Over the years, I have had to adapt my training to fit my current situation.
Numerous ankle injuries resulting in casts, those fashionable medical boots, and restrictive braces, made me a pro at developing workouts to adapt to my immobilized appendage.
During the summer between middle and high school, I grew five inches and only gained five pounds. I was lanky, ungraceful, and had to seemingly relearn my sport to adapt to my new body.
Fast forward to my college years where sleepless nights and pizza delivery contributed to me gaining the "Freshman 15" and then some. I was a slow, lethargic, out of shape athlete trying to get back to normalcy, only to discover I could not just jump into my normal workout routine.
However, the greatest challenge was this past year. In the last 10 months, my body has been through hell and back, stretched beyond imagination, experienced indescribable pains, and somehow created a perfect 6 lb. 10 oz. miracle. I was determined to continue my fitness regimen throughout the pregnancy and early postpartum days, but sometimes my body had other plans. While some women are completing marathons throughout their prenatal days, I was forced to stop running at 20 weeks. Agonizing pelvic pain ruled out heavy strength training and a long labor, complete with stitches, resulted in barely surviving slow walks during those first few postpartum weeks.
Workouts are just like food, with numerous possibilities available to you. Some people thrive on white rice while others avoid grains altogether. Many enjoy their meats while others are vegetarian. If running is not your thing, try yoga. If you are a beginner, stick to the basics. Need a challenge? Try HIIT or join a new fitness class. Experiencing pain? Work on recovery or find exercises that are pain-free.
There is no perfect workout. The best workout is the one that can be adapted to fit your needs. So, no more excuses. Whether in a gym or outside, using equipment or not, with a training partner or riding solo, go workout! Listen to your body and find the ideal workout for you. If you need a little help, we have over 100 workout videos available on out MAX Workouts page and a fitness challenge coming soon!
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Two different stages in my life and two very different workouts. Choose your favorite and give it a try today!