Pacing Yourself – No Days OFF®

I was a big guy before starting at my bootcamp gym. I’m still a big guy, just not as big as I was. One of the most difficult things about going to a bootcamp gym, other than my own self confidence issues, was that I had a lot of weight to throw around. Frankly, it hurt to do some of the routine at the pace of the rest of the class. It surely didn’t help as I was already considering quitting. Perhaps another form of fitness classes was the way to go for me?

I’m not sure if my expression said it or if there was some other sign that I was putting out, but one of the personal trainers leading the class discreetly took me aside and talked to me about it. I was embarrassed to say that I felt that I couldn’t keep up because I was uncomfortable. That I was on the verge of quitting the bootcamp classes. You know what he told me? That it was okay not going full throttle from the get go. If I was experiencing pain or was uncomfortable, that it’s fine to slow down a bit, but always do MY best. Keeping up with the rest wasn’t the objective. From then on, I did what I could at the pace that was comfortable, yet I still pushed myself because I didn’t want to be “a big guy” anymore.

As time went on, I was able to go at a faster pace and pretty soon I was able to keep up with the rest of the class. It didn’t happen overnight and I’m still not going at full throttle so to say, but I can keep up. To think that I was about to quit because I thought that I had to perform at a level that was quite frankly above me is absurd. If you are in the same position that I was, don’t wait for the personal trainers to notice, go and talk to them first.

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