So you are thinking about joining a gym or recently have and now you’re wondering what to do when you walk through the doors. Rest assured you aren’t the only one. The majority of people at the gym walk in feeling intimidated that everyone is watching them and clueless about exactly what to do. Yes, even that guy near the weights grunting as he strains to curl 50lb dumbbells.
Now that I’m working a more full-time schedule as a trainer, I’m dancing less in the club and picking up more gigs after a bit of a break from burlesque. I work in three industries that center around the body in some way. Because of this I’ve been thinking a lot about body image over the past couple months. But mostly, the drastically different ways both burlesque and stripping have impacted my body image.
We all have fears, but it’s in the ability to trust ourselves that we are able to overcome them. While sitting in counterbalance hold in Lyra yesterday with a woman I just met, I had to let go of that fear of falling, the fear of not holding her and just trust in us both. It really got me thinking about how the fear of trusting ourselves can hold us back.
There is nothing that says you have to go to a gym to be at the gym. In fact, sometimes getting out of the gym is exactly what you need to get out of a workout rut. With the rising temperatures and longer days, it’s the perfect time to get outside and get sweaty.
Over the past two months of flexibility and handstand training I’ve learned more about my body than all my grueling hours at the gym. Instead of making gains by upping the amount of weight I can lift, I’m making them with balance and stability.
Cardio is great but it can also become boring and doesn’t lead to post-workout calorie burn the same way resistance training does. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do cardio but by utilizing supersets you can bring cardio into your weightlifting.
As I’ve been training my body in different ways over the past two months, it’s been a hard to let go of my normal weight lifting routine. Even though my body is adapting to training for longer hours and different apparatuses, it’s detraining at the same time.
Most of us at one time or another have fallen off the wagon of our exercise routine. One simple event, for example breaking your toe dancing to damn hard at BurlyCon, can keep you from working out. Who even breaks their toe dancing? Oh, yeah. Me.