Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2

Hey guys! So, I’ve been noticing a bit of a trend lately. It seems that wayyyyyy too many people are afraid to set their pretty feet into the gym. Ladies, you are much too guilty of this. Runners, you too. There’s nothing to be afraid of! Okay, maybe it isn’t an actual fear, but y’all shouldn’t be anxious about hitting up the gym. Sure, you see the huge jacked guys in there grunting and throwing around ridiculous amounts of weight and slamming dumbbells down and walking around in a preworkout (or roid rage????) kind of huff, but they really don’t mean to come off as intimidating. They’re there for the exact same reason; to progress, to better themselves. If you’re afraid that you’ll look stupid because you don’t know what you’re doing, never fear! It’s okay to be the newbie. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions, so be open and step a little bit outside of your comfort zone. In fact, anyone you ask will be delighted to help you, even flattered! I remember when I first starting going to the gym. I was pretty shy and uncomfortable, not to mention I had NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what I was getting myself into. Sure, it’s weird at first and you have to get the hang of it and get into your own rhythm, but it pays off!

Hey you runners. Yes, YOU. Just running all the time will not get you the progress you want as an athlete. You need to cross train. Yes, I said need. You’ll be able to develop other muscles that help you run, muscles that aren’t developed as much as the major muscles; quads, hamstrings, and calves are what you’re mainly hitting when you run. Your hips, ankles, knees, core, shoulders, back, and glutes are all crucial when you’re running! Don’t neglect these other muscle groups. Cross training also helps to prevent injury, so you don’t have to spend as much down time recovering. Get to the gym you guys, your running will benefit greatly, I promise.

Also, here’s a little shoutout to the guys and gals I see in the gym working towards their goals each and every week. While I may not be outright and blatant about it, I’m SUPER proud of y’all. Really, I admire you guys every time I see you. Thanks. Thanks for putting yourselves out there and working hard. I know it sucks at times. I know you’re gonna wanna quit sometime. But hey, just think of how worth it that it’ll all be when you’re looking back at how far you’ve come!

Bottom line: get over your fears and anxiety and intimidation factors. Don’t even think about it. Just go. To me, the gym is a second home, it’s where I’m most comfortable. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be the same for you! But don’t go once and decide you don’t like it; give it some time. And don’t be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS! Remember, you’re doing this for YOU.

Happy Trails! :)

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