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July 27th, 2009 No Comments

In the past I’ve blogged sweaty pics, and last week I twittered about how much I love Colin Kim’s spin class at Equinox in West Hollywood.

He is one of the only people I’ve met to effectively inspire and evolve people in a group fitness atmosphere without being domineering, patronizing, or cheesy.
I have taken his class for 5 years now.  Just as I have grown stronger mentally and physically, he has as well.  Now his energy, confidence, and spirituality truly creates a priceless experience.

The other day Colin related the adrenaline rush of riding a roller coaster to the pain of pushing yourself outside of your physical comfort zone.  Both experiences have the ability to stir up emotions you might not know you have.  Accessing these feelings via exercise takes practice and dedication.  You can’t just pick up a heavy dumbbell and expect a catharsis.

I know I can’t be your Colin, but of course I hope you find inspiration on this blog to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the well-being of your body.  In that journey, I hope you keep an eye out for the mental benefits.  Because in the end, balance in your mind, will lead to balance in your life.

Colin, Stacy, Kristen are all instructors (from Equinox) who helped push me beyond my limits.  As an athlete, I was all about the physical and always looked for distraction in a game/class/activity.  No one wants to probe inside when you’re trying to escape the outside world.  But what I’m saying is that looking within is the real challenge, and once you are able to access the shit that weighs you down from the root of the problem, then you can release the stress.  Then the weight of the world will be lifted.

Don’t expect a revelation daily.  But some days, you will surprise yourself.

Colin’s Schedule at Equinox:

  • Wednesday: 5pm abs, 5:30-6:30pm spin, 7:00-8:30pm Yoga
  • Thursday: 4:30-5:25pm Tantra
  • Friday: Yoga 1-2pm

I know Equinox is expensive, but if you live in Los Angeles, the instructors themselves are worth every penny.

Otherwise, actively search for something that pushes you beyond your limit.