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I’m feeling in need of pithy, clichéd sayings because I’m battling the impulse to throw in the sweaty gym towel. Not when it comes to the gym in general mind you – just when it comes to my dismal performance in TRX TEAM training. From a rational point of view, I know that it is perfectly fine that I’m struggling with TRX TEAM. It means I have plenty of room for growth and I know that the challenge is good for me. I know that if I stick with it, I will get better (and stronger!) and I will once again be in love with TRX TEAM. However, if my rational point of view was always in charge, then I would be able to say that I have never once spent an entire day eating pizza and watching bad TV – and I can’t truthfully make that claim.
So I find myself battling the evil voices in my head telling me that I should just give up (side note: why do the evil voices *always* manage to yell louder than the nice ones). It has been so long since I’ve fought this impulse (that is, to just give up an exercise that is too hard) that I’d thought I’d totally conquered it. When I first started seriously working out, I dealt with it a lot. There was a six-month gap between my first and second BURN classes because I just decided I couldn’t handle BURN classes after the first one (and it took me six months to get back up on the horse – well in this case the treadmill). And now, even when a BURN class leaves me wondering where the nearest AED is, I still love it.
So I know that I can work through this. It is just really hard to focus on that fact when I’m struggling to get the TRX straps around my feet and then I’m barely able to do even one atomic pushup or when I fall out of the TRX while trying to do a one-legged squat (oh yeah, did I mention I fell flat on my butt in the middle of the gym? That was awesome). And it is especially hard to keep the proverbial “can do” attitude when I start comparing myself to the awesome ladies that are rocking the TRX on either side of me. That kind of comparison I something that I firmly believe should be avoided in pretty much *any* circumstance – but this time I just can’t help myself.
Luckily, the TRX instructors at Healthworks are amazing and Tracy manages to keep me in the game even when I feel like my only option is flee the gym and never look back. And I was so excited about starting TRX TEAM that I know all of the amazing things about it. And I know, to bastardize Eleanor Roosevelt, that no workout can make me feel inferior without my consent. So, I’m going to keep at it.
My plan for this to not pay attention to how well anyone else is doing (unless I’m doing it to be inspired by their awesomeness) – I’m just going to focus on my own progress (no matter how incremental it is). And I know that in a few weeks, I’ll be writing a post about how I can’t believe I ever thought I wanted to give up on TRX.