Hey, Dragons! In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to attend a class that my personal trainer runs out of his studio. I was looking forward to the class, but I was also a little nervous about the whole endeavor because I would be going from working out with my trainer and my husband to working out in front of a bunch of complete strangers. Well I’m happy to report back that the class was an amazing experience. It didn’t end exactly the way I expected, but I’ll get to that in a moment.
I was one of the first people to get to the studio. It was nice because I could meet people as they came in. The attendees were primarily couples, and everyone seemed to be at different fitness levels, so I was curious to see where I fit into the hierarchy. (We all say we don’t care what people think, but let’s be honest with ourselves…even the least competitive of us still end up comparing ourselves to others.)
There was only one guy there that kind of intimidated me. He was obviously a gym veteran. When we were all doing the basic moves, he was throwing in flourishes and complex movements. When we were all resting and getting water, he was doing pull-ups. The middle-schooler in me was thinking, “We got it dude…you’re fit! We get it!” But I’m not above admitting it was coming from a place of envy.
The class started with a basic warm-up. We stretched and got our bodies moving. Half of us then move over to do TRX training while the rest of the group did core workouts on mats on the floor. The pace was quick, moving from movement to movement as a timer sounded the transitions through the sound system. After about 6 exercises, we switched places and I did the floor exercises. We then took a short break to catch our breaths and get some water and then we repeated the entire process a second time. The class ended with cool down stretches.
Learning how to class properly.
One of the things my trainer told me before starting the class was to pace myself. He explained that it’s very easy to get caught up in the energy of the class and push too hard. I tried to listen, but the first half of the class I kept pace with everyone else and probably pushed myself harder than I should have. After the break, I could feel myself getting weaker, so I slowed myself down. I wanted to make sure I could complete all the exercises, so I forced myself to keep moving, but I took it a lot slower than the first half.
I finished the last floor exercise and was feeling tired and accomplished. I stood up and started the cool down with the rest of the group. That’s when I started to see white. I was dizzy and nauseous and I was afraid I was going to throw up. I was near the front door, so I quietly exited and walked to the side of the building. If I was going to be ill, I was not going to do it in the studio. My trainer peeked his head out to check on me and once I assured him that I’d be fine, he went in and finished the cool down with the class. He then joined me as I sat on the wall in front of the studio. He told me I did an awesome job, that I probably had my sugar levels drop, and that I shouldn’t let it discourage me because every time he looked over, even though he knew I was struggling, I never stopped.
So what did I learn from all this? First off, being around others is a great motivator. It gets you going and pushes you to do more than you might do on your own. After years of trying to work out with videos or apps on my own, I’ve realized that having others around to keep me motivated makes a big difference. The other thing I learned was to pace myself. It’s not a competition, and while I wasn’t pushing myself to compete with the other people in the class, I was trying to prove something to myself. And I don’t have to. My over all fitness is like this class; I can get to where I want to go, but I need to do it at my own pace.
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