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March 5, 2012

Motivational Monday–Find What Works for You

This pregnancy has been such an incredible roller coaster.  During the first trimester or so, I lost all my own motivation.  I felt so nauseous and exhausted that I stopped blogging as much, throwing my weekly Motivational Monday posts went completely out the window. 

But now that my energy is back and I’ve got my Personal Trainer Certification under my belt, I feel like I’ve got a lot to say!  I’m back to feeling motivated – and motivational! – so I’ve decided that it is high time to resurrect the series.


Lately I’ve been getting a lot of newbies in my TurboKick classes.  I always love having new people in the mix because it adds an excitement for me as the instructor and I’m always interested to see if the format jives for the individual. 

As a fitness instructor, I’ve learned not to take it personally if someone shows up to class one day and never comes again.  Or even if they walk out half-way through.  TurboKick isn’t for everyone.  At the same time, although I absolutely love the moments when an individual comes up to me with endorphins raging and tells me how much they love the class, I can’t take that personally either.  It just means that something about the class really works for that person, not that I’m the best instructor there is. 

The main thing for me as an instructor is that people move.  The way in which you move makes no difference to me… there are a ton of options for you to try to see what resonates with you… just move!  And the best way to ensure you keep moving is to find something that makes you want to keep going back for more.  For me, that’s Turbo and not Zumba [I’ve tried multiple times but just can’t get into it].  That doesn’t mean Zumba doesn’t help millions of people to get fit; it just means it doesn’t work for me

So my motivational tip for you today is to find what works for you.  And to know that you should never feel bad for not liking a format.  Just recognize what works for you about it and what doesn’t, and keep searching for your perfect workout!  Once you find it, you’ll start going more frequently and see results much quicker! 

Just to highlight just a few of the many, many options available to you:

For the Soloist:

Working out alone can be incredibly meditative and therapeutic.  Some people like to use music while working out alone while others enjoy the silence. 

  • If you enjoy working out alone, you can hike, run, walk, or swim


  • you can start at home with DVDs


For the Group Exerciser:

Exercising in a group offers accountability and camaraderie, and often pushes individuals to push farther than they would individually.  Nowadays you can find a group class for just about everything…

  • Water aerobics, yoga, tai chi and pilates classes are lower impact options



  • There are also some awesome specialty options available nowadays that can’t go without being recognized, such as pole-dancing, the bar method [based on utilizing the ballet barre], and Physique 57 – if you’re lucky enough to live/visit towns in which there are classes.


  • And finally, your community may offer team sports – for instance, on Maui you might consider paddling canoe, dancing hula, or joining a soccer or softball league.

Remember when searching for your perfect workout to stay open-minded and try out a class or activity more than once. [It took me about three classes to really start loving Turbo.] 

With so many options, you’re bound to find something that fits you!  Happy hunting!

Have you found your favorite workout?  Did you like it the first time you tried it? 

Aloha Pumehana.
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November 7, 2011

Motivational Monday–Set Yourself Up for Success

Welcome to yet another brand new week!  Although we can really start fresh at any moment and any day, I’m always especially grateful for the clean slate Mondays bring. 

I thought I’d get into a bit of logistics for you in today’s Motivational Monday post and literally show you what being prepared looks like to me.  

Before I finish each weekend I set my bags up for the week [my school bag, workout bag, practicum bag, etc.].  This process has become second-nature to me, but it truly helps me not feel so scattered throughout the week as the days blur together and meetings roll into hours of schoolwork. 

Today I’m going to focus on the workout bag [because really, who wants to see what’s in my school bag?].  My goal in setting up my workout bag is to have enough stuff in it to complete a full workout if for some reason I had an hour to spare.  Or if a friend called and said, “Hey, wanna meet at the beach and study?”.  Or if I felt like going to yoga instead of studying for a third hour. 

Ultimately, it shouldn’t be an option to turn down a workout if I don’t want to, even if I’m half an hour from my house.

So, what’s in the bag?


[First off, I have to say that I absolutely adore my Under Armour workout bag.  It’s got loads of room, side pockets, front zippers, and even a loop for my hair ties (I’m an organization queen!)]. 

  • Clean, dry clothes for post-workout: You may have noticed that I’m not high maintenance.  I don’t wear much makeup or put much energy into fashion.  Extra clothes that aren’t easily wrinkled are key for me.  I can go straight from teaching a TurboKick class to sitting in a meeting in t-minus 30 minutes. 
  • Stuff for showering: Some people aren’t big on showering in public spaces, but I’ve had absolutely no problem in that area since my communal bathroom in college.  Being able to shower at my workout facility saves time and energy, especially since I live about 20 minutes from town [where I work and go to school]. 
  • Workout + shower towels: should be pretty self-explanatory, right?  You can’t shower unless you’ve got a towel [or you’ve got some wicked skillz].  I also keep a beach towel in my trunk [because I’m lucky enough to live in Hawai`i].
  • Swim suit + goggles: It’s pretty hot in Hawai`i, plus swimming is an incredible workout for everyone, so if there’s ever a chance that I can get to the pool/beach to do a few laps or take a water aerobics class, I’m in! 
  • Extra set of workout gear: I like to stash a good all-purpose tank and capris in the bag so that I could use it for anything from a quick jog to a Vinyasa Flow class. 

Also in my bag, but not pictured:

  • My iPod + Polar heart rate monitor: I don’t monitor my heart rate every time I exercise, but I do use it quite often as a gauge. 
  • A couple TurboKick rounds: to practice teaching or to get a quick self-taught workout in.
  • Rubber bands, panty liners, bobby pins: things that make my life easier.
  • High-protein snacks: protein powder [to be mixed with water/veggie juice], almonds, sometimes a peanut butter sandwich… ya know, real food to nourish my body after a good sweat sesh. Smile

And with that, I’m off to teach a kickboxing class!  Maybe I’ll get in another workout today, too. Winking smile

Do you keep extra stuff in your workout bag, just in case?  How do you set yourself up for success?

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