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How Do I Start an Exercise Program?


Reader Question: How Do I Start an Exercise Program?

The biggest challenge may be changing your lifestyle.

By Elizabeth Quinn

"I’d like to start an exercise program, but where do I begin?"

Making the personal decision to begin exercise is the first step. Committing to making it a priority in your life is the next.

Often, the biggest challenge you will face is changing your lifestyle. Many of us have created bad habits over the years and changing these habits requires a committed effort to consciously recognize and alter some of these patterns. Ultimately, you need to change both your internal beliefs and your external environment to step up for success.

It takes time to develop new habits, so a positive, forgiving attitude is essential. You will not become an athlete overnight, but by slowly changing your internal dialogue and external situation, you will find a new lifestyle that encourages fitness.

Begin by checking with your doctor to ensure that you can safely exercise without restrictions. Once you have the OK, surround yourself with supportive people and role models. Having a support system is crucial in starting a workout program. Accountability and motivation are very important to success. Ask those who are active how they’ve set up their lifestyle to support activity. You will learn a lot from those who are doing what you want to do.

You might also consider several sessions with a qualified personal trainer to learn what to do to reach your fitness goals. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to stay active. Find something that works for you, whether it’s riding your bike to work, walking after dinner, joining a sports league, exercising while watching TV or training for a marathon. There are so many options and, sometimes, we don’t realize how life provides many opportunities to be active – we just have to recognize them.

Physical health is often the last item on the daily agenda in trying to balance school, jobs, relationships and all of the other demands of your daily life. However, if you make physical fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle a priority, you will find more energy and enthusiasm for the other areas of your life.

Ideally, your exercise routine should be goal-oriented, especially for those who are starting an exercise routine for the first time. Your goal must be realistic relative to your starting point, and measurable in a way that you will see your progress.

At Rapid Fitness, we offer each member a complimentary Fitness Evaluation. It’s an hour-long session that is geared on finding out how we can help you reach your goals, getting you past that dreaded "plateau" and on to looking and feeling the best you ever have felt.

We have structured personal training guidelines to keep track of your progress to make sure we are maximizing your time here. When starting off, it can be overwhelming, but with the help of our great staff, personal trainers, and guided Group Fitness classes, we are designed to help everyone at every level.

Whether you are a new or existing member, we are always here to help!

New Downtown Location


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We are pleased and excited to announce that we are nearing the completion of securing an all new, state of the art downtown location.  We have signed the letter of intent, which means we have signed our portion of the lease and construction will begin soon.  Additional information regarding address, amenities and presale information will be released next week.

Letter To Our Members


September 22, 2011


Valued Member,

Over the course of the last few months we have been making improvements at both of our locations.  Some improvements you have already seen and other portions have been done “behind the scenes.”  I wanted to take the time to share what has been going on per the requests of you, the member.

At Glenwood, we have focused on bringing in amenities that you requested.  You have probably seen renovations happening throughout the facility as well.  The following are just some of the improvements that have been made:

  • Repainted many of the walls within the gym
  • Replaced the roof of the building
  • Added all new ceiling tiles
  • Professionally cleaned all carpeted areas
  • Repainted front walk way
  • Upgraded boxing facility
  • Added TRX and Cross Training center
  • Added cardio, ab equipment and RPM bikes

At our North Ridge facility we focused on adding to your weight training and cardio equipment and renovating the wet area.  Here is a brief synopsis of what we have accomplished:

  • Added Hammer Strength line to our weight training floor
  • Added more cardio equipment and RPM bikes
  • Added stand up tanning bed
  • Completed a $15,000 renovation to the pool and hot tub
    • Re-plastered pool and hot tub
    • Added a brand new filtration system
    • Replaced all hot tub and pool jets
    • Coming in October we will be painting most of the facilities walls as well

Lastly, one of the biggest suggestions that we received was regarding group fitness.  We have tallied the times and classes that people are looking for and 20+ monthly classes will be added to both Glenwood and North Ridge in October and November (all classes are still included in your membership).  This, along with hot yoga, MMA and the women’s only center, gives you the largest diversified amenities to choose from in the state of North Carolina. 

We believe in the motto “You ask, we deliver.”  These are just some of the improvements that we have made to support our motto and our mission to bring you the highest quality facility and best amenities in Raleigh.  In a time where we often hear complaints from former members  of other “low cost gyms” (who have now joined Rapid Fitness) not fixing equipment, cutting back on classes and not improving their facilities, we are investing into our amenities to keep you motivated and help you reach your fitness goals.  We look forward to continuing to do this in the future.  Keep the suggestions coming!



Michael Rattenni


Rapid Fitness

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