If you had told me when I started Style IT almost seven years ago that I would have all of the opportunities and adventures that I have had, I would totally have laughed at you and asked if you were feeling alright. Every day feels like an adventure, and I’m so grateful to have these amazing experiences and access. This latest opportunity scares me to my core – it’s a wellness challenge that includes the words boot camp. WHAT?
The thought of attending any boot camp class terrifies me, since I’ve fallen very out of shape. In high school, I was a Top 100 athlete, playing center for my high school and regional competitive basketball teams. Unfortunately a series of ankle injuries kept me from playing my senior year and as a result, pursing any collegiate opportunities. To this day, I still miss the game.
My experiences in the gym have always been less than positive. Even in high school, I never seemed to athletically perform to my coach’s expectations. I’ve taken numerous yoga classes, but it never seemed that I could quite get into the position that the instructor wanted, or move through the moves as quickly as I should. Was it because I was (and am) overweight? Or is it perhaps that I never quite adjusted to my 6’2″ frame? Regardless, the only place that I have truly felt comfortable in a fitness setting is on the basketball court.
I’ve considered trying any number of ways to kick start incorporating fitness into my routine. I joined my local gym and tried to start slowly, but there wasn’t enough stimulation to keep me engaged. Zumba sounds like a fun time, but would I end up humiliating myself because I have absolutely no rhythm? I consider myself a confident woman, but all of that melts away when I enter a gym. Does that ever go away?
A few weeks ago, the Oxygen team reached out to me and asked if I would like to participate in a sponsored campaign that includes attending four boot camp sessions at Circuit of Change. I’m intrigued by the idea because it combines so many different disciplines for a mind and body experience. My first class is tonight and I’m terrified, but I’m also excited to go even further from my comfort zone. My friend Monica reminded me over dinner last night of the Friday Night Lights mantra – clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
Alright friends, let’s talk fitness. What kinds of workouts do you do? Do you love it? Tell me in the comments below!
This post was written as part of my partnership with Oxygen Network. More to come!