Definition of fear: to be afraid or apprehensive.
My biggest fear (at the gym)…the box step jump ups… About a year ago I injured my shin pretty badly doing box step jump ups using a one foot box step. Yeah…one foot!
Just before it happened I was thinking that I was getting tired and I just wanted to get them done…so I started to speed up and BAM one foot was under the box step, who knows where the other foot went, my shin banged against the metal, my trainer (Chris) scrambled to help, I scared myself and I’m pretty sure I saw a glint of fear in Chris’s eyes too. I sucked it up and finished the set. Then I took a break and checked out my injury. Wow my shin was red!
NO PAIN – NO GAIN … KNOW PAIN – KNOW GAIN!
When I got home that night I gave my sister a blow-by-blow of the…”situation” (probably not so funny if you haven’t seen or heard of the “Jersey Shore”) and I bent down to touch my shin and that slight touch caused one of the worst burning pains I think I’ve ever felt. Thankfully my sister was able to offer some advice…ice it immediately! I had that bruise for at least 6 months…if that tells you anything.
In case you need a visual of what a Bench Jump looks like…check out this video:
Bench Jumps Video (Unlike the guy in the video I jump both up and down.)
Needless to say…ever since the “situation” I have a fear of doing jump ups. And the good (or bad) news is I’ve graduated to the two foot (24 inch) box step or a bench (which is about 20 inches give or take a couple of inches). Yes…so now I have to jump even higher.
On Tuesday night…I had to face my fear again. It was the Push of the Push/Pull Split (yes upper body) so good question…why jumping? Chris wanted to add a little excitement to my workout so he made it a circuit, which meant in between each Push exercise I did 20 bench jumps. A grand total of 200 jump ups – and yes I still feared them all the way to the bitter end…but I did make some progress facing my fear.
A little trick I’ve come up with (since the “situation”) is stepping up on the step/bench first so I can wrap my brain around how high I need to jump. By the eighth set I do admit it seemed a little redonkulous…so to appease Chris I discontinued the preparatory step up and just jumped (well almost I still hesitated but I did jump without stepping up first – eventually). This was progress!
It’s amazing how I still fear jump ups considering how many I’ve done successfully since the “situation” (okay I realize the reference to the “Jersey Shore” is getting real old now). Our minds are very powerful which is why exercise is not just good for the body it’s also good for the mind. In life we face many fears, some of which cannot be traced so easily to a specific moment in time, like my fear of the box step jump ups. Facing this fear will no doubt help me face other fears that life presents.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. ~Plutarch
Until tomorrow… Kathi