How to Revitalize Your Workout
By Lara McGlashan
Gave up on the gym already? Maybe it's your workout. Maybe it's your
mind-set. Either way, let us get you started again — with a program you'll
Can you imagine what it would be like to get to the gym every day — or even
three times a week — like you said you would? Neither could these former
wannabe hard-bodies. We challenged them to break their workout inertia: Could
they develop a gym habit with some goal-setting, a good program, and a little
introspection? We had personal trainer Johanna Subotovsky of Equinox Fitness
give each woman a cardio and resistance-training program to follow on her own.
See who fell in love with her workout, who's still searching, and how each one
can inspire you.
"I Lost My Motivation" —Kristine, 27, graphic designer
Before: 0 workouts per week
"Three years ago, I worked at a gym and was in the best shape of my life.
But my job and relationship took priority, and in the past two years, I have
gone up three dress sizes and can't go up a flight of stairs without being
Her "Aha" Moments
If you keep waiting for tomorrow, it's never gonna happen. "I
discovered I've been making lots of excuses about why I can't work out. I just
had to break the cycle and do it. I'm not a morning person, and it's especially
hard to get out of bed because my room is cold in the morning. I told myself
that I'd been given an opportunity by participating in this article, so I
forced myself to get up. Later, I was saying to myself, 'Thank God I went.' I'm
really proud I didn't let myself down."
Being accountable is crucial. "I'm not motivated to do things by
myself, so I had a workout party with my boyfriend, some other friends, and
personal trainer Jennifer Cassetta. She taught us martial arts moves — we even
held up pads for each other to kick. It reminded me how much I liked martial
arts when I was younger. Toward the end, we were trying to keep up with her,
and we were all dying, but we made it through! Then we had tea and chatted. I
loved it. Plus, my boyfriend was ready to collapse at the end of it, and it
made him realize how out-of-shape he is, so we're making a resolution to get
healthy together. It's impossible to get someone to work out if they're not
motivated to do it, but it's easy to invite someone to do something active with
After: 3 workouts per week
"I kept up the routine, even though one of the weeks involved lots of hours
at work. Next, I'm going to join a dance studio with my friends and take
hip-hop classes (I'll be more likely to stick to a program if I have someone to
work out with). I'm considering martial arts classes, too."