Kicking it with Tuesday Trainer or ‘Why you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously’

Tuesday Trainer is back again!

This week (actually, last week; Lindsay decided to take some well-deserved time off, so last week’s theme was postponed until today) the trainers are showing off their favourite Taebo and Kickboxing moves.

While I competently teach step aerobics, I’ve never managed to excel at kickboxing.

Maybe it has something to do with my tight hip flexors. Or my inability to follow the choreography of other instructors. Or my fear of being in a group fitness class without my step to hide behind (really!).

Regardless, this week’s assignment took me way out of my comfort zone!Β Rather than castigate myself for not being very good at something (heck, we can’t excel at everything!), I chose to have fun with it. Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. Fitness is supposed to be fun and laughing is a great abdominal exercise!

Next time you’re having difficulty following your group fitness instructor, remember my less-than-stellar kickboxing demonstration. Don’t get frustrated.Β Don’t get angry and blame the instructor for wasting your workout time.

Take a deep breath and remind yourself of the reason you came to class in the first place; movement, positive energy and the great feeling you have when you’re all finished! Leave your self-judgement and perfectionist tendencies at the door and allow yourself to have fun regardless of whether you’re keeping up with the rest of the class or not.

Want something else to laugh about? Check out the top search terms that led people to my blog this past week.

My favourites? ‘Senior woman in spandex jogging pants’ and ‘hot chicks that invigorate the mind’. I’m picturing a little old man sitting behind his computer ogling middle-aged fitness bloggers. Was it you?

And NO, pull ups will not make you short.

How serious are you when you’re working out?

What type of workout is completely out of your comfort zone?

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  1. OH, I took kickboxing a while back – search my blog & you will see pics! Way out of my comfort zone & I had bruises on my shins too! It was hard but fun. Like you, hard to not be doing something you feel good at… I need to try yoga & that is out of my comfort zone too – in fact, a lot of things are… I have tried bodybuilding in the past & did it & that was freaking out of my comfort zone getting up on stage in that little bikini!!! FUN POST with those search terms!!!
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    • I always wondered how those itty-bitty posing bikinis stay on. Do you use double-sided tape?
      I thought that yoga would be outside my comfort zone, but it turned out not to be. I particularly love challenging hatha flow classes. I shake and sweat and my legs burn holding some of the poses. Feels like a real workout (if you know what I mean!).

  2. Actually your form was pretty darn good jabberhooker! I used to teach kickboxing but gave it up as I, too prefer step. By the way, have you seen my spandex jogging pants?
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    • Did you find kickboxing hard on your knees? I have a few clients (my age) who’ve tried it an complained about joint issues afterwards.
      You have spandex jogging pants??? Maybe that search term was for you!

  3. I loved your video. I would take a kickboxing class from you. Well, at least I would if I worked out in public. πŸ™‚

    I have a variety of kickboxing DVDs, but it’s not my favorite workout, because I find it gets a little repetitive. That being said, I always get a great calorie burn from it.

    By the way, if people are landing on your fitness blog by searching for “Spartacus,” you’re obviously doing something right. πŸ™‚
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  4. holey mackerel! I’m dying over jock itch. HA!

    • Well, I kind of deserved that one. I did actually write about athlete’s foot and jock itch (caused by the very same fungus) a couple of weeks ago…

  5. Love your video – great job! The search terms cracked me up! Hilarious! Hot chicks that invigorate the mind? That doesn’t even make sense! lol
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  6. I am so uncoordinated I would have made a fool of myself trying to do kickboxing moves!! You did a great job and your outake wasn’t so bad either!!!
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    • People are surprised when I admit to being uncoordinated at dancing-like activities; after all, I teach step choreography. I always tell them that I have to practice a LOT before I get up and do it in public!

  7. I redefine uncoordinated (hence the love of the weights and not being on a team sport) BUT I also love me the kickboxing.

    Im a misfit πŸ˜‰
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    • Maybe they’ll be some choreographed fitness classes we can take together at FitBloggin? As long as you grapevine left, I’ll grapevine right!

  8. I used to religiously take a turbo kick class at 24 hour fitness in Colo and since I moved to the city I have been bad about “classes”…I really need to find a time that works for me and go again. For me it is soooo much better than running!
    Glad you went out of your comfort zone. πŸ™‚
    PS search terms sometimes are hilarious!
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  9. Love the video. You’re beautiful!

    • Hey Julie! How are you? Back state-side yet?
      Thanks for your lovely comments! Back at you.

      • Doing great. It looks like I’m here in Bolivia for the long haul. A long-term gig in an indoor soccer field — teaching dance and yoga and gentle fitness — is looking promising. Just moved to a “loft” near the mountains, so life is fresh and nippy. As ever you admirer…

  10. Good fitness instructors should be responsible to keep you excited and interested even if you are good or not, so it’s just right to think that its the instructors fault.

    • Yes, I agree, that good instructors should create a fun, motivating place to exercise. But, not everybody will always get all of the moves; even the best instructors have to move on when 99% of the class is following and 1% isn’t!
      My point is, that if you’re that 1%, you need to let go and have fun. Maybe next time you’ll catch on sooner!