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When we live in a #fitspro world it's easy to succumb to the body hype. This post we are talking about abs.Read More
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The very tiny and brilliant Rowan Blanchard recently stepped up and called out T Swift (ok so she didn't name her, but it's basically implied) and why the hashtag squad goals is a polarizing and bad thing. You can read the Glamour interview here. Why am I mentioning #squadgoals today? On Friday night, I spent the evening with some of my #fitfam (though I call them #realfriends) and it really brought to light for me how wonderful it is to have strong female friends. I moved to Chicago about ten years ago to pursue improv. I met some hilarious and truly wonderful people in that community. Some of my best friends are still comedians and they are effing hilarious. However, during the past three or so years I have stopped performing comedy as much and have delved into this world of fitness. I think it's so easy to look around you at the gym and feel like a chump amongst amazingly fit people, but these gals have been nothing but welcoming. They are funny, make delicious food, lift heavy weights, kick everyone's butts in classes, drink their body weight and alcohol and still get up to take class the next morning. I have watched one of them kick butt on the row machine while being 8 months pregnant. I have watched others perform moves and lifts that just blow my mind. They push me to be better. At times it's honestly a bit difficult, because let's be real... I want to be them. But then I remember that I am and I am strong and excel in my own ways (hello chest muscles).
I suppose for my friends #tribe is a better popular hashtag to be using. This is my tribe. They have made me a better, stronger and happier person. If you don't have a #fitfam #tribe then I highly suggest finding one. They have pushed me and made every single workout that much better.
I think it's fairly safe to say that I love working out. I love the adrenaline. I love the endorphins. I love the people you meet. Tonight I finally went to a free outdoor class from Mountain Athletics/November Project. You want a summary?
- Meet up with my friend Dani who is just the most delightful human and the reason I finally made it to one of these.
- Find the pole that signifies where to meet up.
- A stranger comes over and hugs me because that's just what they do at November Project.
- Everyone introduces themselves and what they are training for.
- Warm up (I remember nothing but there were lots of burpees).
- Arms: 8 rounds (I think)- 5 push ups, 5 burpees, 5 tricep dips
- Legs: 10 air squats, 10 lunge jumps, 20 toe taps
- During legs I notice a little girl watching us so when I finish I ask if she wants to learn what we are doing. She is mildly interested and then we race up a hill because she likes running.
- Abs - plank, side plank, butterflies, jog around the park but none of this matters because Emily joins us for the entire ab set and says awesome things like I can see the moon, I'm tired but I can keep going, I'm going faster than you and I'm a superhero. She is the very definition of #littlebutfierce.
- Workout done - cool down.
The workout and the people were definitely great but Emily reminded me why I want to train people. She's curious, confident and wants to workout with these adults that she doesn't know. It's infectious. And that. Right there. That is what I want to do with my life. I want to work in fitness with children. I don't want to be a gym teacher. I want to be outdoors or doing special programs with kids. I have no idea how one does that but it was likely the greatest moment of my year.