Get Fit

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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).

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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!

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