If you’ve ever felt uneasy walking into the weight room, insecure trotting down the treadmill, or just plain not so hot during any of your workouts, read this now to learn exactly how to get your confidence up and your pump back on! Looking for exercise ideas to switch it up? Try one of the five workouts I did this week, posted below.
Yesterday on Instagram I asked you guys what you wanted to see on the blog today, a post about my weekly workouts or a new self love segment. Wouldn’t you know it that the common response was: “both!” which left me with the creative challenge of sharing my week’s workouts (Mon-Fri) and incorporating something to them that would lend a hand to practicing positive body image and self love. I told myself “Cay, you got this” and thus I decided to show you guys why a confident attitude will make your sweat sesh so much more powerful AND enjoyable, and how to get it.
After we talk about confidence building, be sure you keep reading to pick one of my five workouts of this week to try, so by the time you’re finished with this post you’ll have A) a brand new booty kicking workout (5 actually) and B) so much self confidence to ensure that you crush it!
Onto the Confidence Boosting…
Whether you’re working out at home or exercising at the gym, it’s easy to fall into the comparison trap. Also known as either body shaming or doubting your capabilities. If you find yourself thinking things like
- How does that machine even work, and will people think I look stupid if I try to use it?
- These shorts are totally riding up right now..I bet everyone is laughing at me jiggling around.
- Ugh, I’m never going to be able to run like her. What am I even doing here?
- I just know I look a complete mess right now, so embarassing! I hope I don’t see anyone I know
If any of those sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. I’ve thought every single one of those things at one point or another, and I know for a fact others have as well. But the reality is, none of those fears or anxieties or whatever you want to call them should interfere with you having the best possible workout you can. So let’s see how we can stop them in their tracks
- Get your intentions in check by reminding yourself why you are working out: for health and not vanity. Even if you initially started working out because you want to look good in a bikini (although I bet you 100% you already do) then work on re-setting your intentions. Example) I will finish that last mile because I’m becoming the strongest, toughest version of myself possible. I will feel amazing doing it. I am so proud of what I’m getting done today. By making the end game strength and health over a flat stomach or physical changes, you create confidence in the moment rather than pushing it off for a later date.
- Give yourself permission to struggle when you are learning new moves, new machines, taking new group fitness classes. It’s not supposed to all come easily to you. One of the best things about fitness is how it challenges you. And you’re 10x more likely to take on a fun, new challenge (that you might just wind up loving) if you allow yourself the room to make mistakes. Remember, you can be confident and still be learning. There’s a sexy-ness and so much strength in having the courage to start new; so give yourself a pat on the back you rockstar!
- Smile through the slip ups. There’s nothing more attractive than somebody who can laugh at themselves. I did it all the time when I first started weight lifting, for example, and often times couldn’t even unhook the ropes and cables on the different equipment. Usually somebody would come over to help me, and instead of apologizing or acting ashamed (see #2), I just smiled and laughed about how I’m still trying to get the equipment to like me. Nobody is judging you and you have nothing to prove!
- Worship your body so much and leave no room for anyone to question it. This is the most important one on the list if you ask me. Because the day I decided to stop adjusting my shorts every half mile, stop checking my hair in the mirrors, stop wondering if my arms were flabbing during a move, stop trying to validate my body for others’ appeal – I felt so much freer and more confident in my workout space. I started saying “who cares if my shorts are riding up? What, like nobody has ever seen some cellulite before? Who am I trying to impress?” Own your body, in all its forms. Worship it. Focus on how much you respect each part of you and how it allows you to exercise, and I promise you’ll have no room left to think about how others are perceiving it.
My Week of Workouts
~ Monday’s WO ~
Monday was a morning workout before class, and as I’m not one to jump for joy at the sound of crazy cardio early in the morning, I let my body choose the type of exercise it felt like doing and it came back with a shoulder workout. I keep some workout printables saved in my phone for easy access, and this rear delt focused circuit (in red) by @Cams_Fitstagram, now @camilletfit, is one of my favorites. The whole routine took me about 40 minutes.
~ Tuesday’s WO ~
Tuesday is a no class, no work kinda day for me, so usually I’d wake up leisurely and hit the gym around 11 or so. But this day I had a dentist appointment at noon (yuck!) so I took my butt to the gym a little before 9 to do one of my blogger sis, Beverley’s, Sweat Series workout. It’s so worth the $19.99 and I’m not just saying that because Bev is a goddess AND a master at puns. After finishing that circuit, I added on my Quick Lower Back Strengthening workout (like 5 minutes) to keep from feeling sore the next day.
~ Wednesday’s WO ~
Wednesday I got to UCLA and realized I forgot my gym clothes at home..drat! So I ended up doing an at home Blogilates kinda workout. The videos I completed were the Quick Cardio Warm Up, Intense Abs PIIT (2x), and Snow Bunny Workout. Sometimes I underestimate pilates / ab workouts in general, but MAN was I sweaty after this!
~ Thursday’s WO ~
Feeling stressed? Like you just really need to sweat it out, go hard, and race past your troubles? Do this treadmill workout. It’s tough and it definitely requires endurance, but don’t be scared because you get a minute to walk at 4 mph every three minutes and you’re only running fast for one minute. I love to put in my headphones, tune out the world, and just GO with this one.
~ Friday’s WO ~
Yup, you guessed it. Leg day! I used this workout from Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer. It’s another classic routine I go to when I want to make that booty (and those quads) burrrrrn. Oldie but definitely a goodie.
Questions for the day:
Which confidence building strategy (1-4) do you most agree with, and what would you make your #5?
Which workout are you itching to give a try?
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