Stepping Out of the Fitness Comfort Zone

Welcome to the first installment of my new series, FiddleDee Fitness!  I know I’ve been writing about my Princess Half training for a while now, but I wanted to start a regular column on Mondays to document all different fitness topics.  Some will be basic blog posts, I’m also going to start video blogging again.  It’s going to be lots of fun and I hope you’ll join in the conversation!

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This week, I’m talking about stepping out of comfort zones.

Running is my comfort zone.  It doesn’t require me doing anything in front of a group, I can duck out of  a training run without being held accountable, I don’t have to pay a fee to run in a class.  It’s the “easy” way for me to work out.  The workout itself isn’t easy, but there’s a certain comfort level I’ve acquired surrounding the idea of running.

Tonight, I’m stepping way out of my comfort zone.  Like, a whole other planet outside of it.  I wanted to add some strengthening/stretching into my training and yoga just isn’t doing it for me anymore.  I need something new and different.  So, I did something insane and signed up for UltraBarre at my daughter’s ballet studio.  It’s a fitness class using the ballet studio barre, almost a mix of barre exercises and Pilates.  The studio owner swears I’m going to love it, even though I’ve never taken a dance class before.

Why?  Well. 1) I am uncoordinated as all hell.  I can’t even get through a run without tripping over my own two feet.  Sure, I’ve been known to throw back a few drinks and dance my butt off at the bar, but that’s a bar, not a “barre”. 2)I haven’t done yoga or Pilates in forever.  I can’t even touch my toes at this point.  It’s sad how stiff and not flexible I am.  This is going to hurt.  Badly. 3) There’s that whole part about joining a class with a group of people I don’t know and my anxiety not enjoying the “new kid in class” feeling.  Barf.

Luckily, it’s a “drop-in whenever you want” type of class and I didn’t have to commit to an entire semester.  I’m just hoping I don’t end up in a class with hardcore dancers and make a complete fool of myself.  I’ve already started coming up with excuses in my head as to why I can’t go tonight, but I will go.  I’ll push my comfort limits and try to enjoy a new experience.  Eeek.

FiddleDee Fitness Question of the Week: Have you ever stepped outside of your fitness comfort zone and tried something new?  If not, what’s one thing you’ve thought about doing, but haven’t been able to get yourself to do just yet?  Leave me a comment and let me know!


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  • Reply MizFit January 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    these days my LIFE is out of the zone of comfy.
    new town
    new fitness
    and quite frankly its all LESS overwhelming than Id anticipated!!!

    good luck!

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks! We just did the move thing, too, and it’s always easier than I think it will be. Maybe I’m just used to it by now, haha.

  • Reply Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World January 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Every time I run one more mile than I have ever run, I’m out of my comfort zone. That feeling of terror – it’s there. Thankfully, I don’t have to run with others, just the dog, and she doesn’t care how I look. We aren’t members of a gym, but I’d like to, since it would force me out of my zone when it comes to classes. I’m as inflexible (unflexible?) as you – touching my toes is a major feat, so just the idea of doing yoga outside of ,y living room – yep, quaking in my yoga pants.

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      My muscles were shaking in class. Running 5 miles was easier than the stretching. But, hopefully I’ll be able to touch my toes by the end of the year. 😉

  • Reply Ashley January 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Trying to work out is hard enough, it’s rarely fun and add a whole group of people to watch you…I feel your pain! My yoga pants are for lounging not actual yoga! But maybe I’ll take your lead. 🙂

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      LOL! I was glad to finally take my yoga pants to the studio. It felt great. I highly recommend it!

  • Reply Andrea Kruse January 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Lately not so much. I am pregnant so I am not up to running at this point, but have been thinking about getting some dancing time in. I just need to get more movement into my day.

    I am not a runner, so I am impressed with your goal and journey.

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you! Working out when pregnant is always a challenge. Maybe just try walking for now? I know I always felt better after a good walk. I couldn’t do much more than that and prenatal yoga when I was pregnant. Good luck!

  • Reply Kristin Barclay January 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I want to try Zumba at the gym, but I’m terrified too. Its inspiring to hear about someone else stepping outside of their comfort zone,

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Zumba scares me, too! That requires way too much coordination for me. This class was the perfect amount.

  • Reply Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired January 28, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Good for you! Stepping outside our comfort zone is how we learn and can make life so exciting. I hope you love the class, it sounds like it could be lots of fun. Good luck!

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      It was a ton of fun. It hurt, but in a good way, lol. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Reply Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve definitely stepped outside my comfort zone, but probably not in a fitness sense. Bravo to you for trying this!

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Kasandria Reasoner January 29, 2013 at 2:46 am

    That’s awesome! I’ve never heard of it. Make sure to tell us if you liked it. I’ve been eating healthier and being more active, but need to step more outside my comfort zone too!

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      It was really great, actually! I ended up signing up for a whole session of it.

  • Reply Lolo January 29, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I remember the first time I went to a gym here in Las Vegas. I was so scared because of what I pictured it would be like in my head. Turns out there were everyday people there too just like me. With a little extra showgirl and chippendales scattered in. Would love to try UltraBarre! Believe it or not, I took toe when I was in middle school.

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      That’s awesome, Lolo! I always wanted to dance growing up, it just never worked out. I wouldn’t mind having class with some Chippendales, lol.

  • Reply Sara @ Mom Endeavors January 29, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I just participated in my first 5k! 🙂 So, that was a little out of my comfort zone. But, I loved it! 🙂

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      That’s awesome! 5k’s are so much fun. Great job!

  • Reply Hanan Webster (@LilacCityMomma) January 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I know exactly what you mean! I’m always nervous doing a new class, with others who have been doing it, but you never know if you will like it until you try it!

    • Reply ashley January 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Luckily there was another new girl there last night. Made it so much easier!

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