When I began using the G MOVES tagline, “Let’s Get Strong,” I wanted to channel both physical and emotional strength. Fitness has always been my sanctuary when things got rough. I knew that after a dance class, tennis match, or workout, I would simply feel better equipped to handle everything from family conflicts to grueling exams, relationship struggles to career uncertainties. And when I set out to create a fitness community around my boot camp, I wanted people to feel like the workout was more than just a rapid succession of push-ups, squats, and jumping jacks. I wanted them to find release from any life challenges, and feel lighter and empowered to take those challenges on after the workout was over.
I often get asked why I am so passionate about my fitness classes. I recently honed in on the answer. The various challenges in my life have served as rocket fuel for my fitness passion, propelling me forward to lead, create, and persist. And your adversity can benefit you, too.
You are resilient. When faced with a challenge, we can feel overwhelmed by stress and fear. I tend to get anxious and worry all night, losing both peace of mind and sleep. I find it helpful to reflect on past difficulties that seemed terrifying and insurmountable in the moment, but from which I emerged stronger and victorious. (“If I got through that, I can get through this.”) The resilience you’ve built from your past gives you the strength to tackle even bigger challenges ahead.
You can empathize. I tend to comfort distressed friends by offering my own experience, the raw emotions I felt at the time, and how I reached a better place. Those rocky parts of my past provide me with great insight and understanding so that I can better connect with others and build closer relationships.
You are grateful. I’ve had anxiety all my life, starting from childhood. I feel tremendous gratitude for the stability, structure, and support I have created and now enjoy in my life. After the storm of a challenge passes (and it will pass), you become more attuned to and grateful for the things going well.
You are wise. I once came across a quote that said, “Life is designed to make us better, not bitter.” If we take time to reflect on the parts of our past that may be painful or scary, we can extract some valuable kernels of wisdom to take along on the life journey. Collect enough of those life lessons and you become darn smart, strong, and nothing short of unstoppable as you proceed on the path forward.
Through my struggles, I’ve clarified my purpose to create a strong, fit, and empowered community. My passion for leading workouts and building G MOVES emanates from a place of triumph over the adversity of my past. I use my past in a positive way to strengthen and motivate myself and others. My adversity serves as an advantage, and I hope yours will, too.