YOUR BODY MAY LOVE A WORKOUT YOUR BRAIN HATES CrossFit is my happy place. Pilates is my personal hell. Why? It calls out my weaknesses. But ignoring certain moves can negatively impact workouts I love because of inefficiency and imbalances. So I force Pilates on myself. It strengthens from the core out, focusing on stabilizer muscles. This translates to better posture in technical barbell moves (such as overhead squats) and makes getting more reps of abs moves like toesto-bar easier. Pilates can make me a better CrossFitter?! I’m a convert. Here, tips to help you embrace whatever exercise it is you don’t like.
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FIND THE RIGHT VIBE Seek out a gym or studio with amenities that you think you’ll like. If you know the kind of instructor who gets you motivated, ask around for recommendations or look online (sites like rateyourburn.com let you read reviews of classes and trainers in your area). THINK SMALL During the workout, you’ll likely hit a few Why am I here, again? moments. When you do, refocus. Zone in on the muscle(s) you’re working and tell yourself how that movement will make you better at something you love doing. GO FOR CLASS TWO Immediately after, sign up for another class or training session. Do it again. And again. Depending on the workout, you need to give it about four to six weeks (if you’re doing it twice a week) to start to see results.