However, my body has a hard time burning fat, so I need the BWC classes. Last Tuesday, I was working the desk with my workout clothes on. Trish assured me there wasn’t much running in the class she’d designed, so I took the plunge and headed into class.
Twenty minutes in, I vehemently regretted my choice. The circuit was full of cardio, but Trish was true to her word: there was no running. During the first round of 30-second stations, I wasn't happy, but I was getting the job done. As we began to close in on the second round of the circuit, 45-seconds in each station, my heart pounded. Suddenly, I could predict what was coming in the third: dreaded one-minute intervals. My brain got very noisy and went into overdrive because I knew it would be impossible for me to finish this last round!
How could she do this to us? I felt betrayed & panicked! But, shame on you, Jen Liddy! How distrustful you are! How long have you been taking Method 360 classes? I should’ve known that, as usual, during the last third of class, Trish’s chatter would become much more focused on the psychology of training needed to get me through the torturous cardio.
And on this particular Tuesday, I want you all to know, Trish was only speaking to me. Her chatter, I’m p.r.e.t.t.y sure, was only meant for Jen Liddy.
And man, did I need it. She said, “You can do ANYTHING for a minute! Don’t let your brain lie to you!” And then I knew that I had to get through this stupid set with those awful battle ropes. I knew I could do it because she told me I could. I just had to believe her. And it turns out she was right. Huh!
In the next station she said, “I know you want to quit. I know it’s hard for you. I know your body doesn’t like this.” And I knew for sure she was only speaking to me. No one else in the room felt the same way I did! Everyone else LOVES cardio, right? So, because Trish was directing all of her gems my way, I felt like I had to suck it up and quash my noisy, negative brain. It was telling me to quit, to walk off the floor. But thanks to Trish’s personal message, I didn’t.
When she said, “Are you easing off because it’s hard? Are you choosing this exercise because it’s easy for you?”, Trish’s supernatural powers became apparent. She was now inside my brain! How did she know I was choosing tree pose on the BOSU because that felt easier than the damned BOSU burpees she’d assigned? Ok, I knew that in my next station I’d have to pick it up and prove to myself (and to her) that I could live up to the challenge!
And right there, in the next station, I surprised myself. I had the option to do a resistance-based exercise or to use that TRX in a cardio-based one. Who the hell I became at that moment shocked me, because I not only chose the cardio, but I was enjoying the high of my unexpected choice, the thrill of killing the angry pessimist who takes over my brain during cardio work! Trish looked right at me at smiled; I think she was just as surprised as I was!
What keeps me coming back to Method classes is the empowerment I’m given to make good choices for my body while challenging myself. “If you feel pain, back off. If it’s just hard, suck it up!” Anyone with a yoga practice has heard this: lean into discomfort & away from pain. This philosophy makes me better at everything, teaching me to constantly create & push boundaries, and that's why I come back for more.
I finished that class with a little high and a lot of pride. I hadn’t hurt myself, but I had pushed myself. I thanked Trish later for the personal therapy session during class, and I began to think about how Method 360 is more than just a workout. Without that chatter, which all of our trainers use and is integral to our brand, I would’ve felt defeated and angry. Tune into the chatter that means the most to you. What words get you through the workouts? What are the most powerful words that Method 360 trainers say to you?