How to Find Strength Through Resistance

Image may contain: sky and outdoorI’m a back of the room, old school bike kinda spin class gal. I go. I sweat. I self-congratulate. I go home and fall asleep in front of the tv.

Yesterday, I got a little rogue.

There were only three people in the class and I like my teacher so I decided to move up to the second row. You know, the one with the newer high-falootin’ bikes that measure everything.

On the old bikes, you get to decide how much resistance you put on the wheel. If it feels like a three, it’s a three. If it feels like a seven it’s a seven.

Apparently, my threes have been more like 1.5s and my sevens? Well, let’s just say I wasn’t quite there.

I got an old fashion ass whuppin’ and it wasn’t just because of the not so cushiony saddles.

On the new bikes, you can actually put in the resistance. There’s some wiggle room but if she says you are at a 7 then somewhere in the 70’s should be on the display you are looking at.

I’ve been going to one spin class a week for a couple of months. I’ve taken a week off here and there for a variety of reasons but I always come back. It’s hard and I feel good when I’m done.

Yesterday, I realized that I’ve been leaving some of that “good” on the table. I’ve had the ability to do more, I just haven’t.

I’m not beating myself up over it. The fact is, I honestly didn’t know. I had never really pushed myself on the old bike to fight against more resistance in order to get stronger.

How many times do we do that in life?

The more we push against resistance, the stronger we get and the more we grow in the right ways.

This comes into play in every aspect of our lives. Nutrition. Exercise. Relationships. Work. Goals. Getting out of our comfort zone to do the things we know will move us forward.

I made a decision that I’m going to try to go to spin twice a week and see how it goes. I know it is good for my headspace and my body. And if I get to choose the new bikes where I can actually see the resistance, I’ll pick that one. I want to get stronger.

Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Where are you finding resistance? What do you need to help you push through it and continue fighting for it?

You deserve it. You’ve earned it. And surely, you can do it.