If you’ve ever been reluctant to start a new exercise class for fear of not being perfect straight away then this post is for you.
Lately a few people have been enquiring about my Kettlercise classes and the most common theme of the messages seems to be along the lines of: “I’m scared I won’t be good enough” or “I don’t want to be the least fit person there”.
Before I go any further, I just want to say this…
The whole point of going to an exercise class is that you’ll improve over time. You are not expected to be great at the class straight away. If you were an expert on day one then the class would basically have nothing to offer you – instructors are there to teach you, to help you get better at it.
So please don’t ever stop yourself from going to an exercise class because you’re worried you won’t be “good enough” because as long as you are trying your best that is all you can do.
It’s OK to be a beginner. Never forget that every expert was once a beginner.
In my Kettlercise classes I always make a point of saying that if anyone seriously needs to put the kettlebell down then they can.
Obviously I encourage everyone in the class to do their best and wouldn’t want someone to leave feeling like they could’ve tried harder, but if anyone is really struggling then I’d rather they put the kettlebell down and carried on doing the exercises just bodyweight. I’m not going to make everyone else in the class do 20 push ups or any of that junk!
I know numerous fitness class instructors and all of them (to my knowledge) feel the same way – as long as you give it your best then we are happy. Seriously. You can’t do more than that!
Please also note that it’s totally normal to get sweaty, to get out of breath and to pull some crazy faces when you’re working out. Some people have told me they feel embarrassed about this kind of thing and don’t want others to stare at them.
Hell, when I teach a class you’ll see me sweating. And if I’m wearing a microphone then you can bet your ass you’ll hear that I get out of breath at times too. Why? Because that’s what happens when you exercise. It’s OK!
Starting something new is always a bit daunting. And starting a new exercise class (or joining a new gym) is definitely scary, but don’t let that put you off.
If you are really worried then contact the class instructor. You’ll be able to tell by the way they reply to your concerns how comfortable they’ll make you feel in the class.
And ultimately, if it turns out that you don’t like the class then you don’t have to go back again. Nobody is locking you in to some crazy contract – if it wasn’t for you then at least you tried it and you know that now.
But if you never try, you’ll never know.
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