Annual Gym Memberships Sale – Sunday Jan 29th
The Upper Limits Annual Gym Memberships Sale is getting close! And just in time to help you with that New Year’s resolution for 2017. There are a number of significant discounts available to you and your family members when you sign up on Sunday, January 29th.
You can purchase online from 10:00 AM – 11:59 PM or in one of the gyms between 10:00AM – 6:00 PM.
In addition to unlimited rock climbing, here’s why YOU should join Upper Limits:
Cross training fitness facility access
15% off pro shop
Discounts on classes, passes, and events
Save with our local business partners
Wacky Walls Discount (Gold/Chesterfield Only)
New Year’s Resolutions
A membership at Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym can do so much for you as you strive for new goals in 2017. Here are some tips for keeping your resolutions and goals in focus this year. The desire for self-improvement is definitely a shared hobby in America. Estimates say as many as 40% of people make a New Year’s resolution each year.
Many resolutions revolve around education or general self-improvement, money, and relationships. Of course, there are a great number that center around weight loss and getting into shape. In fact “Lose Weight” is the most common resolution of all, with 38% of all resolutions focused on trimming down. “Staying Fit and Healthy” is also high on the list, as the 5th most common resolution made each year. But few people (just 8% according to the University of Scranton), make good on their resolutions each year.
That’s a daunting number. But the first thing to focus on is that YOU are in control of your resolutions, and if you achieve them. So you have that power within you. And with dedication and work, there is no reason why YOU can’t be part of this 8%. Think about it, those 8 out of 100 must come from someplace, right? (A helpful, positive, can-do attitude is one thing you’ll notice right away at our gyms!)
When you have exhilarating, interesting and unique workouts, it becomes far easier to hold yourself accountable to your fitness goals.
And realize that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. So you are far more likely to attain goals if you make resolutions – and these aren’t pass or fail exams here either. If your goal is to lose 25 pounds and you “only” lose 15, you have still made huge strides and positive contributions to your life. You’ve proven your commitment and learned more about yourself, and are that much closer to your end goal when the next commitment or resolution comes around.
Always New Challenges
This idea that your goals are always a moving target goes to the core of indoor rock climbing here at the gym, especially as you are just starting out. As you progress in skills, there are always bigger challenges that await. We have routes that even the experts will be challenged on every time they come to visit us.
You should also remember that contrary to some popular belief, the goal isn’t always to reach the top. Some routes you may have to try a good number of times before you can solve it and get to the summit, and you absolutely, certainly didn’t “fail” each time you didn’t get there! You are learning about climbing, growing your stamina and endurance, and perfecting your technique every time you hit the walls here at Upper Limits. You’ll see that even the most seasoned experts have to work through a difficult problem multiple times until they get it right, or they reach the summit but believe there was an easier way to do so, so they try that method.
Every climb you make is going to be different than your others in some way when you are here (or head outdoors). So the best way to prepare yourself is to try as many differing climbs as you can here at Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym. And this applies no matter what skill level you are!
Also, there is no absolute rule as the when your resolution has to begin, this is a very subjective and personal thing we are talking about here.
A challenge of “working out twice per week” or “losing 15 pounds” can just as easily begin on January 29th when you can get gym memberships at Upper Limits at a discounted rate, as it can on January 1st.
So, what are the things you can do to make sure you follow through with your resolutions this time around? The first step is to Keep it Simple. Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to make large bucket lists or attempt extreme makeovers, either personal or professional.
That’s a nice aspiration—but the average person has so many different priorities pulling them in so many directions that trying to accomplish everything all at once is doomed to failure. Basically, shooting for the moon can be so psychologically daunting, you don’t launch in the first place.
One way to ensure failure and fall short of your goal is to create one which is unattainable. For an example, telling yourself that you will NEVER eat your favorite food again sets you up to fail. Instead, pursue goals you can reach, such as avoiding those foods more than before. When you are making a commitment to adding more exercise and general activity to your life – here at the gym, and in other ways too – find an attainable goal that’s right for you.
So keep your resolution list short instead, because laundry lists are far easier to abandon. And psychologists say that it’s better to set smaller, more attainable goals throughout the year, as opposed to one singular one.
One reason is simple, you get to celebrate more “wins” as the year progresses, which keeps you on track. And you should remember it isn’t really the extent of the change that matters most, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.
Make it Tangible
Setting ambitious resolutions can be fun and inspiring, but the difficulty in achieving them means that your elation can quickly give way to frustration. That’s why goals should be bounded by rational, achievable metrics.
A resolution to lose some weight is not that easy to follow. It is much easier to follow a plan that says no potato chips, fries, or ice cream for six weeks. Or maybe walk the dog every weekday morning, or come to Upper Limits on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those are specific goals you can monitor easily and know if you achieved them.
When you say you’re “going to start going to the gym in 2017”, what exactly does that mean? Once again, without being specific, you won’t know if you’ve achieved your goal. Vague goals create vague resolutions, which are difficult if not impossible to follow or achieve.
You’ve Set Simple, Tangible Goals. Now What?
After setting attainable, measurable goals, the next step is to Outline Your Plan, and decide how you will overcome the temptation to skip that climbing class or workout session here at the gym, or have that larger piece of apple pie.
Maybe you call on a friend for help (and they can do the same with you), to give you that spark of motivation that might be missing. Knowing that someone else is at the gym and counting on you to show up is a biggie!
This also accomplishes another goal, which is not keeping your resolution a secret. It’s a lot easier to go back on your word if nobody knows it but you! But if you are among family and friends who know your goal is better health and a stronger, more capable body and mind – and they don’t ever see you going to the gym, this is going to start to raise questions to everyone. You are being held accountable, which is a key for having motivation for yourself long term.
Take some time visualizing a future you, looking back on the person you are today. Will they be happy with the decisions you are making or be disappointed? This positive visualization and the power of the self talk that you have within yourself can be key to long-term success. Now there are some people who will refer to almost magical things happening if you just focus on them enough. We don’t share that view! But focusing on what you want – like the opportunity to have one of the most interesting workouts possible, meet new people and have a unique activity and sport to learn – this makes you more aware of opportunities to accomplish your goal than you otherwise might have been.
Or perhaps it gives you a positive attitude about an occurrence other than what could have been a negative one. (Everything in our lives is about perception!) Reminding yourself how your decisions you are making right now will affect your overall goal is an important pathway to sustained motivation.
It is worth noting once again, especially considering how many people start with the goal of either losing weight or getting healthier in general, that it is demoralizing to set a goal too high and come to the realization slowly over time that you are going to fall short.
Challenge yourself, go a bit outside your comfort zone, but stay close enough that you are setting goals that you can realistically accomplish as well. This is how you affect meaningful, positive change in your life, making it your mission to improve and get better every single day, to achieve the maximum potential that is uniquely your own! As one of the best fitness centers in St. Louis and the surrounding area, we look forward to seeing you at our Downtown, Maryland Heights and new Chesterfield gym locations to accomplish this.
A good strategy to stay on track once you’ve set attainable goals and created a plan to keep you on track, there is one more portion of that second component that you need to include, which is Reward Yourself.
This doesn’t mean eating a tray of cupcakes if your resolution is to eat a healthier diet! So don’t ever pick a reward that contradicts your resolution itself. But perhaps you reward yourself with new workout clothing after you’ve gone 90 days following your plan. In another 90 days you’ll buy a piece of climbing equipment you want, new shoes, outdoor gear, or so many other things you can look forward to that support your original goals.
Track Your Progress
So short-term goals can be easier to keep, but they add up to big changes long-term. Each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, just target losing the first five. And do NOT stress out on the occasional slipup, it happens to the best of us! Just take the knowledge you learned from that experience and start right back on track headed towards your destination.
It takes 3 -10 weeks for any new activity to become a habit according to research, and up to 6 months to become a true part of our personality. So be patient and persistent, It won’t happen overnight! If you’ve run out of steam in keeping your resolution by February, don’t give up. Not at all. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours, right? You can make a single trip to the gym, right? The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track.
Indoor Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a sport that you will never tire of, with exciting new challenges to face every month you are a member here. It builds strength, teamwork and self-confidence, and provides the type of unique experience that the people who couldn’t stand the idea of lifting weights endlessly can really enjoy.
And there is no better time to sign up than now! You can get special pricing for any of our three area gyms, or a Gold membership for just $20 more that gives you access to all three! (And you want to check out our new workout center in Chesterfield, trust me!) Adding family members to your plan at discounted rates is also easy.
Our Wacky Walls section in our brand new climbing gym in Chesterfield features themes just for kids, like dinosaur bones, a beanstalk, a side-by-side race and many more. This makes our Wacky Walls indoor gym one of the best birthday party locations in St. Louis
(314) 991-2516 to learn more about our gym and to come by to check out Wacky Walls or any other part of our Chesterfield, Maryland Heights and Downtown St. Louis gyms.