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It was a beautiful day, I saw old friends and met some new ones, and I spent more time on my hands than on my feet. All the essential elements of a quality #SundayFunday ✔️☀️🤸🏽‍♀️
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Here's a funky new shape I've been working on, inspired by the one and only @andrii_bondarenko
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👖 pants are @pimovementninja

Yesterday’s full day of rest, alongside my new & improved eating habits (way more whole plants, way less processed foods) worked its freakin magic on me!!! My body felt sooo good upside down today. No pain or tightness in my joints, I felt strong and mobile and stable and focused. My hollowbacks were more hollow than ever!!! Amazing what some quality rest + quality nutrition can do for ya 🥦🙌
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➡️ Swipe to see my go-to warm up stretch that I always do a few rounds of to open up my shoulders, chest, & upper back before training hollowbacks ✨

Since I’ve been sick the past few days and am giving myself a lil break from putting my body under stress... I figured it was a good time for a throwback 🙃
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A few weeks ago I discovered that I'm now strong enough to lift myself into a flag without kicking off the ground. Core strength on fleek 💯 And this is something I couldn't even do when I was 10 lbs (~5 kg) lighter and had "ripped" abs! So that's neat! Turns out that what ya look like does not reflect what your body can do! What a concept!
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Ok, I'll be honest and say I've had (and still have) my moments where I feel uncomfortable in my body and compare it to the way it used to be. But then I remind myself that looking "fit" (*by industry standards, i.e., excessively lean) does not reflect ACTUAL fitness. So I don't have a visible six pack anymore, does that mean I'm less capable of anything? Heck no!!! I don't train to look good; I train to feel good about myself and to make my life richer and more fun. And the way my body looks has no correlation with the things I can do or the amount of fun I can have in it!!!
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So on that note... happy weekend! Go do something fun! 🤗

How do normal people work out? 🙃🤷🏽‍♀️
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Playing with gaze shifting (I can now look around while changing position upside down... body awareness level 99999) and getting creative with shoulder mobility 🤸🏽‍♀️ Keep it fun! Movement should be free and exploratory. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box (or, in my case, on top of the box) 😅
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🎶 @tonightaliveofficial

Since it is currently Valentine’s Day in Sydney AND Los Angeles, I would like to take this moment to publicly declare how much I love this human. Though I don’t really believe in needing a specific day to show appreciation for your partner (we should do that everyday tbh), it is nice to have a day where I can post super corny and/or cringey videos of us being “that couple” and have it be socially acceptable... plus it gives me an excuse to use this song as background music 😅🎶 @paramore
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I love you so much @chegleg!!! Being apart for months at a time sucks majorly, but there's no one else I would rather spend every night on FaceTime with 😌♥️ See you in 35 days and about 4 hours... ⏱💑 #valentinesday #longdistancerelationship #stillintoyou

#TransformationTuesday almost exactly 2 years between these clips...
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It's so crazy to look back on the first clip and remember the point in my life that I was at. That clip was taken just as I was starting to get into bodyweight training, and I was SO excited about my first assisted "muscle up" (even though the guy helping did about 90% of the work 😂) It's weird to look back because at that time, everything was a win. I was gaining strength and making progress so rapidly and I felt so motivated. It's strange that now, even though I do things that the old me wished she could do, I only end up getting frustrated with myself for not being "better". I wish I could go back to that beginner mindset when everything was so new and exciting.
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Fitness and I have had a complicated relationship. It started as something that enhanced my life and made me feel good about myself, then along the way it became something that defined who I was. I'm determined to rekindle that positive relationship I once had with fitness. I almost feel like I'm in recovery from a "fitness disorder"...if that's a thing? 😅
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I was SO proud of myself in that first video, and now I look at the second and only think, "That looked like such a struggle. I should've done it smoother than that. Why I am so weak? I need to push myself harder.” Gaaahhh when did fitness become such a self-deprecating thing for me? 😩 Why can't I just take a step back and appreciate all the hard work I've put in and all the progress I've made? Ugh. Sorry for the rant. You know I always keep it real. Anywho, I hope everyone makes an effort to treat themselves kindly today. I know I'm trying my best.

How handbalancers do cardio 🙃😂
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Had a lovely stroll through the air with @kyleweiger 🤸🏼‍♂️🤸🏽‍♀️
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🎶 @30secondstomars (sound on)

Had a play on the rings for the first time in awhile! Glad to see I've still got a fair bit of pulling strength left in me 💪
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If you've been following me for awhile, you might recognize this movement - it's one of my favorites! My goal was to keep a hollow body position the entire time and minimize swinging as much as possible. All the core engagement!
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Had another awesome #SundayFunday, even though I was dead tired the whole time 😅 I'm always going back and forth in my head between "I'm tired because I train too much and don't rest enough" and "I'm tired because I'm weak and need to train even more" 🤦🏽‍♀️ Anyone relate? Is it just me? 🤷🏽‍♀️
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Ahhh anywho, I'm sure one day I'll have energy again..... or at least I hope 🙃

It's that time of week again... 🌊🤸🏽‍♀️☀️
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📸 @sbixlerphotography

So I did a thing today! branched out and took my first ever aerial class at @cirqueschool! 🎪 I learned some fundamentals on static trapeze and silks ✨
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I'm so excited to be a beginner at something again! Being a beginner is fun and humbling and rewarding and I think everyone should embrace it. Don't let the fear of being a beginner stop you from doing that thing you've always wanted to do. I'm not gonna let it stop me! And who knows, maybe in the future I’ll start posting things other than (or should I say, *in addition to*) handstands 😅
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But in the meantime, here are some handstands!!! Playing around with some new shapes - not easy with that gaze shift! 🙃 This took me so many tries to nail... But I did! And now you get to watch it! (It’s sped up slightly so I don't bore the heck out of you)
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🎶 @lights

Nature was my gym yesterday 🌳🤸🏽‍♀️
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I want to thank you all so much for such thoughtful and supportive comments on my last post 🙏 I am so grateful for every one of you that takes the time to read what I have to say and offer feedback. Since I've started making my account more about my thoughts and personal growth (as opposed to fitness and impressing people with cool tricks), I lose followers way more than I gain them. That can be pretty disheartening, but I remind myself that quality is always more important than quantity when it comes to anything. I have never particularly cared about the number of people following me (in fact, I often feel like I'd be less anxious and less self-conscious if I had fewer followers), but I do care about what I bring to those who do choose to follow me. I don't want to be just another fitness influencer that people look at and deem "goals." I used to want to be that, and I've realized that other people's validation won't make me truly happy with myself, and being "goals" actually comes with a HECK of a lot of pressure. I want to be open and honest about my struggles and inspire people to care for themselves inside AND out.
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Yesterday part of me felt guilty for not going to the gym and not pushing myself and not "grinding" like the fitness world tells us we need to do day in and day out. But another part of me felt this sense of... Freedom? Like I wasn't a slave to the standards that social media forces on us (and that I would force on myself). Once I processed that the guilt I was feeling was the product of media standards that are literally intended to make us feel insecure and unworthy (nothing sells like making people feel crap about themselves!), I felt free.
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Maybe I'll go to the gym today, or maybe I'll just do some handstands outside. The important thing is that I remember that whatever I choose to do today, it does not make me any more or less worthy or deserving of anything. Self worth isn't something you have to earn. 💚

Starting the morning with some handstand flow before I head off to take 2 back-to-back exams 🙃 Uni was a great idea, I'm fine, it's all good.
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Gotta be honest tho. I've been in a bit of a funk this week. Come to think of it, I've been in a funk for awhile, with some good days and bursts of motivation here and there. My energy levels are chronically low and my anxiety levels are chronically high and I don't know what exactly is causing it, probably a combination of many things.
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When I first started posting fitness stuff on this account around 2 years ago, I was so excited about what I was doing and it made me feel so good about myself. It's ironic that I used to think that once I had X followers, I'd feel happy and worthy and valuable, and yet here I am with a bigger platform than I ever could've imagined, and I struggle daily with feelings of inferiority and unworthiness.
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As my platform grew (which happened completely unintentionally), I began to associate my identity more and more with my "image." It's honestly gotten to the point where I don't even know who I am outside of fitness social media. I've contemplated giving myself a break from the gym (which I literally have not done since I started), but that thought is SO scary because it feels like giving up my identity. Idk. I just want to know what it's like to not be exhausted (physically & mentally) literally 24/7. Ahhh thx for listening to my rant. I'm off to take my exams now.

Playing the poke game with @kyleweiger 🤸🏽‍♀️👈
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This is actually a really good test of balance! It teaches you to make quick compensations for those tiny little shifts in weight, which is important because even the tiniest shift that goes unnoticed can be the difference between staying up and falling when you're upside down. It's alllll about dat awareness 👀
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Tag some to challenge them to this 🤗⤵️
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#handstand #handbalance #handbalancer #handbalancing #handstandlove #handstandeveryday #handstandeverywhere #handstand365 #movement #movementculture #justmove #cartwheel #split #flexible #flexibility #circus #circusarts #balance #gymnastics #gymnast #gymnasticbodies @gymnasticbodies

Some epic shots from #SundayFunday 🤸🏽‍♀️ Thanks for these @xanadu4! 🤗
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PS for everyone asking about these pants, they are @aloyoga!!! I’m not sponsored by Alo but I love their stuff - sooo @aloyoga if ya need a handbalancer onboard... hmu 😏
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Also shoutout to @acroairlines for that photobomb 😱😂👌

Muscle 👏 Memory 👏 Comin’ 👏 Thru 👏
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Been a hot minute since I've trained on rings! But I thought I'd have a go at a muscle up + forward roll just to see if I still could... and I still can! ✔️
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Just goes to show that taking a lil time away from something won't "ruin" all your hard work & progress. Your body is more adaptable than you think!
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Next time I'm going for multiple rolls! 🙃🙂🙃🙂🙃🙂
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#gymnastics #gymnasticbodies #gst #rings #movement #movementculture #strength #muscleup #forwardroll #gymnasticrings #fitness #fitgirls #mobility #strengthtraining #upperbody #strongwomen @gymnasticbodies

Slide into the DMs like... 😏
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@r.b.warrior @kyleweiger 😂🤣
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(Sound on & watch till the end)

WOW WHAT AN AMAZING DAY. I think today might take the cake for my favorite day ever at the green. So many incredibly talented people gathered together, doing the things they love best... this is LIVING, y'all 🙏🙌
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It was so cool to meet and handstand with the one and only @miguel_hand_balance - I've been following this legend on ig for AGES and he was one of my OG handbalancing inspirations! 🤸🏽‍♂️
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Ahhhhh I am filled with so much love for this community and this crazy art we all dedicate so much of ourselves to ♥️🤸🏽‍♀️✨

Just a naturally stiff human trying to be bendy 🙃 Strength and balance have always come relatively easy to me... But flexibility is a whole different story! I have to devote SO much time and effort for the tiniest bits of payoff, but I just keep reminding myself that even though progress is extremely slow, it does happen. Will 2018 be the year my foot touches my head? We shall see 🤔
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🎨 @isabellegorilla
🎶 @chvrches
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#handstand #handbalance #handbalancer #handbalancing #handstandlove #handstandeveryday #handstandeverywhere #handstand365 #movement #movementculture #justmove #cartwheel #split #flexible #flexibility #circus #circusarts #balance #gymnastics #gymnast #gymnasticbodies @gymnasticbodies

Nothing kicks off the weekend like a training session at @venicebarbellclub (yes, I’m that person who goes to a weightlifting gym and ends up doing handstands) 🤸🏽‍♀️
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Since I have very specific goals at the moment (all of which are mobility-related), lifting has to take a backseat (I still lift ~2x per week) and 90% of my training consists of non-sexy stuff: lots of mobility drills and alignment work. I do still leave that other 10% for fun stuff, because if you’re not enjoying training, it WILL NOT stick 🙅🏽‍♀️
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Even though I know it’ll be a long journey, it’s gonna be such a rewarding one and a year (or two or three) from now I’ll be doing stuff I can only dream of! Excited to watch (+ document) my own growth 🌱
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PS how sweet is this backdrop 👌 @isabellegorilla
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🎶 @lights

It’s the weekend! Let the upside downness commence!!!
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🙃🤸🏽‍♀️🙃🤸🏽‍♀️🙃🤸🏽‍♀️🙃🤸🏽‍♀️🙃🤸🏽‍♀️🙃🤸🏽‍♀️🙃🤸🏽‍♀️✨

✨UP WE GO✨
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Yesterday I did a thing! I finally attempted (& succeeded!) at jumping into a #boxhandstand on the tallest side of the box - 30 inches! New PB 🤸🏽‍♀️
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Now if only my straight-arm strength could catch up to my bent arm strength 🙃 (And if my shoulders could open a bit more so I can stop compensating from my lumbar that'd be gr8)
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🎶 @lights
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#handstand #handbalance #handbalancer #handbalancing #handstandlove #handstandeveryday #handstandeverywhere #handstand365 #movement #movementculture #justmove #cartwheel #split #flexible #flexibility #balance #gymnastics #gymnast #gymnasticbodies @gymnasticbodies

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
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Just a lil video to show y’all what can happen in a few years with determination & consistency! Ever since I started practicing handbalancing in 2015 (before I had ever touched a weight or even knew what calisthenics was), I knew I had found a passion that I would carry with me forever. I've gone through so many "phases" in my fitness/movement journey, but through it all, my handstand practice is the one thing that has always stuck, and always will 🤸🏽‍♀️✨
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PS fun fact: the thumbnail video (second 2015 clip) was actually 3 years ago to the day!
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🎶 @tonightaliveofficial
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#handstand #handbalance #handbalancer #handbalancing #handstandlove #handstandeveryday #handstandeverywhere #handstand365 #movement #movementculture #justmove #cartwheel #split #flexible #flexibility #balance #gymnastics #gymnast #gymnasticbodies @gymnasticbodies

Already feeling like spring in LA ☀️ Topping off a productive day with some sunset handstands 🤸🏽‍♀️🌇
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Right after I filmed this, someone approached me and asked how I got into doing handstands. I told him a bit of my story and he told me a bit of his own, and we ended up having a nice conversation about movement and mindfulness. It was extremely refreshing, especially since going to a giant school like UCLA often makes me feel quite isolated and disconnected (which is probably why I take to social media so often - to feel like more than just another face in a crowd). I love it when strangers approach me with genuine curiosity about what I do. It gives me the opportunity to share my passion and hopefully inspire someone in real life, which is very powerful and fulfilling. Moral of the story is if you see someone doing something you think is interesting, ask them about it!! Chances are they’ll be more than happy to share it with you 🤗
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🎶 @30secondstomars

✨ Persistence ✨
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First of all I want to thank you all for the comments on my last post 🙏 Your words really do mean so much to me, and I am so so grateful to have such a wonderful community of people supporting me ♥️
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This is the reality of training. Lots of repetition, lots of fails, lots of getting up and trying again (and again and again and again). I don't just wake up every day and discover a new skill or ability. Everything I do has taken countless attempts to achieve and then countless repetitions to solidify. 99% of the time, training is repetitive and sometimes even tedious. It's not sexy or exciting. But in order to do the sexy & exciting stuff, you have to do the boring & repetitive stuff. There's no way around it! When it comes to learning new things (in any domain), patience & persistence really are the keys to success. Keep falling, and then keep getting back up.
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Whenever you watch someone doing their thing (whatever it may be) on social media, before you comment on it, take into account the amount of time and energy that person has spent learning and perfecting their craft, and how much courage it may have taken for them to share it with the world. If you're a viewer, be respectful, and if you're a creator, put out content you're proud of, and BE PROUD OF IT. Other people may not be able to see all of the hours and hours of work you've put in just for those little bits of progress, but YOU can see it. And that's what's important 🙌
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🎶 @haimtheband
👖 @pimovementninja

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