When the uncomfortable begins to feel comfortable, what do you do? Embrace that feeling and keep trying new things!

I did that this week and in the process might have found a new favorite type of group fitness class! A few of my 5:30am BODYFLOW buddies also go to spin class and for several weeks have tried to get me to join them one morning. My response is usually some excuse as to why I can't go, until this week, when I decided to stop making excuses and try it already. I could probably count on one hand the times I'd tried spin class before in other gyms and for one reason or another never stuck to it. I have been a member of my YMCA for about nine months and never step foot in the cycling room because my own fears, doubts and insecurities kept holding me back. I was afraid it would be too hard. I was afraid that I wouldn't know how to set up my bike. I was afraid of what people might think if I couldn't make it through the entire class.

After attending two spin classes this week, both different in their own regard, I realize now that all my previous thoughts and fears were pretty silly. Is spin class hard? Yesssss, very much so, but it is supposed to be! Did I want to quit? Yesssss, like I said, it's hard. Did I quit? Nope. I pushed through the challenges the first class and then came back for more a second time this week because I actually loved it. I honestly feel like I have a new favorite and that is in part to the friendships I've made pushing me to join in addition to me getting out of my own head.

It's funny the things that fear holds us back from. I think so often we don't even realize it until we start stepping out from the shadows of our fears and facing them head on. Relinquishing a little control, believing and trusting yourself (and others) takes some effort, yes, but I believe it is actually more work to be afraid. There is much more stiffling of emotion, excuses to come up with, thoughts to battle and energy exhausted being fearful than to just let go and try something different.

Outside of taking up spin class this week, I was eager to get back to my usual strength training routine trying some new things that I'd picked up from watching a few Instagram fitness vidoes as well as takeaways from my time at CrossFit. I had three great lifting sessions this week combined with BODYFLOW to help stretch everything out and get my mind right.

Keep reading on for details of this week's strength training sessions...

Back & Biceps
Good Mornings, 3 sets of 10, 7.5lbs
Cable Cross Body Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 10, 20lbs
Cable Single Arm Lat Pull, 3 sets of 10, 40lbs
Cable Rope Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 10 increasing weight, 30lb, 40lb, 50lb
Lat Row, 3 sets of 8, 75lbs
DB Hammer Curl, 3 sets of 10, 12lbs

Walking Lunges/Wall Sit Combo ~ As seen this week on Melissa Hartwig Urban's Instagram stories...this one is a leg burner!
Here's how it works:
20 Walking Lunges
30 second wall sit
18 Walking Lunges
30 second wall sit
16 Walking Lunges
30 second wall sit
Keep going, so on and so forth...
4 Walking Lunges
30 second wall sit
2 Walking Lunges
30 second wall sit
Capped that off with three rounds of 10 deadlifts, 35lb barbell

Triceps Shoulders and Chest
Cross Body DB Front Arm Raise, 3 sets of 10, 10lbs
Overhead Tricep Ext Rope, 3 sets of 10, 20lbs
DB Lat Raide, 3 sets of 10, 10lbs
Tricep Press Machine, 3 sets of 10 increasing weight, 30lb, 35lb, 40lb
Upright Row Plate, 3 sets of 10, 25lbs
Single Arm Tricep Push, 3 sets of 10, 20lbs
BB Chest Press, 3 sets of 10, 30lbs
Inchworm Pushup Pyramids, 3 sets, begin at 5 --> 1

How did you move this week? Did you mix up your routine? Try something new or different? I said this last week, but I think it's worth repeating. Don't be afraid to try something new. Don't be limited by the 'stories' or 'excuses' you tell yourself as to why you can't do something. Give it a shot and you'll likely be surprised of what you can do. Your body and your mind are stronger than you might give them credit for.

Let me know if there is anyway I can help you with your fitness goals and overall routine. I am here and I want to help! Feel free to reach out through my Instagram or email me at ablendedbalancefitness@gmail.com.