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Shock Therapy: How To Wake-up From Your Workout Rut

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How To Tell If You’re In A Workout Rut

  • You’ve got your running gear on and are halfway through your morning jog before you realize you’re awake
  • You know pretty much down to the second how long your weights program will take to complete
  • You’re almost completely in sync with the instructor in your exercise class
  • You have no particular sensation at the end of your workouts – you’re not exhausted, elated, energized, fired up. It’s just another thing ticked off your list
  • When you look back over the past 12 months you really can’t tell for sure if you’ve made any progression

If more than one of these points is all-too-familiar, then you’re in trouble. When it comes to exercise success, of course routine is a good thing, but not if it means you’re in a big ole rut. But how to snap out of it? I’ll get to that in a moment. But first, let me tell you this –

Sometimes it takes a full-blown shock to remind you of just how good you can feel after a workout that is truly challenging both physically and mentally.

Yesterday I had the most horrible, emotional and incredibly difficult workout of my life. It made me sweat, it made me cry, and I nearly ran for home. But it just could be a new-found wake-up call to break me out of the rut of regular workouts.

Let me set the scene –

Bikram Yoga, while being wonderful for energy, weight stabilization, improved sleep and digestion, and even the ability to better handle your day-to-day stresses, is in one way just like any exercise. After you’ve ‘got’ the routine, and regardless of the fact that it’s still a very high-intensity class, it becomes possible to tune out. To occasionally even become a little automated. Let your mind float away as your body goes through the moves you’ve done so many times before.

Despite knowing that in order to truly get the most out of this (and other) form(s) of exercise, it’s necessary to be extremely focussed at all times, I’ve managed to sneak in mental time to revise my to-do list, to plan what I might have for dinner, and even to dream about my goals and visions.

All the while smug in the fact that I was still getting a great workout and taking my mind (at least in part) away from work and writing.

Well yesterday was a rude awakening. I don’t know whether it was the fact that I’d been in the sun before class, the busyness of the evening session, or maybe the room hadn’t been fully aired, but that was by damn the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. EVER. I thought I was going to die. At one point I was crying. Seriously. And I felt even more upset when I managed to glimpse the temperature and humidity guage and realized it was only a little over ‘normal’. I know for a fact that I’ve been in classes hotter than this one.

It wasn’t just me – people were dropping like flies. By halfway through roughly 60% of the room was on it’s collective back. And there they stayed. Unless they were running out of the room. It was like a revolving door. This never happens. Sometimes one person leaves the room, but yesterday I reckon there were at least 30 departures (some people multiple times).

I used a combination of insanity and determination to get me through, telling myself again and again to ‘just do one more posture’. Relying on one of my favorite mantras – ‘this too shall pass’. I cannot even begin to find the words to explain just how intense, how challenging, how horribly nauseating not to mention emotional this was.

And yet – how liberating.

After I managed to drag the puddle that had once been my body out of the room something hit me. I felt awful. I couldn’t even talk. I didn’t even contemplate showering although I was dripping with sweat. I wandered onto the street no doubt looking like I’d emerged from a swamp and accidentally walked the wrong way for about 3 blocks.

But actually – I felt amazing. And proud. I’d beaten a giant I didn’t even know existed. I know I’ll never forget that class, and I sure do dread another one like it, but it really taught me something good about myself, and what I could do if I set my mind to it. And it made me all the more determined to focus for real in class from now on. To stop going through the motions of my workouts in the gym or the yoga room. And maybe even to (voluntarily) step out of my exercise comfort zone from time to time.

(What’s more, I had no hesitation in indulging in an incredibly decadent dinner afterwards!)

Four Easy Ways To Snap Out Of That Workout Rut

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1. Try something new (especially if it scares you a little. If you’re not a group exercise fan but don’t really know why this is, check out a class. Try to choose something at an appropriate level for you. The most demanding classes include Body Attack, Body Pump (if you’re not used to weight training), and Spin, but anything can be hard if it takes you outside your skill-set.

Outdoor exercise is also a great new challenge if you’re not used to it. Always use the treadmill? Map out a run around your home or workplace and hit the streets hard. Or be really adventurous and sign-up for an extreme sport. Always wanted to try white-water rafting but just too wussy about it? Maybe now is the time.

2. Toss the old ‘3 x 10’ weights program you’ve been following and try a functional fitness circuit. This style of training is one of the most intense, fun and varied that I know. If you’re not confident training this way, book a couple of appointments with a good Personal Trainer. How do you know they’re good? Watch them with their clients. They should be focused, and the client should be sweating but smiling (at least a little :-))

3. Join a Boot Camp or small group session. I’ve found that my small group sessions are almost more popular than my one-on-ones. But the funny thing is that many of my clients didn’t like the idea when I first introduced it. After I managed to get them along, for the most part they LOVED it. It’s competitive, you get barely 2 seconds to grab a drink, and most of them end up flat on their backs in the middle of the gym by the end of it. Now that’s a great session. Boot camps are a similar challenge and are run in most cities. Just google it if you’re not sure.

4. Do what you usually do, but do it like you mean it. I didn’t intend to experience my toughest workout ever when I entered that yoga room yesterday, and like I said, I’m not really sure why I did, but man am I happy about it now. Harness the same feeling by going into your next session with true intent – determination to be present throughout the entire workout, to push out the extra reps because you know you’re capable even though you often can’t be bothered, and with a mindset focused on getting to that unbeatable end point of pride and personal power. If you haven’t experienced that sensation for a while, then you’re missing out big time. I know I was.

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

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BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

Starting January 18th!

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

>>> https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/rebelmillionaire/

All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

To turn the world on its head and dance on top of it,

And who are ready to do just that.

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