What’s your biggest gym fear?
Is it falling off the treadmill? Getting weird looks in the weight room? Getting sweat stains?
One thing I’m always wary of is showing up to a group class and being the only one there.
How awkward, right? There have been a couple of close calls for me. Only a few minutes left and waiting for someone else to PLEASE GOD walk into the room. Then a few more trickle in right when class starts and you’re saved. Phew.
Well this morning, my fear actually became a reality.
I had just taken a spin class from that super tough teacher, which was just what I needed after a very restless nights sleep and a bit of a sugar hangover.
After spin I was supposed to do some core work, a la Best Body Bootcamp, but I wasn’t feeling all that motivated. I saw that there was a 30 minute ABC (arms, butt, and core) class and decided to take it instead. Someone making me do core work was going to go much better than trying to make myself do it on my own.
So I grabbed a mat and brought it to the room, looked at the clock striking 10:30, and realized I was going to be on my own.
The instructor came in – the same one that teaches spin – and I said “Is this class usually pretty small?”
She said yes and that the two ladies that almost always go weren’t at the gym today.
Alllllright then. I definitely wished I could have just come up with an excuse to ditch, but I was already in there with my mat. Too late now.
So I changed my mindset.
People pay MONEY to be the only person in a gym class. It’s called “personal training.” I should just make the most of it! She’d be able to tailor the class to my level and I’d push myself harder knowing I was the only one she was focusing on.
There wasn’t much chit chat as the class was only 30 minutes and she had a lot to get through. She counted the reps out loud and I just followed along. It burrrrned too! Small 8 lb weights, but back to back arm exercises and lots of small glute movements can really get you. It reminded me of a Barre or Pilates class with the small controlled movements as opposed to short sets of really high weights like Crossfit.
And then 30 minutes later it was finished. We got to talking. She asked me what my deal was (in more polite terms ) and I explained to her my whole work/back to school situation. She also asked how I liked the class and where I would want to work harder or not so hard. She said that in the future she could give me specialized movements to make some of the ab moves harder, even if the other ladies aren’t quite there.
Cool, right? A big fear turned out to be a really awesome workout and something that could continue to challenge me personally each coming week.