Fitness: Shaking Up Your Fitness Routine, by Sandra O’Brien

My workouts since January 2013 have pretty much been Hot Power Yoga. No bootcamps, the odd run here and there, but I have been happy to hit my mat six or seven days a week and feel fulfilled. However, I have heard and read so much about Crossfit, I decided to explore it more intimately. Many say it’s a hardcore workout like no other. The sense of community and support they feel from the people in their “box” (a Crossfit term for the gym where the workouts are held) is unlike any they found elsewhere.

Last July I attended the first ever UGSeries in Collingwood. It’s basically a day long competition where Crossfit participants from far and wide come to challenge themselves and have a ton of fun. There are group events, as well as individual competitions. It’s an event I highly recommend you check out, even as a spectator if you enjoy this sort of thing. Healthy competition at its best. Like I said, a very supportive group, regardless what box you are from.

After witnessing this UGSeries, and since being asked to attend by friends, and hearing how I just “have” to try it, I caved and signed up for a free class. After a brief warmup, going over form, the basic stuff we were given our WOD, that is Workout Of the Day. Crossfit WODs change every day, so you never know what you are walking into. I got off easy. The workout was 10 deadlifts followed by one pushup, down to one deadlift and 10 pushups. At that point my arms were done. I was competitive, finished first and paid for it the next day with sore arms. I had issues with getting through Chaturanga when teaching yoga. Good times!

Shaking up what you always do is a great thing. It wakes up muscles you forgot you had. Perhaps shaking it up is experiencing a more creative workout such as Yoga, Zumba, ballroom dance or Grooves. Not only does your body get the joy of new sensations but it can bring in a new element of fun and stimulate your brain. Don’t get old before our time. Step out of your comfort zone and do something new. Shake what your mama gave you and do it with a smile, whatever that looks like to you! Enjoy the journey.

 Sandra-photoSandra O’Brien is mother to the world’s three most fabulous children. She is also a Law of Attraction Life Coach, Personal Trainer, yoga instructor, published author and Reiki healer. Her work has been featured on CityLine Television, and The Toronto Star. She is owner of Muskoka Hot Yoga, and Muskoka Goddess, offering hot yoga, tabata bootcamps, personal training and coaching. She created the Goddess Creation system, a female fitness program to blowtorch body fat, sculpt sexy lean muscle and empower women everywhere to be the best version of themselves, inside and out. She enjoys dancing, reading, hiking in the forest, meditation.
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