Over the past few months, I’ve heard a few of our members discussing the intensity of some of our classes as an excuse not to try something new.  Examples being, “I can’t do Bootcamp, it’s too intense for me,” or “I can’t hold even hold the plank in TRX, it’s too difficult.”  I feel like I’ve spoken this little rant enough that it’s about time I put it out for the world.

That’s too intense for me!

Hopefully, this won’t come as a big surprise to many of you, but YOU choose the intensity of your workout every time. Yes, that’s right, YOU, not the instructor, your workout buddy, or even that DVD you’re following when you don’t feel like going to class.   In class, we’ll encourage you to go faster, harder, or heavier to make sure you are pushing yourself to your full potential and getting the most out of the class.  Unless you’re a master of deception, we can usually tell when you’re taking it easy instead of trying to push yourself to the next level.  Many of our classes have a broad range of participants from dead beginner to advanced and we want everyone to leave feeling like they worked as hard as they were able to.   Don’t feel like you need to be performing the hardest version of a move or picking up the heaviest weight… listen to your body and work within your limits.  I’ll never forget the day one of our members flipped me the middle finger when I asked her to step it up.  You don’t have to listen when we offer harder suggestions...but usually when we offer a regression, it’s because your form is suffering and you will do more harm than good.

Seriously?  You want me to do what?

When we opened our doors a year ago and started teaching classes that weren’t offered anywhere else in the city, we started asking participants to do exercises that were way out of their comfort zone.  We worked our little army of members from the ground up and they’ve conquered exercises that seemed impossible and are still looking to blow their minds with harder exercises every now and again. 

Think you are going to pull off a super-advanced exercise your first time trying it? Not likely.  The solution is simply regressions and practice. If you can’t hold the TRX plank, kick your feet out and do a normal plank. Can’t do that? Drop to your knees. Can’t snake the Battle Ropes? Start with one rope. For every move there is an adjustment you can make to help perform an exercise to your level.

Practice is the other one. Keep trying. Go home and practice the plank every evening. Hold it for as long as you safely can.

But I don’t want to look like the weakest person in the class

I hear your cry. What I think our studio really excels at is providing a sociable, egoless atmosphere. Everyone checks it at the door, and our members actually encourage each other throughout the class.

Do you think someone wakes up one morning and thinks to themselves, “Wow, how funny it was that she couldn’t do that exercise last week.” Exactly. Nobody! People don’t care or notice as much as you think; they’re concentrating on their own workout.

Bear in mind, the only difference between a beginner and a more advanced person is that the advanced person has learned the basics. Replace all this “I can’t” negative mindset and instead, at least say, “I’ll try!” You’ll be performing TRX Atomic Push-Ups and the Battling Ropes in no time!


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