It is that time of year again when regular gym users dread. The reason because they are full with people with good intentions but come February/March they are back to their normal capacity. This doesn't happen in martial arts classes so much, here's my reasons why people stick at martial arts for longer.
1. You are accountable, somebody will know that you are not there, especially your instructor.
2. You have a regular personal trainer on hand. With a good martial arts class, you should have a main instructor with years of experience that genuinely wants his students to improve. There are also Senior students which are there to help the less experienced, there is also an ethos in martial arts that sharing your own knowledge will enhance your own learning.
3. There is always a structured learning programme: A lot of people get overwhelmed at gyms, so many machines that can have either achieve the same results or done differently have different results. No wonder people don’t stick at it. Within martial arts, there is a proven system that you learn and is structured from the basic movements to advanced.
4. Goals and results are easier to see: In martial arts you have grades that people achieve after so many months training. This is a great way of recognising results and the hard work paying off. Within our society there is a much quick fix that people have come accustomed to. When you join a gym and initially get through the aches and pains that people go through when starting to work out for the first time, it can be so frustrating when the results are slow. People often give up once the initial results aren’t showing.
5. More exciting: Even if you have a tailored programme written from a gym instructor, you still need to stick at for at least 6 weeks before changing things. With a martial arts class, it is different each time, a good instructor should be able to design a class so that you can work the same techniques but in a different way.
6. You become part of a community: You are joining a community where everyone is on the same path. They may have different outcomes of why they are studying martial arts but while people are training, they are there to improve themselves within the same system. With gyms, it is often a lonely hobby, even if you have a partner to train with, if he/she can’t make it then it is often harder to attend yourself.
7. It is easier to practice at home: Unless you have your own gym at home, which if you do, then I would argue with why you have a gym membership. Training at home can be difficult. with a martial arts class, it is encouraged to practice regularly and the more you put into your training, the sooner your next grade/belt will be awarded to you. You’re instructor should be an expert at home training and will be willing and delighted to show you exercises you can do at home.
8. It is so much more than a physical workout: A martial arts class can be a very physical session but there is so much more to it than that. People join for numerous reasons, the ethos behind getting good at martial arts is becoming aware of your body and how to move it in the healthiest and most economical way. Then you also have the added benefit of learning how to defend yourself. Unless you walk around with a barbell, then that is something you don’t get from gyms.
9. It can transform you as a person: Martial arts is often described as a way of life because of the philosophy and code of conduct that comes with it. Most people know what self-discipline, patience, compassion, self-respect, self-control means but do they live and practice by them. Martial arts talk about these virtues and within time, people understand that they are vital to achieve anything in life.
10. It is an all over body workout: And finally, it is possible the best overall body workout that exists. Getting the techniques right can take a little time but once the first learning stage is over, then you should be using nearly every muscle in your body. Even a lead punch should work from the ground up.