The Day I Found a Workout I Don’t Absolutely Hate

Jillian Pedersen Pink Gloves Boxing

I don’t know what it is about working out but you basically have to drag me anywhere for me to actually get in any gym. I just don’t enjoy exercising. I’ve tried just about everything under the sun and while I’ve found some things I enjoy more than others, anytime my body isn’t 100% comfortable, I’m ready to quit. That’s why I so appreciate going to classes and having friends that will help keep my accountable. Without just the right amount of peer pressure, it’s easy for me to talk myself out of going.

I know I need to workout. It’s not just about losing weight, my body needs to be active to stay healthy and at its best. Because of this, I like to try new programs. The excitement of doing something new helps keep me showing up. Recently, a co-worker and I found a deal on a local gym that looked like something we’d both enjoy. So, I bit the bullet and took the deal.

Sometimes when you make plans with people, you get caught up in a continuous circle of talking about doing something but not actually taking any action. I’m pretty guilty of letting this happen in several relationships. But my co-worker was not of the same mind. She wanted to get started right away. My hopes of letting this thing drag on were quickly crushed. Right then I knew I had found a good accountability partner despite the fact that I didn’t like it much. I quite enjoy being a slacker.

We went that next week. I had absolutely no idea of what to expect but I was definitely nervous. We had found ourselves at a boxing gym. It sounded fun and I absolutely love boxing. The problem is, with boxing comes plenty of cardio. I hate cardio, especially if it involves any kind of jumping. So the whole time I’m sitting in the lobby area waiting for my class to start, I worry about how much torture I’m about to subject myself to.

We wrap our hands and get a welcome from our trainer. One of the first things she says is that she wants us to work hard but not to push ourselves past our limit. Right away I breathe a sigh of relief. Then, the workout begins. We do a series of frog jumps, sit-ups, punches and footwork. All which are a challenge but I can totally handle. And before I know it, the class is done. This is literally the very first time I’ve ever been surprised that the class was already over. Normally I’m five minutes in and hating my life. This class wasn’t any shorter than others, it just went by fast. From that second on, I was hooked.

As if that wasn’t good enough, we ended the class differently than any gym I’ve ever been to. We all sat in a circle and told our names while sharing a fact about ourselves. Our trainer explained that in this gym, they are all about building relationships. They want us to get to know each other and encourage one another. It was such a refreshing experience. So what gym have I been talking about all of this time? Pink Gloves Boxing located close to The Domain. If you’re looking for a new place to get a great workout without feeling like death when you’re done, I highly recommend it. I’ll be going back for sure.

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