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This weekend my husband and I got hooked on this Netflix cooking show called “Nailed It.”
Which…if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s #amazeballs
Think Pinterest fails + cake wrecks meets reality TV.
Contestants with no professional baking experience are asked to bake elaborate cakes and pastries in limited time.
And unsurprisingly, it’s a hot (hilarious) mess.
During one episode, one of the contestants exclaimed, “I passed the freaking bar exam! Why is THIS so hard?!?”
And I thought, “Dude, of course you passed the bar exam. You went to law school, but THIS? You’ve never done it before. Of course you’re gonna suck at it.”
Cue the lightbulb moment.
No one expects to be able to bake an insanely complicated cake on their first try, which is why it’s hilarious when it goes horribly wrong and everyone (including the contestants) are laughing at their ineptitude.
However, we do the same thing to ourselves in fitness ALL THE TIME and in that setting it doesn’t feel so funny.
Rather, it feels shameful, as if we’ve failed some sort of test. Afterwards, we never want to try it again, which causes us to become more deconditioned, which then causes us to feel worse.
Talk about a losing battle. What gives?
Personally, nothing ever made me feel more anxious + uncoordinated than grade school gym class, so imma blame that, but really, I think a lot of it is because:
A) Most fitness programs start with exercises that aren’t actually geared towards beginners (talk about frustrating + being set up to fail)
B) We’re hardwired to only want to do things we’re good at, so we always avoid the things we need in fitness.
This means that when we finally try the thing we’ve been avoiding, it doesn’t go well the first time.
For example, a lot of flexible people tend to love yoga + hate strength training, because the first one makes them feel like a bendy goddess and the second feels like…well…baking a work of art in 2 hours with no prior experience.
This is to say, if you’re struggling with an aspect of fitness like strength or flexibility, or fitness in general, cut yourself some slack.
Of course it’s going to be hard. You haven’t spent time practicing it.
This doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person or it’s going to be hard forever. It just means you need to do more of it.
Orrrr, if you’ve been practicing for a while now and you’re still not getting the results you want, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate what you’re doing to see if your application supports your goals.
Remember the yoga example. Stretching ain’t gonna make you super strong or give you a bunch of muscle 😉
The good news is that getting better at squats isn’t nearly as hard as baking a 3 tier cake and no one is actually judging you for it.
The point is to see what you can do to become a more well rounded mover and enjoy the process.
Anything beyond that is just icing on the cake 😉