In keeping it real – y’all know I kind of suck at running. You know…sticking to running, not falling during running, not injuring myself during running.
This was totally 100% me during a recent class at my favorite new Charlottesville fitness spot last week. Nobody laughed out loud. This is why it’s my favorite. (#TreadHappy #LoveYou #MeanIt #Real)
So, I tried out Tread Happy, a new fitness studio recently and truly liked it. Get that! I liked running. WHY? Oh, because you only run for a little bit. THAT’S WHY!
“Classes alternate between interval running/walking on the treadmill and dynamic body-weight exercises (think squats, push-ups, burpees) and/or other activities (yoga, Pilates) to burn calories, increase endurance, improve flexibility, and develop core strength and stability.”
Oh yeah, that’s my jam. A little running and a little bit of all the other stuff. It breaks up your workout into manageable qualities of running and working out. It’s HIIT with a treadmill. It’s everything.
I was grumbling to a friend about how fake a lot of fitness club/boutique fitness/ etc. pages are. The sweat-less, make up perfect, hair done, super model women peering back at me from my Instagram feed intimidated me into not wanting to go to the classes being offered. The real me needs to keep it REAL. I don’t have the energy to look cute at the gym. I’m a sweaty beast. I’m ok with that.
There I am. Post class. Full sweat, smeared make-up hidden by my shutter shades, rocking my (love them) loud pants, hair a mess. It was the best workout I’ve had in awhile because these ladies welcomed me and made me feel totally comfortable!
The real in me wants you to find the real in you. You want a workout that makes you feel alive. Step out of your comfort zone and go find it. You want to wear loud pants here go get some, but if you don’t they have black too and THAT IS OK. YOU DO YOU. You want to wear makeup at the gym – that’s OK. There are places out there for you! You can find it.
Here are my some tips for learning to let go and find the real fitness lover in you:
Find workout clothes that make you feel comfortable. You know KatieK is my favorite. In sizes small through 3x every woman can find something that works for her workout. And you can use my code Aimee25 to help save you 25% and get you free shipping. If you want shorts, joggers, capris, pants or a skirt to cover your bottom – they have it all! Plus cute ts, tanks and cover-ups for every style.
Try Before You Buy: There are a lot of places that will let you try your first class free. Heck, I just did fitness for a whole month basically free by trying things for free. A cycle class, a crossfit, at home videos – so many free things. Call and ask if you can try out a studio for free. I swear they’ll say yes. Even online video programs let you try free for a month. Daily Burn has everything – dance, crazy bad ass things, daily challenges. Once you find something you LOVE you’ll be less tempted to skip.
Recruit a friend. Or let a friend recruit you. Having a friend drag you out of bed at 5:30 a.m. is sometimes exactly what you need.
Don’t be afraid to mix-it-up! I get bored fast with a workout routine. By having several options to go or do I can stick to an overall plan of attack of staying active instead of feeling uninspired. Because uninspired Aimee will sit on the couch and play Candy Crush. Don’t be that Aimee. Be you. Find your Real. Find your tribe. Find YOU and have fun doing it.
Happy weekend. Enjoy this long one if you can and get ready for SUMMER!
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