Your Fitness Box

Conquering your fitness fears!

Have you ever attempted to step out of your "fitness box?" Are you comfortable and content with what you're doing, fitness wise? Does the thought of trying something different give you hives? Are you that person that stands outside the group exercise room in your gym, peering in and sweating just thinking about trying it, only to walk briskly away thinking "no freaking way am I trying that! I don’t want to look foolish!" How about if you drive by a field and see a group out there doing different workouts than you usually do? Do you long to try it but are too afraid to fail?

Well, now is the time to stop watching and wondering, and try it! I recently stepped out of my fitness box.

Of course I have one too, we all do. We all have a few things we want to try but feel “silly” or don’t want to “look silly” doing them. But let me tell you, you're not giving yourself enough credit! 

We tend to stick with the things we are comfortable with. You will always find a ton of reasons to not try something new. For me, I think the main reason why I don't step out of my box is because I am comfortable with the activities I am currently doing, and I know what to expect from them. I know how hard I have to push to get me where I need to be.

When we try something we have never done before, not knowing what to expect or what the outcome will be, we get scared. “Will I be able to do this at all? Can I last through the whole class? Or, will I just fail?"

The best part of stepping out of your box is that you are setting yourself up for new and exciting things. You are challenging your mind and your body to do something different. In turn, you're  keeping your fitness routine exciting and challenging. It also allows you to meet new people who share similar interests as you - and for all you know they are out of their element as well!

I recently had this experience of stepping out of my own box. I certified for a program that was completely different than the type of group exercise I am currently teaching. This program had choreography. When I saw the type of program I had to teach I wanted to run out of the room. But I didn’t, I stayed, and it was quite a challenge for me. 

The direction changes, the arm movements...I was beginning to make myself dizzy. But, after two days of intense training, I started to see a little glimmer of light at the end of that training tunnel and I thought, "I could do this! Why not? It will take time, but I must be patient and allow myself some room to grow and learn."

So now I am putting it out there for you! I am asking you to step out of your fitness box. Think of an activity, class or camp you shy away from. Maybe it's yoga or hiking, maybe you've contemplated running a half or even a full marathon, or perhaps a mud run. Keep your mind and heart open and go for it! I can guarantee, you will surprise yourself!

You are stronger than you think.

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Lori Carril May 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I am so happy that you have entered my life. You are an incredible athlete, and a role model for women everywhere. I'm so proud to call you my friend. xoxo
Chris Doran May 01, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Lori.. thank you so much for your kind words! I too am very happy we have become friends, new beginnings.. :)
Linda Chagachbanian May 01, 2012 at 07:00 PM
What a great article. Actually Chris, I had no idea you were nervous at all. It seemed so natural to you. You are an excellent actress too along with being an awesome athlete. I wish you the best of luck this weekend and look forward to doing more things with you!! LInda
Chris Doran May 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Thank you linda. I guess the actress part comes along with group exercise especially when there is a STAGE! I too am looking forward to doing more things with you and the crew!
Evan Tamke May 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Evan Tamke May 01, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Oops...I'm so glad I read this motivational article by you Chris. I'm always trying to improve but sometimes I get stuck doing too much of the same thing. As you know I have a mud race in a few weeks but I'm still stuck in muscle mass workouts and forgot about my strengths as a runner. This got me motivated to change it up just in time for the mud. Thanks for the pick me up.
Chris Doran May 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Evan.. I am so glad to have helped! Mud runs are always fun. Make sure you are taking your training runs on the grass and some unsteady and uneven ground to get your ankles and knees ready. Remember that these types of runs of defiantly tricky. Although I know you probably are running for time, think of it more as a good hard work out in the mud. Slow the pace a bit and just have some fun!


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