By David Smith
There is no secret that the focus of most people’s fitness is weight loss. In talking with clients, class participants, gym members and friends, especially in the LGBTQ community the first goal people tell me is that they want to lose weight, get lean/tone up or become more “defined”. However more often then not I see people who are discouraged and mad at themselves because they don’t see the progress that they expect and they numbers they want, especially in regards to weight loss. To not consistently be dropping pounds seems to be a sign of failure in the midst of all the sweat and exhaustion that has come from the countless hours at the gym. Are you not losing the weight or making the gains you expected? Let me tell you, it’s perfectly okay and it certainly doesn’t mean you should stop.
By David Smith
Outside of gym workouts there are many opportunities for exercise, many people go hiking, cycling, running, skiing and such but ever thought about roller-skating?
Yep! Those old four-wheel shoes or blades you haven’t strapped on since you were a kid, dig those out (or get some hot and sleek new ones!) and lace up! Roller-skating is one of my absolute favorite ways to exercise, whether it’s outside or at a roller disco! (Yes those things still exist) There are many benefits as well that you won’t even realize cause you’re too busy getting your groove on!
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David Smith is a coach, exercise professional, athlete, blogger and owner of Stonewall Fitness. He is a certified personal trainer and holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition. He is an active athlete and Gay Games medalist training and competing in swimming. He is passionate about bringing the LGBT community together through exercise and fitness.