determination

Tough "Pink" Mudder Magic

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#GoGina Challenge II:

What brings 12 people and 2 supporters, who were strangers 6 months ago, together to be electrocuted in hot pink? Well it’s starts with individuals looking at their lives, looking at themselves and saying, you know what, I am capable of more. Everyone looks in the mirror and thinks this at some point, it may look/sound/feel different but it happens to us all. Some of us take a course, some of us buy a new car and some of us sign up to jump into ice bathes.

Tough Mudder has become one of the most profitable obstacle courses making Will Dean a millionaire in only 2 years. There are many business decisions that Dean made to get Tough Mudder to where it is today, but the first step was developing a good product that people want. Tough Mudder falls in line with other weekend warrior urbanathons, but what makes it different is that the focus is on camaraderie and teamwork, as opposed to “winning” or being "perfect." Player beware that the game makers have a sick obsession with live wires.

Back to the 12 apostles and their 2 supporters. Each one of us had our own #GoGina moments throughout the day; for some it was pure fitness, some it was overcoming fear of heights, for others it was being patient, for me it was being responsible for a team.

Everyone kept asking us "Who is GINA?" And our answer is, "YOU! You are Gina, she is in everyone." Gina is that place of fearless freedom in your heart. When you have a #GoGina moment, it is when your heart overrides your head.

Take aways: Supporters make everything worthwhile. I will pretty much do any physical feat as long as I have supporters holding signs and shouting my name.

Own it

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#GoGina Challenge:

My friends and I decided to rollerblade down Santa Monica/Venice beach in bikini's with our less-than favorable body parts highlighted in red lipstick. As you can see from this picture one message, was "child bearing hips," written down my thighs were "thunder thighs," and "saddle bags." It was very liberating to have a stranger excitely shout, "thunder thighs" as a compliment as we rolled by. When I own my insecurities, it naturally makes me more attractive.

As a trainer, I spend many hours of my days discussing how people want to change their "less-than favorable" body parts. What I have found is that people/clients who own their bodies actually transform them. I will never have petite hips/thighs nor will "boyfriend" style jeans or potato sack dresses look flattering on my lower body. Instead of pining after what will never be, I spend my time focusing on strengthing and capitalizing on what already is.

My "child bearing"hips come in handy when I want to sumo deadlift and squat. My "thunder thighs" support me to run a marathon, box jump like a champ and squat 165 lbs. I have changed my relationship with my body by training for performance first and aestics second.

Take away: If you were only given one car for the rest of you life, and you didn't even get to pick it out at the lot; would you spend hours on hours bitching about it and let it rust or would you get some rims and "pimp YOUR ride?"