On Accomplishment + Pliés + Doing Hard Things

This post is brought to you by better posture, childhood fantasies, and Fit Ballet

When you think about exercise, what words spring to mind?

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably mouthing the words obligation, hassle, and annoying.

What if, instead of viewing workouts as a necessary evil, we viewed them through the lens of that Anne Lamott quote: “It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.”

Or in the words of Fit Ballet‘s found Julie Schechter:
No one seems to care if you can do a pull-up, but everyone notices if you lose five pounds. Is it any wonder that women center their attention on minimizing their physical footprint? But this constant focus on a “skinny” body obscures what the focus should be: accomplishment.

 

Julie knows a thing or two about doing hard things and accomplishment. She was a lifelong dancer, went to Harvard Law, and was working at a corporate law firm, when she decided she wanted to contribute more to the world. She gave up law and started Fit Ballet.

What is Fit Ballet exactly? It combines the strength and elongation of ballet with high energy circuit training. For those of us who can’t make it to their live classes in New York, there’s an ebook filled with three months (!!) of workouts and videos. There are cute tank tops. There’s a Youtube channel filled with short, free, fun videos that will teach you basic moves and make your butt burn like whooooooa.

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