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Conquering my final fear at the gym one row at a time.

Friday, December 13, 2013

I like being challenged at the gym-lifting heavier weights thrills me, sprinting at higher speeds-without damaging major body parts is cathartic! Yes I like to live on the edge so to speak especially being 44 now-but age is just a number! Yet...

The rowing machine. I admit to shuddering at it all these years as I walked by them. Who in their right mind found that medieval device fulfilling to exercise on? Nevermind that the people that were on it were extremely fit and enjoyed it from what I could see while I was over in the weight section or treadmilling my heart out. No, no, those insanely fit people didn't have my weak wrists so they could do it so effortlessly. I had an excuse to keep away!

But thinking back to the earlier part of my fitness journey I remembered how I'd never thought I could learn to lift heavy weights with my carpal tunnel braced wrists-but I did. It took determination and building up to it but I did do it-so how was this different? Could I let my own cowardice keep me from trying something new? The answer is finally NO.

So the past couple weeks I have been doing short sessions on the rowing machine--no longer than 5 minutes with plenty of breaks and praying and water and gasping for air --but I am doing it. The final frontier is still a bit away for me-but I am adding this to my goals. Fear (and carpal tunnel)will NOT keep this dream from coming to fruition!
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    1365 days ago
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    1438 days ago
    That's great! Our gym had recently purchased a couple of row machines, and till this day I've done the same thing. Just walk by and look at them. I haven't mustard the courage to get on one of them, but thanks to you will make sure that I try something new this week. You have done an amazing job on your journey. I'm so proud of you and hope to been in the best shape of my life come 2014.
    1440 days ago
    great job!
    1441 days ago
    I am so proud of you! It is amazing and beautiful that you conquered that fear. Yes, you conquerED it! I was just thinking about something similar. Running (or waddling in my case) is my nemesis and then combine it with doing it in front of people in a race is terrifying to me. I am not good at it, my body doesn't particularly like it, but I continue. Crazy really, but there is something very cool about the act of plugging along and continuing to try. Someone asked me why I would continue to do it and I pretty much said that all the reasons why I shouldn't do it are exactly the reasons why I want to conquer it (may mean my idea of "conquering" is different than others. lol). It is wonderful when we do something that "tests" us, be it emotionally or physically.

    No doubt in my mind that you are going to be a PRO rower! Can't even imagine what that already awesome back of yours is going to look like:)
    1441 days ago
    Keep it up. You can do it!
    1441 days ago
    emoticon The rowing machine won't know what hit it when you are done with it!
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  • NESHAMA123
    The rowing machine is one of the few I really like. It is great you are giving it a try.
    1442 days ago
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