Outside The Box

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. And it’s not because I don’t have a lot to say (we all know I’m an opinionated chatterbox) it’s simply because, well, motherhood is busy!

Last week I went back to work (only part time) and it’s been both rewarding and exhausting. First and foremost, I forgot how much I love teaching/training! I forgot how energized I get from all my clients, from watching everyone succeed and simply from guiding them to be awesome. It was truly nice to see everyone 🙂

That said, getting everything ready, training back to back for 7 hours and having all programs organized is a bit more tiring than I remember (or maybe it’s because I have a wee one that needs constant attention?!)

Regardless, I am beyond happy to be back… but definitely busy.

But now onto this blog…

When was the last time you truly challenged yourself? Took a step outside your comfort zone? Tried something new?

If you have every trained with me, you know that I will make you do some (okay maybe a lot) of things that are not exactly in your day to day activities. I will frequently ask you to push yourself, challenge yourself and take pride in all your abilities.

Be your own superstar!

I want you to be your own superstar!

Kickboxing is something I have wanted to try for a few years now. But the truth of the matter is, I have never had enough courage. Yep, you read that right. I am utterly cocky but a definite wimp when it came to this particular goal.

Why?

 

  1. I suck at cardio. Seriously, I get all breathless and want to lay on the floor after like thirty seconds of skipping.. how embarrassing would that be?!
  2. I don’t like to be told what to do. We all know this is true. I suck at taking classes because I am critical, judgy and only want to do things my way
  3. I don’t make friends easily (which is plain hilarious based on my career choice!)
  4. I was scared of failing. True story, I had this idea in my mind that I would be the weakest, most pathetic person in class

 

But I sucked it up and went. After spending like two months scoping out exactly where I wanted to make a fool of myself, I chose to give Femme Force Fitness a try. Why this particular place? Well first off, it’s an all female facility- not sure why but this was somewhat comforting. And second, because an old friend did a hell of a job promoting the workouts on FB.

femme force

The second I walked into the studio, I fell in love it. God it looked like a playground just for me!

Set in a mechanic type garage, the cement walls are plastered with inspirational, colorful graffiti. It has green turf (for all my bouncing needs) but the best part: hanging bags, tires, sledge hammers, ropes, walls and toys toys toys. I wanted to bounce around like an idiot playing with everything! Then I remembered I was there to make a fool of myself and I entered quietly.

So long story short: I truly enjoy this class. And here’s why:

There’s no stereotype in this class and I love it. There are females of all shapes, sizes, fitness levels and ages. You can take most of the class at your own pace. Meaning, if I’m dying and stop to catch my breath, no one badgers me to “keep pushing”,  “do better” or make me feel like I’m not doing enough. All the girls are positive, helpful and just plain friendly. I wish I could describe the atmosphere but I can’t. For such an intense class (of kicking, punching, skipping and playing) it is insanely welcoming.

acceptance-road-sign

The owner, Emma O’Connor is nothing short of a badass. I watch in awe when she demos because she is just so freaking fluid in her movements (do I look like this when I demo pole? Is it simply years of practised movements?). But though she could quite easily kick ass she instead chooses to bring positivity, inspiration and acceptance to her students. Instead of turning the atmosphere into one of a  hardcore facility and teaching to annihilate. She instead teaches from a point of defense, fitness and confidence. She wants females to be inspired, in control and above all: have some self love.

 

love

As for fearing I’d be the worst in the class? Far from it. Not because I’m the best, but because there is no “worst”. Every female in the class has different strengths and weaknesses. And everyone there is just doing their best and absolutely rocking it. The atmosphere is simply so positive even when you have an “off day” you still feel amazing.

So I did it. I stepped out of  my comfort zone and it has been unbelievably rewarding. I get breathless, sweaty and push myself in ways I just won’t at home.

Oh, and the body composition results haven’t hurt me either 😛

doubtThe thing is, sometimes stepping out of your comfort area sucks. It’s scary, overwhelming and your mind tends to jump to worst case scenarios. But it can also be rewarding and exhilarating.

 

Besides, you never know if you don’t try 😉