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How many times have you said to yourself, 'I won't be able to do that?'

A lot probably. I hear it all the time when I’m training people. And to a point it’s sensible. We avoid harming ourselves physically by staying away from activities or movements that would be damaging to us. It’s a bit like me pretending I could run 100m in 14 seconds or whatever it was I could do at school. I’d probably pop out a vertebrate per step these days.

But there is a flip side to it. We tell ourselves we cannot achieve something because it’s safer for our brain not to try. It’s a possibility we would be able to perform the task in question, but if we fail the stakes feel higher. As we age, we almost expect that we should be at the top of the game for everything. We have jobs that we are good at. We might be a good parent, run a tight ship at home and excel at the extra tasks that come along with being an adult. We have forgotten what it’s like to ‘just give it a bash and see’.

By telling ourselves we are not capable or worse, we probably wouldn’t be capable so there is no point in trying, we are putting limits on reaching our full potential. Whether it’s being able to follow steps in a dance fitness class, just stepping foot into the gym after some time out or learning to lift weights for the first time, there is so much out there in the fitness world that we could take part in…. And more importantly, that could bring a different joy to our lives.

One of the parts of my life that I enjoy most is not being great at something in the gym. Learning a lift from the ground up, coming back to it after I’ve given my body a break or finally being proficient enough to try a PB. In fitness, ‘failure’ is a goal. Taking a set to failure is the ultimate test of mindset and training intensity. It’s just part of the process. Failing becomes normal…. So ’giving something a shot’ becomes a part of daily life.

We go in to the set being confident in our ability to give it our best shot. Aiming for the best possible result but not being hard on ourselves when it doesn’t pan out quite how we intended. I like to apply this way of thinking in my normal life. To try something whole-heartedly…. And not to be scared of failing, because trying something and then trying it again & again with determination is quite a magnificent feeling in itself.

That’s one of the reasons I run a class like Hype. It’s a dance fitness class, and whilst it’s easy to follow if you’ve got dance skills, it’s not quite as simple as your average dance fitness class. I created the concept like this on purpose. I remember what it felt like when I was learning to pop, glide and wave back in the dance studio… it was hard but the feeling of accomplishment when I managed to get better was some next level endorphins.

I want to challenge my clients to try things outside of their comfort zone, to get comfortable with failing. To get comfortable with discovering what they are truly capable of when they allow themselves to ‘give something a shot’.

If there’s something you’ve been putting off because you’re thinking ‘I won’t be able to do that’ book it in today. You will never know unless you try. #unleashthebeast



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