(image source) Here’s the truth: I am strong in some ways, weak in others. Big revelation, right? Everyone has prepped for an interview and thought through their strengths and weaknesses, and we’re made painfully aware of them throughout our days. In fact, a question I love to ask people, women specifically, is what’s one thing you love about your personality (character) and body (physical)? But when it comes to our physical weaknesses, sometimes I’m too quick to dismiss them.
- “I’ve never really been flexible – even since I was little!”
- “Yoga’s not enough of a workout for me. I like CrossFit!”
- “Run? Nah. Never been that good at it and there are plenty of other things I can do.”
While there’s no niche to fit into or one type of fitness to practice, I do think it’s important to be a well-rounded athlete/individual when it comes to our physical strengths and weaknesses. Something I’ve been thinking about lately is how I might be able to do pull ups and can head out for a 10 km run even if I haven’t been training or conditioned for it, but I can’t bend my body to save my life!
Yep. That’s as far/high/straight as I can get! I was later told after posting this on Instagram that this is a more advanced move, but I still see so many people come up into wheel that I thought, “Surely with my fitness level I’ll be fine.” Nope! I want to be flexible and able to move without pain and with grace as well as be a strong, fit woman with muscles. Climbing is a great example of a sport that encompasses fitness with grace, flexibility, strength and power. It’s a bit of everything! The best climbers are those who make it look smooth, effortless and easy, and then you get up on that problem and try it and you’re stumped, slip right off, or don’t move with the same ease and strength. I want to get back into my climbing shape (albeit without climbing; we haven’t been consistent in the climbing gym in ages and are so busy right now I’m not sure if it’s the time to start) and focus on the combination of strength + flexibility.
Do you have any good online recommendations for where I can start? I can’t make any of our gym’s yoga classes because I’m training clients at those times, and I know I won’t commit to something outside the gym (at a yoga studio, even if that’s the best option) because of finances and time. BUT I can commit to something at home, and maybe that will light a fire under me to eventually go a studio more than the one-off time.
I’d love to hear your suggestions for me! What’s an area of weakness in the physical sense that you need to focus on? Do you hate lifting and only do cardio? Do you only like outdoor activities but don’t take time to plank or keep your core strong intentionally? Do you work hard but never make it a discipline to stretch?
Live well & be well! I’m off to run to work & then foam roll (part of my discipline!) before teaching class,