Let’s face it. 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year. Lots of chaos, frustration, and fear from a global pandemic forced some major change to our daily routines. I don’t know about you, but we’re really glad it’s over so we can look forward to bigger and better things in 2021.
Most people think about setting goals and New Year’s Resolutions right about now. But this year is a little bit different given the full 2020 experience.
We’re still living with a ton of uncertainty, especially after the last 9 months that felt like 9 years. New stressors, new levels of anxiety that you didn’t have before and less-than-ideal circumstances with changes in how we do work, school, and play.
If you’re exhausted, you’re not alone.
But let us encourage you for a moment. One of the best ways to start feeling better is to take control of what you can and own it (whatever that may be). You are in charge of you, and no one can take away your personal autonomy.
For instance, you may not be able to go to the gym because it’s closed, but you can still get a good workout at home. And just in case you aren’t aware, getting great results working out at home with little to no equipment is our jam.
- You can go out for a daily walk, or take 10 minutes to stretch out every morning.
- You can make the choice on a daily basis to prepare meals that are healthy and good for you.
- Or you can be sure to get a good night’s sleep, so you feel rested and productive when you wake up.
The Best Way Forward Starts With A Single Step
The following will be your guide to getting back in the groove of working out with the intention to move well, feel good, and reach your goals.
To make things as easy as possible, we created a step-by-step plan to help you get clear, focused, and started as fast as possible.
If 2020 bucked you off of the path you were on, we’ll help you get back in the saddle.
Before we get into the exact steps you can take, we know that life’s tough and there are challenges, but there is a way through.
Here’s How We Can Help You Get Unstuck:
There are many problems people face when it comes to working out regularly, but here are the three main issues that come up over and over again.
“I can’t work out because I’m stressed and have no time.”
This is common but everyone has time for something, even if it’s just 15 minutes per day. Within our programs, we use a concept known as ‘autoregulation’ as a guidepost for all of your activity.
Autoregulation, in short, is a way to adapt and adjust your training to fit your needs. Some days you might not feel like pushing yourself because you’re wiped out from all those Zoom meetings. 🥱
If you’re short on time… give us 15 minutes, and we’ll help you destress, mobilize and feel better. And after 15 minutes, you just might keep going. If not, no worries… you can do more the next day.
Some days you’ll be able to push hard and have a great workout. And other days, you won’t… but doing something regularly will help you build the training habit (more on this in a bit), and it’ll serve you in the long run.
“I don’t have the right space to work out, so it’s probably not worth the effort.”
Welcome to the club! Many of us don’t have access to fancy gyms or big dojos with a lot of floor space. You don’t need that. All of our programs offer flexible exercises and movements you can practice in small spaces.
You may not have a big living room to do Bear crawls, but what about your hallway? Need to make your push-ups harder? Prop your feet up on the couch. We have plenty of movement variations you can use to adapt your space as you need to.
“I don’t know what to do. There’s so much information. I’m overwhelmed and confused.”
This is by design. Not by us, but by online fitness, in general. It pays massively to confuse the hell out of you. But we focus more on teaching you concepts and ideals that serve you in the long term, rather than a fancy-sounding gimmick to hook you for a few weeks before you get bored again.
Our programs are clear, simple, and effective.
If you can watch a video on your phone, tablet, or computer, you can follow our programs and get results. Not only are they practical to follow, they’re fun. And we have the support and guidance to help you get the results you want.
Now… Since we’re headed into the new year, we’d like to establish a baseline and address your needs in a hierarchy of importance. First, we’ll start with the essential habits, as that’s your foundation and branch out from there.
Your 2021 Plan Of Action:
🎯 Step 1: Establish Your Baseline + Set Goals. Goals are important, but they have to be the right kinds of goals.
✌️ Step 2: Create Solid Habits To Succeed. Your habits define your actions. We teach you how to choose the right ones.
📈 Step 3: Pick Your Plan And Get Started. We provide the programs, along with the guidance, and we show you how to follow through.
Step 1: Assess Your Baseline And Set Goals
Your baseline is what you’ve been doing for the last 2-3 months (or longer). If you’ve gotten out of the training habit, it’s totally okay, but it’s time to make some changes.
So think of where you are right now and then decide where you want to go. Without a plan and some defined goals to guide you, it’s easy to fall off track and look back at all the things you wanted to do (but didn’t) 6 months later.
Create Goals And Make Them Clear
Your goals will determine the plan you need to follow. But these goals need to be specific and actionable.
👎 Here are examples of unclear goals (which aren’t that helpful):
“I want to work out more.”
Great, but what does this mean? Do you have a number of sessions you want to complete each week? Are you going to run, cycle, or do a bodyweight strength program?
“I want to feel better.”
Perfect! We’d all like to feel better. But what does this mean for you? Are you in pain? Are you lacking in mobility and it prevents you from doing things you want to do?
Set The Right Kinds Of Goals
Most people set vague goals for themselves but it never seems to pan out the way they want because they weren’t clear on what needed to be done.
👍 Examples of clearly defined goals:
“I want to do a full handstand.”
There is a clear path to doing handstands, and it starts by knowing this is what you want to accomplish.
“I want to get rid of my hip pain from too much sitting.”
This is a very common problem many of us face from being in the seated position too long during the day. The good news is we have created a systematic way you can reduce hip pain from too much sitting.
“I want to eat a serving of fruit and vegetables everyday.”
Here’s another clear goal that is defined and actionable. This is the opposite of saying “I want to eat better” because that has no true meaning or definition.
Take some time to think about what matters most to you. Write it down. We’ll cover how to achieve those goals in Step 3. For now, you must think about the process of making changes.
Step 2: Think In Terms Of Habits And Accountability
You can’t do that handstand if you don’t follow a program to get you there. So you must create the habit of doing the workouts on a regular basis, every single week. We prefer 3 to 4 sessions for best results, but it’s usually better if you can do a little bit every day.
Even if it’s just 15 minutes of work, it will pay off. We have the case studies to prove it.
Habits Are Your Action Steps.
Your habits are closely tied to your motivation. In this case, if you got out of the habit of working out regularly in 2020, you probably feel demotivated as a result. So the first order of things is to reestablish some habits that are good for you.
You might not feel motivated to work out much right now. But recommitting to that habit and sticking to it for a few weeks will blossom into more motivation to keep going on a regular basis. Then it becomes a very strong positive feedback loop to keep going.
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Most people mess up because they try to change everything at once. So we recommend starting small.
With our programs, we encourage you to do something everyday. It doesn’t have to be a full-on training session that takes you 45 minutes. But if you do a little bit every day, even if it’s just some stretching and light movement, you’ll build momentum and be into a solid training habit very quickly.
As you get into the groove, it gets easier and easier, and that’s when the fun starts.
Now, building habits is important as it’s the foundation for creating a solid training habit. But everyone benefits from support and accountability.
We’re Here To Hold You Accountable
Most people go further with a support system than trying to go it alone.
At GMB, we’ve created an amazing community that won’t only cheer you on, but will help and guide you along the way. Got a question? We’ve got answers. You should never feel like you’re all alone (because you’re not).
We approach the process of habit creation and accountability in two ways: Alpha Community and our Eating Skills.
👉 Build Habits With Coaching And Ongoing Support
🤸🏻♂️ Alpha is our online community where you get feedback and support from top GMB trainers and other members just like you.
This is where you can level up your abilities and have a lot of fun doing it. You’ll get access to:
→ Exclusive Courses and Content
→ Personalized Coaching
→ Your Own Personal Cheerleading Squad
If that sounds like fun, Alpha is for you.
🌮 Eating Skills is our unique coaching experience to help you transform your relationship with nutrition. And over the course of 20 weeks, you’ll harness proven strategies for eating in a way that’s healthy for you with less stress and better results.
It’s not about fad diets, or super strict meal plans. We give you the skills to make food work for you, sans the gimmicks.
Now… it’s time to pick your plan.
Step 3: Pick Your Plan And Get Started
By now, you understand your baseline. And you know that setting goals and solidifying your habits are what creates progress.
All of our programs are simple to follow, proven by over 70,000 clients around the world, and they’re accessible to you 24/7, anywhere you want to train.
Over the last year, we spent hundreds of hours completely recreating how our programs are done. We call the new platform Praxis. And that’s where all our programs live. It’s easily accessible from your phone, computer, or tablet.
Most importantly, get started. You can always make adjustments later. But your goal today is to choose a plan below that makes the most sense for you. If you have questions, let us know.
What Do You Relate With The Most?
“I’m Just Getting Started With Working Out”
Do you want to get started with training but aren’t sure what to do? Do you want to build strength, control, and get more flexible? Do you want easy-to-follow instructions for every movement?
If this is you, we’ve got a plan all set up and ready for you to take a look at.
“I Have Experience Training And Want To Improve My Skills”
Do you have some training experience, but would like to get stronger? Do you want to command more control over your body, be more mobile, and do some more challenging stuff, like handstands, pull-ups, and single-legged squats?
Sound like you? We’ve got you covered and we’ll teach you how to do all the hard stuff. 😄
“I’m Athletic And Need Something To Support My Training or Sport”
Do you already work out with weights, do body weight training, practice martial arts, or participate in a sport that requires more coordination, control, and mobility?
If so, we’ve got a plan that will help take your skills and control to the next level.
Beginners: Just Getting Started? Here’s How.
Your main focus is to establish a consistent, yet effective, workout routine. Elements is the best place to start in building this movement practice.
You can do it anywhere, even in the tiniest of spaces. We know because we’ve got the clients to prove it.
In saying that, you must keep this in mind. Moving well will always boil down to the following principles:
- Strength: Being strong with your own body weight in various directions and unusual positions.
- Flexibility: Moving your body through ranges of motion with fewer restrictions always makes daily activities much easier.
- Control: You want to have full command over your body’s ability to move and function the way YOU want to.
If you’re missing out on any of these, you’ll eventually get stuck and frustrated. Thankfully, you’ll get good at all of these in our baseline program, Elements.
I tried the home programs that everybody knows about, and I was just bored to tears. And I tried Crossfit and that was okay, but it took up all my free time.
But I did Elements, and it was the first program I’d ever in my life just gone start to finish. I felt myself getting stronger. My back pain started to go away. My squat got better. The flexibility was coming without me really having to work on it directly. It's magic. The movements are tough, but they don’t feel as tough as they should be for the gains that you get, if that makes sense, because it’s so much more fun.
When my kids are around I say, “Let’s do some exercises.” You can do it no matter who you are, where you are, what your situation is.
Elements will help you build strength using nothing but your body weight, increase your range of motion, and grant you the ability to move how you want.
Plus, we offer 3 types of sessions where you can choose to work out for 15, 30, or 45 minutes at a time. So having time shouldn’t be a problem, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. 😄
After your first 8 weeks of Elements, do it again. Not only will you take note of how much your strength and ability to move well has improved, but you’ll be able to perform harder variations of the movements you once struggled with.
💪🏻 Your Step-By-Step Plan:
We recommend pairing Elements with Eating Skills. While you build up your strength, mobility, and control, you will also gain valuable nutrition principles you can use for life. You should cycle through through Elements twice, which will take you 16 weeks.
After you’ve made it through Elements twice, you can move onto Integral Strength to keep getting stronger, and start working on harder movements like handstands, single-leg squats, and pull-ups.
Also, developing adequate flexibility early on will pay off in dividends as you get stronger. Our Mobility program guides you in a systematic way to get flexible without having to piece together obscure stretching routines from the internet.
That should keep you busy for the next 6 months. In 2021, we’re putting together some new programs for intermediate and more advanced folks, and we’ll be sure to let you know when they’re ready.
Build a Consistent Training Habit With a Foundation in the Basics
With Elements, you’ll build a foundation of strength, flexibility, and control over 8 weeks, setting yourself up for a successful lifetime of staying fit and active.
Intermediates: Keep Building Skills And Making Gains
Since you’re familiar with training and you’re pretty competent with your movement practice, it’s time to kick it up a notch. We want you to keep getting stronger, but also develop your ability to move with fluidity and control.
Our program, Integral Strength is designed to get you proficient at the basic bodyweight movements with minimal equipment. You’ll learn the squat and its variations, push-ups, and pull-ups. But this isn’t just another strength training program.
Integral Strength takes into account that getting strong just to be strong is shortsighted and doesn’t always carry over into other things you want to do. You’ll build power, endurance, and control that will complement any other movement or sport you’re doing.
💪🏻 Your Step-By-Step Plan:
We recommend pairing Integral Strength with Eating Skills. As you make gains, get good at push-ups, and perfect your handstand, you’ll benefit from easy-to-follow nutrition guidelines to fuel your body.
Expanding Your Abilities:
Alongside Integral Strength, we suggest doing our Vitamin course.
This can be done on the days you do Integral Strength, as well as the days where you’re not doing a dedicated training session.
Vitamin is NOT just another workout. It’s a systematic way to explore different movements that allow you to develop more control and ability when moving your body with just 15-30 minutes per session.
And if you want more guidance, coaching, and support, join Alpha.
Integral Strength + Vitamin should keep you focused for the next 4-6 months. In 2021, we’re putting together some new programs for intermediate and more advanced folks, and we’ll be sure to let you know when they’re ready.
Use Skill-Based Training to Build Practical Strength
Integral Strength is a skill-based strength program that helps you build practical skills and strength that carry over into your beloved daily activities.
Athletes: Gain More Control And Fluidity
No matter what you’re doing… lifting weights, cycling, martial arts, or dancing, you’ll likely benefit from more agility, confidence, and control with your movement.
For people like you, we created Mobius. It’s designed to be done alongside your primary training on your days off of heavy exercise, or it can be used as a warm-up to get you ready for hard training sessions.
💪🏻 Your Step-By-Step Plan:
Expanding Your Abilities:
Alongside Mobius, you might want to check out our Mobility program.
If you have any limitations in your flexibility, it will show up in your training. We give you practical methods to increase you flexibility in a systematic way, as opposed to haphazardly stretching whenever you think about it.
As an advanced trainee, you’ll fit in well with our Alpha community.
At this point, people like you will need to pay more attention to the details to keep making progress. In 2021, we’re creating some new programs that you’ll benefit from and we’ll let you know when they’re ready.
Build Agility and Athleticism
Mobius is an 8-week guided program in physical re-education. You’ll develop the kind of dynamic agility that leads to confident grace in virtually any athletic environment.
Things To Consider As We Head Into 2021…
Lockdowns + Too Much Sitting = A Stiff Body
It’s time to address the elephant in the room: Your mobility. If your 2020 was much like most everyone else’s, you spent a ton of time on your butt. So you’re probably stiff in the hips, shoulders, and ankles. And you might have some aches and pains associated with a lack of regular movement.
Now’s the time to lube up those stiff joints.
But where do you start? You could google a ‘stretching routine’ but let’s be honest… stretching is pretty frustrating for most people because you’re either really good at it or you’re not. But being limber isn’t for the select few.
Most everyone will benefit from flexibility training but just telling you to stretch more isn’t that helpful and usually becomes something you try out for a day or two and then forget about until you really need to be flexible.
Flexibility is sort of like AAA. You never know when you’re gonna need that tow truck to pick you up or when your battery dies and you need a replacement roadside. But it’s a damn good benefit to have. Being mobile is a great asset to have. And it’s within your reach with a little effort.
I didn’t really understand how to stretch before or how to breathe while stretching. Grouping of specific areas also helped a lot because I didn’t understand that before either! Also the videos are short and to the point which is great because stretching is boring enough without having to listen to someone talk about it for hours or having to fast forward to the relevant parts. I really liked the format.
Build Flexibility That Actually Helps You Move
GMB Mobility is a guided program that improves your total body mobility. You’ll resolve restrictions so you can finally move and perform your best.
🧘♂️ Don’t Neglect Your Rest And Recovery
You should be good at this point in terms of training for the next 4-6 months or so.
But what are you doing in between sessions? Progress happens in your brain and body while you’re recovering between workouts.
And you can ensure you are recovering well by using our Regulator add-on. Regulator is to be used as quick off-day practices to speed up recovery and avoid injuries.
Consistency Is The Key + More To Come In 2021
2020 sucked. We know how hard it was. But despite the hand of cards we were dealt, we can choose how we play them.
So let’s make 2021 much different.