3 Reasons Exercise Programs Fail & How To Overcome Them

It’s February 1st! A new month…a clean slate…

Did you know that a third of those who make New Year’s Resolutions don’t even make it to the end of January? We need to stay strong and committed as a new month rolls in!

Many people make resolutions to be healthier, work out more, etc. So why do they fall off within a month or two? That’s what I wanted to talk about today AND invite you to participate in a FREE 5 day fitness challenge that starts next week, so we can hold each other accountable and motivate each other. I’ll talk about that more in a bit.

Here are 3 reasons why exercise programs fail, and how to overcome them. + a FREE 5 day fitness challenge to re-ignite your goals and motivation! | http://reach-yourpeak.com

Getting to the gym is a hassle

For many people, in the beginning they’re going to the gym every day, and then it starts to taper off. Why? Because getting to the gym might be a hassle. If you’re going after work, you might have to sit in traffic to get there. If you’re going in the morning, you might opt out because you don’t want to lug your work clothes, towel, shampoo, etc. for the post-workout shower. These small annoyances might start leading to, “I’ll just go tomorrow.” Here are a few ways to get back on track:

  • On days you get out of work late, or you wake up not wanting to drive to the gym, do an at-home workout video. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, it is better than nothing, and you’ll feel great. I love Fitness Blender on YouTube for home workouts.
  • Sign up for fitness classes. I’ve been staying consistent with my morning cycling classes because if I cancel I have to pay $20. When you have a commitment, you’re more apt to go. A second idea is to schedule a workout time with a friend…you can’t bail on your friends!
  • Create your own dumbbell workout routine that you can do at home. I wrote more about creating a full-body routine here.

Gym equipment is confusing

Alright so maybe you get to the gym, but then what? There are so many pieces of equipment, how do you know which to use OR if you’re even using them properly? This overload can cause some to feel intimidated and stop going to the gym all-together. Check out the link above on how to create your own routine. You can also use sites like bodybuilding.com that have a ton of workout plans and show how to do each exercise. My advice is to just stick to dumbbells or kettlebells. You can get a great workout with just those pieces of equipment, and oftentimes a BETTER workout than using a machine.

No accountability

If you’re trying to go at this alone, it will get tough at times. Even though I train with my mom, there are days I dread going to the gym or running. And that is even with a workout partner, so I can’t imagine if I didn’t have her! You need people to hold you accountable. Find someone to go to the gym with or run with a few times a week. Tell yourself you can only do X if you go to the gym that day (watch Netflix, get a manicure…whatever you think will work for you!). It doesn’t necessarily have to be a workout buddy either. Tell people about your goals and ask them to check in with you. When you know that people know what you’re working towards, you’re more apt to actually achieve those goals. Which is why my 5 day fitness challenge is perfect for you if you want accountability…we will all be checking in with each other and supporting each other!

So what will this 5 Day Fitness Challenge entail?

  • Daily 15 min. workout videos by me, sent to you for 5 days so you can work out right at home (and you only need dumbbells)!
  • PDF printables of the workouts in case you want to do it at the gym.
  • Instagram hashtag so you can connect with other challenge members and support each other.


  • PRIZES! One lucky winner will win a PlantFusion prize pack with 1 full-size PlantFusion product of their choice (Thanks PlantFusion!). PlantFusion is a plant-based protein powder (which I love) that is perfect for smoothies and post-workout recovery shakes.

So here are the quick details:

WHEN: Feb. 8 – Feb 14

HOW DO I SIGN UP: Click below and enter your email to sign up. I will send you all the details before Feb. 8 so you’re ready to hit the ground running!

Leave a comment below and let me know if you signed up! :)
What do you think is a reason many people “fall off the resolution wagon” come Feb. or March?
What steps do you take to make sure you stay strong and committed?


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  1. What a great idea! Sharing for sure :)

  2. Here in Miami, we have our marathon at the end of January. So in February everyone falls off the wagon because its as if the entire city is recovering. However, we do have amazing weather now, so people tend to get out again rather quickly. We’ve got to enjoy it before suffocating heat gets us starting May.
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  3. I was busy with other things in January so my workouts were put on the back burner… but a new month… and I am raring to go! Have fun with your challenge.
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  4. Accountability is a huge factor in determining whether or not a fitness routine will be successful. That’s the main reason why I like sharing my workouts on social media and blogging about my training.

  5. Accountability is huge and knowing my friends are waiting for me out there gets my butt there! Challenges are fun good luck!
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  6. I think people start to lose steam – fitness isn’t an easy fix with immediately tangible results, and I think it can be discouraging.

    I’m pretty good at self-motivating, so I can usually stick with my training plans. I may slack on my pace a little or phone in some weights, but I make sure it gets done, one way or the other.
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  7. I think your plan is a great idea! I’m self motivated, but so many people aren’t–it would be great to have something to keep accountable!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Big Sur Marathon Training–Week 0My Profile

  8. These are so true! I think so many folks don’t know where to start and it can be so intimidating to walk in somewhere and pretend like you know what you’re doing. This program looks great!
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  9. This is so very true! And I love that you have an alternate program that works for everyone!
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  10. Great challenge! It’s so easy to not exercise but once you have developed a solids routine it’s so hard to not exercise. I would join your challenge but I am on a routine for my injury
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