Getting to the Head of the Class

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?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I know what you mean! I've been getting up at 5am to get a good workout in but I always seem to stay at the back of the class!
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  2. Hey there! Glad to find you! I am a "moving" junkie too…although, don't get to as much after the kiddos!!

    So, I see you live close to the Blogher Conference…wondering, do you do Bikram or hot yoga?? I am really hoping to fit in one class and would love to have a partner! We can "go the front of class…." :) I fly in Wed night around 5:30 pm !!

    So glad you are checking a blogging conference off your bucket list – I glanced at your list – I am A BIG fan of goals/bucket lists…this conference is on my list as well!!

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  3. Writing by Terri

    It's not just you. I find myself falling to the back of my dance classes all the time. My heart always drops once my teacher asks me to move to the front once she realizes I know what I'm doing. Sometimes I think it's a courtesy to stay in the back of class if you are bit lost because the people who are lost in the back usually follow the ones in the front (who know) and the teacher. Otherwise, it seems to be the blind leading the blind.
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  4. i am/was always in the back! i can't be in front because most of the time i'm pretty bad, lol.

    now i just do a lot of that stuff at home, in front of a workout video and even then i look like a complete moron, lol.

    one day, one day!

  5. Mrs. Pancakes says:

    I havent attended a fitness class in years….but I always stayed in the middle or back:-) it is pretty intimidating especially if it's a new class!
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  6. I go straight to the front!!! It motivates me!! And now that I am teaching classes I feel obligated to be in the front. Lol
    Move on up to the front buddy!
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  7. I do Hot Yoga, and I love it, but I am afraid of it in the heat!! ha.

    I do know a pretty awesome place on 38th and 6th that does it for $5 a class which is amazing. There is a charge for mats and stuff but you really wont spend more than $10.

    Are you doing Healthfinder Day? I am. There is a bootcamp class early Thursday @ 7am and I totally plan on doing it. Even though I seriously haven't done bootcamp in Forever! Let me know.

  8. Ha, yes the blind leading the blind is right! I can't tell you how many times the "leaders" have misled me.

  9. Um, when did miss this?! What classes are you teaching?!! Congrats!!

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