This week we are high-fiving FiTONIC’s featured athlete: Jordan Youngblade. Jordan is no stranger to sports of all types from snowboarding to triathlons but is working on breaking her own limits by cycling across America soon. She wants to help women realize that a perfect body is not the definition of health and fitness, and seeks to help break the stereotypes that hold many women back. She talks about the importance of having a healthy relationship with your body and how to find happiness with it.
What is your fave way to train (running, yoga, CrossFit, weightlifting, dancing…)?
Currently training for Race Across America, so spending a lot more time on the bike. Indoor and outdoor! But I LOVE yoga and mobility exercises. Creative movement is my jam! I do triathlons as well and love to swim. HIIT workouts. Running. Hiking/trail running. Snowboarding. Pretty much anything outdoors :)
How did that become your thing?
Growing up, I was always into athletics (swimming, diving, dance, gymnastics, track, pole vaulting, cheerleading). Any sport that didn’t involve a ball… I was there! Post high school, I took a break on competitive athletics and got really into yoga. I still did some cross training, but I fell in love with yoga and got certified to be a teacher! However, I always had this desire to be on the triathlon team in college but never did it. So, post-college, I signed up for a triathlon and LOVED it! Then I got a really cool and rare opportunity to be on a RAAM team for a non-profit called 4GenNow. And while I’m really nervous (in a good way), I couldn’t say no! It’s pushing me farther than I could have imagined. Physically, mentally and emotionally. I LOVE to learn through movement, challenge and my body.
How has training physically changed you mentally or emotionally?
It has changed everything mentally and emotionally. I used to have anxiety and some waves of insomnia. Worry is my middle name when I’m not working out and staying in touch with my body! I’ve learned so much about myself through movement. I can’t live without it :)
What is still hard for you about your training, fitness or nutrition?
Nutrition is still sometimes a struggle for me. I LOVE food - so learning what works best for my body and what I want to do can be a challenge. Finding balance and moderation with foods that taste amazing but make me feel like crap later has been huge for my mind, body, and spirit.
What is the mantra in your head that you hear most often when you train?
“You got this!”
What do you love most about your body?
That it is such an amazing vehicle for me to do all the things I love most in life and it supports me on all of my crazy adventures :)
If you have worked with a coach, what’s the most important lesson you learned from that person?
Yes, I’ve worked with many coaches. The most important lesson has been that you are not your thoughts and feelings - you are the observer of your thoughts and feelings! Once I learned to separate myself from my thoughts and feelings and stopped taking everything so literally or as fact, I began to be able to do so much more. Always coming back to the mindset in any endeavor is my key takeaway - no matter if your goal is in business, relationships, health, or anything else!
"The most important lesson has been that you are not your thoughts and feelings - you are the observer of your thoughts and feelings!"
What is your fave nutrition tip?
I don’t love salads, so drinking my greens have been so helpful. Green juice and smoothies with greens and loaded with nutrients are big game changers. Salads get old… get creative!
If you could tell only one thing to every woman who is struggling in her fitness journey, what would that be?
Work on your relationship with yourself and your body first. The negative self-talk and body shaming will only continue to hold you back and keep you stuck. Having the perfect body is NOT the objective of health and fitness (even though we are so often told it is) - focus on loving yourself from the inside out and see how you start to treat your body different. If you’re torturing yourself by going to the gym and trying to stick to strict diets, those only last a short period if you’re not telling yourself a story that will serve your bigger goals! A better body will not make you happier. But the happier you can learn to be NOW, the quicker and easier you’ll get results because you’re approaching it with the right mindset. Mindset is EVERYTHING. Start there even before you start in the gym.
What goal are you going to crush next??
Riding my bike across the country with a team of 4 people next June for the Race Across America! It’s stretching me farther than I could ever imagine and it’s going to be such an amazing accomplishment when we cross that finish line :)
BIG thank you to Jordan for being our Featured Athlete!
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