It finally happened. My spinning instructor at Equinox had us cycling to YouTube viral hit, Gangnam Style by Psy. Yesterday, I wrote a post for The Laughing Cow community blog sharing my morning to attempt to learn the dance and ended up breaking a sweat. I wrote that I would be surprised if the dance was NOT included in Zumba like classes given its cardio intensity. I guess I wasn’t expecting it so soon but I loved it.

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I burned 463 calories during the Cycle Beats class. You are supposed to cycle to the beat of the song that is playing. It’s the only spinning class I do at Equinox. Jeff, the instructor, is entertaining and sings during some of the jams as well. Am I the only one that only increases my bike intensity 70% of the time an instructor says to do so? The class is a perfect 45 minutes.

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I despise spinning. The only reason I do it is because it kicks my butt. My body gets used to running. Going for a 60 minute run is easy for me these days because my body has adapted. I need to push myself with intervals to actually see fitness gains from my running these days. Spinning is a battle. I sweat and see results quicker. If I did it regularly though, that would change. Similarly, regular indoor cyclists probably hate running. I’d love to do a triathlon in the near future, so it’s also like training to me. At class, I met reader Brianna! I love when people who read my blog say hello if they see me.Since rain was in the forecast and Tuesday is a cardio day in my fitness schedule, I booked the class first thing in the morning so I would be sure to go. I had a Blueberry Vanilla Luna Fiber bar around 3 pm for a snack. It powered my workout and kept me from getting hungry before class which was at 6:30 pm. I LOVE these bars. I first wrote about them in August. Luna saw and sent me a few of the other flavors to try including Chocolate Raspberry.

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I also tried the Peanut Butter Strawberry which was also amazing. The chocolate was probably my least favorite but still good. The reason I like them is because they taste great and are filling. Yes, I am proclaiming that a measly 110 calorie bar is filling. I was shocked when I ate my first. I will admit the price tag for a box is steep for 6 snack bars – $5. You can buy them individually at Whole Foods but really, these should be priced like Kashi granola bars. They are not meals.

2012 08 29 12 21 20They taste like Nutri-grain bars kinda with the fruit filling but taste less processed and better! They have more substance to them and the crunchy topping takes the cake.

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Today, you have the chance to enter to win a box of the Luna Fiber bars! Since I loved them, Luna wanted to give one of you the chance to try it for free!

To enter, leave a comment down below letting me know what exercise your body hates! If you do it occasionally for a kick in the butt like I do with spinning, let me know. If not, why do you avoid it?

Winner will be chosen on Sunday 9/23 since I will be down at Fitbloggin’ the rest of the week! If you’re going to be there, let me know down below too. I’ll count it as an entry too!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post but the products shown were sent courtesy of Luna.Β  I did buy two boxes at Target this weekend with my own money.

Gangnam Style Cycling, Luna Bar Giveaway

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140 Comments

  • Stephanie B.
    Reply

    Oh those look so yummy! My least favorite workout that I dread is anything involving burpees or box jumps. They kick my but every time…if I didn’t love Crossfit I’d avoid them but they do get thrown into the mix once in awhile and I just grin and bare it.

  • Brandy
    Reply

    I really hate using the elliptical. It was the first machine I ever used when I started going to the gym, and about 5 seconds in I was dying. Of course, that was an obvious sign that it was way past time for me to be in the gym, but since that day, I do my best to avoid an elliptical!

    PS: Thanks Sarah for all the tips you give! You inspire me to do better! :)

  • Kim
    Reply

    Hey Sara!!
    My body dreads any HIIT workout! But I force myself to do at least one a week! I have to convince myself everytime that it’s only 10-15 minutes (depending on the workout) and I always feel great after!
    But it’s probably the last thing anyone wants to do at 5am πŸ˜‰

  • Tara
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    I am an avid runner and weight lifter and I recently joined a gym that offers spinning. My body hates it but it gives me such a good workout I keep going! I know it is hard because my body isn’t used to it but it’s important to cross train and keep your body guessing!

  • Melanie
    Reply

    I avoid running, why mostly I am a little pigeon toed so I just have no grace at all when I run, but I do it because it’s the best cardio I get when I work out.

  • Amanda Martinez
    Reply

    I am SO not a fan of lunges! They are awkward and require so much effort for me. However, I know they’re good for me and my body, so I’ve made them my fitness goal for this month. I’m doing 40 reverse lunges each day and it’s TOTALLY kickin’ my butt. I’m believing it’s for the best though πŸ˜‰

  • Julie @ Sweetly Balanced
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    I love my long runs but hate interval training. I try to do them at least once a week to push myself. I also tried spinning once a very long time ago and hated it so haven’t been back since. I’ve been working up the courage to try it again!

  • Nina
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    I love to lift and to do cardio (running/elliptical). I enjoy spinning but don’t do too often so my booty often doesn’t like me the next day! I tend to stray from pull-ups and push-ups! Things i am not great at! Although getting better because the only way to get better is to do them!

  • Leslie
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    I hate mountain climbers. They hurt my hip flexors and thighs, but I do them once every two weeks, just for something different and to challenge myself.
    No you’re not the only one who cheats in indoor cycling class. I’m an instructor and I see it all the time. My pet peeve is the ‘hamster legs’ person. They go faster and faster and faster with no resistance and think they are doing something.

  • Clarice
    Reply

    I’d say my body definitely hates running the most. After a few minutes I feel like I’m dying, but that’s when I know I need to push more and just keep going!

  • Mary Beth K
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    BURPEES … they are the devil! I always start them with good intentions, halfway thru I wonder how many gym’ers would notice if I punk out of my set, and by the end I’m ready to just hold a plank like I meant to do that πŸ˜‰

  • Amy
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    My body hates running. I usually cycle for cardio but decided to change it up this fall and signed up for a 10k. And wow! Training is killing me x

  • Wendy B.
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    Running used to kick my butt although I’m working up to it. I guess it would be lunges. I am terrified of using my weak knee. I try my best to avoid them in bootcamp.

  • Robin
    Reply

    My body hates the happy baby pose in yoga. My hip flexor area is so tight and holding that for any length of time makes me break a sweat. Flexible much??

  • Joan
    Reply

    My personal trainer gives me hack squats and I almost cry when I do them. I am 5′ 9″ tall and have really long legs. He makes me go all the way to the bottom (where the machine actually hits the safety) and I have to push all the way up instead of half way down 90 degree angle. No breaks, no stops and I have to do 15 reps at heavy weight. It is incredibly hard, but so good for my quads and glutes!! I think my PT gets joy in making me cry on that one!! lol

  • Suzanne
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    I hate spinning too -- the first time I did it, I had the worst bruises that wouldn’t go away for three weeks. Running is also something that I don’t really like, but I’m trying. I downloaded a Zombie Run game app that scares me into running faster and helps with intervals with “missions” and things. It definitely helps keep me interested when I’d rather stop whenever I see a Starbucks (aka every few blocks lol)

  • Morgan
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    Stairclimber, We have a love-hate relationship. I know it’s doing AMAZING things to the rear, but ohhhhhh it burns. I have been holding off on buying these Luna bars due to cost,but your making a good sell!!

  • Sarah
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    I’m the exact opposite of you- spinning, even though it makes me sweat like crazy, is sooo much easier for me than running. My body never quite gets used to running! But it has gotten better, thanks to interval training.

  • Liz
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    I hate running but I do it every once in awhile just to see if I’ve changed my mind and I never do! I’m still hoping that one day I’ll start liking it though. πŸ˜›

  • Olivia Hill
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    I HATE spinning too! I think it has something to do with the uncomfortable seats and the killer resistance levels. I would also LOOOVEEE to try the new luna bar. I’m a luna bar lover myself.

  • Katy K
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    My body absolutely HATES the P90x “Plyometrics”--I don’t think I’ve ever made it through the whole thing! :) I still do it because it’s an awesome workout (and because my husband pushes me to…which I need!)

  • Lynne
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    i hate swimming (mostly in pools). i avoid it at all costs (seriously, you cannot pay me enough!). i believe my hatred is due to the cold water temps. i seem to enjoy swimming in the ocean when the water temp is warm.

    interesting to read the other comments… i love burpees AND running.

  • Kelli
    Reply

    I don’t like the elliptical…it makes me out of breath within a few minutes and it hurts my lower back…so I avoid it completely.

  • Kyle
    Reply

    There’s a class at my gym, Bootcamp Toning. It’s a mix of intervals, P90X and military-style training. After the first class, my quads were so sore I had to sit on the floor to put pants on.,,

  • Laura
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    I’ll do lunges or burpees all day long but it is planks, by far, that are my most hated. I don’t even feel like they should work yet when I get down and do them, I sweat and bellyache (ha!) like a child. Mostly I feel defeated that my weak upper body/core can’t support me.

  • Bonnie
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    Running … my biggest challenge/the exercise I dislike the most is running!!
    It’s the jarring that is the hardest — I have no problem jogging — the flat out running is NOT my body’s best friend at this time in my life!!

  • Nicole F.
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    My body has a love-hate relationship with tabata-style running. Sure, put me through plyometrics in a boot-camp style class and tell me to do tabata that way, but sprints on the treadmill or track are so challenging! But of course, after your done, you feel amazing : )

  • Theresa P.
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    Yum…I would love to give them a try! My gym offers a high intensity kickboxing class once a week that is extremely challenging and definitely kicks my butt…in a good way :)

  • Caitlin F.
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    I absolutely hate burpees. I don’t think I’ve ever done more than 10 in a row, but I occasionally throw them into my routine because I know they’re good for me. That stairclimber machine is also horrible, but I still do it.

  • Bridget
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    Strength training is my weakness! But I go to Boston boxing most weeks and that is like strength training on crack, I’m actually going tonight :)

  • Audrey Adams
    Reply

    Speed work on the track! Did 4 1200’s yesterday. We are training for our next 5k race. I hate it…but when I’m through and make good time, I feel so amazing….and secretly love it.

  • Camille
    Reply

    I love yoga but I absolutely hate the side plank. I’m a little new to yoga so my whole bossy is shaking like jello the whole time! lol

  • Janelle
    Reply

    My gym has a boxing/circuit training class that I have a complete love/hate relationship with. I still do it once a week because it’s the only workout that manages to make me feel sore the next day -- but I despite all 90 minutes of it.

  • Lauren L.
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    i would say my body doesn’t “hate” anything…but i always get very saddle sore after spin classes! i enjoy incorporating them, but don’t enjoy the pain the next day!

  • May
    Reply

    I really love Luna bars! Especially the peppermint chocolate ones. They’re just the right amount of sweet to make me feel like I’m indulging, but I’m keeping healthy. My body hates me for doing interval cycling classes here at my gym, but I try and power through it because there’s no better feeling than walking out of the class dripping in VICTORIOUS SWEAT

  • Jennifer M.
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    Hey Sarah! My body absolutely hates squats. Unfortunately, I have seriously injured my knee in the past playing soccer/my knee is misaligned, so anything that bends/puts direct pressure on my knee really hurts. I do not push myself to do them unless I have some sort of extra support. I believe in listening to my body. There are obviously exercises that are hard; however, squats just feel wrong on so many levels.

  • Cindy
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    Spinning is my favourite class! I love how sweaty I get. I usually end up starting off not on the lowest resistance so by the time we are at a higher level I am really working hard to the point where I can’t go any higher on the resistance! I love it!

    I wish I could eat Luna bars and all of the others. I miss them. Darn food allergies!

  • Sam
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    I can’t handle using the elliptical! Just the thought of getting on the machine makes me nauseous. I much prefer the simplicity of running.

  • Ann
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    I love, love LOVE that you got to workout to Gangnam style. The video alone cracks me up SO MUCH!!! Class I hate? Yoga. I am not patient and I HATE being still. I suppose, that’s why it’s such a challenge -- the mental (and physical!) workout, to be still and let my body relax and stretch.

  • Michela
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    The workouts I dread doing, but I find sooooo efficient is any of my Jillian Michaels DVD’s! I have Ripped in 30, 30 Day Shred and Yoga Melt Down. Although I find her banter annoying, her moves work me over, and I am sweating more instensly than any other exercise I do. Whenever I can’t make it out for a run I’ll pop one of those DVD’s and I’ll be sore for a day or two. I also will use NTC at the gym, but my one beef with that is the transition time is short and I find I waste some of the work out time fumbling for gear or getting into position. Still kicks my butt!

  • Carey
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    The Insanity workouts kick my butt every time! I have to admit that I’ve never done the 60-day schedule exactly because I’m usually training for a race or traveling which makes it harder, but whenever I feel my fitness level sliding, I put in those DVDs and sweat/ache like crazy!

  • Erin
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    My body hates the stairclimber! When I do them I feel like my body is going to overheat and shut down cause my muscles burn so much! But I love it after and it does wonders for your rear. I avoid climbing stairs outside though because most of them have no backings and I’m always afraid of my shoe getting stuck and taking a tumble.

  • Roni
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    I wouldn’t exactly say “hate”, but it would be regular squats and I’d say “boring” instead. As an instructor and also a student, I love combining arm exercises with this particular movement. It adds variety and it can be challenging. Whether you’re putting the weights on your shoulders and then squatting or coming up and doing an overhead press. Squats are amazing for your legs and I love finding different arm movements and patterns to combine with these. I also vary the squats themselves sumo, plie, or regular. So “hate” not really, just “boring” and wanting to keep things fun, so we keep doing them!!!! =-)

  • Lydia
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    I swear spinning is all about the instructor and the music. You HAVE to test out a class at Recycle Studio (located on Tremont Street in the South End). It’s unlike any regular spin class. Meredith and Aly have changed my life! Take one of their classes… they are awesome and so inspirational! Meredith has a 7PM tomorrow… just saying… recycle-studio.com
    Do it!

  • Miriam
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    I HAAATE Cannibal jumps! But yes I stick with it, Got better at it but my body and I don’t like them ! πŸ˜› They are great though ! … Love/Hate situation going on !

  • Erin
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    My body hates the stairclimber! When I do them I feel like my body is goin to overheat and shut down but after I love them and they are good for the rear! I avoid doing stairs outside though because most of the stairs don’t have a backing to them and I’m always afraid my shoe will get stuck and I’ll take a tumble!

  • Diane
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    Pretty much the opposite as you, but running tends to kick my butt. It is still much more challenging for me than other forms of cardio.

  • Alisia Mordecai
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    I try to stay away from cycling! when I do my workouts I warm up around my neigborhood with a quick run or a bike ride so I can get the bike over and done with before I start working out. I like doing things that usually give my whole body a workout and the bike doesn’t do much to my whole body.

  • Katja
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    i hate the crosstrainer. used to do it instead of running for a while because i had sprained my ankle but now i avoid it;) I have to admit that i hate spinning everytime I do it and ask myself why i am putting myself through the torture, but love how I feel afterwards so I do it anyways :)

  • Sofie
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    I really can not stand doing back lifts! I know this isn’t an excercise that people normally have a problem with, but for some reason I find it really really hard.
    I went through surgery some years ago because of my scoliosis, so I always push myself to the damn back lifts anyway because I know how important it is to keep my back strong as not to damage it.

  • Cellabella
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    I also hate sitting on the bike! I used to force myself when I was doing triathlons, but now that I stopped, I can’t even remember the last time I got on my bike πŸ˜‰

  • Jennifer
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    My body haaaaaaaaaaaaates running. Every time I do it, each muscle, joint and organ (yes, organ -- my lungs get pissed), fights me. But I do it anyways to try and improve on my PR’s.

    I stick to yoga, elliptical, stairs and weights most of the time!

  • Ale
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    Running… I wish I could say that running for 60 minutes was easy like it is for you, but I guess I haven’t been training hard enough for my body to get used to it! Maybe that should be my goal from now on: run so much that it is no longer painful

  • Katie M
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    I hate interval training classes where we switch between the treadmill and weight training every 2-5 minutes but will do it every once in a while in place of a run.

  • Emily
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    I hate it say it, but running is my love/hate exercise. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am done! It’s so rewarding for me, but the process of actually DOING it feels like torture. It’s a constant mental battle for me to keep putting one foot in front of the other!

  • McKenzie
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    My body hates guts/ladders. It is where you run to a line and touch it and come back and then touch a line further away and come back!! my heart rate soars and i get sooo tired!

  • Kaitlyn L
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    Lunges are the worst for me! While doing them I can just feel my muscles tightening and the next day my leg muscles are hopeless!

  • Maria Holt
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    My body hates spinning but I love it! Well I should say i love it after. It is a constant struggle the entire 55 minutes of spin but I love that I am constantly challenging myself and pushing myself beyond my mental limits.

  • Anni
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    I am NOT a runner, I just do not enjoy it! I love long walks and being outside but the running is just not something I crave. I do however force myself to a 5k at least every 3 months, because even though I hate it, it does feel good after πŸ˜‰

  • Danielle L.
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    I hate running! I always try and get into it, really give it my all for a few weeks, but it never gets easier, so I give up. I get pretty terrible shin splints also, so I’m sure I’m doing something wrong. I do like spinning but sometimes don’t feel like it’s challenging enough.

  • Marjorie
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    The Stair Climber kicks my butt, I try not to put my hands on the handle bars so as to get a better workout, but it seems impossible almost all the time. I have to be mentally prepared to tackle it!

  • kimmi
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    my body hates planks -- it somehow hurts my back and doesn’t work my abs at all. but running kicks my butt -- i blame it on my short legs i can’t run (i.e. jog) for more than 2-3 miles at a time.

  • Jessica B
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    Jump lunges -- I seriously HATE them but I know they’re good for me! Generally if I see they’re in the workout I’m doing I will bargain with myself -- “okay, this round only take one break” etc. to make them more bearable.

  • Sarah McKelvey
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    My body hates spinning too! Well, just bikes in general, really. I’ve never been one with wheels… but I push myself to do it because I know that variety is good! YAY HEALTH <3

  • Bonnie
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    Man, I love me some burpees. I guess I’m the weirdo here. What I do hate though is running on a treadmill. Don’t get me wrong, I actually do love running (though I’m definitely not the fastest or long distance runner. But I’m better than I used to be, and that’s what counts!). But as soon as you transport me onto a treadmill I’m out. Maybe because it forces me to be consistent, maybe it’s because those damn Tvs in front of the treadmill prevent me from zoning out, or maybe because I can’t just relax into a run because I can’t stop looking at the mileage or my speed. But if you want to destroy my little derriere with a workout put me on a treadmill.

  • Susan
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    My body hates running! I do it because I always feel awesome when I get done with a run and like I’ve really accomplished something. Also- like you said, my body feels acclimated to my normal cardio on the elliptical and I need to keep pushing myself :)

  • yesenia
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    hii sara! you were the one who inspired me to have a happy lifestyle!! thanks so much!..
    oh anf i love luna bars!!.. the exercise that i hate is side plank!.. i think that i will never get used to,, but its a great exercise.for the abs, so its worth it!!:)

  • Jennie G
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    My body hates HIIT but it seems to do the job. I am thinking of adding Spinning to my routine just can’t seem to get the courage to try it yet.

  • Hanna
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    Hate is such a strong word, but my body really dislikes yoga or anything that doesn’t really get my heart pumping such as running. I’ve only tried it a handful of times and really want to like it, but I don’t!

  • Anna S
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    My body hates most exercise πŸ˜‰ I think bodies can be trained to like things though, like running! My body used to hate running but with a lot of training, I got it to like it and ran a half marathon :)

  • Mei
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    I’m the opposite of you, I love spinning and my body hates running. But the rest of me loves it so I do it 2-3 times a week and am trying to get better/stronger at it.

  • Amelia
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    My body hates running! Every now and then I will speed up from a brisk walk and attempt to jog and ease into running, but it hurts my body and slows me down so much! One of these days I will get better, but for now.. I suck!

  • Natalie
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    Burpees!!! I avoid them like the plague because I am already uncoordinated enough, they make me feel like an idiot and I get so out of breath after doing only a few I feel that it doesn’t help me get fit and strong! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • MIchelle H
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    Seems to be a common one so I’m glad it’s not just me…….BURPEES are my butt kickers that I despise! And I love LUNA bars!

  • Hanna
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    I’ve always wanted to try those luna bars but haven’t had a chance yet!

    Last year I took a spinning class 2x a week then for the summer I was running all the time.. now trying to take at least one class a week and hate it! Hopefully that will change soon!

  • Sage
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    These bars look amazing, I love anything with blueberries! My body definitely resists both push-ups and the treadmill. I grew up outdoors and love exercising outside!

  • Alaine
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    My body hates running! I used to love it, but as I have gotten older, I seem to have developed an asthma issue while running :(
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