modification

wall-sit-with-breakAs I was walking towards my spinning class I noticed a lady doing a wall sit and, of course, I had to say hello to her. Here is a brief synopsis of our conversation:

Me: It’s amazing how such a simple move can seem so difficult, isn’t it?

Ms. Linda: This is my modification during the strength training class. Due to past injuries, I’ve found that doing squats hurts but doing a wall sit doesn’t. I’ve been here almost 2 minutes.

Me: I think you’re wise in that you’ve learned how to modify your workouts to prevent future injuries.

6151434579_c491e9b6bd_zMs. Linda: At my age, I’ve had to modify quite a bit. I’ve always been active but there are things that I can’t do at 74 that  I could do in my youth.

Ms. Linda went on to tell me that she participates in the strength classes, the Tabata classes, the RAW classes, and sometimes even goes to Boot Camp! She also told me that she teaches water aerobics two or three times a week.

And then, together, we walked to our spinning class.

I’m sharing this conversation with you because she’s learned the secret to continued fitness and that is modification! So many people say that they can’t go to a class, do a certain workout, or even go on a bike ride because they can’t keep up. Ms. Linda would tell you that is ridiculous and that you should stop comparing yourself to other people and get out and do what you can to the best of your ability.

Like Ms. Linda or myself, you may not be able to do everything your instructor can do. You may not be able to run as fast or as long as the person on the next treadmill. And you may not be able to shake your booty like the Zumba instructor. But please don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do!

Now, go out there and find something that you can do!

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 2:12 

Please be sure to let me know if this post encourages you…….

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Spinning Class

On Saturday, April 12th, I’ll be asking the ladies of the Stronghold to step out of their comfort zones and into a cross-fit type class. To remind myself of what it feels like to leave your comfort zone, I decided to take the classes offered at the local gym here in PCB.

On Monday I went to a BodyPump class, on Tuesday a RPM/Spinning class, and today I took a class called Butts & Guts.  Entering a new class and knowing no one who was there was a little tough but these southern, Israeli, and Ukrainian ladies made it easier by helping me gather the necessary items needed for each class. And everyone of them told me that I should do my best  and not worry about what everyone else is doing.  As one lady said – we all start somewhere!

And that’s what I want to share with you. Each and everyone who attends this class will start where they’re at. There will be times that you are uncomfortable and times when you feel as if you know what’s going on. There will be exercises that you feel that you absolutely cannot do right now but know that you will grow into them!

The only thing I ask from you in these classes are that you don’t cheat yourself. During each class give all that you have with the understanding that as you gain strength, endurance, and flexibility you’ll do better and better with each class.

Remember, you’re starting at your own personal somewhere! I’ll see you at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 12th for our first class!

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