As a fitness professional, it’s easy to get caught up in the workouts of others and go with the motions of fitting in any workout [let alone any one in particular] between lots of classes.
I know there’s a balance, I know I need to take more time for myself, but I also know I have a NICHE. I have a NEW comfort zone with my training – body weight resistance and high intensity interval training. DUH.
I’ve been doing Insanity since 2010 and it’s always been a GAMECHANGER along my journey – I pushed myself mentally through workouts I never felt possible AND I increased my progress and was able to do exercises better and better with each training session. I saw myself go from modified pushups and drills to being able to do ‘dude’ push-ups over time and see my body respond to the repeated improvements over time.
As I began to start teaching classes more full time in between working from home as a fitness coach, I found a rhythm to the ‘proper’ amount of classes a week and also blending in MY OWN workouts in between. I have to balance our the aerobic training of leading a class and also keep up my strength and endurance to make it through with a big smile on my face!
Since making it to Vegas, I’ve consistently taught 10+ classes a week that include PiYo, Insanity, and other group training classes. When you take a look at the modes of those classes, more require ME to use body weight resistance training – I barely have to lift weight besides my own body.
Is there anything wrong with that? NO. However, there is such a thing as our bodies being SO smart that they adapt to ANY challenge we place upon them. So, for some people they are good at lifting weights – it’s their niche – and when they take Insanity with me it’s a challenge against what they’re used to. For me, it’s the opposite…
It’s time to change up the game and progress my own performance by stepping my game up with STRENGTH TRAINING.
I’ve gone from being the girl who struggled to run a mile and who struggled to leap off of the group to now being really good as getting insane! That’s a blessing, of course, but that can’t be the only way I challenge my body – what I’ve gotten used to isn’t challenging my body to change and I also have to remember to move my body through the training continuum that I discuss with my clients and students.
As a NASM certified personal trainer, I’ve worked with different clients to get their bodies to begin at once place and phase of training and progress to the next. It’s meant to have us start small and build up to get the desired results requested. My desire is always to be lean and healthy – not hugely muscular nor super thin.
Most people don’t understand that your body goes through phases to increase muscle mass and then lean out the fat – most times anaerobic workouts like Insanity do both – but what happens when you get ‘too accustomed’ to that?
I had my body assessment done and was happy to see that I am very low in body fat but also low enough in mass that I should focus on adding strength and muscle to my frame.
Have I lifted before? YES. Do I feel I understand how and why now I need to add into my week more now than before? Yes!
The moral of my story is for all of us to remember to BALANCE out our training. If you are used to lifting and lifting, add in some endurance/cardio and agility training …. if one is used to quickness and agility they should then add in strength training to keep their muscles at capacity … and so on!
I’ve been getting acclimated to lifting things other than myself again and that has also meant some soreness which I welcome! (Soreness > Pain.) It means that I’m working muscles that aren’t used to responding as much as others!
Besides, when I have this guy by my side cheering me on after seeing him step outside of HIS comfort zone with Insanity, I know anything is possible!