all the excitement and hope of the new year — setting new goals, changing your mindset and chasing your dream of a perfect body — unfortunately comes with a big, fat asterisk. That’s because when it comes to fitness resolutions, the statistics predict failure, and a whopping 54 percent of those who make a resolution give it up by June, if not earlier, according research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Other sources put the dropout rate for fitness resolutions as high as 80 percent and as early as February!

Our aim, then, is to prevent you from becoming part of the statistical majority. Here’s how to start right, stick to it and have a blast in the process.

First Impressions

The most common problem for resolutioners is adopting a program that is overly ambitious and pushes you too far, too fast. In keeping with our “Start Where You Are” issue theme, this three-week plan is ideal for anyone, whether you’re a beginner who has never touched a weight before or someone who has been training for years.

“The first three weeks of a program are critical to your success,” says Angelo Grinceri, FAFS, creator of this program and author of (Dragon Door Publications, 2016). “By progressing from foundational moves to more advanced versions, you’ll get instant feedback from your body as you get stronger and more fit. That’s a self-reinforcing loop that’ll keep you going instead of following a static program that can cause people to give up too soon.”

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