Hope, Embarrassment and Fear

Thursday, January 04, 2007

You know I call this my hope page because I have a lot of hope for the future and I hope and pray that this time I can overcome my weight issues. Last night I went to an exercise class called Group Power. It is a group weight lifting class done to high energy music. For the most part I did okay, especially for someone with my limitations due to weight and a bad knee, but I could tell that one of the teachers was not too happy about my being there. I was embarrassed, at first when I had to sit out part of the workout due to my knee and back, but I was, also, proud of myself for keeping going and modifying and still lifting even if I had to sit. However, I am determined that this time next year that I will rock in this class! This class caused all three of the emotions of hope, embarrassment and fear. I just want the hope to win out and overcome the two negative emotions. I guess only time will tell.
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    I know this is an old blog, but I felt like I needed to comment on it. I'm proud of you for trying out the class. You did something awesome for yourself and you were smart enough to take it at your own pace and level. The only way we can get to a more fit level is to start right where we are at and do what we can to improve. I often make modifications when I go to exercise classes - sometimes the instructors are very accomodating, other times they are not. Usually if I talk to the instructor before or after class and tell them something like, "I couldn't do those lunges because they hurt me knees. I hope you don't mind if I make some modifications for myself. By the way, I am really enjoying your class!" they seem much more OK about it. In any case, when I go to a class I am going to improve my fitness, not to impress the teacher. Keep doing whatever activities work for you and you will improve your fitness - it may not seem like it at first, but one day you will look back and say, "Wow! I have come a long way!" Good luck and thanks for sharing.
    4573 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2008 3:32:13 PM
    UUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH trainers like her make me NOT want to be a part of ANY exercise routine. it isnt ANY of her business the reasons WHY you cant do as well as the others right now. and if she was a bit more "in tune" with her clientel shed have the spirit to assist and comfort and encourage. if you keep going and doing the class and shes your instructor...shell eventually have to eat her thoughts about you when you can do as much if not more than all the others....keep those spirits up and never get discouraged! MICHELLE
    5072 days ago
    Hi Janiebow,

    I am apalled that a group fitness trainer gave you the impression that you were not welcome in the class. I am a group fitness instructor (though a completely out of shape one) and always welcome all levels and try to encourage anyone who seems to be struggling to modify and to come back again. I am sooooo sorry you had a bad experience. Don't try to rock that class......find another accepting instructor and class. A class that will support you and nuture you. Not a class that treats you like crap.

    YOU have no need to feel the embarrassment or fear. The person who should be embarrassed is the group fitness instructor. You were correct to check out the class, correct to make modifications and correct to sit out when you needed to. You have NOTHING to worry about.

    I hope your next experience in a group fitness class goes better. Some advice is to go up to the instructor before class starts and chat them up. Let them know you have limitations and that you are trying to lose some weight and get stronger and would appreciate any advice they have during the class. Then they might appreciate your effort even more!!!

    Good Luck :-)
    5125 days ago
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