By Rebecca Kennedy, Barry’s Bootcamp & NIKE
I am empowered by Strength.
We want our love to be strong, our bones, our heartbeat, our home, our family, our credit, our economy, our sports team…. even our coffee. Strength is a goal in every area of our life, it would only make sense in order to achieve our goals, that we ourselves, must be strong.
There are 3 ways to be strong, and all of equal importance — mentally, emotionally, and physically.
To me, being strong means not giving up when things get tough, knowing when to exit and find a new path, and being there for another person, challenging yourself even when fear is larger than life. Strength is all encompassing.
Every person I admire and look up to in my life either thinks strong, loves strong, or lives strong.
They face adversity, they have experienced loss, and have overcome hardship. My mother while raising 4 children worked full-time, was at every practice and competition, and managed to graduate magna cum laude with a Master’s Degree. My father, now 61, is STILL one of the fittest people I know, running, cycling, golfing, and an active carpenter, and he has taught me how to treat my body and listen to what the food you eat tells you. My parents, independently strong, have instilled in me that anything worth having is worth working for. Never Give Up and always do your best.
Empowering yourself or another person is always best facilitated through confidence. Confidence, a recent highly misconceived word, has the power to highlight your best self. What we define confidence as — a feeling or self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities — has lately been sharing the characteristics of ego, arrogance, and insecurity. Avoid the life motto “Fake it til you make it,” avoid faux-confidence, and replace it with hard work, good intentions, and a hunger to be your best self, and it will naturally happen. Strength is built, not bought. It is built over time and not overnight, by yourself and not from external validation.
Being strong enables us to approach any situation with confidence. They go hand-in-hand. You always feel better race day when you’ve trained and put in the hard work and you feel strong, and strongly that you’ll fare well. Approaching life with a weak mindset is like stepping into the ring with your hands tied behind your back.
So how do we become strong? Our mind, heart, and body are all “muscles.” They need to be trained and conditioned in their own unique ways, to create a toughness that holds no boundaries and allows complete freedom in any situation. It’s not easy, we know, every time we are overloaded at work, every time we break up, every time we sprint. However, the feeling of progress and accomplishment after all of those, always instills us with more confidence in ourselves. Be your own cheerleader to start, no hard work goes unnoticed, especially by yourself.
Why it keeps you going: Life has too many curve balls to be weak and let it run you over. Being strong helps you get to the ups and through the downs. It’s wonderful to have people in your life to help you through things, but some of them have to be done by yourself. The world doesn’t owe us — instead, anything we want, we must work for.
I am always a Work in Progress, and I’ll never give up because I’m not wired that way. Life is so enjoyable, witnessing my own progress and successes, as small or large as they may be, that every challenge I face is worth it. It’s incredible to think that with self-confidence and inner strength, you can continue to accomplish things you never thought you’d be doing. Anything is possible, you just have to be strong enough to make it happen.
Big risk = Big reward.
Are you brave enough to be strong?
“Power and Empower.” That’s what Rebecca Kennedy stands for. A NYC-based fitness expert and celebrity trainer, Rebecca strives to improve every client’s life, both physically and beyond. As a former NFL Cheerleader, USA gymnast, and professional dancer, fitness has always been a passion. She believes the benefit of physical fitness is more than just looking good, it’s feeling good. To see her, is living proof that fitness is a way of life!
Graduating with a Bachelors in Dance and Business Minor from Dean College, Rebecca is currently a Wilhelmina fitness model. You can find her working with Nike, Reebok, Under Armour, and she has been featured in Runners World, Fitness, Self and Health magazines, just to name a few. With her career in fitness, Rebecca “lives a life she doesn’t need a vacation from.” She is AFAA and NASM certified, and has taught for Equinox, Club H, Vebo, and Bootcamp Republic. Currently teaching at Barry’s Bootcamp, Kennedy brings incredibly fresh programs to every class with high energy that will motivate, challenge, and inspire you to be better than you were yesterday.