It is so much more fun with you do it with a group of people.
Exercise that is.
Raise your hand if the thought of exercising with a group of people that you don’t know scares the uric acid out of you. Assuming that you are raising your hand at this very moment, let me tell you that the idea used to frighten me like a clown. Like you aren’t afraid of clowns too… But something has changed in me in this fitness journey in which I find myself.
The only previous “group” fitness occurrence I ever encountered was the first time I tried yoga. It was a great experience, and I really enjoyed the practice, even though I was a little hesitant about being in a room full of people I didn’t know, bending and twisting and sweating like a hooker in church. I soon realized though that know one came to a yoga class to make fun of the fat guy for putting his dog down (that is a yoga term right?) I was probably paying more attention to the other people in the room than anyone else was…
So, remembering that people weren’t going to classes (or the gym) to make fun of other people, I decided to maybe try out another group fitness class. I wanted to see what a boot camp was like, or something of the sort. I had been sort of scoping out some opportunities, including a Crossfit Gym just down from my house and a few other boot camp type shindiggities, but just wasn’t really ready to pull the trigger.
Then an opportunity arose at my gym. And I knew it was the one.
If you follow this blog at all, or my Facebook page or Twitter, you will know that I took the plunge by signing up for the EcoCross Kettlebell class, which I affectionately refer to as KettleHell. It has been one of the most physically challenging things I have ever done. Kyle Radaker and Nancy Davis whip our collective ass every MWF if you want to come check it out! I leave that class every time feeling like I have been beat up by a group of roving circus performers.
Here is the funny thing though.
I am enjoying more than just the complete decimation of my physical being.
I have met some really cool people in the class. People of all sorts of different physical and fitness levels. And you know what, we are ALL getting beat up together! And when one of us is felling like we can’t make it through, the others are there to lend support.
It makes getting killed in the class enjoyable in a completely sick and twisted way.
And I look forward to it.
If you are NOT doing any group fitness activities right now, give it a shot. They are everywhere. And if you don’t want to sign up for one for a length of time, most of them have a small fee to participate on a class by class basis. (But I suggest making a commitment of at least 2 weeks because otherwise you aren’t going to get a good feel for it.) Do it folks!
For your health!