Yesterday morning, at the end of class at Uplift, the instructor, Rachel came up to me as I was wiping down my mat and putting my equipment away.
“I love how you just put your all into every workout,” she said.
Annie said something similar at the end of the CityRow class I took.
“Thank you!” I said, caught a little off guard. A few years ago, when group fitness was new to me, I slunk to the back of any class I took, unsure of myself, my body and my abilities.
While I’m back at feeling somewhat uncomfortable with my body, I’m more sure of myself and my abilities. I’m also sure of my strength and grit. I’ve fought my way through 4 marathons? I can fight my way through another tabata. I can fight my way through another few reps of my bicep quivering as I attempt a heavier weight.
I equally love and hate the tabatas. Twenty seconds doesn’t sound that long, but when it’s at all-out intensity, it’s a freaking eternity. But I still love pushing through them. It took me a while to get to the point in working out where I stopped caring how I looked after working hard. Now, I wear it like a freaking badge of honor.
I usually go to the 6:30am Uplift classes, and the instructors usually say something like “Think about why you’re here. You got up to come to this class, so make it worth it!”
I’ve always worked hard in my Uplift classes, but the Strengthen Up(lift) Challenge I’m doing with them really has me cognizant of working harder. Not getting comfortable with the 10 pound weights, and reaching for the 12s and 15s. Squatting deeper, lunging lower, tabata-ing harder.
Any time I catch myself wanting to slack, thinking the instructor is correcting someone else, I catch myself. I’m only cheating myself and future results. I spent seven years half-assing it at the gym; now I give it my all.
Or…in a few days. I’m sick AGAIN, which I’m really frustrated with. I had strep at the beginning of the month, and now I have sinusitis. I work hard at trying to stay healthy, and this is what my body gives me in return? Being sick twice in one month? Fail.
I’m currently giving my all to getting better, so that I don’t get sick AGAIN, but I’m still doing things like some push-ups and planks around my apartment.
Do you give it your all in your workouts?Â