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  • gym.with.em - Workouts & Fitness Motivation @gym.with.em 2 hours ago
  • STOP NEGLECTING YOUR UPPER BODY

When I was just getting into the gym, I was terrified of training my upper body. For sooo many reasons.

1. It’s intimidating.
I had no idea what I was doing and honestly never would have made the initial decision to learn if it weren’t for @jscottfitness pushing me to leave the cardio bunny life and join him at the weight rack. My gym, like most, seemed like big, sweaty meathead central, and I didn’t want to be in the middle of that, trying to navigate my way through the testosterone.

2. I didn’t want to “get bulky.”
I was convinced that arm day was for the boys.. and that if I did a single set of curls, I would lose my curves along with every shred of femininity in my body, grow a beard, and sprout Popeye sized guns.

3. I thought I could spot train.
My only goal at that time was to “get rid of the cellulite on my legs” and somehow magically shrink them while keeping the rest of my body the same. As far as I was concerned, every day was leg day, and that was fine.

After about 7 years of living that #GymLife I LOVE training my upper body. I still push myself to learn new things, but I’m much more confident “taking up space” in a gym full of meatheads. I know that it would be physically impossible for me to look like Popeye, even if I trained arms every single day...forever. To my surprise— I love seeing the definition in my arms, and here’s a little secret, ladies: having a strong, developed back and shoulders will actually make your waist appear smaller. 🤓💪🏼 #STRONGisthenewsexy STOP NEGLECTING YOUR UPPER BODY When I was just getting into the gym, I was terrified of training my upper body. For sooo many reasons. 1. It’s intimidating. I had no idea what I was doing and honestly never would have made the initial decision to learn if it weren’t for @jscottfitness pushing me to leave the cardio bunny life and join him at the weight rack. My gym, like most, seemed like big, sweaty meathead central, and I didn’t want to be in the middle of that, trying to navigate my way through the testosterone. 2. I didn’t want to “get bulky.” I was convinced that arm day was for the boys.. and that if I did a single set of curls, I would lose my curves along with every shred of femininity in my body, grow a beard, and sprout Popeye sized guns. 3. I thought I could spot train. My only goal at that time was to “get rid of the cellulite on my legs” and somehow magically shrink them while keeping the rest of my body the same. As far as I was concerned, every day was leg day, and that was fine. After about 7 years of living that #gymlife I LOVE training my upper body. I still push myself to learn new things, but I’m much more confident “taking up space” in a gym full of meatheads. I know that it would be physically impossible for me to look like Popeye, even if I trained arms every single day...forever. To my surprise— I love seeing the definition in my arms, and here’s a little secret, ladies: having a strong, developed back and shoulders will actually make your waist appear smaller. 🤓💪🏼 #strongisthenewsexy
  • STOP NEGLECTING YOUR UPPER BODY When I was just getting into the gym, I was terrified of training my upper body. For sooo many reasons. 1. It’s intimidating. I had no idea what I was doing and honestly never would have made the initial decision to learn if it weren’t for @jscottfitness pushing me to leave the cardio bunny life and join him at the weight rack. My gym, like most, seemed like big, sweaty meathead central, and I didn’t want to be in the middle of that, trying to navigate my way through the testosterone. 2. I didn’t want to “get bulky.” I was convinced that arm day was for the boys.. and that if I did a single set of curls, I would lose my curves along with every shred of femininity in my body, grow a beard, and sprout Popeye sized guns. 3. I thought I could spot train. My only goal at that time was to “get rid of the cellulite on my legs” and somehow magically shrink them while keeping the rest of my body the same. As far as I was concerned, every day was leg day, and that was fine. After about 7 years of living that #gymlife I LOVE training my upper body. I still push myself to learn new things, but I’m much more confident “taking up space” in a gym full of meatheads. I know that it would be physically impossible for me to look like Popeye, even if I trained arms every single day...forever. To my surprise— I love seeing the definition in my arms, and here’s a little secret, ladies: having a strong, developed back and shoulders will actually make your waist appear smaller. 🤓💪🏼 #strongisthenewsexy
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  • jessstjohn - Jess St John @jessstjohn 4 hours ago
  • Stepped up my game! #highbeam
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The hardest skill I had ever learned on the high beam as a gymnast was a back walkover... 16 years ago. Little rant ahead..
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One thing that I think fitness could do with a little less of is comparison between styles of training. I’m fairly versatile when it comes to training, so I’ve seen a lot of it. Gymnasts that look down on cheerleaders, calisthenics athletes that laugh at crossfitters, fitness competitors that think they’re above group fitness... the list goes on. But when it comes down to it, more often than not, the condescension simply comes from a lack of knowledge.
I learned the basics in gymnastics at a young age and I’ve been a cheerleader since. To me it’s clear how different the sports are, and while gymnasts can do some things that are unthinkable to cheerleaders, it goes the other way, too.
I play around with calisthenics and CrossFit, and the two styles compliment each other perfectly. Both calisthenics and CrossFit athletes would really learn a lot from each other if they were open to it.
And while weight lifting and group fitness are two very different styles, I know a person solely conditioned in one, would be extremely challenged by the other.
So I guess what I’m getting at, is as long as you’re getting active in a way you love, there’s no wrong way to go about fitness. And same goes for the person next to you, even if it looks different. Rather than judge a person or their style of training for being different than yours, maybe think “what can I learn from this?” instead. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. Hope you enjoyed my cheerleading-taught standing back tuck on the high beam 😉
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PS sorry mom I know this stresses you out 😂 @wespittal
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#calisthenics #crossfit #cheerleading #gymnastics #fitness #calisthenicsgirls #gymnasty #adultgymnastics #opengym #backtuck #backflip #femalecalisthenics #sweat #gymmotivation #gymnasticsshoutouts #fu2d #worldofflips #calisthenicsvideos #calisthenicsmotivation #flippingfeed #gymsharkwomen #gymsharktrain #balancebeam #positivevibes #sendit #senditsaturday Stepped up my game! #highbeam . The hardest skill I had ever learned on the high beam as a gymnast was a back walkover... 16 years ago. Little rant ahead.. . One thing that I think fitness could do with a little less of is comparison between styles of training. I’m fairly versatile when it comes to training, so I’ve seen a lot of it. Gymnasts that look down on cheerleaders, calisthenics athletes that laugh at crossfitters, fitness competitors that think they’re above group fitness... the list goes on. But when it comes down to it, more often than not, the condescension simply comes from a lack of knowledge. I learned the basics in gymnastics at a young age and I’ve been a cheerleader since. To me it’s clear how different the sports are, and while gymnasts can do some things that are unthinkable to cheerleaders, it goes the other way, too. I play around with calisthenics and CrossFit, and the two styles compliment each other perfectly. Both calisthenics and CrossFit athletes would really learn a lot from each other if they were open to it. And while weight lifting and group fitness are two very different styles, I know a person solely conditioned in one, would be extremely challenged by the other. So I guess what I’m getting at, is as long as you’re getting active in a way you love, there’s no wrong way to go about fitness. And same goes for the person next to you, even if it looks different. Rather than judge a person or their style of training for being different than yours, maybe think “what can I learn from this?” instead. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. Hope you enjoyed my cheerleading-taught standing back tuck on the high beam 😉 . PS sorry mom I know this stresses you out 😂 @wespittal . . #calisthenics #crossfit #cheerleading #gymnastics #fitness #calisthenicsgirls #gymnasty #adultgymnastics #opengym #backtuck #backflip #femalecalisthenics #sweat #gymmotivation #gymnasticsshoutouts #fu2d #worldofflips #calisthenicsvideos #calisthenicsmotivation #flippingfeed #gymsharkwomen #gymsharktrain #balancebeam #positivevibes #sendit #senditsaturday
  • Stepped up my game! #highbeam . The hardest skill I had ever learned on the high beam as a gymnast was a back walkover... 16 years ago. Little rant ahead.. . One thing that I think fitness could do with a little less of is comparison between styles of training. I’m fairly versatile when it comes to training, so I’ve seen a lot of it. Gymnasts that look down on cheerleaders, calisthenics athletes that laugh at crossfitters, fitness competitors that think they’re above group fitness... the list goes on. But when it comes down to it, more often than not, the condescension simply comes from a lack of knowledge. I learned the basics in gymnastics at a young age and I’ve been a cheerleader since. To me it’s clear how different the sports are, and while gymnasts can do some things that are unthinkable to cheerleaders, it goes the other way, too. I play around with calisthenics and CrossFit, and the two styles compliment each other perfectly. Both calisthenics and CrossFit athletes would really learn a lot from each other if they were open to it. And while weight lifting and group fitness are two very different styles, I know a person solely conditioned in one, would be extremely challenged by the other. So I guess what I’m getting at, is as long as you’re getting active in a way you love, there’s no wrong way to go about fitness. And same goes for the person next to you, even if it looks different. Rather than judge a person or their style of training for being different than yours, maybe think “what can I learn from this?” instead. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. Hope you enjoyed my cheerleading-taught standing back tuck on the high beam 😉 . PS sorry mom I know this stresses you out 😂 @wespittal . . #calisthenics #crossfit #cheerleading #gymnastics #fitness #calisthenicsgirls #gymnasty #adultgymnastics #opengym #backtuck #backflip #femalecalisthenics #sweat #gymmotivation #gymnasticsshoutouts #fu2d #worldofflips #calisthenicsvideos #calisthenicsmotivation #flippingfeed #gymsharkwomen #gymsharktrain #balancebeam #positivevibes #sendit #senditsaturday
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  • geagsfit - Graeme Eaglesham @geagsfit 4 hours ago
  • Quest to be a @gymshark day #1416
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Don’t let your foot off the gas. Think of when you started a journey of a project, then compare to where you are, would the person that started let off the gas, no way.
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They would be pumped up to see how far you’ve come and then tell you to go even harder. When it was just an idea, a thought, and you wanted to create the momentum l, it helps me to think back sometimes and be pumped up to keep going. Keep the foot on the gas ⛽️ Quest to be a @gymshark day #1416 - Don’t let your foot off the gas. Think of when you started a journey of a project, then compare to where you are, would the person that started let off the gas, no way. - They would be pumped up to see how far you’ve come and then tell you to go even harder. When it was just an idea, a thought, and you wanted to create the momentum l, it helps me to think back sometimes and be pumped up to keep going. Keep the foot on the gas ⛽️
  • Quest to be a @gymshark day #1416 - Don’t let your foot off the gas. Think of when you started a journey of a project, then compare to where you are, would the person that started let off the gas, no way. - They would be pumped up to see how far you’ve come and then tell you to go even harder. When it was just an idea, a thought, and you wanted to create the momentum l, it helps me to think back sometimes and be pumped up to keep going. Keep the foot on the gas ⛽️
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