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We are coming upon a new year, which is always such a great time to reflect, and find ways to make a new start.
Resolutions are exciting thing to think about, no doubt; Most of us have a few goals rolling in our heads as the transition from the past year moves us forward to the next.
We as humans – alongside nature – develop and exist in cycles, so starting a fresh cycle is always invigorating and maybe even motivating. January 1st can be a transformative day and the dopamine rush from our plans and internal hopes always makes us feel good!
Many of us go bounding into a New Year with high hopes that we will get closer to the lifestyle (and maybe even person) that we would like to become. Yet, that wide-eyed optimism only tends to last for so long, until many of us find ourselves slipping back into familiar habits ... our new goals disappear into the background.
So how do we go about making sure that our aspirations for a life more fully lived continues once the excitement gives way to the reality of the hard work that needs to be done to ensure a lasting commitment? Here are a few tips to make sure that our intentions become habits and our goals for our new life become a reality.
FIND YOUR TRIBE & YOUR ROLE
One of the best things about belonging to a community like Awaken Gym in Denver, is that you have a built-in support system. A good way to ensure that you will show up is to make plans with your team, or tribe. Arranging a car pool system or a coffee or lunch date after class is a great way to give you that extra push to show up on days that you might be trying to talk yourself out of going. It is also really rewarding to be there when one of your workout buddies does something new for the first time or vice versa. Recognizing your role in the team dynamic is a powerful motivator. Imagine their faces when you are having trouble getting out of bed :)
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Sometimes getting out of bed is truly the hardest part, but there are a few things that you can do to make it a little easier. We always want to give ourselves the maximum amount of sleep, but setting your alarm to give yourself the least amount of time possible to be properly ready is detrimental. GIving yourself time to shower, meditate, drink coffee, journal or just think about the kind of workout that you would like to have sets up a calm internal environment that is more likely to continue throughout the day. Creating this kind of routine also ensures a greater success in building a lasting habit, especially if you start bundling certain behaviors together. The more steps there are in your morning routine, the more likely you are to stick to it.
(Random pro tip from yours truly: On those super cold mornings I put my workout clothes at the foot of my bed with me so that they are warm and I change right there in bed. That way when I stand up, I am already dressed and ready to go!)
RE-CREATE YOUR KEYSTONE HABITS
Changing our habits is generally the hardest part of changing our behavior. Habits exist because they are where we find comfort, simplicity and pleasure, which can be a positive or negative thing. The goal is to try to find this ease and pleasantry in our new routines. A good way to do this is to change your keystone habits, which are the fundamental goals that will make the smaller changes easier. By naming long term goal such as, “I want to live a long and healthy life,” the short term goals become easier to get done.
Another helpful tactic is to change our definition of success. No one can be great every day, and you can’t let unrealistic goals make you feel as if you did poorly even if you made an effort. Even if you had planned that you would go to the gym five days and you went three, be proud of the three, not disappointed about the two that you missed. Make exercise and taking care of yourself something to be proud of, and the more positive associations you can create, the more enjoyable it will be.
Changes are made with slow, steady work, patience and perseverance. Remember to look for your team when you need a boost and to not give up when reality doesn’t match up to your vision. You have the capacity to achieve anything that you set your mind to, and you have all the support and tools that you need right here at Awaken.
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Christopher Pye is a 28 y/o software developer who has been a member at Awaken for 5 years, averaging about 4-6 hours of training a week. In college he was part of the crew team (rowing) as a coxswain and has always enjoyed running, biking and swimming. Here's what he has to say about his bodyweight training at Awaken in Denver:
Christopher Pye demonstrates his amazing upper body strength and control. Photo by Rebecca Christine Photography.
"My favorite part of training at Awaken is the vast amount of different skills to work on. I always have 4 or 5 different skills I am working on to try to get better at.
So many of the skills feed into each other as well so when you start getting good handstands and you have a good swing on the parallel bars you start looking at combining those into the swing to handstand. So it is really fun to be able to build on your foundations and really start to put together some cool moves. There is never an end to a skill set, you never really get to say "I'm done" with something. There is always more difficult positions or extra skills to integrate and I love that because it means I can always be looking forward to new goals while still being able to cross items off my list.
The community is honestly what keeps me going on a consistent basis. There are a great collection of coaches at Awaken each with their own different focuses and knowledge about gymnastics as a whole. So getting to take classes from all of them really helps me learn then ins and outs of each exercise. The community of athletes is fantastic, everyone is very supportive and helpful. Because gymnastics is such a diverse sport everyone has their own area of strength and is happy to help you and more importantly learn themselves. There is always a sense that everyone around you wants you to be as good as you can.
For someone on the fence about joining, it is a great place to be for the very serious and the just casual athlete. If you are looking for the best coaching and training this is the place to get it through the coaches and the active community that are constantly looking to improve. And on the flip side if you are just looking for something casual to keep you active the community is one of the most accepting I have been a part of."
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CAMERON BROWN IS THE FEATURED GUEST AT THE NEXT AWAKEN WORKSHOP! ...
--->> HAVE YOUR BEST YEAR YET! <<---
Awaken is honored to host Cameron Brown, who has spoken to audiences across 4 continents, appeared on the TEDx stage in Rome as well as popular media outlets including ABC and Huffington Post, and his videos have been viewed by more than 1 million people across 195 countries. Lucky us, he's coming to Awaken!
When: Dec. 1 / 1:30 pm-4:30 pm (half hour break for snacks and a stretch sesh led by Awaken manager Tanya) Where: Awaken! Bring a meditation cushion, yoga mat, or pillow to sit onTopic: Have your best year ever! Why most resolutions don't work, and how to create sustainable and high-performance patterns and habits
Cost: $40 Awaken members / $45 non-Awaken members
Get your tickets here:
Check out other upcoming workshops and events at Awaken Denver Bodyweight Fitness Gym, here:
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Awaken Denver Bodyweight Fitness owners Orench Lagman and Crystal Hatch would like to offer ...
A BIG THANK YOU ...
As a thank you to our local and global bodyweight fitness community, and alongside our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY we're running specials all NOVEMBER LONG!
Keep your eye out for our anniversary specials coming your way including $5 PER CLASS next month and HALF-OFF our Summit Traveler's Pack (that's a $182 discount!)
Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, or email us at support@awakendenver.com!
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We've had new GRAY classes on the schedule at Awaken Gym in Denver for a few weeks now, so if you haven't given them a try, get in on it!
Also, October is the perfect time to TEST into Gray – remember, Gray level students can still take all the Blue classes they desire, but challenge yourself, and work towards some skills you've been hankering after. Test in with any front desk associate or coach (remember to come 15 min early) and discuss your membership options with Tanya!
Look for these NEW classes on the schedule at Awaken:
Accelerated Rings
Elevate your ring work with these 50/50 machines that will allow you to feel each ring skill, like muscle-ups, body levers, flips, dips and more! This class will help you increase your upper body power while allowing you to feel the seamless movements of mastery while getting seriously strong and having fun.
Movement
This class is designed to help you find your own unique freedom in movement by teaching you how to pair different drills together using balance, body and spatial awareness. In combining upper and lower body drills and skills with inversions and balance, you’ll discover how your body can really play. You know you want to move-it, move-it!
Handbalance
Focus on specific elements needed to sustain a balanced line, regardless of the platform. We’ll play around with canes, blocks, parallettes and variations of upside down stamina builders. Here, you'll learn to master each skill building up to bigger gains like single arm handstands and other advanced techniques.
Press Handstand
Now that you’re comfortable upside-down, let’s create the show-worthy skills you’ve been dreaming of! This class is made for all things PRESS-worthy! From hollow back work to flexibility, straddle and pike positions, your handstand will never be the same. Now is the perfect time to get your PRESS on.
Weighted Mobility
Creating strength within the range of motion you’ve built up is key, which is why this class is so important! Put larger strength into your stretch and gain the extra inch you’ve been dying to reach. This class includes weighted spine mobility, side bends, loaded shoulder mobility and MUCH more.
FYI: Make sure to see the current schedule by ALWAYS signing up for classes ahead of time through the Awaken App via --->> iPhone or Androidto secure your spot!
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Each month we give some LOVE to the Denver Awaken student that visited the bodyweight gym the MOST times!
Can you say Denver fitness challenge accepted?
Meet Cameron Brown!
In the month of August, Awaken Bodyweight Fitness member Cameron attended 42 classes!
Whoa!! Born in South Australia, 33 y/o Cameron is a world-renowned speaker and founder of the thrivingcollective.com. Cameron has been training at Awaken since June, and here's what he has to say:
"For the last 18 months, I've been traveling all around the world and I've been craving this sense of community. Straight away, as soon as I got here ... the exercises are amazing, but, it's the people that make it. Immediately when I came here I felt taken care of. Especially not having done gymnastics or anything like that before. But I got into it, and slowly built up, and I'm loving it even more! And now I'm helping other people feel welcome at the same time."
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