Get Going/ Health and Fitness
Kristin Booker • March 4, 2012

Daily Reflection: There Is No Such Thing As Failing A Workout

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I’ve now taken my umpteenth person with me to a Core Fusion class and I’m always amazed at the palpable fear before starting this workout for the first time. As the week gets started and I’m getting ready to issue another workout challenge to myself (and you as well), let’s talk about this fear of a workout.

When I was at my peak weight of 241 pounds, I went to a yoga class at the local YMCA in Charlotte, NC, where I was living at the time. I was the largest person in the room and I could barely do ANYTHING. I was exhausted every single second I was in there. I got up and left in frustration because I was convinced that every person in the room was looking at me. They were…when I left. I didn’t go back to the gym for another two months because of that experience.

I quit because I thought I failed at yoga, even though I used to love it. I did fail – when I left the room.

People, short of an activity that can actually KILL you, there shouldn’t be any fear of a workout, and last I checked jumping off a skyscraper into a burning building isn’t considered a workout. There should be a healthy respect for levels of intensity, but if you got off your duff to move your body in a manner that will cause sweating and inevitable weight loss, that is a WIN.

There’s no such thing as failing a workout unless you quit or just don’t go. You will not walk into a yoga class for the first time and be able to do headstands. Rarely has a mere human walked into a barre workout and walked out boasting about how easy the class was. You have to get in there and do it.

Oh, and let’s talk for a moment about being the “biggest girl in the room.” When I started the Core Fusion challenge last year, I took my first class in a room full of Upper East Side trophy wives. TINY, INTIMIDATING humans.  Did I let that stop me? Nope, because at the end of the day – and hear me on this one – they are just as full of insecurities and neuroses as the next person. The girl in the corner is just as freaked out about her thighs as you are. Shake it off and get your sweat on.

I commend anyone who gets off their backside to lose weight and protect their health. Try a new workout – ANY workout – this week and you can consider yourself a total winner. Moving, sweating, eating right – how can you fail at taking care of yourself? You can’t, so stop whining and start winning.


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