As (I hope) is evident, I am truly passionate about fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle. For some time I have been trying to come up with more ways that I could weave fitness into my life and I found a perfect way to do so. Back in May, I contacted someone from my local YMCA about becoming a group fitness instructor. After months of apprenticing, I am very proud to announce that I became certified as a YMCA MuscleFit instructor back in October. I was given the opportunity to take over a class from another instructor and I now teach every Sunday morning at 9am.
I am working diligently to keep my class fresh and fun for my participants and I take it very seriously. I will spend hours going over choreography and making sure that my instruction is on point with the beat of the music.
Within our facility, there is a track that wraps around the gym where we do our class, so anyone walking on that track can watch our class. After my class today, I went to the free weight area as I wanted to finish up my personal workout. A gym member approached me and asked about how advanced you have to be to participate in the class. This individual had just started going to the gym and was not sure where to start. I want you all to know that you should not be intimidated by any lack of experience you have with working out. Just because other people look like pros, does not mean that they did not start exactly where you are starting. If you plan on taking a class and have any questions, please approach the instructor before class just for some clarification. If they love what they do, they will be excited to answer your questions and be glad that you asked. I felt so excited to answer this person’s questions and encourage anyone to come out and participate. Just remember that it is your workout and you can modify any workout to your own level. Do not feel obligated to do everything that the instructor is saying (except when it comes to form and safety). You have one job in these classes and that is to listen; not to the instructor, but rather to your own body!
For anyone who has taken group fitness classes, let me know what makes a class good for you. Do you prefer if the instructor is at the front doing the workout with you? Or do you prefer the instructor to walk around the class? Do you want an in your face hyper instructor? Or a chill but hardcore instructor? Let me know about any of your group fitness preferences. 🙂 It will help me to make my classes better.
So get out there and fill up those classes! Who knows where it will take you.