Fitness trainer Kayla Itsines showed her 12.3 million Instagram followers how to power through a workout in a video she posted to the social media site on Friday, March 20. The video was accompanied by a motivational caption in which the Australian encouraged her followers to push through the soreness and tiredness to achieve their fitness goals.
In the video clip, Kayla works out on an artificial sports field. She wears a lime green sports bra that leaves her abdomen exposed, showing off her chiseled midsection. She pairs the top with black gym shorts that emphasize her sculpted legs. The fitness guru completes the outfit with a pair of white sneakers and a black watch. Her long brown hair is pulled up into a high bun, revealing a pair of wireless earbuds in her ears.
Kayla uses a gray lawn chair and a black exercise mat to assist her in her workout. She starts with walking push-ups, showing off her muscular arms and back muscles as she does so. The next exercise features push-ups with side planks, and this is followed by tricep dips on the lawn chair. Kayla pushes forward — performing another set of push-ups — and then jumps to her feet for a series of burpees. She finishes the workout with one more set of push-ups.
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Your FIRST ever workout session – You either get a rush of confidence and power … or you feel absolutely exhausted and want to sleep! The next two days/ week are the hardest. You are sore in places you have never been sore in before, you don’t know if you have injured yourself or if the pain is normal … and you have no idea when you will walk properly again. You have no motivation to do ANOTHER session like that because your muscles are just TOO sore! You tell yourself “I’ll start again Monday” and maybe you do … or maybe you are still feeling sore an unmotivated and you tell yourself “another day”. Can I just say ladies, this is TOTALLY normal. Totally – 100% – NORMAL. It’s normal to feel sore, demotivated, confused and frustrated! The first session is ALWAYS a shock – whether is good or bad. If it makes you feel better, no matter how long you have been training for, no matter how fit you are, no matter how well you eat …. you can STILL get sore, you can still be puffed out, you can still feel unmotivated and you can still have a bad day of eating. No one is perfect. We are ALL learning just as you are. All fitness levels, all different body types, from all different places in the world … we are doing this together.. and everything you say, everything you feel – is normal… and it DOES get better – you get better. Keep at it ladies! You got this. #BBGatHOME #SWEATatHOME @sweat
In the caption of the post, Kayla penned a long, inspirational message to her fans. She told them that after completing their first workout, they’re most likely feeling either confident or exhausted. She empathized with the pain they may feel from sore muscles and the desire to quit. The fitness trainer assures her followers that feeling sore, unmotivated, confused, and frustrated are all normal — and are part of the process. She adds that no matter how long one might train for — or how fit they are — they can still get sore and unmotivated.
Kayla ended the caption by affirming that no one is perfect. She encouraged her followers to push through.
The post earned nearly 35,000 likes and over 350 comments in less than a day. As with the majority of the fitness trainer’s posts, her followers loved the workout video clip and expressed their gratitude for her inspirational messages and posts.
“Yep this description is accurate… just push through it ladies, your body & confidence will thank you for it,” one Instagram user commented.
“I love you Kayla and your workouts! Thank you so much,” another follower wrote.