6 TIPS FOR A HOT SUMMER BOD

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Our most successful members share a few things in common. It's the habits they have instilled to get and stay in shape year round. But, we know that in the summer months, it is even more of a focus to look and feel like your best self, so we thought it would be the perfect time to share- 


IF YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING FROM THIS EMAIL... REMEMBER THE FIRST ONE - 

#1 THEY WORKOUT TO CURE WHAT AILS THEM EMOTIONALLY. 

Every day we experience anxiety, stress, lack of patience, self deprecation, anger... If you say "I'm going to workout because it will cure my feelings of _______ (anxiety, patience, etc.), you will probably do it. YOU'LL BE MORE CONSISTENT, THEN MAGICALLY, YOUR BODY WILL CHANGE TOO. 

Society is hyperfocused on working out to have a hot body. WAIT! Keep reading... There's nothing wrong with wanting to look good, HOWEVER, a great physique is only a bi-product to the much bigger picture. Fitness affects our life, our emotions, and our character. If a perfect body were enough motivation, we would all be fit. YOU WILL BE MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL IN FITNESS IF YOU DO IT BECAUSE IT BENEFITS YOU EMOTIONALLY.

#2 THEY ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE PEOPLE THEY WORKOUT WITH:

You'll always be excited about your workouts if you know you're going through it with people you enjoy, and have great energy to push each other. It's easy to miss a workout if other people don't notice. Call/text your friends weekly & plan these times together. 

#3 THEY SIGN-UP FOR CLASSES BEFORE THEY START THEIR WEEK,

instead of waiting to see if they "feel like it" (because more often you won't), or when you "have time" (because you never will).

#4 THEY ARE MINDFUL OF WHAT THEY EAT: (DUH... BUT)

I know this is obvious, but listen up... By default, working out often makes you more conscious of what you put in your mouth. You know you don't want to feel like crap during your workout, and it impacts performance. Personally, I never eat junk, or overeat on days I teach/workout (which is most days). By default, there's less temptation.

Then, post-workout, you know how hard you worked on your body during that time, and don't want to undo the hard work.

#5 THEY ARE CONSTANTLY GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE:

"To get something you've never had, you have to do things you've never done," is absolutely true. Whether that's trying new classes, (we all get intimidated, so get over it), increasing weight, reps, working on mobility so you move better, etc. Your WEAKNESSES HOLD MORE OPPORTUNITY THAN YOUR STRENGTHS. 

#6 IT'S NON-NEGOTIABLE:

Life will always be busy. Be willing to sacrifice sleep, other events, your lunch break, to get moving. CONSISTENCY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO STAYING FIT.

 

Do us a favor, and forward this to a friend who could use a nudge! 99% (ish) of our clients come from referrals, and we are eternally GRATEFUL for you for keeping our small business door open. -Katie

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR BODY?

 Photographed by: Will Brooks @thebrojax

Photographed by: Will Brooks @thebrojax

I hated my legs for a long time. I thought they looked like tree trunks and don't even get me started about my inner thighs rubbing together when I walked. When I would wear shorts, they would bunch up as I walked, showing off more of the legs that I was disgusted to look at. 

For most of my adult life I didn't wear shorts or leggings at all. In one of the first kardio dance classes I taught I wore tight fitting pants.... I yelled "SHAKE IT" and some guy laughed with the woman next to him, and said "Oh it is!" From then on it was baggy pants only while dancing.

Even when I was at my lowest weight, my legs never seemed to change. I told myself it wouldn't matter if I were 100 pounds, my legs would always be this way. It is what it is.

About a year ago I read a life changing book, As A Man Thinketh. The gist is that thoughts become action. Our entire reality is a product of all of the thoughts we've had over an entire life. So, after an (adult) lifetime of self deprecating thoughts about my legs, and arms (too muscular, not feminine), I realized something... Thinking these thoughts, and believing these things to be true about myself was leading to behaviors that only perpetuated that reality. So, I ripped off the baggy pants. I stopped asking lulu for all drop crotch, and hit up the legging wall. 

In the meantime, crop tops also came back in style. Hallelujah! My stomach is one part of my body that's been easy for me to love. I say that just to keep it honest and say it wasn't all negative... But the negative has a way of outweighing, right?

It was a bit of an undertaking, but here was my

PROCESS FOR LOVING & THUS SHIFTING MY BODY:

1. FOCUS ON THE GIFT/FUNCTION OF EACH BODY PART: I began focusing on my legs for the gift they are. They are strong and muscular. That allows me to do the things I love: dance harder, jump higher, and take me on all sorts of adventures! 

2. EAT FOODS THAT WILL SEND MY BODY LOVE: I pay closer attention to the way foods make me feel. Working out for a living, how I feel, and the way foods affect my energy, or digestive system, is MAGNIFIED! 

   *FIRST when I get hungry I DRINK WATER to make sure I'm not actually dehydrated.
   *TRIAL AND ERROR: I avoid the foods that are uncomfortable to digest. (ex. When I became vegetarian I ate a lot of hummus and cheese at lunch, and by evening classes I STILL felt like there was a brick in my belly. So, I limit beans, and switched to goat cheese.. I did slim down some, (bonus).. but MOST importantly, I know that fruits, veggies, eggs and nuts make me feel GREAT, and I really didn't miss meat or lack energy). 
   *DON'T OVEREAT OUT OF PROCRASTINATION: I am mindful. I notice when I am satisfied & I then tell myself I love my body more than the food. I recognize that I am trying to put off a task, and tell myself the quicker I start it, the quicker it will be finished.

 

**HERE'S THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO BODY CHANGE
3. IF I WANT TO CHANGE, I HAVE TO BE WILLING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT: I began incorporating REGULAR Primal workouts into my routine. I swear to you, the thing I was most afraid of, was ultimately the answer to what I thought was IMPOSSIBLE. My legs actually did change shape! I noticed the "cuts" from my quads on the side, less inner thigh touch, and I no longer view them as tree trunks. 

I am naturally muscular, so I had avoided strength training as to not "bulk up." However, I realized that as long as I'm not overeating (even the healthy stuff), the strength training (Primal), sculpts a gorgeous, lean shape. 

I am no longer ashamed of my arms. They are feminine... and I'm ā STRONG ASS FEMALE. 

HIT ME UP. WHAT THOUGHTS DO YOU HAVE THAT ARE PERPETUATING THE PROBLEM? I am happy to help you shift your mindset & your body. 

Keep the Passion, 
Katie

 NEVER SAY ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF YOU DO NOT WISH TO COME TRUE. 

NEVER SAY ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF YOU DO NOT WISH TO COME TRUE. 

 People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound. - James Allen

People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound. - James Allen