So X Factor is back on TV and whilst I don’t mind it, I’m much more of a fan of The Voice which could be the reason I had a singing lesson this week …..
Yes that’s right – at the age of 43 I had my first ever singing lesson!
It was a taster session to see if I liked it and more importantly the teacher.
I was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone but I just thought what have I got to lose. I didn’t even know anything about vocal chords and realise how the force of the air going through them creates a sound, therefore how vital the breathing and using your lungs and diaphragm properly really is.
Infact, as an asthmatic I am not great at breathing deeply into my lungs as well as I should, tending to do more chest breathing (as do most people anyway, especially when we are stressed).
That’s one of the reasons I thought I’d try out some singing lessons to encourage better breathing, plus my husband subtly emailed me a link to a singing teacher a few weeks ago – nuff said!!
So I have done the taster and booked up some lessons but what is going to make a big difference is doing the homework in between, which at the moment is just doing some basic scales.
I realised how similar this was to my work.
Many people don’t ever start a fitness regime either at the gym, at bootcamp, classes or with a trainer for fear of being out of their comfort zone.
****BREAKING NEWS – if you actually want to make progress and get results then you have to get out of your comfort zone.****
Infact when I changed careers 16 years ago and retrained to become a personal trainer I was WAY out of my comfort zone. As a previous non-exerciser I sat there at the lecture on day 1, surrounded by a lot of super fit people, not even knowing what the quadriceps muscle was (ps its your thigh but I expect you knew that anyway).
So step 1 is to get out of your comfort zone – that’s why we have taster week at bootcamp.
Step 2 is to do your homework – this is why my 1-1 Personal Training clients have home workouts to do between our session, or boot campers have videos for extra stretches, foam rolling and core work to do between sessions.
Step 3 – Keep going – giving up is a waste of steps 1 & 2 and will get you nowhere.
Right, I’m off to practice my scales whilst driving to my next client!
Have a great weekend
Zita “Watch out Tom Jones” Alves
ps If you are in Bath our next trial week at bootcamp starts on 29th September so you have time to SIGN UP HERE
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