So when I learned that Jennifer was filling in for him today, I thought I was off the hook. I like working out with Jennifer because we always do different stuff and she comes up with a lot of compound exercises, which keep my heart rate up and my GoWearFit calculating away on those calories. So we set up a circuit full of fun little things to do and I got to work. And then she said, "oh, I forgot to set up your box."
That 21 inch plyo box is the one solitary thing in the gym that scares me. I mean like really scared, mental block, go to jump and then freeze scared. It's one of those things that just gets inside my head and messes with me. But I want to master it, cause that's how I roll.
But we set things up in a different way: we kept the box a little low (2 risers and a step) and put a bench behind it so I could squat/tap the bench in between jumps. It really helped! I did 8 or so and then moved on. The next round, she added a riser, and I did 13. The final round through the circuit, I completed 15 jumps. Having the bench behind me really helped me not be scared I was going to fall backwards and break my coccyx (which happened to a friend of mine and kept her out of the gym for WEEKS, the agony). I still really disliked jumping, but I have to admit I didn't hate it. That was nice.
Okay, so for a lot of you out there jumping on a box is not that big of an accomplishment. But for me, it felt like I had climbed Mount Everest. And more importantly, I didn't get out of doing plyometrics today like I thought I had, which means that Ultimate Fitness Challenge training has officially begun.
Over the next few months I will be highlighting some of my favorite ladies of Women's Tri-Fitness, the athletes who inspire me, intimidate me, motivate me, and teach me how to do things that are outside of my workout comfort zone. I hope you are as inspired and entertained by them as I am! I look forward to introducing them to you.
Have a healthy day!