- By Dr. Jenni Bruning Brown
- October 15, 2015
Who and What Inspires You?
Imagine yourself sitting in the gym. Standing. Staring. Your ponytails in tact, you’re dressed in your finest fitness fashion with your Calvin Harris bumping in your headphones, and you feel ready to go— what’s holding you back? Tap into your sources of inspiration. What are they? Who are they?
Do you ever wonder what your favorite spin instructors are doing do get inspired or what you’re a.m. HIIT teacher does to get up so perky and energized every morning for class?
In and out of the studio, we find ourselves wanting to know how certain people do it, checking out their instagrams to learn what they eat, what they wear, what exercises they do and anything else that might help us to get that extra dose of (YES), awesomeness! Just to find the keys to health+ happiness (and everything in between).
So how do they do it? Jenni Bruning Brown, Master Barre Trainer and founder at Fly | A Fitness Revolution, said her main sources of inspiration come from experiences around the world that have exposed her to people who shatter limits in terms of perceived physical capacity.
She is also inspired by and uses feelings of gratefulness on a daily basis. “Every day I have a choice,” she says, “that is, to focus on negative, or positive. To be grateful and happy or to be unhappy. I choose to be happy and grateful. I am so incredibly lucky to do what I love, and I love what I do. I take that feeling, energy and knowledge into every day and every class. It is the basis of everything I do. And so, I am inspired. “
She takes the “wear my extra high heels” approach on the days she needs an extra dose of energy. That is, when she might be facing an extra tough workout, or she didn’t get quite enough sleep, Jenni says she holds her shoulders back, stands really, really tall (she’s already pretty tall) and walks with as much extra confidence she can muster, as if she’s wearing “really high heels.” Whatever she’s facing, if it’s running up a hill, she takes on that hill with a fight, talking to the hill saying “Bring it, hill, c’mon! I’ll take you down!” She describes it as an ‘overconfident attitude, bordering on cockiness.’ In those moments, Jenni says that not only has it has helped her to overcome the most difficult drills and tired moments, but it has helped boost confidence in the long run.