Why hello there avid blog readers! Last time we met through this virtual technological paper

portal, I had just finished skating 100km and was freshly removing the bandages from my

blisters. I can say they healed up well and I gladly haven’t skated since.

Oh, what have I been up to since then? Well I’m glad you asked!!

The long boring cardio sessions during my skate training gave me plenty of time to think about

what my fitness future holds. As I mentioned previously I was stuck in a rut and was tired of the

typical gym workout. Que Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

BJJ is a submission/grappling martial art that was founded over 100 years ago. I’ve always been

fascinated by martial arts and the discipline that comes with it so I thought I would give it a try!

For the first time since I started personal training I truly knew what it was like to be someone

that was nervous about trying a fitness class or training session. I knew enough about martial

arts to get by but it was still out of my comfort zone and I was extremely anxious to start my

first class. Working out in a gym you can always go at your own pace and back off if you need to,

but with BJJ you’re always grappling with someone else so you have no choice but to push

yourself to the best of your abilities. Always having to interact with someone made me very

nervous about my fitness level and gave me a fear of being judged the whole time. Everyone at

Stratford BJJ has been very kind and welcoming to help me get over that fear, and although I’d

like to say I’ve been to every class I could have since starting in June, that isn’t the case. I still

make excuses and let my nerves win but I’m slowly taking them down one day at a time.

Okay blah blah blah ramble about myself is over. Morale of my story is that new things are

scary but switching things up and going after new goals is very important!! It’s easy to become

complacent with workouts, jobs, life, etc. but adding variety is what promotes growth! It

doesn’t have to be martial arts or different sports, it could just be doing more strength training

than your typical treadmill cardio, or vice-versa! It could be incorporating yoga or stretching a

few times a week; some people may just need to switch the style of their workouts more often

so they continue to make progress!

So step out of your comfort zone, try something new, and push yourself to be the best version

of yourself you can be!!

Cornelius P.

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