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7 Craziest Things Fitness Instructors Want You to Do

7 Craziest Things Fitness Instructors Want You to Do

As if jumping into a fitness class or session isn’t scary enough, it often seems like fitness instructors have all sorts of requirements that can be very intimidating. The truth is, many fitness instructors make requests because their suggestions work. They want you to succeed in living a healthier life overall, and sometimes that means you need to do crazy things.

Check out these 7 crazy (but helpful) requests fitness instructors sometimes make:

Crazy Thing #1: Get Comfortable With Your Body

Believe it or not, being uncomfortable with your body can keep you from getting fit and living a healthier life. When your fitness instructor suggest you accept your body and learn to be comfortable in your own skin, they are actually offering you benefits like:

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  • Exercises to improve sexual stamina and sex life
  • The ability to understand your body’s signals and respond appropriately
  • Confidence needed to take your fitness to the next level
  • Greater flexibility

Take your instructor’s advice of getting comfortable with your body. As a result, you can reach a whole new level of being comfortable with healthy living too.

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    Crazy Thing #2: Workout At Home Too

    Homework is the worst part of taking any class, but it really is important. Your fitness instructor will probably assign you exercises or workout routines to perform on the days when you are not coming in for sessions or classes. They may expect you to work out on week days or multiple times per day.

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    There are good reasons for this. Working out throughout the day increases muscle tone and endurance levels. It also makes exercise part of your daily routine, which is a great habit to get into. If you find that the homework your fitness instructor gives you cannot fit with your lifestyle, let the instructor know. They may have adaptations that will work for you instead.

    Crazy Thing #3: Change Your Diet

    Healthy lifestyles rarely involve eating whatever you want. Likewise, effective workouts require effective healthy eating plans to support muscle growth, needed energy levels, and much more. If your fitness instructor offers advice on healthy eating plans , they aren’t actually being crazy or nosy. Instead, they are offering you the opportunity to really maximize your health efforts.

    Crazy Thing #4: Set Better Goals

    When fitness instructors say your goals are unrealistic, they probably aren’t trying to be mean. The truth is that fitness experts typically know a lot about body limits, muscle growth, flexibility, and the way that bodies become healthier and more fit. By helping you set more realistic goals, fitness instructors can help you work your way up to any goal – one step at a time.

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    A helpful response to a fitness instructor’s suggestion you are dreaming beyond reality is to ask them what they think an attainable goal is. You can also let your instructor know that your goal is still your goal, but ask them what mini-goals need to come first and what time frame they believe your body can succeed in. Responses like these help fitness instructors to do their jobs and help you to maintain your confidence and motivation.

    Craziest Things Fitness Instructors Want You to Do

      Crazy Thing #5: Use Etiquette In Group Classes

      Having fun and feeling free to be you on your fitness journey is important. However, if your fitness instructor has crazy rules about being on time, not talking, wearing certain clothing, or other etiquette matters, listen up. Chances are you are not your instructor’s only client. You might even be participating in group classes. That means it’s not all about you. In order to ensure that all clients receive the best instruction, instructors often have to put rules in place. Be polite and respectful for yours’ and everyone else’s sake.

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      Crazy Thing #6: Add in Supplements

      Although not definitely necessary, sometimes supplements can be very helpful in the process of getting more fit. Not all fitness instructors enter the side of fitness that involves supplements or nutrition, but some do. If instructors suggest supplements, do your research. They might have good ideas, after all.

      Crazy Thing #7: Challenge Yourself

      It may feel like a challenge just to try to get fit. So when your instructor asks you to challenge yourself, they may seem unrealistic or naïve. Many instructors are right though. You have to do more than just show up in workout gear. You need to push your physical limits to develop endurance, increase strength, and improve flexibility. So listen up and get ready: the hard, crazy way is sometimes best.

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      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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