ATLANTA, Ga. - Ted Colson is serious about fitness. Really serious.
"I wanted to help people get healthy,” Colson says. “That's why I chose training. I love training."
Colson's Monday morning class at the Atlanta Sports Complex is full of women who are serious about getting in shape, too. Felisa Hill has been sweating it out for two months now, and at first, she admits, it was rough.
"The first day is challenging,” Hill says. “But after that, once you start coming on a consistent basis, everything starts to get easier for you."
Colson says that's it: consistency. If you want to get in shape, you have to show up and get started. Today.
"A lot of people put it off until the next week,” he says. “They say, ‘I'm going to do it next week.’ Don't wait until next week. Or the 1st, start now."
And when you do jump in, he says, it’s going to hurt.
“The first few days, you're going to feel dizzy,” he says. “You're going to be tired all the time. You're going to feel like you have to throw up. But you've got to keep pushing through it."
Drinking plenty of water helps. Colson recommends 6-8 bottles a day to keep your body hydrated. You don't want to wait until you're thirsty to start drinking. And he encourages clients to eat smaller meals every 2-3 hours for energy, and make sleep a priority, to give their bodies time to rest between workouts.
"The best thing to do is try to stay consistent.” Colson says. “Stay on a schedule. Make sure you stay on a schedule."
If you're busy -- and we're all busy -- you have to make the time to work out. Colson recommends getting in a morning workout, so the rest of the day will be yours.
" A lot of time, people go to work in the morning and then try to work out at night time, and you don't have all your energy. So, you really don't want to come to the gym,” he says.
To help you visual your goals, Colson says write them down. And, he says, no matter how fit everyone seems to be around you, resist the urge to compare yourself to everyone else.
"Don't look at everybody else's body,” he says. "When you're trying to start something new, just worry about yourself."
Change takes time. But, stick with it, and you will get stronger.
"Like after about 2-3 weeks, you start seeing results, you'll get addicted to it,” Colson says. “You'll start loving it. You always want to come to the gym, you are always thinking about the gym. After about 3 weeks of being consistent."
If you have a setback, soldier on. No excuses.
"If you have a bad day, don't worry about it,” Colson says. “That was yesterday. Come back again. Just go harder."