Long story short, I have a cousin who works in the music biz and is co-owner of a booking
company, JKB Entertainment Group and she asked for some extra security help at an upcoming show. Initially I thought I was just going to stand outside of the band’s dressing room door all night but that quickly changed to manning the stage. Um, ok. So, of course, being the total old lady that I am now, I immediately started thinking….wait, what kind of band is this? What is the crowd going to be like? Heavy metal? Rock? Are there going to be a bunch of drunk shit heads acting like fools? Well, the answer was ‘no.’ None of that.
Phew, thank goodness. I mean, I know those muscles look tough and all….
It was actually a medieval band called, Blackmore’s Night. Did you know there were medieval bands? Yeah, me neither. But apparently, the lead guitarist use to be a rock star and has a HUGE and very dedicated following. I mean, these people are dedicated. Have you ever been to the King Richard’s Fair? Well, picture that. During the opening act, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was thinking, ‘really? people actually listen to this? Like, where? In their cars? Do they listen to it while working out?’ I mean people were dressed in costume. There was a guy in the front row who had flown in from Texas and was literally crying during the first song he was so excited. Yup, crying.
This definetely wasn’t MY type of music.
But shortly after the band came on something happened. What the HELL was happening? My FOOT! My foot was taping. Then I realized my head was bopping too… I quickly stopped. What the hell was I doing?! I even caught myself clapping at the end of a set! What the….? What was happening? Was I suddenly a fan of medieval music? Was I the next Ritchie Blackmore groupie? The answer…NO. Not even close.
However, I have to admit they were indeed super talented. The lead singer had a gorgeous voice. The music was upbeat, and together they were energetic, enthusiastic and honestly put on a really great show! And, what happened was the minute I allowed myself to relax a little bit. And stopped being so DAMN judge-y
I found myself ACTUALLY enjoying it! I mean, who would have thunk it?!
Ok, so what the hell does this have to do with fitness??? Well, it got me thinking. When was the last time you tried your hands at something outside of your comfort zone? I see it all the time at the gym. The same people on the same piece of equipment day in and day out. The same participants week to week in each class. It’s typical, we like what we like. Or if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? That may be true but there’s nothing wrong with fine tuning things a bit along the way.
Are you a cardio queen? Well, you would be surprised at what some strength training will do for your running game! Or how yoga isn’t just about “relaxing” and has SO many more benefits and can truly help improve your overall fitness. And, did you know that punching a bag or throwing a medicine ball as hard as you can, can literally solve any problem? That pilates has got some of the best moves to flatten and strengthen your core? How often do you workout on the gym floor to help improve what you do in the group studio? You may be stuck in a rut and not even know it. When was the last time you switched up your routine?
I know what you’re thinking. But, I know what I like and it works for me. Ok, fair enough. But no one’s asking you to trade your yoga mat in for a pair of running shoes, or your running shoes in for a pair of boxing gloves! But it certainly can’t be a bad thing to take a step back….relax and open your mind to something completely new or maybe even something that once; just wasn’t your thing. Who knows? You might even find yourself reluctantly enjoying it. 🙂
Now, excuse me, I have some new music I need to download! 😉
With much fitness love,
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