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Do you want to know the number one reason that most people, especially women, have for not getting into functional fitness-style gyms like Rx Sport Fit? Fear. And that fear is a very real thing. It sounds crazy to be afraid of working out, but it is so common, and I can tell you from my own experience that it is something that I have to battle in my own head from time to time. Remember when I said that I walked into a Crossfit gym for the very first time? Of course, I was saying “Oh hell no,” but I didn't really expand on what my body was going through as well as my mind. To be 100% real with you, not only was I giving myself some serious negative self-talk, but I was on the verge of throwing up from nervousness and was experiencing the worst sort of armpit sweating I think I ever have even though as I was standing completely still and just watching. Overshare? Probably. Truth? 100%. Now, I am a generally nervous person anyway. Sid calls me a hand wringer and it is true. I am sometimes nervous and have knots in my stomach and I don't even always know why. Anxiety is a very real thing. Being intimidated about going into a gym where people are climbing ropes 15 ft in the air, throwing barbells over their heads, and doing all of it while being timed is not something I ever thought that I would consider fun. Standing there, I had the “there is no way I could ever do that” thought on repeat. That said, my goal here is to help you see that even though your mind is screaming at you to get away, and you're telling yourself that this is not for you, or that you are not quite fit enough to ever do this kind of workout, when in all actuality, it very well could be the thing that you need in your life to help you grow in ways you didn't think possible. All through something as simple as a workout and a gym. CRAZY, right?!

Not only am I a hand wringer, but I am not an incredibly self-confident person. I just wasn't born that way. I really admire the people I know who are so comfortable in their own skin and don't care what others say and think. I am the exact opposite. I rehash conversations that I had with people because I worry that I may have said something stupid or offensive. I worry that I don't measure up as a mother and wife the way that I would like to be. And, I worry that I am not a good-enough friend? This list could go on but we do not have enough time in the day (Ha!). My point is that I deal with fear and anxiety, not only about my outward abilities, but with who I am as a person. Imagine me with all my fear and anxieties walking into an environment like the one I described for the very first time. I make light of the knots in my stomach and armpit sweat, but I am nervous as I am sitting at my computer typing about it. In looking back, I think the key to me staying was the fact that Sid was there. I obviously trust him with my safety and knew he would not bring me somewhere where they were going to try to kill me on day one (Lol). This all sounds a little crazy because we all know we are talking about a gym, but for a lot of people, this is their exact issue. The biggest obstacle is just showing up. Once you get there and meet the smiling faces, much of fear goes away. That is so very much what I love about the community aspect of this whole group fitness thing. There is always a helping hand and a smiling face. I am certain that I would not have gone back if not for the kind people there that day because I was so intimidated. I learned that many of the girls (and guys, too) that I met had the same feelings initially. You could ask many of them now and they STILL get the jitters from time to time. I know I do. Of course, this is not an overnight, all-of-a-sudden, I-am-completely-at-ease, sort of situation, but over time I found that I felt less anxious because I knew people there would help me. So, my number one piece of advice is to JUST SHOW UP! Call me; I will seriously meet you there! Once you get over that hurdle, you will see exactly what I mean.

In my opinion, the next obstacle is feeling overwhelmed. Between knowing what in the hell a power clean vs. a hang power clean is to watching the demo for a handstand push up is, it is incredibly overwhelming. Like what is all that stuff and how will I ever learn it?! I thought you were supposed to make this easy for me?! It seems like you need a notebook and study hall to absorb it all. Again, that was me. My first coach would say snatch grip and I would instantly do a clean grip. Talk about disaster (Lol). My little nugget of advice here is just……relax. Every.Single.Inexperienced.Person that has ever walked into that environment has been through it and felt the exact same thing. I promise. That is why having a coach is so valuable. Gentle reminders every day of all.the.things and it will eventually stick. I feel like just knowing what the words on the screen mean that I am looking at prior to getting started helps to ease some of my fears and anxieties.

The next obstacle, and this one is big for me, is being afraid of a specific movement. I am scared to death of rope climbs. Like for real. I never have had a fear of heights as a kid, but I swear to you as I get older, I really struggle with them. Cue elevated heart rate and sweaty palms… The thought of falling off that rope because I am tired just freaks me out. Over time, I have learned to somewhat get over it and try them, but they will never be my favorite thing. The cool thing, however, is that no matter where you are in your fitness game, whether ultra-beginner to seasoned athlete, there is a scale or modification to ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! I want to scream that from the rooftops because I think that little gem is crucial. If we just did a grip intensive workout on Monday and then there are rope climbs on Tuesday and I am feeling a little panicky about it, I CAN CHANGE IT! This is so important to really let it sink in. If my back is sore and I feel like that weight is too heavy for me that day, I can lower it with no questions asked. If you are afraid that you are going to injure yourself, there is no shame ever in lowering the weight, reps, time, etc. I think that we as gym owners and coaches have just got to do a better job about educating our people that we are not in this to become “Crossfit Games” or “Olympic Games” athletes. Don’t get me wrong, if that is your goal- HELL YEAH! GET AFTER IT! However, for the majority of us, we just want to live healthy active, lives and have a little fun along the way. This also makes me think about those who feel like they have to get fit first before getting started. I will never forget the story of one of our awesome athletes, Robyn. She put off starting because she literally thought she had to have a specific level of fitness before jumping in. Not at all true. She listened and took it slow and made progress little by little and is now crushing workouts. We want every single fitness level in our gym because every single person benefits from that overall health and wellness.

I keep giving you all of these obstacles, right? You're probably thinking “why in the world is she telling me all of the things I won’t like??” Well, Sid says this all the time: “Obstacles create Opportunity.” Overcoming these seemingly small, but in reality, can sometimes feel huge, obstacles are where your self-esteem and confidence start growing. Like everything in life, it is a process, but just taking the first step and show up is where your journey will begin.

Let me tell you how I have grown through this very same process. That anxiety I talked about (probably a little too much, honestly)? The gym has become where I go to help keep it in check. Sometimes just getting my mind and body moving in a healthier direction clears all the junk and clutter out. Also, it is a big-time stress reliever for me. I tend to think more clearly and calmly after I get moving. I’m very similar to my 14-year-old son in that way, I guess. Oddly enough, I feel like accomplishing hard things in the gym has spread to other areas of my life. It’s kind of character building, really. Humility, integrity, grit. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable. And, THIS BLOG!Y’all, this blog is waaaaaaaaaay out of my comfort zone and I am always a little scared of any judgement that may come my way, but at the end of the day I am learning that if I can help someone in the gym, or out, it will all be worth the nerves and sweaty armpits.


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