Fitness Classes: Yay or Nay?

Fitness Classes: Yay or Nay?

I grew up in communal dance classes where we all changed our shoes together and wore the same costumes and identically hairsprayed our hair. I used to watch my fitness instructor mom teach step classes, while little me read and drew on the sidelines. Then I graduated to taking classes on my own: Zumba, spin, yoga, kickboxing, you name it, I've probably suffered through it (once). I eventually got tired of spending the money and taking the drive to the gym (dramatic, but it matters on a weeknight). I tried Jillian Michaels DVDs, yoga apps, and BBG. Some of which I loved, some of which I...hated. Eventually, I wound up training myself and went back to running and the elliptical. But we all know I left my heart at the pool.

When my husband and I drove to the public pool three weeks in a row only to find it closed each time, I took this as a sign. I decided to expand my horizons and try something I hadn't dared in years: group classes...

What I like -

  • Actually have time for the things that I want to do (and have to do). In the one week that I've been committing to fitness classes, I've done more laundry, cleaning, reading, and YES, even cooking. Who am I anymore? Having a designated time to workout helped me to designate the rest of my time. Who woulda thought?

  • Going to classes is sorta kinda like a box of chocolates. You (almost) never know what you're going to get. As someone untrained, I can only piece together my workout schedule so much. I'm terrified of an athletic injury, so I play it pretty safe. Classes give me variety without having to even think about it.

  • ‘Cute clothes.’ While I’m a bigger fan of wearing a bathing suit and hopping in the pool, I’m not completely annoyed at cute workout clothes. I find them to be borderline expensive, so I peruse Amazon and wear a lot of plain leggings and ribbed tank tops as ‘athletic wear.’ Perhaps it’s the dancer in me that would rather wear a leotard/bodysuit than a complicated sports bra.

What I don’t like -

  • Personalities. Oh, people's personalities. Some are fabulous and some are…interesting. They would never stop me from going to a class, but people's sour attitudes can ruin the experience. I am not completely delusional and I don't expect every workout to be 'fun,' but I do expect a certain level of niceness and respect. Bring your determination to class, not your 'tude.

  • Spending money. I know, I know. Quinn, welcome to life. Why is it so much easier for me to buy a good dinner out than it is to spend on an exercise class?

  • Competitiveness. I hate when people peek over to see if they can do more reps than you or if they can punch the air longer. Staaaaaaaaaaahp.

I wanna know what you think. It's a topic that I've been overthinking lately and would love some suggestions. Thank you, mean it xx

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