The best thing about the world of fitness is that it is comprised of numerous individuals from all walks of life who are continuously encouraging, motivating, and supporting one another throughout all of their fitness trials and tribulations. Sometimes it takes that small push from someone else to really fuel the fire within you to go a little harder and achieve a bit more.
One memorable “push” that I will never forget was during a Les Mills Body Pump training. Prior to deciding I wanted to get certified to become a Body Pump instructor, I had only taken Body Pump classes at my gym for about two months. I knew that becoming an instructor was going to be a challenge, but I loved the class and wanted to become a part of the Les Mills movement. Little did I know that I was not only learning the skills to teach properly, but I was also being put through a grueling fitness challenge to test my stamina and strength in order to be fit enough to become an instructor.
The Les Mills fitness challenge required participants to complete sets of moves with 50-75% more weight on their bar than they typically would do. If your bar didn’t have enough weight, you better believe a trainer would come and put more plates on your bar. Sure enough, a trainer came to me after I thought I had enough weight on my bar. She looked me in the eyes and said, “Add a few plates, you can do it”. I did as I was told and struggled through each and every rep. The trainer stayed by my side and got in my face with motivation when I needed the most drive. By the end, sweat was pouring from my face and I was completely out of breath, but I did it!! I pressed the most weight I had ever done in a class.
The moral of my story is: you truly are stronger than you think you are. I definitely proved myself wrong and learned to never be afraid to test my limits and step outside of my comfort zone. You transform when you believe you can do something, then follow through and prove to yourself that you really can do it. All it takes is the right mindset and that little voice inside saying, “Yes, I can”. So my challenge to you is this; whenever you lack the motivation to complete a set or one more mile, don’t always feel the need to seek support from others. Tell yourself that you are an athlete. Tell yourself that you are strong. The challenge is between you and the mind. Don’t let the mind win. Feed it with inspiring words, and the body will only know to follow.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013