Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen so many of you emerge for that magical room for the first time … all with a similar cocktail of feelings: accomplishment and pride, sprinkled with a dash of disbelief… like … I just did that? Can I talk about my first time?
The first time I did a Fly Feet workout, I didn’t know what to expect. It was a little bit scary. I wasn’t sure how to manage it. I didn’t know what my body was going to do. And, the most surprising (and important) thing for me was that I didn’t know what I was capable of. I have been working out my entire life – running, yoga, strength, spinning, high intensity intervals, I do it all. But this was different. Aaron pushed me to a place I hadn’t been before. Or at least I thought it was him … but I’ve learned that it was actually me. And that matters for so many reasons. Confidence. Accomplishment. Drive. And the desire to continue chasing living a healthier life.
I’ve also learned a few tricks to manage the workout in a way where I get the best out of it every time. Here they are...
1. Break it up into bite size chucks.
I get my head around the next 15 seconds and then let myself check back in to determine where I am. It helps me push myself further, but gives me a chance to adjust if I need to. I do the same thing in life, by the way. Long term vision in sight, but knock out mini milestones along the way to get there. If you do that, anything is possible!
2. Go hard early.
That’s the key. In order to truly get the stimulus, you have to get yourself to the point of failure… that place where you can’t hang on and you have to stop or slow down. That means … YOU DID IT! That’s where you drive change. So, I just go for it. Every time. And each time is a little bit slower, but that’s ok. Over time, my “slower” is getting faster.
3. Write it down.
We write it down because it makes it tangible. It’s also what pushes us to do more. (Also true in life.) I am always chasing down my last effort. That’s why we say – “you still sweat for you, but it’s more fun with us”.
4. Tune out.
I let the music carry me to a different place. I think about how grateful I am for my family and all of the opportunities we have in our lives. I get inspired and just let it rip.
5. Sometimes I just swear.
If you’ve done a workout with me, you know that I’m not the quietest one in the room. I can’t help myself. I’m so inspired by our coaches and our collective group that brings it every. single. time. And sometimes, after that crushing interval, I just let it out. It helps. Try it!