I’m doing it. Today, I’m going to tell you like it is. I’ve had a draft of this post started for several months, and I feel like it’s finally time to finish it up and get it out there.
And let me preface this by saying, I love what I do. I’m in love with group fitness, gyms, workouts and helping people reach their fitness goals. I haven’t always been lucky enough to work in the fitness industry, and I’m thankful that I get to do it every single day, whether that’s teaching Les Mills or barre classes.
I’ve created some great bonds with those who have been coming to my classes over the years, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, I see some funny stuff out there, and I feel like talking about it.
Top five confessions of a fitness professional
Today, I’m giving you my top five confessions from the world of fitness.
1. Every once in a while, there are days when I don’t feel like working out.
Like at all. In fact, if I didn’t have to teach a class that required me to demonstrate and perform the moves, I probably wouldn’t do anything that day. There are times, when it takes everything in me to suit up in my sneakers, prepare my music and workout notes and head to the gym — when I’d rather be snuggling with my puppy and watching reality TV. On those days, when I finally get to the gym, I sit in my car until the very last minute, go inside and all of a sudden put on my “game face” once I’ve entered the four walls. Even though I may be feeling lethargic and un-enthused, you’ll be none the wiser. You’ll never know it, because I’m a professional, and I try to treat every single class like it’s going to be my last and put forth all of my effort into making it good for you.
2. Don’t be self-conscious, because I’ve seen it all.
I never judge the people who come to my classes, and I’m not even slightly phased by how you perform the moves I’m trying to get you to do. I will try to help you and correct you as best as I can, but you may not understand me no matter how hard I try. It’s okay. I know you’re doing your best, and I love you for it. But yes, I see your hilarious interpretation of the move I am requesting. And you’re not even close to the worst I’ve seen, so just keep moving.
3. I eat junk, and I do drink alcoholic beverages.
Even though I work out a ton and lead a healthy lifestyle, I do not say no to nearly any type of food, and yes, I will throw back some wine or even a beer on the weekends — all in the name of balance. There are so many times when people have confessed to me that they had something bad to eat the night before, so embarrassed, because they think I would never do that. Not true. There have been times when I’ve been teaching a high-intensity BODYATTACK class and felt like the cupcakes from the night before were about to come back up during burpees. True story. And if you see me out-and-about in public and have some fast-food in your hand, I won’t be mad at you. You don’t have to hide it. It’s okay, people. It’s okay. We’re all human.
4. I don’t understand why you don’t like group fitness.
No, I don’t. I do understand that many people like to do their own thing in the gym most of the time or work out at home or run on their own, but I’m not sure I get why you don’t ever want to try a class with me. I also like to do my own workouts to focus on my specific goals, but I’d always rather be doing a sweat session with a bunch of other people with loud music and good energy pumping me up and fueling me. And when you say it’s just “not for you,” you better have experienced enough classes to be sure that you feel that way. I will still be your friend and respect you, but deep down, I’m always wondering if I could convert you into a group-fitness-lover if only you would come to my classes. (Are you reading this my dear husband? Why don’t you like group fitness?)
5. I think you should be more discreet in the locker room.
Why do some women feel the need to get ready in the gym bathroom mirror while completely topless? Why are you organizing your bag without even a stitch of clothing on and bending over to do that on the ground? Yes, locker rooms are meant for privacy so we can change around people of our own sex, but I don’t think it’s a free-for-all to treat like your house with no one around. I go into at least one locker room a day, and on a daily basis, I’m shocked by what I see in there. Keep it cool, ladies.
A few other things I want to confess
You may also want to know …
- I don’t care if you show up late or leave early, as long as you come.
- I love it when you bring your friends along with you.
- I’m not even slightly grossed out by your sweat or grunting, in fact, I applaud it.
- Feeling tired and need a quick water break? Not a problem. Hydrate, regroup and hop back in. I get it. There’s no shame in listening to your body when you need a minute.
- Scared to attend my class? That’s totally normal. I feel a tinge of nerves before a tough workout too, but the high you’ll feel afterwards should make it worth it.
- I’m so grateful you are in my class. I love having you. You make me love my job. And I know there are plenty of other things you could be doing, so I’m happy you made the choice to show up.
Seriously though, I credit group fitness for changing my life, and I’ll continue devoting my time and efforts to getting people moving and sweating, so they can lead better lives. And yes, I was once a participant flailing my arms in the air in the back of a class as well. But I just couldn’t resist a chance to share a few thoughts that may make you laugh.Check out these confessions of a fitness professional ... Click To Tweet
Questions of the day
Do you have a confession to share about your job? What’s something funny that you notice each day?
Are you a group fitness lover or do you like to do your own thing?