, I think you might find this article interesting, about how self-talk during intense exercise really helps people feel less tired: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/keep-repeating-this-workout-feels-good/
  • I think building up a sense of community in a class is very important. Encouraging participants to be supportive of others is very important too. Stressing good form is very important to me, and I appreciate a trainer who focuses on this in a class.
  • People need to realize there is no quick fix to being in shape; its a lifestyle that must be adapted. Diet pills and going on a “diet” alone won’t get someone the results they want. I’ve met many people that think certain pills will help them lose weight – this way is usually unhealthy, and not a permanent solution. Exercise must become a constant in someone’s life that is truly serious about being in better shape and health.
  • I would appreciate any advice you can offer to help me with question #7? I need to be able to stay motivated and stay consistent with my healthy plan month after month for a lifetime. I seem to be losing and gaining the same 30 pounds over and again.
  • What to do if/when you plateau like a checklist/trouble shooting type thing.
  • Thank you for your emails. Great information! Good luck with the survey.
  • Good luck with all of the great things you are doing and I miss you and everyone there! Oh, I have my sister doing vacuums every day too!
  • The motto: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is so true. For non-exercisers, it seems horrible to workout 3x a week, much less everyday. But once it becomes ingrained and you do it, you start to enjoy it and feel better. So finding a way to be honest with the 90% – exercise isn’t fun right away. But it will be something they look forward to once they stick to it and see results.
  • Dianna Walters and Amy Melvin are doing a great job in Neillsville, WI with our classes!
  • I can’t say that I read your email everyday, but, I do always look at the heading. Sometimes that alone is enough to get me thinking. There are even some that I just leave in my in-box, so that I can come across them again, and let them give me another boost of inspiration.
  • I struggle with craving salt. Any ideas on how to defeat this craving?
  • I think you are doing a great job of making exercise accessible to many people.
  • I would love to be a member of your gym again, unfortunately it is too expensive for me & my friends & family. I tried your boot camp program through groupon & loved it. More child care during classes would help too.
  • Just a quick note to say thank you. I bought a Groupon 2 yrs ago to try one of your boot camps (I attended the Madtown East & McFarland camps) with some friends. I worked out prior to that but not regularly….although I didn’t continue the boot camps it kick started me working out early in the morning and I haven’t stopped since despite the first time I thought I was going to pass out!
  • My bmi had been high for a while not one medical professional said a word to me- how can we fix that? My health assessment thru my insurance connected the dots more for me.
  • I recently bought your book Fit Moms for Life and something really stuck with me on the goals chapter. You mentioned setting goals and it was simple things like drink more water (as well as larger goals)….this changed my attitude about setting goals. I always had big goals like run a 5K in a few months or work out 6 days a week. When you break it down to small goals it seems that anything is possible. I would fall apart when I missed one workout and felt like I failed for the week so I would skip the rest of the weeks workouts. It was silly and I didn’t realize that I did that until I read the section on goals. I don’t know what changed, but now I feel I can do it and if I miss a day I just need to move on and keep going. I had bought another book that you wrote called SLIMMING Nutrition. This book was EXCELLENT and helped me too. I wasn’t as healthy a eater as I thought and I would snack on the wrong foods. You do an awesome job Dustin. The biggest thing is people have to want to do it because it is hard work!
  • In a few months, I hope to be in a better position financially to go down to 2 jobs, my son will be driving, and he can help me out with driving his brother, so I am going to try to find time to start working out again with your tapes a few days a week.
  • 🙂 You rock Dustin!
  • The kind of workouts you offer are hard to come by elsewhere. They are great!
  • Keep up the great work! I think you are trying to do some of the things I have indicated as problems in my answers. We need to help those people who don’t have the resources…I believe they are the ones who know they should exercise, but can’t.
  • Cost is important. I’m a stay at home mom, so the budget is tight sometimes and I need a fun and dynamic fitness program that I can do with my kids that gets good results with minimal time investment because I have loads to do.
  • I enjoy your emails and newsletters you have some great tips. We are always looking for a get thin fast !
  • I feel like I’m not getting anywhere with my weight loss goals. I have no idea how to tell if anything’s working because I don’t seem to be dropping inches and my weight fluctuates wildly on the scale. I’m not even allowing myself on the scale because I just get frustrated by the number. I also want to try juicing, but the equipment for it is not exactly affordable. Is a Nutribullet a good product? It’s as expensive as I’m willing to go for that type of thing. Is juicing as healthy as it seems?
  • Prizes or contests, giveaways & recognition get people’s attention.
  • Where I am at right now, in a MN winter, can be summed up in one word: LAZY! However, I AM curious how I’d be year round in a warmer climate, seeing how as soon as bike weather is here, I am out the door til snow flies:) just Ma here, wondering ……NOT saying I want to move to that place-haha!
  • Time isn’t always a cop out on exercise. I’m a single mom of 3 kids ranging from 2 to 16, I have a full time and part time job and just finished my bachelors degree. Not having time is not a cop out for me and it is offensive to me when people who don’t know say that it is.
  • A big fan of you Dustin and the things you say and do – you have been a big help on my journey!!!
  • Thank you…the group you started has helped me make healthy changes. My now 3 yr old works out to the videos with me when I have no other choice. She also picks which number we do of the moms fit for life video. When she picks 5 I sigh but we go at it:). Thank again.
  • I wish there was a support community for the injured folks like me while I am on enforced “time out” from bootcamp.
  • Wish it was less expensive.