Confessions From A Personal Trainer – When the 90’s Call, You Answer

True Confession Tuesday:

Where every Tuesday – I confess.

Confession: The 90’s called and I answered.

Do you remember Salt ‘N Pepa, Coolio, or Vanilla Ice??

If you’re bored at work, take some time on You Tube to look up the artists and their hits from the 90’s. 

But let me back up a bit. The past weekend was my last big training weekend before World’s Toughest Mudder that happens in a couple weeks. (If you have no idea what World’s Toughest Mudder is – watch this recap video from last year). Big training weekends include a variety of work outs from early in the morning to late at night with a focus being on staying on my feet for as many hours as possible.

We started training Friday night with a run and a strength session. Saturday morning started early with plans to go late into the night. At the gym early followed by a beautiful sunrise long run with hill repeats.

So far, everything going as planned.



Then back home for some lunch and the afternoon walk around town running errands. Put on a back pack and start walking. Target, the mall, attempting to find pumpkins, and more.

Again, all going as planned. The rest of the night was going to be a walk to the gym followed by sprints and another weight session, a walk home, and then a late night long walk with the dogs.

The plan sounded great. My feet were starting to hurt (that’s the point) but I was determined to push on.

As soon as we arrived home at 5pm my phone buzzed with a text from a friend.

“I have tickets to the I Love the 90’s Concert tonight and I can’t go. Would you be interested in the tickets?”

Inner dialogue in my head:

  • You need to train
  • This is your last weekend to get this done
  • You can’t break your plans
  • You have to stay on your feet
  • This will completely ruin your performance at World’s
  • You can’t spontaneously go to a concert

I replied to my friend “I would LOVE to go. Awesome!!!”

Because when the 90’s call, you answer. And because life doesn’t always go as planned and sometimes you have to be spontaneous and enjoy yourself. Here’s how my inner dialogue ended up:

  • Missing one sprint session and one weight session is NOT going to make or break you
  • You can add the sprints to another day
  • You can add the strength session to another day
  • You have been wanting to go to this concert and the universe provided you the opportunity

In previous years and in a previous mindset I would have turned down the opportunity. I would have stuck to the strict plan. I would not have even thought about missing those work outs. It would have stressed me out.

I worked hard Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. And I still got up and did my Sunday morning work out. So, truly I only missed one big work out.

Has this happened to you? You make plans and the universe throws you a curveball? Sometimes the curveball is a positive and sometimes it is a huge negative. Being so strict in our thinking and unable to bend, adapt, have fun, or cope can be so detrimental.

I encourage you to challenge your thinking next time this happens to you. When a friend calls you up and wants to go somewhere but you had plans to clean your house (ha!). Can you be open to new and spontaneous opportunities??

Or in my case, you had planned to do a big training session or even your every day work out, but something comes up….can you rearrange it into your life at a different time? Can you go out and have a good time?

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about how fun the concert was. Watching the performers, who were all above 48 years old, go out there and perform, have the energy, and put on a show was inspiring. I hope to still be doing what I love at any age.

It was also such a blast to watch the crowd. Music is such a powerful and impactful thing with the ability to bring back memories just by the beat of the song or the lyrics. You could tell that everyone at the concert was brought back to a different time in their life.

Go back this week and listen to some music from a different part of your life and hopefully enjoy those memories.

If the 90’s call – make sure you answer!




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