I challenge you!

When was the last time you tried something new with your workouts? Do you always use the same cardio machines? Do the same weight routine week after week? Always take the same aerobic classes? Do you ever see something and think to yourself how much you would love to try it?

I took a deep stretch yoga class on Friday last week at the studio I go to regularly, Be Yoga in Charlotte, but it was in a different room than my normal Sunday night class. This particular day it was in the same room that aerial yoga is held. I had seen the class advertised but never thought too much about it. As I was laying there in my stretches (in deep stretch yoga you hold stretches for about 3 minutes per stretch) looking up at the silks hanging from the ceiling my curiosity started running. Of course the first thing that came to mind was I probably couldn’t do it because of my back.

Fast forward to Sunday when I arrived for my regular deep stretch class. When I was checking in I was asked which class I was there for. Turns out it was the first night they were offering beginner aerial yoga. I am always up to trying something new when it comes to fitness and this now had my full attention! I went to talk to the instructor, Josh, and told him about my back issues. He told me that I could modify (the best thing about yoga! Anybody can do it no matter your fitness level. There are so many modifications you can make and the instructors are always happy to show and help you!) so I told him I was in! The class was so much fun and didn’t bother my back!!! I did try 1 pose that didn’t feel great on my back so I immediately stopped and did it on the floor like I already knew how to do. It was a much different workout than I am used to but I loved pushing myself to new limits!

Look, no hands!

Look, no hands!

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

So this is my challenge to you… Try something new! Does your gym have TRX? Kettle bells? Have you taken a yoga class? Wondering about that spin class? Thinking about swimming for cardio? Do it! Stop talking yourself out of it and just go for it!

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