#Goals

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There are two types of people: those who are addicted to the gym and those who must be summoned by a pitchfork mob to go near it. Okay, I lied. There’s at least one more type out there and that’s me.  As a former pro athlete, I know the gym is where the real work gets done. I met amazing trainers and experts there who made me the strongest and most resilient I could be. But that was like (counts fingers and toes to herself) a lot of years ago and I’ve since become a big fan of the organized, rotating workout. Spin, Barre, Yoga – these are the kinds of 45 minute – 1 hour commitments of being told what to do I am awesome at making. But the gym?

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For me, the gym now is completely self-motivated, and that’s the hardest and best part. I don’t have a team conditioning me or a set of exercises someone is watching me perform. The gym is about me making a deal with myself or with the floor mat or the Stairmaster or friendly-but-deadly exercise ball to keep my body in fighting form. But knowing it’s all you makes the reward that much sweeter and that’s where the gym becomes a transformative place. Plus I “bumped into” fellow Olympian Parry O’Brien and that gave me some serious motivation.

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So here are some exercises for you to try out next time you’re at the gym, or even at home if your gym is you, the living room, and a ball. Make yourself a promise. Make me a promise! Set some #goals, and kick butt.

Workout #1

Workout #2

Xo, Tara

 

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