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LOSING YOUR MOJO?

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LOSING YOUR MOJO?

I have been active, to some degree, for most of my life. I started off as a young girl doing swimming lessons and playing community soccer. As I got a bit older, I fell in love with dance and spent several years training in both ballet and jazz. 

 

 

My true passion was gymnastics. I started early and became quite good competitively.  Sadly, I ended up tearing ligaments in my ankle (along with horrible tendinitis in my elbow) and my gymnast days were over.  Fast forward – a LOT of years – and I ended up back in the realm of gymnastics, choosing to compete in Fitness. I LOVED combining heavy lifting, HIIT cardio, dance and gymnastics (despite the endless hours in the gym). It was truly a combination of my favorite things.

 

I LOVED combining heavy lifting, HIIT cardio, dance and gymnastics

 

But, injury got the best of me yet again and I was forced to give up the competitive Fitness goals. After three surgeries (two wrist and one back), I was back in the gym, just training to stay strong and fit and to hopefully drop some of the weight that being inactive had put on my frame. 

So I went back to the gym. I lifted. I cardio’d.  I lifted some more. I tried to switch things up: High intensity, high reps, low reps, volume training, pyramid training, Tabata… you name it, I tried it. I wanted to stay in love with the gym. But that love affair was slowly dwindling; I was getting BORED.

 

 

If you have been at that stage, then you know how hard it is to really give it your all. You just kind of go through the motions. It’s not as intense; not as challenging. I knew that I needed a challenge. And I thought back to the time, way before I competed, that I would go to group fitness classes almost every day. I LOVED it. There was so much variety. Strength, flexibility, high and low intensity cardio. And different music. And different instructors. And the BEST part? I didn’t have to think. I didn’t have to push myself through another workout. I just had to watch, listen, and copy. And I loved it! 

 

You just kind of go through the motions. It’s not as intense; not as challenging.

 

So I set about finding some group classes which would be fun and challenging that I could take to get me back in my groove. And I did just that! Step and Strength, Group HIIT training, Zumba… you name it, I’m doing it. And I’m so thankful that I decided to step outside the box to get my body and mind back in a positive, energy-filled place.

 

I’m so thankful that I decided to step outside the box to get my body and mind back in a positive, energy-filled place.

 

The human body doesn’t know WHAT you’re doing to get (or stay) health and in shape. All it knows is that it’s being challenged. If you’re being challenged, you’re being changed. So don’t force yourself to fit into a mold because you think it’s the ‘right way’ to work out. Move your body.  Challenge your body.  Push your body.  But listen to your heart.  Do that which brings you joy. Because when your mind is at peace and accepting, your body will do what you want it to. And you’ll remember why you started in the first place.

About Asha Belisle

ASHA  BELISLE, CSCS, CEP, BPE
Asha is a Certified Exercise Physiologist who has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 18 years. She is a Fitness and Nutrition Coach who specializes in Contest Preparation. She works on not only the physical components of competition, but also the social and emotional. Asha has worked with amateur and professional athletes from various athletic disciplines, and has a passion for helping others to realize their dreams.