The topic of comfort zones has spilled over onto today’s post. I hope you don’t mind
While travelling from Saskatchewan to Ontario, I haven’t had the chance to hit up a gym – my personal workout comfort zone.
I recently realized that when it comes to working out, the gym is where I am most comfortable. A gym with free weights is even better, but a gym with free weights and a few machines would be most ideal. This way, I would be able to do my six week training program from my personal trainer, something else that makes me feel comfortable.
Oh, the comfort of being in a routine.
For the past 18ish weeks, I have been performing workouts created for me by my personal trainer, Tara. I’ve been loving each and every one of these workouts and look forward to them five days a week.
As I’ve already mentioned, I haven’t been able to hit up the gym recently, though. Which I am totally cool with. Rest is absolutely necessary and I am completely comfortable with rest.
After taking Saturday and Sunday completely off though, I had an itch to do something come Monday morning. Fortunately, for the first time all weekend, the hotel my parents and I stayed at on Sunday night had a gym. I was happy to hear such news, so I made my way down to the hotel’s gym to scope things out.
One treadmill, one elliptical, and one very complicated looking home gym-type piece of equipment. That’s all there was. No free weights and no machines that I use during my typical workouts. I don’t like ellipticals, I really rather not run on a treadmill, and I didn’t want to use the one piece of equipment that they did have.
Let’s just say I was being stubborn.
At this point in my life I am so comfortable with rest that I was just going to shrug my shoulders and not do anything; despite having the urge to get my body moving a little before another long day of driving.
So, that’s what I did. I went back to the hotel room, sat down at the desk, and started reading blogs. Luckily, Chelsey had a new post waiting for me to read. She posted a new HIIT leg workout video that she filmed herself doing. It was a body weight workout that you could do pretty much anywhere – it was like it was made for me at that exact moment.
I was amazed by Chelsey’s strength and energy that she released in the video. I was so inspired. I really wanted try this workout out for myself, but there was something holding me back.
My workout comfort zone.
This HIIT video Chelsey posted was completely out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t anything like the workouts that I’m used to doing, so I questioned whether or not I should do it.
Like I said, I really wanted to do at least a little something before we hit the road, but since I couldn’t do my regular routine I felt as though I should just do nothing at all.
That’s when I thought of yesterday’s post and how I talked about stepping out of my comfort zone when I went zip lining. I was so proud of myself when I did work up the courage to step out of my comfort zone and go zip lining – I definitely didn’t regret it and I knew I wouldn’t regret stepping out of my comfort zone to do a new workout, either.
So, I did it!
Despite being worried about finding Chelsey’s workout too tough and fearing that I would have to call it quits half way through, I strutted my stuff down to the hotel gym once again (MacBook in hand this time) and did the workout along with Chelsey!
It was so much fun! Chelsey sure knows how to get your heart rate up that’s for sure! It was exactly what I needed to start my day!
The workout was a 6 minute HIIT workout that consisted of 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest for six rounds. I am a big fan of short yet intense workouts like these, but haven’t done them in such a long time because I have been stuck in my comfort zone.
Of course I do push myself throughout each of my lifting routines; I try to pick up the heavier weight or to push out a few more reps than I did the previous week, but I still feel so comfortable.
I think I need a change. I’m itching for a change. I’ll be meeting up with Chelsey soon to discuss a plan of action, but for now I think I’ll keep stepping out of my comfort zone. It seems to be working.
Do you have your own workout comfort zone? If so, what is it?
It there a type of exercise or workout that intimidates you because it is out of your comfort zone?
Do you do online workout videos? If so, which are your favourites!? Maybe I'll need to try it!
I hope you all have a great day! I will be so happy to get back to London today! It's my home and I feel so good there. So good.
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