I recently popped into a yoga class at the Newport Beach studio, GRIT Yoga. Though I teach and practice yoga regularly, the simple act of taking a different instructor or style of class, can humble, awaken, and challenge me all at once. It’s like a one-stop-shop! 

Whether you’re an instructor, cardio-fiend, competitor, trainer, newbie, or yogi, it’s highly beneficial to get out of YOUR norm and mix things up. This is for the sake of your body, mind, and yes, ego.

On the Yoga Volunteer Trip to Rwanda with Kids Play International, we tried a Gymtonics class. Yep, that's right. Gymtonics.

On our 2013 Yoga Volunteer Trip to Rwanda with Kids Play International, we tried a Gymtonics class. Yep, that’s right. Gymtonics. And you can bet we were sore the next day (and will be doing it again in 2014)!

When you switch up your fitness routine:

Leave your ego at the door. Be open to new instructors, styles or workouts, and methods. You have a unique perspective (YOUR OWN) and it’s important to let any assumptions or expectations go.

Muscular Imbalances. Yes, you have them.

We all do. This is what happens when we favor one area of the body to another. The way we drive, walk, sit, throw, type, stand, oh the list goes on. Our body is so clever that we often overcompensate somewhere else and don’t even know it.

New movements to the body can reawaken our lazy muscles into play. Yet be patient. You’ve been using your body for a very long time, it takes time to acknowledge and isolate the lazy guys.

Always mixing it up: We love to get outside and sweat on our AYT Experiences.

Always mixing it up: We love to get outside and sweat on our AYT Experiences.

How to choose:

There’s a weighty load of options and combinations. This is a good thing.

1) Think of what your current workout focuses on. For example, if you cycle, you’re most likely in a crouched position, drawing your knees to your chest. Open yourself up and get twisting. Pilates or yoga are spectacular for this. This is also great for runners!

2) Get to know your body. Are you tighter on one side than the other? Do you have a dominate leg or arm? When standing or walking, do you turn your toes in or out? The more you know what’s going on with your body, the more awareness you’ll have when working out. Better awareness leads to improved form. The better form we have, the more we’ll get out of the workout and prevent injury. Yay!

3) Be patient. Healthy and real results take time. This will vary for everyone. Yet thankfully your mindset can start right now. You have the choice right now to adjust the way you look at and tackle new challenges.

 

Arms. Core. Leg. Love.

Arms. Core. Legs. Love.

Disclaimer: we can’t vouch for every instructor or trainer in the world, though we do sincerely hope you come across knowledgeable and worthy folk who inspire and challenge your typical train of thought. That’s right, we want you out of your comfort zone.

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