Whoever has the luck to know me, remembers I’m the worst at sports. I’m extremely clumsy, highly weak, hate diets and spending money on any kind of expertise clothes.
A year ago, my pastor invited us to prove ourselves we could exercise our character by exercising physically. I try to always accept new challenges that will encourage my soul to get new spiritual victories. It doesn’t matter if by challenges means living an imminent trial, or face the discipline of a bad decision or sin. I know this life is short and anything matters if it will make it great up in heaven. So … this was a hard one for my beautiful, spoiled flesh.
Anyways… I started running, which I happened not to hate at all. The day I started I ran five km ! So it was not that bad. A week later I ran 8 kilometers (two from which I ran eating a delicious banana bread I found in the way back) and I felt great. A week after this one, I decided it would be good to buy some help for my tennis to make it more comfy to step. BAAAAAD IDEA I couldn’t even run three kms and I was in a huge knee pain I couldn’t even stand up. I didn’t went immediately to the doctor, so it got worse, and after three days of not getting any better, I decided to go to a friend’s physiotherapy gym.
I got better after I took the third session with this friend. He invited me to keep on going to the gym for functional workouts. I thought I could give it a try so I payed for a whole month subscription and I started right away.
Because I payed, I felt greatly motivated to go for at least three days a week. When the month finished, I couldn’t lie to myself. I was in love with this new thing. I paid for the next month and started going four days a week.
None of my family or friends believed what they were seeing. I was actually enjoying exercise.
Last month I realized it’s been a year since I first started, and I wanted to share my experience in a list so it may motivate you to start. If you have started, but feel discouraged about something, I hope this anecdotes can motivate you to continue.
- I’m clumsy as hell. I was afraid this wouldn’t be easy at all for me to do Functional Workouts cause it involves coordination, equilibrium, concentration which I happened to lack. For example, the first week they made me jump the rope. I’ve never done it before (as shocking as it sounds), but I tried, and tried and tried. At the end of the month I was able to do it. Now I love it haha.
- Once the instructor taught me how to use de TRX to do push ups. Thank God I was alone, cause I can’t tell you how long it took me to get it. We laughed for like 10 minutes jajaja.
- On Fridays I invite some friends to train with me. It makes it a motivation, because if you know me, I can’t have a Friday without plans. And this keeps me from not going, I make it “part of my Friday plan”. Soooo Party, we put on the music we like, laugh and compete (secretly). It feels so good to get out from the gym to continue partying the afternoon away. Jaja no regrets after desserts
- There was this time when, on Friday with a friend, we were doing an exercise with elastic bands. We were told to pay attention at the instructor first and then do the exercise. Of course I started imitating the instructor instead of waiting, and accidentally lost control of the band and it slammed my neck. We were not able to breathe for minutes; I was laughing so hard.
- There’s no way I can train with reggaeton, my breathing gets irregular, I start concentrating on the pain because I can’t sing to that music, my mind starts getting anxious because of the lyrics,, etc. So it has been really important for me that I can suggest the music I like to train with. That’s one the most important reasons why I continue in this gym. It’s no joke, for me to achieve goals during one day training, this has been crucial.
- Instructors are so relaxed, they keep the gym in a great mood, so you, as a girl, won’t feel observed. There’s always a feeling of respect among everyone and this helps not to get embarrassed and continue trying your best. You can get to feel the most confident on their instruction, that it makes it easy for you to build a good relationship with them and see the results in your body shape. They help you to achieve your personal goals, and motivate you do more than you think you’re able.
- After two months of exercising, my health improved in many ways. Relieving stress through working out is one of the GREATEST benefits I’ve got from it. Having less stress means better health.
- There has been a lot of times when, while doing some exercise, I start screaming to myself “I can’t do this”, “I’m done”, “I need to stop”, etc. It has been great to see what happens when I don’t believe myself and continue. I have achieved more than I ever imagine doing.
I could continue listing the many experiences I have won after a year of conquering this area in my life. I think character and discipline are things you can’t only pray for, those two aspects must be tried. For me, starting was the most difficult part of the experience. Continuing depends on how much you care about how others see you. If you do this for yourself, and to grow spiritually, it’s enough motivation. The other results you get after training, are great byproducts that help you make it part of your life routine.
If you have any excuses for this, just look at me. I’ve always been bullied for my clumsiness, I’ve always been weaker than my friends, vanity is not a motivation for me, and I will always love eating desserts. Write a comment to share your fears, or experiences. It would be great to laugh at others’ embarrassing moments.
the proof in videos:
Era la última ronda de cuatro. Si se dan cuenta, todos estos ejercicios los logré en una misma rola. Jajaja