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If You Hate It

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I wrote about my Total Body Conditioning instructor in my last blog entry; the one who would say, "You can do anything for two minutes!" This week, I thought of another one of her phrases about strength training.

I was in the "abs room" at the gym, as I call it. This is where they keep the rubber mats, the stability balls, etc. There is other equipment in there also, like jump ropes and light weights, but all I ever do in this room is work my abs. So it is the ABS ROOM to me.

I've always had weak abs, even when I was a kid. It's probably why I was a terrible gymnast. Those double leg lifts and V-sits they used to have me do were torture. I did everything I could to cheat and not really do the exercise.

I realize now as a grownup that I was only cheating myself. Maybe if I had done the exercises, or (for those of you who follow my mother, Brooklyn Born's, blog) held my stomach in all the time, I'd have abs of steel.

But I didn't. Even now, when I finish my run and head to the abs room, I mentally groan, look at the clock and come up with all kinds of excuses why I should skip ab work. My number one, favorite reason is, "I don't have the time. I need to shower and get back to work."

However, most of the time I realize that my "reason" is not really true, and the true reason is simply... I HATE AB WORK BECAUSE IT'S HARD!

That bring's me to my TBC coach's saying when we would complain about a particular strengthening exercise.

"If you hate it, it probably means you need to do a whole lot more of it."

I think she's definitely right.
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    Things you hate to do? Remember those dumbbells you gave me for Christmas all those years ago? I'm actually using them during the SP videos. Well, not the real heavy ones, but I'm working my way up.
    1996 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/3/2012 8:39:45 PM
    "If you hate it"

    If you hate it, you feel soooo much better after you do it!!! DONE!!!

    I tell myself to put the "big girl pants on, suck it up and get moving." Sometimes I have to be hard on myself.

    1997 days ago
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