Admit it, there’s a segment of your Cardio Barre low-impact workout that you dread every class. Maybe you loath the core section or cringe when it’s time for arms. Chances are, you tend to phone it in during this segment because it’s tough to get through.
The problem is you short change yourself when you don’t give 110 percent to the whole workout. The reason those segments are a struggle is because your body isn’t strong there, and when you half commit to the workout, those areas of your body stay weak.
When you are struggling to get through a set, don’t give yourself a get-out-of-jail-free card. Use these techniques to push through the pain and overcome the physical and mental blocks that are holding you back.
Did You Check In?
Before jumping to push yourself, check in with your body to make sure you aren’t overlooking a signal it’s trying to send. Ask, “Am I dehydrated, hungry, injured, or sleep deprived?”
If the answer is no, it’s time to get motivated!
1. Master a Mantra
Find a short saying you can repeat to yourself when you need extra inspiration. Tell yourself, “No pain, no gain!” or “You must do the thing you think you cannot do,” (from Eleanor Roosevelt) and push through those last few reps.
2. Make a Deal
Sometimes you need to negotiate with yourself to get through a difficult set. Offer yourself an extra hour of guilty-pleasure television or a bubble bath at the end of the day if you get through a particularly tiresome segment. That extra incentive can motivate you to go the distance.
3. Put on a Show
Decide to be an example for the class by showing off excellent form and unwavering stamina. Even if you don’t believe you’re nailing it, you can convince your classmates by modeling the best posture you can muster.
If you know you aren’t the star of the show, find the performer who is and make a goal to keep up with them. You’ll find yourself exceeding their perfection in no time.
4. Focus on Results
It might seem vain, but there’s nothing wrong with checking yourself out in the mirror during a difficult set. Notice how the muscles contract and release and envision the toned results after dedicated practice. Picturing your tight, toned bod is sure to give you the boost you need to get through the workout.
5. Count It Out
For some people, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is what they need to keep going. If that sounds like you, try counting backwards during sets. The closer you get to one, the more motivated you’ll be to push harder for those last few reps.
6. Say “Ahh”
You hear bodybuilders do this all the time, but they aren’t yelling “ahh” because it sounds tough. Vocally releasing air helps you breathe when you may be holding your breath during a difficult segment. Plus, audibly acknowledging a taxing workout can pump up the class. Chances are you’re not the only one struggling to finish.
7. Get Caught in the Beats
Cardio Barre classes keep you pumped up with constant, uplifting beats from your favorite songs. When a segment feels to hard to finish, switch your focus to the tunes. Those catchy harmonies will get your mind off the pain and energize you to finish strong.
These tricks of the trade aren’t well-kept secrets. In fact, instructors want you to know these tools so you can use them to get even more out of your workout.
Practice looking forward to your most challenging segment, instead of dreading it. When you see you can overcome adversity in the Cardio Barre studio, you’ll realize how capable you are in all other aspects of your life to exceed others’ and your own expectations.