Going all in? Or self sabotage?

You THINK going all in is going to be the answer, RIGHT?

Ok so let’s set up the all-or-nothing mindset journey for you….

Client: “I want the biggest personal training package. I’m IN. I’m ready. I want to do it ALL.”

Me: “ok. I have time Tuesday or Thursday between 12 and 3. What time do you want?”

C: “oh. I want Monday at midnight.”

M: “I have time on Tuesday or Thursday between 12 and 3.”

C: “I don’t want to do afternoon. I want Monday at midnight.”

M: “that is not available on my schedule. I have a book that leads you through my material. You can start there…”

C: “no. I don’t read.”

M: “it’s also available on audio.”

C: “no. I don’t listen.”

M: “I have the whole course on video..”

C: “no. I don’t watch.”

M: “I have a group class..”

C: “no. I won’t participate. The only way I will participate is one on one at midnight on Mondays.”

M: sigh. Well. This is a huge exception to my rule, but I will see you at midnight on Monday.”

11:59 Sunday:
C: “I’m tired. I’m not going to make it. Can you do 5 AM?”
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Truth: your brain will give you ridiculous hoops to jump through, convincing you that it’s the only way.

But the REAL truth is that you will actually adhere to the plan if it’s simple and doable.
So if personal training is not simple and doable for you right now, don’t ask for it!
I do have a book, a course, a class, and even a FREE text group to help you actually DO THE WORK.

Start where you are.
But START.
And stop listening to the “all or nothing” brain.

She’s really not on your side.

How to have a Beach Body

How to have a beach body:
1. Have a body
2. Go to the beach.
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I didn’t realize how much of my brain space was consumed with size and shape until I broke free.

Judging myself for the tone of my arms and the size of my thighs took too much of my power away.

So I decided to focus on these things:
1. What makes me feel good
2. What gives me energy
3. What makes me feel strong
4. What makes me comfortable in my body

THOSE things:

  • matter
  • rub off on my kids
  • leave me free to do the important work I was sent here to do
  • keep me free of pain and illness
  • give meJOY.

And we all need all those things.

Have you broken free yet? What things make you strong, powerful, and joyful?

Join my FREE Text Accountability group for the summer of 2021 to help focus on your wellbeing.

But DON’T stop going to the beach and loving the body you are in.

Should I Do Cardio with Diastasis Recti?

Should I do cardio with Diastasis Recti?

How do I approach cardio training?

Simply put, cardiovascular exercise is important to your health. There are just a few things I want you to consider when approaching your cardio exercise if there is a Diastasis or core function issue.

  1. We always start with ABC (TM)
  2. How does this cardio feel?
  3. What should I adjust to maximize results?

So, first of all, in all positions, postures, and movements, we start with ABC. We adjust all things to fit into our ABC’s, whatever that is today.

In other words, if we are struggling to get into good alignment from standing still, how does that change when I am moving? Can I fix the position and how?

Can I perform correct breathing while doing this cardio exercise?

Can I perform this cardio exercise with proper core engagement?

If any piece of The ABC’s is out of place, we have a functional, foundational problem and we have to adjust and start again.

Sometimes, that means moving to low impact rather than high. Sometimes, it means changing the movement altogether. Sometimes, it means spending some more practice time in The ABC’s.

If you’re struggling with your cardio and Diastasis, just go back to the beginning. Refer to the book or the course and reset your ABC’s.

You WILL get back out there. Safely.

New Collections on Moxie

NEW! Collections on Moxie.xyz/carrie

I’ve been asked about FIRST WORKOUTS and HOW TO PROGRESS, so I made you some collections on my moxie site!

The collection “YOUR FIRST 10” is for you when you’re first “released to exercise” by your doctor or therapist, after pregnancy, injury, or surgery. This is perfect for those first core activation workouts.

The collection “PRACTICING PROGRESSIONS” is for when you are working through recovery, with the book or the course, and you go into the “exit protocol” or “next steps protocol,” and you’re ready to work toward progressing your core exercises. Use this mindfully!

Both collections are part of my overall page, which includes 2 fresh workouts every week and a whole lot of past workouts! You get all of this as a subscriber!

Join now!

What would you like me to include on my next workout?

Don’t Miss the MOVE Convention!

Fitness Trainers, Coaches, Instructors, Educators…

Don’t miss this weekend’s MOVE Convention!

We are of course virtual, due to safety around COVID-19. But you can take advantage of learning from home for this special price right now!

  • zumba
  • dance fitness
  • group exercise
  • training techniques
  • postpartum

And MORE! Plus, it’s the most diverse teaching cast of any fitness conference or convention.

Go to moveconvention.com NOW to register, and I will see you there (my postpartum workshop is Sunday at 2:00 PM Eastern)

 

Diastasis Recti is Not Just a Postpartum Problem

I get messages and emails on a regular basis from men and non-postpartum women that sound something like:

“You know that thing you do to help the pregnant ladies? Can it help me, too?”

They are referring to my process for helping postpartum women with Diastasis Recti and core dysfunction. And the answer is, yes, I help everyone with all of that.

Diastasis Recti, we are finding, is in almost 100% of pregnancies by week 36, which is why almost 100% of postpartum women need a protocol for core function recovery in the postpartum period (or whenever they discover it; there is no term limit for core stability recovery).

But Diastasis Recti is also found in:

  • ‘65% of men with AAA
  • Men who have gained a lot of weight in their midsection
  • Olympic style weight lifters
  • Sedentary individuals
  • People with an eating disorder
  • People who have practiced improper form in fitness
  • People who have had abdominal surgeries

The processes in The Diastasis Recti Recovery System and “Flatten my Postpartum Belly” help them, too.

This is one major reason why I am not considering The ABC Method just a certification for postpartum. It is all-encompassing, to help all of our clients with Diastasis Recti and core dysfunction, no matter how or when it happened.

We have 2 current specials: The Diastasis Recti Recovery System for clients who need help, and The ABC Method for professionals that want to better serve their clients.

How can I help you?

Just START.

starting lineWhat is your goal? What is the next big thing that drives you? What do you know, down deep, that you REALLY need to do?

  • for your health
  • for your life
  • for your career
  • for your family
  • for your spiritual life

What is it? Can you see it? Can you feel it coming? Can you envision the outcome? Have you written it down?

There are lots of programs about goal setting. I recommend using Chalene Johnson’s method of starting on your goals and reverse-engineering your goals. But I’m here with one message.

Just Start.

Yes, the image is important. Yes, the end-goal is important. Yes, it’s important to start with the end IN MIND. But don’t let that image hold you back.

Why would it hold you back?

It would hold you back because if you are a perfectionist. a planner, or a control-freak, seeing that image is intimidating!

  • What if I fail?
  • What if it doesn’t turn out right?
  • What if it doesn’t look the way I envision?

So, now I’m telling you to have the image but don’t be married to it. Have some looseness in the outcome. Have some flexibility in how it looks once you start. The end image may change as you dive in and start, and that’s OK. It’s ok to fail in the steps along the way. In every failure is the lesson. The lesson is never “just give up.” The lesson is a closed door in a maze that leads you down a new path. Once you have made this goal, and once you have really envisioned what you need to do, it’s like putting it out there in the universe, for the universe to take care of you. Allow it to shift and mold. Allow it to change you and to move you forward as a person. That new path that you have to take may be much more beautiful than the first.

I’m going to give you a generic example.

Beth wants to lose her baby-weight. She thinks she needs to lose around 30 pounds. She has a cruise coming up in the spring. She is thinking 10 pounds a month is reasonable. She writes it down, finds a picture she wants to emulate, and thinks through all that she needs to do to lose 10 pounds. You’ve been there, right? You get invigorated with the thought of what you can do….and then you get overwhelmed with the process. The fears set in:

  • what if I can’t maintain this schedule?
  • what if I can’t fix fresh foods every day?
  • what if I can’t control my cravings?
  • what if I can’t fit exercise into my day?
  • what if I try everything and I FAIL?

Can you relate? Do you set a big goal, and then as you start planning, all the fears set in? This is a defining moment for Beth. She has a big choice. She can just say “oh, well, it was a nice thought, but I know I’ll fail, so I’ll give up now.” OR, she can say

“Just START.”

If Beth just starts with one day, Beth has 100% chance of doing better than if she just gives up. Do you get that? Tomorrow, she gets to focus on tomorrow and it starts all over. The bad news is that change is challenging. The good news is that once you train yourself to accept and push against the challenge, you begin to change.

YOU begin to change.

I am a recovering perfectionist. I am a recovering introvert. If I had let these personality traits take over my life, would I be able to run a business? Let’s be real here. If I held myself accountable to starting BIG and taking over the fitness market by a certain date, where would I be? Completely defeated. Retreated. Broken. In my shell. Afraid.

I said “Just Start.”

My business is not perfect. I am not perfect. Things are NOT yet the way that I envisioned. I shape and mold how my business looks every day. I push against the resistance. I push against the negativity. It forces me to grow as a person and to make my business an expression of my beliefs as a teacher: Join the person where she is and take her where she is going.

Are you staring at a goal? Are you afraid of it? Are you afraid to start? Tell me about it. I’ll be your partner. We all need a hand to hold sometimes. Contact me here.

Vision

visionVision.

Do you have one? Now, be honest. Most of us have one. A dream that is more like an unfinished reality…

I have one. Can I tell you about it?

I love my life as a trainer and coach. I love my live classes. I love bringing people to fitness. I love helping people with their nutrition. I love helping people get healthy.

But here’s the next vision, and I think this one is really big.

I have the vision of helping other people bring their vision to fruition. I have a vision of a huge network of fitness people who are all bringing their vision to fruition. We all work together while seeing our own vision through. So, see, the more we bring people into our network, the more people we help, and the bigger we grow.

Can you see it? Can you see it becoming HUGE?

I’m talking to you if you’ve ever thought you could either enter the health and fitness profession OR you’re already there and you need a boost…for whatever reason. I’m talking to:

  • fitness business owners who need a new plan to pump up their business
  • fitness professionals who don’t want to settle for less
  • athletes who want to inspire others
  • business start-ups that can envision something new
  • fitness enthusiasts who love to spread their love for their sport or activity
  • quiet individuals who just want to help others in the comfort of their own home, in their own time

I’m talking to ALL of you, because I see a place for ALL of you, and I want to help you get there!

I get a charge out of helping other people start health and fitness businesses, or improve the ones they have.

So, what’s your vision? Leave me a comment here or email me at Carrie@CarrieFit.com