I was never athletic growing up. It’s not that I didn’t try – I would try to kick a soccer ball, try to throw a football, try to spike a volleyball – but I lacked strength (and aim). I also played the violin when I was younger and my mom instilled the fear of accidentally breaking my wrist or fingers in a freak field hockey accident.
Throughout university, I went to the gym halfheartedly. All my friends had memberships so it was another thing we could do together, and nobody would care if I walked on the treadmill for most of the time. There were definitely pockets of time where I got a bit more serious about working out – usually spurred on by downloading an app, listening to a fitness podcast or realizing I was eating one too many cupcakes. Unfortunately, these blips were usually short-lived. I would inevitably find a way to lose steam, one way or another.
When I moved to Toronto in September 2015, I finally found the motivation I had been looking for. My sister had been going to a bootcamp gym for the past two years and finally convinced me to come along. The gym was unique in that it only offered one 30 minute bootcamp class. I was initially skeptical – how was this short workout supposed to replace the hours I would otherwise be spending on an elliptical?
After going for a week, I was hooked. The workouts combined strength training and cardio in a way that was never boring, was always challenging and would leave me sore for days after. These high-intensity sessions included fast-paced exercises such as burpees, squat jumps and kettlebell swings. I started going 3-5 times a week and the transformation in my body composition was almost instant. I suddenly had definition in my arms and strength in my glutes. My stamina for cardio was better than ever, and in May 2016 I completed my first 10K race (something I would have never even considered in the past).
This journey was extremely rewarding and helped me gain the courage to tackle rock climbing. Not only is working out an amazing way to de-stress, but also to boost your confidence! Never set limits on what you can achieve.
What are your favourite workout moves? Let me know in the comments below!