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The Only Way To Get Shakira Thighs (and whatever the hell else you want) is To Embrace The Shake

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Lately I’ve been doing Pure Barre. Which as the website describes is a workout that combines ballet, yoga and pilates. Which I think is a gross understatement. Because whatever the hell it is, it’s way harder than any of those things.

It’s a workout that focuses on completely engaged muscles that move in tiny increments, and that burn burn burn for an hour straight. I like it because it makes me feel strong. I hate it because I’m miserable for about 50% of the time, in particular, during the thigh exercises.

Last week I was in class and I hadn’t been in awhile. And the instructor called for a chair position, which is basically when you stand straight against the ballet bar, pull out until your arms are straight, rise onto your “highest high heel” tippy toes, and sink down into a seated position until your thighs are parallel to the ground. This might be ok if that’s all you had to do, but they throw in some other fancy moves like squeezing a ball and tucking your hips to the beat of some top 40 song (Britney!).

About 15 seconds into it, my thighs begin to shake. Like…earthquake kinda shake.


And this is usually the part where I want to stop. To give up. Ease out of my chair position. And I swear these instructors are mind readers because just as I’m about to stop my “lifting and tucking” so my thighs will stop shaking, they say something  like…

“Embrace the shake ladies! It means that your muscles are changing” and “You can do it, keep going”  and “bikini season is coming up…let it shake.”

And I’m all like…”damn you instructor!! Can’t I just cheat out of it? Why you gotta be all talking right to me??”

And almost always, if I do embrace the shake, if I let it be there, the pain subsides. I can sink lower into my chair position. And by the time I’m done, I feel a sense of pride, knowing that I pushed through something that was hard.

And of course this got me thinking of life. So many of us are afraid of pain. Afraid of the things that feel “hard”. Afraid of that we won’t be able to make it (through a Pure Barre class or through life…in general). And because of this fear, we want to give up. Stop what we’re doing. Come out of the chair pose.

But simply coming out of it and stopping it prevents us from the change we seek, whether it be slender thighs, or that life we’ve been dreaming of. Our inability to push through the hard times prevents us from getting what we actually really want. We think we can’t go any further, but we’re always stronger than we think.

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The only way to truly have change, is to do something different than you’ve ever done before. So the next time you feel your thighs shaking in Pure Barre class…embrace it. Let it be there. The next time you want to quit because things just aren’t working out the way you want them to, keep going. Embracing the shake is the only way. You WILL get through it. And what’s on the other side is everything you want.

And that is a Wildheart Life. Embrace. Keep going. Push through. You got this.

What kind of shake do you need to embrace right now? What are you facing that feels like you just can’t keep going? Share in the comments below.


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8 Responses to The Only Way To Get Shakira Thighs (and whatever the hell else you want) is To Embrace The Shake

  1. Emilie Ruddell says:

    Well, I haven’t embraced it yet, but I know I need to go to Toastmasters. I hate speaking in public and also have difficulty with small talk and even talking with people I enjoy. It’s been easy to avoid because the closest is at 730 AM and that’s WAY too early for me to be socializing right? After all, I should be getting some R.E.M. right? Nope, I need to embrace it. I just HATE the thought of walking in as the in person. I can already feel myself blushing. Bleh.

    • Sallyhope says:

      Miss Emilie…YES! I love it. And I have some homework for you. Go to Toastmasters this next week. Put it in your calendar today and schedule it. And then go. And then come back and tell us about it. It’ll be scary no matter when you go for the first time, so just do it. HECK YES! Embrace the shake. Will you agree to this??

  2. Andrea says:

    I like this, and thank you for reminding me to embrace the shaking. I have to say, though, that thighs is my favorite/strongest part of a pure barre class. Seat, on the other hand? OMG, I didn’t even realize those muscles could feel like I’m about to get a charlie horse…in my glutes :)

    • Sallyhope says:

      Hahahha Andrea I’m TOTALLY the opposite. I can barely get through the first thigh but I feel like I could do ledge for dayyyyyyys.

  3. mehrnoush says:

    well…the post was somehow related to even our mental and spiritual strength yeah?
    but what if u make the shakes and not another one ..for example : u know u shouldnt eat that cake thats bad for u but u eat ..there u have shakes for its effects and ull have to stand it until u get better or u can even kill urself cuz u cant bare it soo u stand the shakes and theres no use …at the end u are not a better or stronger man …and if this goes on ull never change although u have embraced all the shakes …:(yeah?

    • Sallyhope says:

      Hey there…awesome point! Thanks for bringing it up. When I was talking about it, I was talking about embracing the shake of the things that move us closer to our fulfillment and higher purpose or true desires. In this case…the body that I desire. In a more metaphorical case…it could be the fear of writing that book you’ve wanted to right…embracing the pain and discomfort that ultimately goes along with things that move us closer to our best lives.

  4. Sytske says:

    The physical shake of a workout, after years of no exercise whatsoever, felt good and surprisingly so much easier to keep up than…. for example changing my food patterns or finding my way in work and life.

    My shake and fear at this moment is finding my own personal goal in life. What is that makes me tick? What makes me happy and what do i want to do? … It’s still too easy to let fear conquer.

    • Sallyhope says:

      Hey lady…I hear you. Sometimes when it’s an actual tangible shake, it’s easier to move through. It’s the more subtle ones that we have a harder time with. I totally hear what you’re saying. And there are some techniques and tools that can TOTALLY help with this.

      Actually…my new thing I’m creating will totally help with the place you’re at. It’s a private Live Wildheart community where you get:

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      For only $35 a month. I think it would be perfect for you! Want me to put you on the list to get more info when I have it?

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