A fitness trainer told me last year that she thought I had “workout ADD” after sending her an example of a few week’s worth of my exercise schedule in preparation to me signing up as a client. After getting over being mildly offended, I realized she was totally right. For a long time, I had chalked my crazy exercise schedule up to it just meaning I really liked a LOT of different types of exercise…but after she said it, I took a step back and thought…um, yeah, I’m all over the place.
At the time, I was practicing Zumba and just getting ready to go live with my classes, I was doing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution and was going to start ChaLean Extreme (for more strength training) and I ran occasionally. It was nothing for me at the time to work out 2 or 3 times a day. So, she tailored a schedule which involved her circuit workouts…just once a day mind you…with a few HIIT sessions each week and left my Zumba in place. Her workouts would come via email. A lot of the circuit moves I didn’t even know what they were, so I spent a ton of time googling and watching videos for how-tos. These workouts were no joke and I know they would’ve worked for me but for whatever reason for me it was a stressful way to work out. I didn’t like not being able to watch someone for proper form and I missed my videos where I had someone encouraging me or could follow a modifier when it got hard….or COUNT for me 😉 I honestly didn’t even get a full week of those circuit workouts in before I went back to my previous schedule.
Did I jump ship because of my ADD? Maybe. Do I regret not giving it more of a chance? Not really. I think we each have such a different idea of what we like and what we feel works for us that sometimes you really do know right away….other times putting in more time & effort to something you’re not sure of in the beginning is a good idea. Had I been new to working out, I probably would’ve stuck it out for longer and very likely ended up loving it. But, I honestly really enjoy my workout schedule. I need variety. I don’t ever get bored. I listen to my body. I fit in my yoga/stretching workouts at least once a week. I make it a point to do whatever I can do take one complete rest day every week. I drink lots of water. AND, I mostly work out once or twice a day….unless I have Zumba…then I guess sometimes it ends up being three! Ooops…ha.
On that note, for anyone that knows me, you know I feed my ADD with an insane library of workouts programs. I have tried the FIRM, TONS of different Jillian Michaels programs (several of her Shred workouts, Ripped in 30, Yoga, Body Revolution), the Zumba Exhilerate set, and a ton of Beachbody programs…several from even before I started coaching or knew there was such as a thing or that I could actually a discount! I have TurboJam & TurboFire, P90X3, ChaLean Extreme as mentioned above, 21 Day Fix, Brazil Butt Lift, Les Mills Body Pump and Les Mills Combat is on the way….oh, AND, I’m ordering Piyo the minute it comes out!! And of all the programs I list above and have tried (haven’t tried BBL or Combat yet), there isn’t one I didn’t like. And, a lot of the reason for that is because each program is so different and transforms your body in different ways that unless you seriously can’t stand a trainer or are limited physically, there’s nothing not to like….in my opinion of course!!
I really am going somewhere with this…ha, maybe workout ADD is the only ADD I have!? Anyhoo, when I say above that I own and have tried most all of the workouts except the ones I’ve recently added, I’ve only officially completed Body Revolution & ChaLean Extreme. And, it’s not because I stop working out but usually because I assume I can get BETTER results with the latest & greatest. WELL, no more! I’ve committed to seeing programs through. I’m just finishing up Body Pump Phase 1 and well into 10k training and although I haven’t lost much for weight in this first phase, I am definitely starting to see more definition. And, I LOVE the Pump workouts ~ great music, great energy from the trainers, and since strength training is my fav, it’s a perfect fit. After Pump, I’m going to do a full round of the 21 Day Fix. I have completed 21 days of the eating, including the 3-day option at the end, but I was still doing P90X3 at the time and am posting my before & “during” pics below. It probably goes without saying but this is another HUGE step out of my comfort zone. Once again I feel sick to my stomach BUT I feel like I can push for my goals even harder if I put these out there with the ultimate goal of an after pic I don’t have to have shots before I post…j/k…no shots…beer…lots of beer…j/k…no beer either!
These pics are after almost 90 days of P90X3 and 21 days of the Fix eating. I definitely had some setbacks during X3, including a work trip to Florida where I ate and drank anything I damn well pleased while doing no working out whatsoever. It took me quite a while to recover and get back to where I was after the trip but it sure was fun! (One thing you will get from me here is I’m not afraid to say when I totally suck. I’m a work in progress and I don’t believe in complete deprivation or being perfect. I’d really go off the deep-end!) Here’s what I posted to one of my challenge groups back in April: “My highlights are that I’ve lost 4 inches off my waist measurement, 3 inches off my chest, 2 inches off my hips & 2 inches of my biceps since starting P90X3….and 15 lbs overall, 10 of that since I started the Fix eating! And, during the Fix with X3, I lost 4 inches off my shoulder/back measurement???! What??! Hello X3’s upper body focus!”
The moral of this post?? Sometimes it’s ok to have ADD…that’s what I tell myself anyway…lol. AND, it’s empowering to take a step out of your comfort zone every now & again. DO something TODAY to step out! And, if you do, I’d love to hear about it! Comment below!!