No, I’m not talking Nike here. I’m talking about trying new things; taking the bull by it’s horns so to speak.
Like last week, when I tried this.
Was it good? No. It actually tasted like Snausages (You know, the dog treat… And No, before anyone asks, I don’t eat dog treats). And my mouth tasted like Snausages for the rest of the day… Ugh. But I tried it, and that’s a good thing! If I never tried new things, I never would have realized over the past few years that I absolutely LOVE beets, kale, brussels sprouts, and other nutritious goodies that have become staples of my regular diet. The squid ink pasta I had recently (and have had a few times since!) was something that the old me never would have tried. Who knew it would become a new favorite?
And this doesn’t just go for food. Don’t be afraid to try new things in the weight room either!
Do you always Deadlift with barbell? Why not try Trap-bar deadlifts? They’re a great DL variation for those of us who have hip mobility issues, because it kind of combines a squat movement with a DL, which calls for a bit less hip-hinge. Or maybe even go a little farther, and try a trap-bar RDL instead. (Check out this great post and video from Ben Bruno about the trap-bar RDL if you’re curious!)
Do you only do weight training with dumbbells (or Machines…an entirely different post altogether)? Why not add in some movement with the barbell instead? Ask for some assistance if you’ve never used a barbell before, because proper form is the key to avoiding injuries. But don’t shy away from it just because you’ve never done it. Barbells are not just for the “big boys”. The weight room is not just for the big boys either. Don’t think that you have to stay within the “women only” zone at your gym and stay limited by the equipment provided there. Branch out! Talk to a (good) personal trainer and try some new things. There’s a whole world of workout out there that anyone can do. TRX training, battling ropes, pull up bars, and the list goes on.
Do you always do workouts inside? Now that the weather is nice, why not take it outside once or twice per week! Whether you go for a run, do stadium sprints, or hill intervals, bringing your workout outside can add new energy to your routine. Heck, while you’re at it, go find yourself a good playground nearby and you have ENDLESS possibilities for workouts.
Do you only run for cardio? Why not try cycling, spinning, hiking, or swimming? Why limit yourself to one activity and one (boring) movement pattern?
Now, I’m NOT saying to go and try a new program or workout every time you hit the gym. That’s a perfect way to a)not see results, and b) get injured. True training results take time, so if you are switching up your program every 2 weeks, good luck seeing the trim physique you’re so aptly looking for. But if you have been doing the same things for a long time, months, even years, and you are not seeing the results you need, why not try something new? If you’re having issues with certain movement patterns or pain with certain movements, why not try something new? If you’ve been a slave to the elliptical for as long as you can remember, and you’re still not seeing your six-pack shine through, why not try something new?!?
Just do it. You’ll thank me later, I promise.