Sunday, February 13, 2011
You Don't Need to be Fit to Get Fit!
As most of you have come to know, I'm a group fitness instructor, certified to teach BodyPump and on my way to teach other class formats, including kickboxing, total body conditioning, etc. I don't consider teaching a "job" because its become my passion and something I enjoy doing whether its 5:45 a.m. on a Monday morning or 7:15 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I do it for my members, for that individual who is a bit initimidated to come to class because it may look too extreme or too difficult, but once they step inside, they'll not only be suprised at how much fun they can have but how much they could keep up with everyone else.
So it really troubles me when I ask a friend, colleague, family member, or a gym member curious about what I do by nights and weekends---they sometimes say to me "I need to get into shape before I take your class". Wait, isn't that a bit backwards? Isn't my class supposed to get you fit so you can increase your fitness level, stamina, endurance, strength, and improve your health?
Ladies--perhaps you see these fitness models in the magazines or in the ads for TV (Bally's Total Fitness definitely likes to use their fitness models), but in reality, most members are just like you. They come in all shapes and sizes, all different fitness levels. When you go to a class, and you're new, your instructor should show you modified/easy options to start you off with and then overtime you can gradually increase your workout level.
I know its easier said than done, but don't be intimidated. I've recently practiced what I preach by taking a Step class and a Zumba class, two classes that I've said I can't do because the steps are too complicated. The first time I did it, I looked like a fool, But after the third and fourth time, I was working it like its never been worked! No, I'm not going to teach those classes in this lifetime, but it goes to show that you don't have to be perfect to have fun or appreciate a workout.
If you're looking to try a new class but afraid you won't keep up--this week I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone. Try a new class for at least 1/2 of the class time, and next week try doing 2/3, and then work up to the full class time.
You got this!
Posted by nubian fitness goddess at 3:57 PM