There are times in our lives when we go through hard situations. These situations ultimately lead to something good, if not better than what we were in. It is great when they end and we can see that it was all worth it.
The other day I was at the gym working out. I go to a studio called True 40. This is a combination of low impact aerobics, barre, Pilates, yoga and TRX. It is a great workout designed to build long, lean muscle and really get you in good shape. I couple this with running to get extra cardio in, and because as we get old, we need to rev up that metabolism.
True 40 can be hard. I had worked out with trainers and ran before I moved to Auburn. Once the house hunting started and I had so much going on, the trainer part went by the wayside and I just ran. This was around Christmas when the actual move took place, so quite honestly, my working out was slim to none by the time I got settled.
I knew that I would need to mix up my workouts. I also knew that I needed to build up muscle. Before I moved I was trying on clothes to try to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. I was walking and looked at my legs as I was walking. It was not pretty. They looked like they had a life of their own. They were flopping around. Where had my muscle tone gone? It is so amazing that it seems to take forever to build the muscle, but in practically no time it seemed to disappear. I had only not been with the trainer for a month and this was what happened.
When I got to Auburn, I knew that just running was not going to cut it. I got on Instagram and an ad popped up for the True 40 studio. I was immediately drawn to it and clicked on it and went to the site. While there I read about what the workout consisted of and decided to try a one-month membership. I felt I would know if I really wanted to keep up with this after a month.
I went in to my first class and I was a little overwhelmed. First of all, I was new here and everyone else seemed to know each other and then, I am out of shape and this is new. I was a little scared. I got my equipment together. You have to get some hand weights, I got 2 pounds, I mean who was I kidding? You have to get your TRX strap, your exercise ball and if you want a towel to mop up your sweat, you get one of those as well. I went to my station, put up my strap and set my equipment right near where I was standing.
Next, it was time to start. This sweet, young girl comes in all bubbly and cute and we begin our low impact workout. I think, this is a breeze! I have been running, this is nothing compared to that. Next we get our hand weights and do some light weights combined with lower body workouts. This seems to be a little harder. I have zero and I am not even being funny when I say this, but zero upper body strength. It is almost comedic that I am struggling with these two-pound hand weights, but I sure am. I keep having to stop and at one point, I even drop them to the floor!
Next we move to the barre for leg work. Sounds simple, right? Wrong! We do these moves and only move one inch. You also do these moves for around a minute and then keep the position and add to it. You can stop at any time and rest, but I feel like I had to stop many times. My legs were shaking and shaking. I was already starting to hurt. After that, we got the TRX straps out and that was a little less painless. It was a struggle, but not as bad as anything else.
Lastly, we get our mats and we begin glute and ab work. Oh dear God! I was in so much pain. I was trying to stretch one leg one way and lift the other one another way and I was hurting! I remember thinking to myself, “The things we do to get in shape!” I kept on and finished the class.
I have been doing this for almost three months now and I see great changes in my body. My muscles in my legs are firm and long and lean. I am not where I want to be, but I look better than I did when I first started. I have seen the benefits from the pain I have put myself through.
This had me think about life and the pain we sometimes go through before we get to something good. We might even go through a series of painful events before we get to that good thing. It is almost like working out, you have to go through pain to see the rewards of the good.
Isaiah 66:9 states, “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.”
This goes hand in hand with exercise and many other painful experiences in our lives. We may have to go through pain to get to the good. Look back at many of your life experiences that have been bad and then look at what happened after. You will probably see that it led to something great.
That job you didn’t get, that ended relationship, that house that fell through. I can almost guarantee, each and every one of these led to something so much better. I am not saying it does not hurt when you are going through that painful experience, but you have to stay strong.
When I was at the gym that first time, I wanted to quit. When I woke up the next morning, I could barely walk! I hurt everywhere! I kept on going. I kept working out and I have seen the rewards. My pain has led to a better physical shape.
We need to look at our painful experiences the same way. The next time you are in a painful experience, try to look at it as a shaping experience. Try to look at it as something that will lead to good. Remember that God can turn every painful experience into something better. You just have to trust in Him.