Hey, hey lettuce heads!
My classes lately have had new faces (yay) and that makes me not only ecstatic, but it inspires me to write this post. There are many a time people will never try a class or workout routine they’ve been meaning to because 1) its not in their comfort zone and/or 2) worst of all, they might look stupid.
Whether thats avoiding a choreographed class like the plague because “I just dont move like the instructor does”, dodging the experience because its “all girls”, or just plain not even knowing what the class entails because its a title you’ve never heard of before (15 years ago I would have never known Spinning, Zumba, Turbo, or Insanity would be household fitness classes that people flock to), don’t let these facades be excuses to talk you out of a phenomenally fun experience and community. Now if you have no desire whatsoever, power to you, this post isn’t for you…however if you’re just a little scared to 1) come for the very first time or 2) come back after a 1st time “traumatic” experience… then this post is for you.
Here are my tips on how to “waltz” into that intimidating workout class!
1) Know you’re going to suck… according to YOU. You know what you do well and trying something completely foreign for the first time will suck exponentially compare to what you do time and time again. If you compare yourself to the fellow class and instructors, who have logged years, days, classes, hours, and minutes on you, then you’re sure to feel defeated. The power of not having the HIGHEST of expectations will keep it light hearted, fun, and give you something to shoot for next time. Remember how long it took you to become decent at something let alone becoming an expert…it does not happen overnight.
2) Introduce yourself to the instructor (ideally before) and then talk after. Encouragement always helped me and for someone to point out how crazy something might be for the first time, and that we/the rest of the class has all been in your shoes, that you’re not a lone, you don’t have two left feet and that you’re awesome for coming, can be incredibly relieving. Plus the instructor wants to get to know you- trust me…its tough when you see people week after week and you dont get to talk to them one on one. Most phenomenal instructors wish they could take their whole day getting to know the people who are a part of the community they work very hard to build. Also if you get off your chest that this is your first time, it will help you with your expectations and give a heads up to the instructor on how to instruct the class maybe even better suited to help you. Furthermore if you connect with the instructor on social media, she/he can better remember your name, upload videos and blogs to help you (yup like this one), answer questions you can actually ask them outside of class, and continue to motivate you to come week after week with their announcements.
3) Always be moving and SMILE…the point to come is to have fun, move, and to get a workout! If you come to a class and are disappointed with the workout- you may never come back. Remember you’re in charge and you can still move, jump, squat, run in place and let the music motivate you, getting that HR up and killing the hour with a vengeance. Smiling might seem obvious- but if you remember to walk in with a smile, laugh at yourself during class, and smile on the way out- Id bet you $20 bucks you’d walk away feeling like you had a good time. Even the most regular attendees forget to smile- and its my job to remind them how crucial a smile and “having a good time” is to a solid workout.
4) Bring a friend– I see this happen so often its not even funny. I love it. People feel much more comfortable when they have their buddy that knows them way better than the class and instructor does, laughing with them, encouraging them, making it a hilarious social adventure versus a daunting, intimidating roller coaster. Take the pressure off and bring a friend or several!
5) Do a little research before hand. Theres rarely anything anymore you cant look up online, or even better search for on you tube. Preparation can be key! I dont mean study the moves, and practice visualization- though those tasks can most definitely help, but to know what you’re “waltzing” into may give you the confidence to better tackle the hour knowing more than you would have known not looking it up. Plus the weird fancy moves might not freak you out as much if youve seen them on screen ahead of time. Desensitize yourself a little bit- thats what the internet is for (kidding- sorta).
I hope these tips have helped! Now go on with your bad self and try that class you’ve been meaning to. If they’re mine, come say hi- Im dying for you to try something new, stick it out a few times, and then realize you should have been coming all along. If its not for you, you can cross it off your list and know you tried. If it IS for you, dont get in your way of a good time. You deserve to be fit, happy, beautiful and to have fun- if you need a sign, or permission, this is it.