Change My Life: How to be a BadAss!

My max deadlift 110 lbs

My max deadlift 110 lbs

I’m fierce in my contact kickboxing class and I’m a CrossFit BadAss! I’m pretty damned bendy from yoga too.

I’m not just bragging. It’s a fact, people.

Guess how many push ups I can do?


Guess how many pull ups I can do?

Not even one.

Zilch. Zip. Nada. None. ZERO.

I just can’t yet. I’ve got some killer guns, but I can’t pull my own body weight up to a pull up bar. I use every band I can get my hands on to assist me in my pull up. I can do silly lady pushups, but those don’t count in the fierce classes I take four to five times a week. I can’t go all the way to the floor and then back up. Several months ago I could only hold myself in plank, then I made it to a quarter of an inch down and back up, now I’m at a 90 degree angle.

Which brings me to the message I want to share with you: Take the modification, it’ll change your life.

3 band assist

3 band assist

One of the things I love about practicing yoga and working out is that it’s not about whether I can do the pull up or not. It’s not about whether I can make it all the way to the floor in a push up. It’s not even about whether I can finish the routine. It’s certainly not about my weight. And what the person next to me can do is completely irrelevant to my own workout performance. Shay can run the 6k in 15 minutes, I prefer to sit the run out and do 6,000k on the rowing machine. I can stand on my hands and do an upside down pushup with a quarter of an inch movement. Shay can’t even get into the handstand. DeeDee has ankle issues and can’t do box jumps, I can do lots of box jumps. It’s not about what the other person can do.

What is it about then?

Getting better. It’s about what you can do today that you couldn’t do yesterday. Pushing through. Showing up for yourself and putting a high value on your body and your health. It’s about the reminder that that I can do hard things and understanding that it’s completely, 100% encouraged to take the modification. It’s about working up a sweat and getting adrenaline pumping through my veins, which makes me feel like a BadAss. When I feel like a BadAss things go my way more often.

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Modifications Everywhere! I still almost threw up.

BadAsses take the modification. It sets them up for success. Pussies wimp out and refuse the modification even when they need it. It sets them up for failure. This is true when working out, and it’s also true in life.

I’m a BadAss, but sometimes I’m the last one trying to finish the routine in the last 30 seconds on the clock. You know what the best thing about that is?

The rest of the class is shouting my name and cheering me on.

You can do it, TRACEE!!!

Where are you not taking the modification that you need? Be the BadAss you were meant to be. Take the modification.

If you need help being a BadAss you should check out my 6 BadAss Months Coaching Package.  It might be exactly the modification support you need to help you change your life.

Tracee Sioux is a Law of Attraction Coach at  She is the author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories. Contact her at

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