I've Got the Power
If you don't recognize the song title for this entry please click this link right now and give me 3 1/ mins of your life. It's the catchiest song, ever. The song is a classic 90's and I distinctly remember dancing to it when I was 8 or 9 for a dance school recital in this smoking hot black and gold sparkled leotard with shorts...oh man, memories!
They say good things don’t come from comfort zones - and while it totally makes sense actually getting out of your comfort zone can be tricky. Back in August of last year I made TRX class a bucket list item and “conquered it” in so much as I did not pull the bands from the ceiling and I actually got a decent workout. I tried it a few more times and liked it but honestly felt like it pushed me too much and I wasn’t ready. Fast forward to this spring when I was doing a competition at the studio and my teammates (Lauren and Meg whom have become two of my fav. people to discuss workouts, food, whine etc. - love them!) convinced me to come to TRX. The first few classes were scary - but Erica is amazing. She’s super motivating AND finds workarounds where needed but also pushes me when I need a push.
There’s something so wonderful about someone saying “I know you - you are stronger than this - let’s do it” and that’s where Erica shines. In addition to being a great teacher and motivator she’s also a wife, mom to 2 ½ (she’s currently expecting her 3rd and had the cutest bump ever) and runner extraordinaire having completed several marathons! One of my good friends, Katie, is a runner and needed some guidance and help in completing the San Francisco Half Marathon this fall. The pairing was a match made in heaven and seeing Katie get SO EXCITED about training has been awesome - hearing her pearls of wisdom acquired from “Coach Erica” is even more adorable. When the people in your life love your people it’s really the best feeling.
It’s been about 4 months of doing TRX weekly and I can’t tell you how bad-ass it makes me feel. I’m stronger, I’m pushing myself harder in class and in my other workouts and I’m realizing that so much of that comes from Erica. One of her favorite things to say is “Push it!” - which always makes me think of “Push it to the limit” - but also reminds me that sometimes pushing yourself to go just a little further, try something just a little outside of your normal “safe zone” can be a really rewarding experience. Can I squat a little deeper? Can I do one more rep? Can I take heavier weights for this set?
Her other saying is “Finish with power” and this one I love - it also inspired the song choice, obv. When I do workouts alone at the gym I hear 3 voices in my head during my circuits. Mike (my trainer) saying “Can we do 2 more?” followed by Diana “Just two more - 2 more is nothing” followed by Erica “Finish with POWER”. The voices you hear over and over become your inner voice. I’ve heard that before but I never realized it how true it was. When I first started working out years ago I was around someone who was really negative and I would put myself down / berate my inability to make progress. In hindsight I realize her negative voice became my inner voice….no wonder I hated working out so much! Fast forward to now where I’m surrounded by this community (both at SP and in life) of people who are positive and upbeat and encouraging and guess what? I’m not only LOVING working out but I’m so much nicer to myself - and that’s something I can feel. It radiates through my life too - before a big meeting at work, before talking to someone new etc. I am telling myself I CAN do this, I will succeed and if not, there will be a great lesson / story to make it all worthwhile. It’s so, so easy to tear yourself (or someone else) down - it takes strength to build yourself (and other people!) up. Next time you see someone kicking ass at the gym (or in life) - call it out and notice how much better you feel afterwards for having shared. Next time you kick ass share it be with a loved one, with a friend, on social media - whatever! The world needs more people owning their power and using it for good.