My scariest leg press ever

I felt really grumpy and de-motivated this morning, and for no obvious reason.

I practised the power of positive thoughts, that didn’t work, my ‘chimp’ got in the way, so I was on a downer. But I knew what I had to do, get out and exercise.

I thought of doing a body weight session in the garden, but anything would have distracted me, so I decided to go to the gym.

I love finding new gyms whenever I travel, and deliberately look for smaller venues with basic equipment and free weights. Personally, I find the members of this type of gym friendly and extremely helpful, despite many of them lifting weights heavier than I am!

I arrived and immediately my mood started to lift.

There was a piece of equipment, the Vertical Leg Press, in this particular gym, that I hadn’t used before. Yes, I’m used to the Vertical Press, but not one that was as low to the floor and as ancient as this one!

I’ve avoided it for weeks, choosing the Horizontal Press, it made me shiver every time I looked at it, is it safe, what if the plate falls on me, how does it work?

It was time to leave my comfort zone and go for it.

This was only a little step out of my comfort zone, but I was a tad scared and apprehensive, we are all creatures of comfort and can hold back on things that challenge us.

As children we are natural risk takers. But as we get older and learn to fear failure, we tend to hold ourselves back and attempt fewer things, with the result that our comfort zones tend to shrink.

A study by The University of Texas, found that learning new and demanding life skills, can help us stay mentally sharp as we get older, and that’s no bad thing.

So, I found someone to reassure me with how the machine worked.

When I’d used the Vertical Press in other gyms, I was confident thinking I could use the same weight with this machine, despite my helpful gym member giving me a quizzical look and stating the weight I had chosen was heavier than he used…mmm, ah, no problem!!!!  Until, the weights did not move! So we reduced them to the amount he uses, perfect, heavy but safe and a great leg workout.

I must add here, in my opinion, the Vertical Leg Press is not for beginners, so stay safe with the Horizontal Press, until more experienced.

I’d conquered my fear, laughed at my failure and learned by my experience.

I continued with my workout, and with endorphins flowing felt great. For me, exercise really is the answer to a healthy mind and body.

Join us on the Sant Elia Retreat in September, it can work for you too.

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