I heart fitness classes, I usually take 3 of them a week minimum. I like being with folks, having the instructor encourage me to work harder, and having crazy mental competitions in my mind with my fellow fitness freaks.
One thing I have noticed is that a lot of people shy away from going to the front of the class, myself included.
Being in the front of the class usually means (to me at least) that you “know” what you are doing and have just as much expertise as the instructor…right?
I mean, one time in spin class there were 5 available seats and ALL of them were in the front row.
Why is that?
Do we intimidate ourselves out of going to front? Do we hide in the back even though we are totally competent and capable of rocking it out in the front?
I thought about this and decided to stay in the front od the class for a few of my classes last week. I chose Spin and Zumba.
I was scared. I can’t lie. I was studying every one around me sending mental messages that said please don’t chuckle if I screw up.
In Spin, I did fine, I kept up the way I normally do and to be honest, I was super aware of my form and my speeds. It was great!
In Zumba, things were a bit more difficult. I did NOT keep up every step with the instructor but I did work harder than I ever worked. I also realized that if I relaxed and stop staring at my teacher and started looking at myself in the mirror I did a whole lot better.
There were so many times I wanted to stop in the middle of a song for water, but I knew it would be so obvious, if I was in the back I wouldn’t even have hesitated to get a drink!
It was a learning lesson: I do better in the front. I push myself more when I am up there, which can only result in me getting better.
My new challenge will be going to the front in sculpt class. One day.
Do you guys go to the front of your fitness classes or do you tend to stay in the middle or the back?