Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tip For Tuesday: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Like I mention in the video, I am a huge creature of habit, and for a long time was extremely scared to step foot in the weight room of my gym. I realize this may not pertain to everyone, but the message that I (hope to) get across in this video can be applied in many other aspects of life. Although I have conquered my fear of the weight room, there are plenty of other areas in my life I can apply this notion of "stepping out of my bubble". I would love to hear examples of how you all have stepped out of your comfort zones and how it positively impacted your life!



PS- Does anyone know how to change the still image on a YouTube video? I'm sorry, but this still is just horrible! 

20 comments:

  1. Great advise! Exactly what I needed to hear today! Thanks! :D

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  2. um I LOVE THIS video..you basically explained the story of my life from doing ONLY CARDIO and being afraid of looking like an idiot in the weight room...to just finding my own inner confidence and branching out! now weights are my LIFE! i love learning new things and i LOVE the fact that not only am i confident and do not care at ALL what people think...but that i am pretty sure that when I am in the weightroom and people stare its because i look like a boss and know what I am doing!! hahahaha
    love you<33

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  3. Loved this video! I am exactly the same way. I had/still have a huge fear of the weight room as well. Especially at school, I feel like I am the only girl in there and I feel like everyone's wondering what I'm doing in there and staring at me. I now actually go INTO the weight room with my boyfriend (haha you too), but I still get plenty nervous about it!

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    1. Just keep with it, it will get easier!! :)

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  4. Make a plan for your gym visit and review the bodybuilding.com videos to see how to do each weights exercise. If you're still unsure about something it's ok to ask. I think most people are happy to help you out because it's a compliment to them that you're asking. Put on some music and pretend you're the only one there until you start building up your confidence. There are only a few women at my gym who work with weights besides me but I wish more women would venture over. Trust me...it feels great to see just how strong you really are and burn even more calories in the process!! In the beginning I would have my boyfriend just stand next to me because it helped me feel less worried and embarrassed. It's like anything...if it's new and unfamiliar it's going to be a little scary but once you get the swing of things you're golden. People will start asking YOU questions and you'll gain both muscle and confidence.

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  5. Thank you so much for the tips!! This motivated me for my workout for later today. and yeah that's what I did too at first! IT helped just to have him near me so you dont feel so on your own. Now we do the same workouts :) Thank you!!

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  6. I have to admit that training with my trainer has increased my confidence tremendously. I think I've gained enough knowledge "following" her around and working out with her that I feel confident in what I'm doing. Like most women, I steered clear of the weight area b/c it was drowning in men. Now, I walk right into the area, go for my machine, and do what I have to do. I still get looks from men, but I tend to read them as more positive now. Yeah, look at me. I'm in here. So what?

    BTW...I have no idea how to change the still image YouTube chooses.

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  7. Great video. I love seeing other women in the weight room. The gym I go to now is actually full of really strong women, more than other gyms I've belonged to in the past. You gave great tips about looking up an exercise before you do it. I always have a written workout plan and feel confident about how to be safe doing it.

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  8. I used to be SO scared to go in the weight room. I would either take fitness classes or cardio only. The fitness classes were good, but there's just something about the free weight area. Now I kind of like being the only girl, haha! :D

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  9. I was totally in the same boat. I used to do hours of cardio a week and never saw any change in my body. Lifting has totally changed the way I look. I'm pretty much the same size, and I don't see that changing too much because I'm pretty small, but I can't believe how different I look after just 3 months. I've leaned out and can see my abs for the first time in my life.

    Also, Bodybuilding.com has an app that you can look up exercises too. I use it on my phone when I get to the gym and I forgot what the exercise was on my notes.

    Love your blog Brittany, keep it up. It's so inspiring to see another small girl lifting big.

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  10. Brittany, you are such an inspiration! Thank you for your wonderful blog - you must give up so much of your personal/free time to give your helpful advice. I don't know if you have already blogged about this previously, but if you have any advice on convincing/encouraging/forcing (lol) a significant other in eating clean I would gladly take it! The only thing preventing me from eating clean right now is that my partner isn't really interested - despite all the amazing before and after shots from the LiveFit trainer (he thinks he is fine the way he is). We cannot afford to eat different things so I can't start to eat clean unless he is willing to change as well..

    Also, my partner does say it is possible to change the still image youtube selects. He says to click your user name, go to video manager and scroll down to the video you want to change, then click edit. Hope this helps! :)

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    1. Lots of questions about this lately... give me a little while and I'll think about the best way to answer this :)

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  11. I love that you will actually talk about this problem girls have. I hate when the men stare at me while I lift, it makes me feel like im doing something wrong. My husband helps me a lot and if it weren't for him I probably would still be a cardio bunny. I figure if they are going to stare at me cause im a girl then I might as well look as much like a girl as I can...ie pink shoes, pink&white lift gloves, cute matching exercising clothes.
    "Get a good look boys, cause I'm here to stay."

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  12. I just wanted to say thanks for this, it was perfectly timed and it gave me the boost of confidence that I needed. I've been going to the gym for 2 weeks now and only using the machine weights, last night I took a deep breathe and went into the free-weights section with all the big boys. Yes I got some looks and yes I was pretending I didn't notice, but soooooooooo glad I finally plucked up the courage - they'd better get used to seeing my face in there :D

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    1. Of course! If I can help just one person, it's worth it!

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  13. I was pretty much a cardio bunny as well and shed lots of weight but I knew that lifting weights is where I would see the most transformation. I stuck to lifting light weights in my house with DVDs because I was afraid to go to a gym. Then I found LIVEFIT trainer and knew I had to get the courage to start lifting. I decided that I could take a baby step and sign up for a gym at my local community center until I was confident enough to go to a commercial gym. I am pretty much the only girl that uses free weights at my gym. I just go in, put on my headphones and gloves and I tune everyone out. I get stares but I just try to stay focused.

    Unfortunately I don't have a boyfriend, trainer or husband to show me how to lift so I heavily rely on bodybuiling.com to educate me on proper form. I am now addicted to weight training and can't wait to see what I can accomplish. :)

    Your blog is amazing. Thanks for all the great tips.

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  14. THANK YOU so much for posting this...every post, you have helped me so much. This one in particular as I've struggled with making the jump from cardio only to weights. I bust my a$$ doing so much cardio, but I look at the people that do cardio only and don't like their bodies. So, why would I mimic what they do? I see girls that incorporate weights and love how lean & cut, healthy & fit they look, and have been thinking I need to change my routine to get the body effect I want.

    I feel the exact same way you did, I'm worried about everyone watching me at the gym, worried that guys will come up and try to help because I look stupid & in need of help, and scared to step out of my comfort zone of the cardio equipment that I could do with my eyes closed lol! You are an inspiration, and thank you again so much for your advise!
    Also, don't worry about your stills on youtube, you are beautiful no matter what your still is!! :)

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  15. I think this is so much more common than a lot of people realize and I can 100% relate! This is EXACTLY what I went through when I first joined my gym. For this 1st year I did cardio every single day and occasionally ventured over to the weight machines but NEVER over to the free weights bc I was so intimidated, not only as a girl but as a girl who had NO experience lifting. I felt like everyone would look at me and think I was an idiot bc I didn't know what to do or if I would be doing it right. Then I started to research the exercises I wanted to try and I became determined to do them bc I truly wanted to better myself and that eventually trumped my fear of what everyone thought. Of course that first time wandering over to the free weights was scary as hell, especially since at my gym, you VERY rarely ever see women in that section, but I just got myself into "tunnel vision mode" and got through my workout as planned and it eventually got easier. So now for the past 6 months I have been diligently researching and constantly trying to change up my workouts and better my form and I completely agree that this is the best way to change and sculpt your body, hands down! I went from being the girl who was intimidated by weights, to being the girl that other people at my gym - women AND men - come to for advice and tips on what my routine is like. It's kind of an awesome feeling and totally worth stepping out of my bubble for!

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