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I can’t believe the day has come, the day that I never thought I’d see- not until I was falling apart (getting old) or busy with munchkins (children ha). But it came and it happened. What I’m talking about here is the fact that I left half way through a Fitbox class. This, for me, is unheard of. There’s never a group fitness class that I don’t look forward to doing and never a time when I don’t have tremendous fun, and a great workout! But today I was just not feeling it. And that’s okay šŸ™‚

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No I have not been abducted by aliens but rather I think it contributes to this little scenario-We are experiencing a crazy hot heatwave in Brisbane at the moment. My bedroom has never been ‘cool’, it’s the hottest room in the house (and the sun also likes to wake us up every morning- bright and early) and the fans do little else but circulate the sticky, hot air. So amidst the hotness last night we decided to sleep downstairs on the phuton with the air con. Perfect plan right? Wrong.

I slept horribly. I awoke several times throughout the night in pain. My body ached, especially my shoulders and I struggled to get comfortable. This meant, come 8am as my alarm went off to have breakfast and head to the gym, I felt like I’d just experienced a very heavy night of drinking or a serious wrestling match. Mix that in with a ‘not-enough-sleep’ state means you’ve got a recipe for no motivation. But motivation isn’t necessary right? It’s not like I overtrained and my body needed the rest, it’s just that I was not feeling the workout due to these predisposed reasons. So I went anyway.

Once I got there, after explaining to several people that no I’m not sick or hungover, but merely sore and sleep deprived, I began the work out. In all fairness this is probably my least favourite group fitness class because it’s not a Les Mills class and instead exercises and workouts are organised by the instructor. It doesn’t have the same music, choreography, motivation, passion and atmosphere that I feel Les Mill classes offer (more on this soon!). Half way through I knew that it was not going to be fair to the other participants and the instructor to ‘half-ass’ the workout, so I kindly let the instructor know and left. Instead I went down to the weight machines and did some leg presses, hamstring flies, inner & outer abductor moves, lat pulls and chest presses. I worked hard, even though I didn’t get the same sweat I would in a cardio-based group fitness class, and the change felt good. However, I did make sure to keep an eye on the clock to make it back upstairs for Body Balance. Today was the perfect day for that class and it felt amazing…plus the relaxation at the end was welcomed with open arms.

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Anyways I just wanted to share this to re-confirm (because you all knew this right?) that it was OKAY to skip/alter the gym/run/workout if you’re not feeling it. We all do it. Plus the last thing you want to do is force yourself to do it when you know you shouldn’t and end up slowly starting to despise it.

Ps. I realise that yes, I may have a slight obsession with cute cats and dogs.

When and what was your last workout that you just weren’t feeling?

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Now this post is for everyone, whether you’re doing the challenge or not- because if you’re interested in doing Grit, you’ll want to know if it’s the right fit for you. But before we get into that let’s catch up with past Grit and Challenge related posts (click the links to read more!):

Feel free to read these posts and leave a comment! I’d love to get involved with others who are doing the challenge… you know to establish that ‘community’ feel. This is probably the only exception when it’s okay to turn one into many!

I thought I’d leave my thoughts of the challenge and my experiences with the challenge to another time, and instead interview and post from a different perspective. This perspective is something that will likely be completely different from my own, as it’s from a Gym newbie or beginners point of view (shout out if you’re a beginner and reading this! Oh and join the gym-loving team). Someone who isn’t on that team is my boyfriend. He is a complete anti healthy eating and exercise (particularly gym) person. Don’t get me wrong he is in great shape, in terms of aesthetics, plus he eats a very balanced diet- making sure to never say no to some pizza or chocolate cake as well. But some how, for the sake of the blog I recall, I talked him into joining me for a Grit Strength class this week.

It was really interesting to hear his thoughts on the class, as well as see him grit his teeth (pun intended), sweat like nobodies business and evil eye me throughout the entire thing. Probably the most obvious thing, was that he found it hard. Hard as in- he drank my entire water bottle contents during his many stops because he could not carry on.

I really don’t want this to scare you off though! If anything you should hold onto those nerves, bring them along to the class and use them to power you through the class. I am not going to lie to you and say it’s easy. It’s not. But is it worth it? Hell yeah! Like I tell my Body Step classes

But I guarantee it isĀ thatĀ challenge that’ll get you coming back for more, every single time. It’s knowing that you can make it through a class and finish strong! Plus, if it’s hard- you know it’s working right? And it does get easier. Not to the point that you’re breezing through it, but it will get easier physically and mentally. Mentally, you’ll know you can make it through so there’s no more doubting yourself. And physically, well your muscles will be more used to the motions they are going through, you’ll increase your fitness levels, and therefore be able to work harder and up the anti next time. Just make sure you do give your body adequate rest and recovery time. If you’re new to the gym or Grit style classes, then doing 2 in 2 days is not advised. Take a few days in between and when it feels right, come back and join us!

So is Grit Strength for everyone? I think so. Unless of course pregnancy or injuries cause an issue (always listen to your body and check with your doc). However, I did see an amazing pregnant woman do it the other day and totally rock! She took her options and powered through the class. So really, there’s no excuse šŸ˜‰ Whether you’re part of the challenge or not I think group fitness classes or team training (as Grit is deemed) is a fantastic way to begin incorporating exercise into your life! I mean what’s better than sweating it out to awesome music, with great choreography and a whole bunch of your mates? Plus the instructors or Grit Captains are absolutely amazing- motivating, fun and will have you excited about your next class! Oh and they’ll kick your butt- so you know you’re going to get a great workout!

What do you think of the Grit Strength classes? What is your favourite group fitness/team training class?

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