Jon has worked in the fitness realm for almost 14 years. We have been immersed in this industry for a long time, and being the wife of a studio owner is not always easy. For many years I compared myself to others, and pretty much beat myself up about my body type, my shortcomings, and my flaws. In just the last few years I have come to terms with what I am, and who I am.
I am not the most fit, I am not the strongest, nor the fastest person within my classes at Health House. But, does that matter? The answer is hell no! Fitness is a personal journey, and I think that sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that.
It took me almost 5 years of working out at Health House to get comfortable with using 15 pound weights! I know there are women that are my size or smaller using heavier weights, but for me it was uncomfortable and straining. I had to work myself up to a point where I felt strong enough, to where it made sense for MY body.
I know the recipe that works for me, and makes me feel my best. I LOVE that I can push myself a little harder with heavier weights. I also love that there is always a new goal to work towards. When it comes to rowing, that is definitely something that I can see myself getting stronger and better at over time. Will I be #1 on the leaderboard? Probably not, but I can work towards being in that top 5. Instead of comparing myself to others, I now find myself working towards being stronger and better at what I DO.
Fitness is a journey, and the great thing is that it is always an evolving process. There will be highs and lows, and times when you feel like you have hit a plateau. Just remember that your body is not like everyone else’s and that each fitness path is different. Keep hustling, and working hard and doing your best. In the end, it’s how we feel on the inside that matters most!