The strength and stamina you build inside the stadium goes a long way outside the studio.
People ask me all the time why I go to Flywheel so often, and the reasons #WhyIFly are endless.
There are, of course, the mental benefits. In the nearly seven years since I walked into my first Flywheel class I’ve gotten married, moved to a new city, changed jobs, dealt with the death of my grandmother…and through it all, the stadium has always been a sanctuary, where none of the stress of the outside world can get to me. There’s the social component; the people I have met at Flywheel are now some of my closest friends (shout-out to my Chicago FlyFam!). And, obviously, there are the physical reasons. I have yet to find a cardio workout that keeps me as in shape as Flywheel does. To be totally honest, while I of course exercise to stay healthy, I also do so for vanity reasons (and because as healthy as my diet is, I love pizza like no other). But only recently did I realize just how essential the strength and stamina I build in class is for my life outside the stadium; that it’s not just about looking good in a bathing suit, but also being able to push your body to new limits.
A few weeks ago, my brother and I took an incredible hiking trip to Zion National Park. While I’ve hiked before, I’m by no means a “hiker,” and going into the trip I was mildly nervous about what lay ahead of us. We had some SERIOUS, day-long hikes planed (we’re talking lots of elevation, rock scrambles, the whole deal)…not to mention that the temperatures were in the triple digits the entire time we were there. Yes, triple digits. Point being, I knew this trip was going to push my physical limits, and I was right. Those hikes were no joke, but, if I do say so myself, I crushed it. All those sprints gave me the endurance to hike for hours on end. All those Torq challenges and hills gave me the strength in my quads and hamstrings to take on real life hills. And I can’t forget FlyBarre; all those sets of barre abs gave me a strong core that helped me make it through each and every hike.
But it went beyond the physical. Climbing 4,000 feet in 105-degree heat for hours on end calls for some serious mental toughness. Mantras that my instructors have repeated in class played through my head: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you;” “This is not the time to give-up;” and, one of my personal favorites, “The higher the Torq (or in this case, mountain), the higher the booty.” And just like the incredible endorphin rush and sense of accomplishment I feel at the end of class, the end of each hike delivered an equally incredible reward.
My point is this: Of course it’s nice to feel like you’ve burned lots of calories or reached an amazing power score during class, but it’s about so much more than just that. Push yourself to your physical and mental limits inside the studio, and you’ll be able to do the same outside, too. (Not to mention enjoy your pizza, guilt-free).