Ok, you want to get in shape. You saw a killer deal for a month of a certain fitness class. Your friends and coworkers are all doing it. But you are super nervous about joining. What are you so afraid of? Looking out of shape? Being embarrassed because you can’t keep up? Hey proud one, check your ego at the door. Most people have been there.
Okay, let’s cut to the chase. The reality is that it’s going to be difficult. But I can almost guarantee 100% that it won’t be as bad as you think. The first day will be rough. You are going to be sore. Just think of it in a positive light, you are on your way to greater things. And it will definitely get easier. They soreness will decrease. Your strength and endurance will start to improve. You’ll start sleeping better. You’ll have more energy. You’ll start looking better and your confidence will start to grow.
I have taught thousands of fitness classes over the past ten years and the people who come in super nervous even telling me how terrified they are, usually leave a smile on their face. For starters, they are glad that it’s over and two, it wasn’t as bad as they thought. They were pushed beyond their limits, they were exhausted, but they got through it. They feel good now. The endorphins are coursing through their veins, the stagnation in their bodies broken up, and they overcame something that they saw as a challenge.
Your mindset entering a class should be a very realistic one. Are you going to perfect the class the first day? Nope. You don’t have to compete with anyone, it’s not a race. Try your best. And whatever you do, do NOT get discouraged. Put forth YOUR max effort. First day, you may get one or two pushups, next week five, but in a month or so, you’ll be knocking out a dozen plus. Stick with it, it gets easier. I promise.
Now, which class is right for you? You may have to try a few out until you find one that you really enjoy. Yes, I said enjoy. A great instructor, good people in the class, a welcoming environment, are all important to make sure you keep coming back to get in shape and improve your health.
In conclusion, it’s going to be hard yet so rewarding. But anyone can do it. Persevere, try your best, go home, rest and recover and then come back for more punishment. Tell yourself that you’re going to commit for twelve weeks and then look at how much better you’re doing. Good luck.
And sometimes the hardest part of a fitness class is finding a parking spot.