In the moment, it’s easy to get caught up, to feel self-conscious, to feel weak, unfit, or behind everyone else. But the truth is, we are all on a journey of life, love, career and yes, even fitness. And with all things in life, it’s easy to fall into the comparison trap if you aren’t careful.
This was what I loved about GPP at Blend. They’re believers in pushing yourself while staying within your own bodies abilities. And since coming home from Blend, it’s clear I’m continuing to love their workouts, but let’s be clear – they aren’t easy. And in fact, they require me to stay very in tune to my body’s needs, whether that being able to push harder, modify an exercise or quite simply, stop.
And that’s what I did on Saturday – I stopped.
When I got to the gym Saturday morning, I was feeling confident. The workout looked challenging but not terrible and I even thought I’d tack some additional cardio when I finished. HA!
Someone was using (all of) the boxes so I started walking the track to warm up and then hopped onto the stationary bike for 15 minutes waiting for him to finish. When he was done, I grabbed the shortest box and a 15lb kettle bell and got to work. I was immediately put into place – this was not going to be easy. In that moment I vowed to listen to my body, to put my ego aside and do what I needed to, even if that meant stopping early. You could say I gave in too early but I would disagree with you.
I made it through 6 of the 10 rounds, finishing after my 15 reps set (still 100+ reps). I finished feeling strong but tired. I finished when my body knew it needed to stop. I finished with a 10 minute walk around the track (as I wrote this post). 😉
We have to know our limits. We have to know our boundaries. And we have to know its okay to stop when our bodies tell us to. (Right, Amanda?)