Thursday, August 9, 2012

What's your greatest fear in a gym?

As a girl, one of my biggest fears has always been ... letting out a little bit of gas in a group of people.

I'm not going to lie, it's a bit mortifying to think of. It's also hilarious for everyone else. Observe:

But embarrassing things happen all the time. So dear readers - let me tell you that it happened to me too. Anyone reading this blog, I hope you're reading it because you're new to your journey and you're trying to find your own way. You don't know what to expect.

I just want to say that things happen that you can't control, and it's completely okay that it does.

Last night was our Olympic Weight Lifting class down at Crossfit. Because girls who lift heavy are hot, and I AM WONDER WOMAN; HEAR ME ROAR.

We were working on Deadlifts. I am already a beast at how much I can pick up, but we were really focusing on form. Proper form is extremely important when you are lifting heavy because if you don't do it right - you can shred your muscles or severely injure your back. So we are being taught when and how to bail if something goes wrong, proper grip, proper stance - everything.

We were working at 75% of our max - so with mine being 230 lbs, my coach had me start at 165 lbs for practice. We were a class of three - me, my husband, and one other athlete. We were lifting one at a time, three reps at a time so the other two could watch. We had to learn what to look for so we could understand how to fix it. After each rep, we would critique each other and try to fix it.

So, after Tyler goes, one of the coaches explains about overextending your back at the top of the lift - a lot of us do it accidentally. He said one way to avoid it, is to pinch your butt cheeks together when you stand. This ensures your hips are fully open and you don't lean to far back.

So when it was my turn, I get all squared up and I keep going over in my head about pinching my butt cheeks. So when I started lifting?


Tyler goes, 'nice', and I heard the other two guys kind of giggle. It was a little embarrassing, but toots are funny and if it had been anyone else I'd have laughed too. I continued with my lift though, and as I was putting it down... the coach said, 'It's all [other coach's] fault. He told you to pinch your butt'

And then of course, I lost composure, dropped my weight, and we all had a jolly good laugh.

Farting while working out has always been a long time fear of mine - it's always funny but you know it's kind of mortifying for the person who did it. It kind of is... but.. you gotta get over it.

So, enjoy your laugh and don't feel bad if it happens. There are worse things in life that can happen to you.

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