Jose Lopez - Fitness Expert & Influencer

TRAINING FOR LIFE

I started working out when I was 15 years old. I used to easily spend 1.5 hours in the gym making sure I didn’t miss a set – 6 days a week. These days, if I spend an hour in the gym it’s an anomaly. What’s changed?! 

Well for starters, my motivation has changed. I used to live and breathe from the articles of bodybuilding magazines. I would read them cover to cover, even the ads, and follow the experts advice to the tee. I wanted to look like these superhuman individuals and was willing to do whatever it takes. 

Now a days, my motivation behind training has shifted. I’m less concerned with how I’m going to look from training and I’m more concerned about being able to do cool sh*t! I want to be able to sprint, jump, push, climb, hang, pull, hang, swing etc and I want to do it without getting hurt. My training has shifted from working on body parts to training for life!

Second of all, I’m no longer on a regular schedule. My life has changed so much in the last few years. I went from private training 6-8 clients per day to private training 2-3 per day. The other part of my day is spent planning, creating, shooting and editing content for both my Jodi and I’s social channels. We often underestimate how long a project is going to take and end up working late. This new schedule means I don’t really have the luxury to spend hours at the gym. I have to get in what I can and make the most out of my time. 

Workouts are now focused on exercises that work multiple muscle groups with a mix of weighted, bodyweight and cardio movements. Every day is different and it constantly changes. If I’m really sore, I train a smaller muscle groups like arms and core so that I can recover for the next workout. If I’m short on time, I run a quick circuit. If I’m bored, I work on some fun skills like handstands. I’m working hard for those 30-60 minutes and the best part is, I’m enjoying each workout.

This is what training is all about. It should be fun, it should be specific to you, and it should be something you are able to do daily. If you’ve fallen into a rut with your routine, don’t be afraid to mix it up. It doesn’t always have to be so systematic, get in there and just get moving!

 

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