why you shouldn’t feel bad about modifying exercises

by purelytwins

Why you shouldn’t feel bad about modifying exercises.
why you shouldn't feel bad about modifying exercises

We did not have time to film a new purely talk video. We just got our camera back from being fixed!! Tomorrow we will have a vlog up including how we are doing and our eats. 

We get comments and emails about modifying certain moves or workouts to meet certain fitness levels.

This is a great topic. We thought we would share our answer here as we know several of you might be thinking the same thing when doing any of our workouts. In our online club we provide different level variations so each purely fit sister can adjust accordingly for each workout. In addition for each Purely Training workout we provide modifications.

Why do we do this?

It is very important for you to feel successful when you workout! Be proud of yourself for doing the workout…that you did something great for your body! This will ignite you to keep going.

This is what we want for you –> to keep you going, to keep you working out every day. Seeing success in each workout. We want you to build INNER strength, which over time will allow you to feel more confident when doing advanced moves.

We don’t always do the full versions of a move.

It happens.

We have to modify. Especially with Lori being pregnant! She modifies a lot of the moves and that’s okay.

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Why you shouldn’t feel bad about modifying exercises.

You might be like us and you modify the move, but you don’t really like to as we want to do the full version. Doing the full version of an exercise we push ourselves to train hard to get the most out of the workout. Right? But… things don’t always work out that way. Sometimes modifying is needed, as we all have strengths and weaknesses (areas for improvements) in our training.

Some things we tend to modify are: push-ups of any style, ab raises we bend our knees,  and pull-ups we use an elastic band to help. And there are more.

We aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. It’s frustrating for us and probably for you too when modifying a workout as you want to do the full version. We get it. As we want to do full versions of exercises too. But sometimes it’s empowering.

How? It gives you a goal. Something to work towards.

dont be afraid to

Modifying is not a bad thing as modifying can:

1) Prevents injuries

You can do the exercise with correct form which helps you from getting injured.

2) Builds strength

Even doing modified versions of exercises you are still building strength. You can watch your progression. See where you improve. Remember you just have to start somewhere.

3) Keeps you motivated

By accomplishing a move can help keep you going. For us, seeing us actually complete an exercise in good form is uplifting. It helps keep us working harder.

Now others may think differently. For us we don’t mind modifying because we like to push ourselves to try new exercises. Even if we can only do one or two reps. We like the idea that we are trying.  We don’t overdo it of course. We realize we need to continue to do exercises that we can do…to continue to build good strength. But doing challenging moves allows us to see our progress in strength. It helps build our confidence.

trust the process

Never feel bad. Work hard. You’ll get there over time. Trust the process.

Come join our purely fit family to do workouts that strengthen your body so you can do advanced moves in the future. Come have fun with us while we sweat it out!!

Fall in love with doing the exercise…the process…and the results will come.

Working out and getting in shape is not always easy. If it was everyone would be in great shape. Remember we all have to start somewhere.  We get so excited when we see ourselves being able to go deeper in a move or doing an extra rep. This is the best feeling in the world. Making changes is the only way that you will start to see changes happening!

See you tomorrow!

What are your thoughts on modifying exercises?

What empowers you to keep working out?

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Katie @ Talk Less Say More July 10, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Love this! I’m all for modifying workouts for me! This has been HUGE in my starting CrossFit!

purelytwins July 10, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Awesome Katie!!

Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine July 10, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Great post! I wish more fitness professionals would realize how important modifying is for so many reasons. I have a lower back injury from years ago that tightens up and bothers me every once in a while, and it’s been really bad the past month. I have been going to yoga every day to keep it stretched out- but one of the instructors, even after I told her my back had been bothering, kept coming over to push me in to poses that I just can’t handle right now– and I would leave her classes in so much pain! I’ve stopped going to her classes- and am sticking to instructors who help me modify to protect my back.

purelytwins July 10, 2014 - 8:30 pm

oh man Michelle sorry to hear that, but glad you have found ones that help you!!

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Marie July 15, 2014 - 9:55 pm

Perfect timing! This came the same day I had to modify a lot of exercises my pilates session! I think it’s key (but difficult from time to time!) to modify. And I guess the ionly reason is when I start giving thoughts to what others are able to do… When I want to do that too. I hate when having these thoughts, cause I know you don’t serve me. So this is a great reminder that hey, it’s TOtally okay to modify – it’s not the same as giving up.

I actually wrote a post on it yesterday 🙂


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