Facing a Challenge? Good.

Faced with a challenge? Our response to that: Good. Because in the end, it’s all about how you respond to said challenge.

It’s all about mindset.

Tough experiences will create tough people, would you agree?

We want out when we are in the middle of the ‘tough part’. We want to seek comfort. I’m sure you’ve heard many times the last twelve months: “when is 2020 going to be over. I’m so over everything.”

But, how about this?

“2020 has thrown me some challenges. They seemed impossible at first, but look where I am now. I’ve learned I’m a stronger person than I thought I was. I’m capable of adapting to challenging times. While I cannot wait for the pandemic to be over, I have most certainly learned to value the little things. I look forward to being able to travel again, and will appreciate it much more. I’m much more appreciative of my health and understand it needs to be top of my priorities. I’ve seen confrontation, and the ugly side of human beings. I value being kind to one other now more than ever.”

Let’s be done complaining. Let’s change the mindset.

Take Masks for example. Before we go any further – elevation training masks are a real thing. They’ve been around for years and at one point earlier in the decade they were quite popular.

While masks can restrict the total amount of airflow to the lungs, it creates a hypoxic environment (less oxygen) and can actually improve the strength and endurance of the respiratory system – it’s asking it to work harder to get the same effect.

If I had a choice to wear a mask during my workout, would I? Probably not.

But right now, we have to. So I will adjust and make the best of the situation.

Working out in a mask isn’t the same, it’s tougher. Tough is okay. So I set micro goals for myself each work. My micro goal recently has been:

Do NOT touch my mask.

It’s being the middle of the tough part that s*cks. We want out. We want to seek comfort.

We want to go outside and tak the mask off to breath in between intervals. We want to pinch it an inch away from our face just slightly to get a bigger breath in.

I get it – but this is the opposite of GOOD.

We are trying to seek something that isn’t there, rather than just settling in and quietly saying to ourselves “I got this”.

You’re resilient. You can adjust. I believe in YOU.

Wearing a mask shouldn’t affect strength training or muscular endurance. Interval training where there is rest built in is a time to reset the brain and take those deep breaths.

Your metabolic endurance (Cardio-respiratory system) on the other hand, knows we are getting a little less oxygen. So start off slower, adjust accordingly. Times will be slower, scores will be lower – but the benefits are absolutely still there.


We got this.

-Coach Amanda

If you’re still wondering if you ‘can workout with a mask on’ – the answer is yes. We will show you how. Schedule a free no sweat intro with us today to talk about your goals.

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