3 Tips To Help You Push Your Limits

3 tips to help you push your limitsWhat does it mean to push your limits? Do you push your limits on a daily basis or maybe monthly? As human beings, we encounter challenges and struggles on a daily basis and react to those challenges in some way.

I have been learning recently that my ability to overcome obstacles is becoming easier as time goes on. I, like anyone else, have experienced my own struggles throughout my life. I am a firm believer that we can create the destiny that we so desire, but we have to work for it. We have to put in the hard and sometimes brutal work to get to the other side.

After leaving the corporate world behind, it took a while to settle into life as my own boss, but I did it. It has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get me here. I wouldn’t say my journey in that arena is over but instead it is just beginning. I know there will be more challenges that will come along.

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My most recent challenge was starting a training program with my husband at the gym he works at. We have been training with an intern at the gym. This is a huge deal for me because I am stepping out of my comfort zone big time. Last year, I participated in a Burn the Bird workout the day after Thanksgiving and I pushed myself so hard I ended up throwing up mid workout. This was devastating to me because I have always considered myself to be in shape. After this incident, I had not worked out at my husbands gym. I let that moment defeat me. Even though everyone around me said that sometimes it happens and I will learn to pace myself, I just talked myself out of it.

It took me nine months to build up enough courage to workout at that gym, and especially let someone train me. As a Pilates instructor, I feel comfortable in that element and tend to stick to it. The workouts these past two weeks have pushed me so far out of my comfort zone that I have surprised myself in many amazing ways. I have been sprinting, doing box jumps, pull ups, Romanian dead lifts and so much more. I wanted to share three tips I have picked up that have helped me push my limits.3 tips to help you push your limits

//Believe you can push your limits

If you can’t believe in yourself, no one else can do it for you. Believing is something you have within you, but it can’t be taught. You can hire a personal trainer but if you don’t believe you can push yourself further, it won’t matter how many challenges they give you. It isn’t the responsibility of the trainer to give you motivation. They are there to hold you accountable and guide you. Believe that you have the power, stamina and agility to do anything, and your body will surprise you!

//Get competitive

There is nothing like a little healthy competition to rev you up. My husband and I have been training together, and our trainer is giving us partner drills and timing us to see who is faster. I surprised myself today by finishing our entire workout sequence only 2 minutes behind my husband. To me, that is a huge acheivement. He started training four weeks before I did, so the fact that I could hold my own was amazing. Why not get your partner, friend or loved on involved in your workouts? Having someone there to hold you accountable and push you to be better may be just what you need to push your limits further than you ever dreamed.


You will hear advice sometimes telling you to push through and don’t look back, but reflecting on where you came from is a powerful tool. If you finish a killer workout, take a moment to think back a month or six months ago when you wouldn’t have been able to push yourself so far. If you don’t remember you’re starting point, it becomes easy to get wrapped up in little things. Reflection is a way to acknowledge the past and continue pushing forward. Imagine what you can achieve in six months or a year.

We all have challenges we will face throughout our lives, whether it’s pushing your limits in the gym or losing your job. These three tips will help you with any challenge you may face. The most important thing is to believe. My favorite saying that I share with my Pilates clients often is “the body achieves what the mind believes”. As you are progressing in your personal fitness, try new things and don’t let the word “can’t” enter your vocabulary. I realize how had that is, and it’s something I struggle with daily as well. Keeping these three tips in mind will help you bust through fear and push your limits beyond what you could dream.

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This post has been shared on Tip Tuesday hosted by Debbie In Shape

Your Turn:

Have you ever stopped yourself from trying something new because you didn’t think you could do it? 

About Stephanie

Stephanie Benton is a STOTT PILATES Certified instructor and recently became a mom! She holds a BA in Dance from California State University Long Beach, and has a passion for helping new moms reconnect with their physical and emotional selves after starting a family. Cohesive Fitness is a place to learn to simplify your life, health and family priorities.
  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I love this post! It takes a lot of courage to get out of your comfort zone and I’m glad you did!

  • Good job! It’s never easy to try something new. I try really hard to stay motivated with working out, but sometimes I feel like it’s just not my thing! How do you do it?!

  • Thanks Cynthia! That is sweet of you to say! <3

  • Amanda,

    You have to try new things and find what you really love doing. I have clients who LOVE Pilates and come 5 times a week. I offer enough variety by giving cardio and circuit Pilates classes too so they don’t get bored. It’s also key to mix it up sometimes! Trying something new is scary but can also be exciting and a good motivator.

    Another tip…buddy up. Find a friend or loved one who will workout with you. Create competitive workouts together even and do them at a park! Next week I will be posting a fun competitive body weight workout that is perfect for two people to do together! Keep an eye out!


  • Jen

    Love these tips!! Get after it girl! 🙂

  • Love that last quote! SO beautiful! It’s amazing what your mind can help your body accomplish!

  • fitlivingblog

    Great post! I love the friendly competition tip. It helps to have a friend or family member holding you accountable and pushing you along the way 🙂

  • Thanks Jen! <3

  • It really is! I have been saying this quote to my clients all week! <3

  • It certainly does! <3

  • Reflecting is keeping me going these days.
    I have been there, I am sure I can get fit again, better than before. I know the path, I just have to be a little bit more patience with myself.
    Thank you so much for sharing these awesome tips on #TipTuesday.

  • carla birnberg

    my thought is always this: LEAP AND JUST KNOW THE NET WILL APPEAR.

  • These are great tips! I’m getting back into a fitness routine and I’ve brought my husband along with me. The friendly competition is nice!

  • Thanks Debbie! You will get there! <3

  • Carla!

    I LOVE that! Thanks for sharing! <3


  • Jessica,

    Check out my post from today which is the Workout of Champs! It’s a great workout to do with a partner because the friendly competition will help motivate you both! Just make sure to be supportive of each other! <3


  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    These are such great tips! Thanks so much for the motivation

  • Thanks so much! I’ll definitely check out your new post. 🙂

  • Liz

    Great tips – I try to push myself to my limits everyday in my workout 🙂

  • Of course Cynthia! Glad you enjoyed them!

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  • That is AWESOME Liz! Way to go.