Hello, body? I have one (ok, two) simple requests

Hello, body? I have one (ok, two) simple requests: 

Can we puhleeze get it together and finally conquer the PLANK and PUSH-UP series in barre n9ne, already??

I mean really, you’ve been taking class for over six months now and those damn planks and push-ups are the death of you. What gives?

…are we sally-ing out and not pushing through the shake like we do at the barre?
(maybe? Ok, definitely maybe. Ok, definitely sally-ing out. Caught. Red. Handed) 

Because really, you’re starting to embarrass me now – you’re strong and able, let’s show these planks and push-ups how it’s done. mmk?

Yep. These were the thoughts going through my head last night during my double session at barre n9ne. That and lots of curse words when Tanya flipped on the song (Beautiful, Dirty, Rich) that only means one thing in class: thigh dancing (which perhaps should be renamed thighs-burning-like-hell-how-on-earth-is-this-dancing??). But we’ll save that topic for another day.

Back to planks and push-ups. They are my nemesis. And I am so determined to conquer them. And soon. To me, being able to hold a plank series and to be able to get through a push-up series with killer good form and without taking breaks? Epitomizes a fit body to me. I don’t know why, but it just does.

I want to be that “fit body” in class that can get through the whole series. I want it badly. So what am I gonna do about it? I’m gonna work hard, wicked hard, to push through the pain, to let my body shake like I’ve learned to let it do at the barre.

And soon, I’m gonna kill that plank and push-up series like a rockstar. Why yes, yes I am

***This pep talk to self brought to you by a serious case of barre n9ne high last night. And now, back to regularly scheduled programming.**

19 thoughts on “Hello, body? I have one (ok, two) simple requests

  1. I kind of look at it the opposite of you. I don’t ever want to be able to do something 100% in class (tricep pushups are the WORST). I hope I’m always pushing, always striving for that next level.
    You’ll get there – especially with your no quit attitude!!

    • Ah, you make a really good point. And honestly – I mostly agree with you, actually. I love that my workouts always pose a challenge, no matter how often I attempt them. I have always, always wanted to master the push-up and plank – and I recognize that if and when that happens, some other exercise move or workout will pose a new challenge to tackle next. I love challenges, clearly 🙂

  2. I love what Heather said – agree – I don’t think we should ever totally get through every series of anything…it should always be juuuust hard enough where we aren’t able to. Though I know what you mean about sally-ing out at the barre, that’s how I felt last night. My legs had a mind of their own last night!

    • But I’d like to get close, that’s my point. To be able to push through it more than I have been able to up until now. I need to overcome that inner voice telling me “you can’t do this” and turn it into “you can! you will!” I hate when I wuss out in situations like that (like last night!!)

  3. I really wouldn’t worry about it. There will always be something that will be your nemesis. I think you should just worry about good form, and doing your thing. Improvements will come.

    • I wouldn’t say I’m “worried” about it so much as I’m annoyed with myself for those times that I wuss out vs. pushing through to try to complete one of the sets without giving up on myself, you know? But you’re right – with time and focus, I’ll get through more and more of those pushups and planks – and with killer good form, super important!

    • Hehe, I try 😉

      And I know, I am fit, totally. I just hate that I’m not better at pushups and planks — but you know me, once I get an idea in my head, I won’t give up until I’ve conquered it, in some shape or form at least 🙂

  4. I love this pep talk! I give them to myself, too – often while I’m in the middle of a run or a difficult Pilates class, etc. You are FIT and STRONG and I know you can get through this series! Keep up the hard work and amazing attitude. xo

  5. I love the pep talk to self! Push ups are my arch nemesis too!!!! You’re not going to make me take that class with you, are you? :-O 😉

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