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July 1st, 2013 No Comments

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I’m looking back on my express beach workout yesterday and giving myself a little pat on the back while kicking myself at the same time.

On the one hand, I’m proud I decided to do some form of exercise in the 40 minute window before Amy’s baby shower. However, I really didn’t push myself to make it a intense workout.  Sounds picky?  But is it really?

I’ve written posts in the past in which I suggest we feel satisfied about our efforts, no matter how powerful they are. We win if we get to exercise at all.

At the same time, I find myself (and see others) make excuses not to give 100% – in workouts and in life, if we’re being honest.  This was the case with my workout above.  Case in point: I instagramed this pic DURING the workout!

Most of the you know the site RateYourBurn where people can judge the intensity of a studio, class, and instructor. We pay and therefore rely on these people to push our limits. As an instructor, I see the job as an honor that someone bestows their time and trust in me to take them outside of their comfort zone. As someone participating in a class, I know at some point it’s my responsibility to practice maintaining my form, increase the weight/resistance, and push myself.

Intensity is a joint effort.

So this week, as summer gets into full swing and all we want to do is slack off, let’s bring a deeper focus to our exercise and make the best use of the time we allot for it.

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